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Grading Standards

 As long-time hobby dealers, we offer a thorough grading system, more conservative even than those used by the major grading services. The following table summarizes our grading standards, and provides a brief grading FAQ. - Mickey

Mint

Card is in 'pack fresh' condition with original color & gloss, centering 55/45 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse. The only flaws exhibited may be a very slight wax stain on the reverse or a minor print imperfection such as a print dot, which may not detract from the overall appeal of the card. Mickey's conservative grading standards will result in very few cards graded as Mint

Near-Mint / Mint

Card is a high-end example that appears Mint at first glance, but upon closer inspection, the card can exhibit a slight wax stain on the reverse or a minor printing imperfection. Card's corner will be sharp to the eye, with only an allowable minor touch at one or two corners under magnification. Card will exhibit original color & gloss and centered no worse than 65/35 IN ONE DIRECTION and better than 60/40 in the other on the front and 90/10 on the back. NOTE: A card centered 65/35 in both direction which otherwise appears to be a NM/MT card will be graded as Near-Mint +.

Near-Mint +

Card is a high-end example that appears Mint at first glance, but upon closer inspection, the card can exhibit a slight wax stain on the reverse or a minor printing imperfection. Card's corner will be sharp to the eye, with only an allowable minor touch at one or two corners under magnification. Card will exhibit original color & gloss and centered no worse than 65/35 IN ONE DIRECTION and better than 60/40 in the other on the front and 90/10 on the back. NOTE: A card centered 65/35 in both direction which otherwise appears to be a NM/MT card will be graded as Near-Mint +.

Near-Mint

Card may have a slight tough on a maximum of two corners, but will not have a corner crushed or dinged such as a common corner crease. The image must be reasonably sharp, with only flaws permitted being a slight loss of the original gloss, focus slightly out of register, or a minor printing defect such as a print dot or stray color. Slight wax staining is acceptable on the reverse of the card only. Centering must be no worse than 70/30 on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.

Excellent / Mint

Card may have corners with slightly graduated fraying or wear, as well as visible surface wear or a printing defect which does not detract from its overall appeal. A very light scratch may be detected only upon close inspection. Image may have some loss of original gloss and also some light toning on the borders. Centering must be 80/20 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse; the card may exhibit minor wax or gum residue.

Excellent / Excellent +

Card will display many of the characteristics of an Excellent card; however the overall eye appeal of the card is much like that of a Near-Mint card. For example, an otherwise Near-mint card with wax or gum residue on the front - or - an otherwise Ex/Mt card one slightly rounded corner may be graded Ex/Ex+.

Excellent

Card may exhibit wear on all corners but no more than two corners may have very minor rounding. Some surface wear or printing defects are more visible. Card may show some signs of handling such as loss of original gloss, minor border chipping, minor surface defects such as minor scratches, light toning on the borders, or an image slightly out of register. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back. NOTE: Mickey's will not grade any card Excellent or better if there is any surface creasing - the maximum grade for a card even with a minor crease is Vg/Ex.

VG/EX

Card's corners may be slightly rounded though not extreme. Surface wear may be noticeable but not such that it detracts from the overall appeal of the card, e.g., no paper loss, water staining, or several toning. The card may have light scuffing or light scratches, but some of the original gloss on the card will be retained. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back. A few minor surface creases or one light crease may be visible. NOTE: a card having more than one non-surface crease (i.e., a crease that effects both the front and back of the card) will automatically grade below Vg/Ex.

VG

A VG card reveals some rounding of the corners and may contain a few minor creases. Surface wear will be apparent, along with possible light scuffing or light scratches. Focus may be somewhat off-register and edges may exhibit noticeable wear. Card's borders may be somewhat discolored along with possible advanced toning or even minor staining. Wax staining may be present on the front of the card and much, if not all, of the card's original gloss may be lost. Centering must be 90/10 or better on the front and back. EXCEPTION: since we don't use qualifiers, an otherwise Ex/Mt or better card which is miscut 100/0 in one or both directions will grade VG with the centering noted.

Good / Very Good

Card's corners show accelerated rounding and surface wear is starting to become obvious. Card may have some scratching, scuffing, light staining, or chipping on the front and may also have several creases. Original gloss may be completely absent and card may show discoloration. Centering must be 90/10 or better on the front and back.

Fair

Corners may show extreme wear, possible affecting the framing of the picture. Surface of the card will show advanced stages of wear, including scuffing, scratching, pitting, chipping and staining. Picture may be out-of-register and borders may have become brown and/or discolored. Card may have one or more heavy creases.

Grading FAQs

Q: Upon receipt, what if the card fails to measure up to the advertised grade?

A: We offer our satisfaction guarantee on any Single Card regardless of reason. If not satisfied, return any card with 5 days of receipt for exchange or refund. Check our Refund Policy for full details.

Q: What is the Maximum possible grade for a card which has a gum or wax stain on the front?

A: Excellent / Mint if the card was otherwise NM/MT, Excellent/Excellent Plus otherwise.

Q: What is the Maximum possible grade for a card with a crease?

A: A card with even a surface crease may grade no higher than Vg/Ex. Cards with several light creases may grade as high as VG+ and a card with a heavy crease may grade no higher than VG.

Q: Will you guarantee a card will receive an equivalent grade from a professional grading service?

A: No, but will will refund on any card which is rejected by a professional grading service for evidence of trimming or re-coloration for up to 45 days. We stand behind the authenticity of our material.

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