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Baseball card grading is tricky, but this
commonly used grading system [see below] will help you 'grade' your own
Card grading is required to establish true baseball
card values. If you want a dealer to buy your baseball cards as 'graded',
it must be done by one of the professional sports card grading companies
whose methods are accepted by sports card dealers. (Still,
most dealers will personally examine any valuable baseball
cards before they decide to buy.)
On the other hand, many dealers – including Baseball Card
Buyer – also buy ungraded cards. In that case, they
make their own professional evaluation about grade before buying any baseball
Sports Card Grading Guide
- Mint (MT)
- Four sharp corners - 55(%)/45(%)
or better centering (i.e.,
centering of picture within border; left-right & top-bottom)
- Smooth edges - Original color border & gloss
- Near Mint - Mint (NRMT-MT)
- 60/40 or better centering - Relatively smooth
edges - Original color border & gloss - One
of the following very minor flaws is allowed: Sharp corners to the eye, but slight imperfections under intense scrutiny; A few minor print
spots; A few focus imperfections
- Near Mint (NM)
- 65/35 or better centering - In addition, one
of the following minor flaws allowed: Very slightly fuzzy corners; Slightly rough edges; Very minor border discoloration; Noticeable print
spots; Color or focus imperfections
- Excellent - Mint (EXMT)
- Centering no worse than 70/30 - No more than
two of the following flaws allowed: Very slightly
fuzzy corners; Slightly rough edges; Very minor border discoloration;
Noticeable print spots; Color or focus imperfections
- Excellent (EX)
- Centering no worse than 75/25 - A touch of
notching or a slight 'ding' on a corner is allowed. - May have
other imperfections such as: Poor gloss; Poor focus; Noticeable
- Very Good (VG)
- Centering 80/20 or better - Slightly rounded corners - Slight layering, noticeable chipping or notches on edges is
allowed. - May also have: Minor scuffing; Hairline crease
- Good (G)
Fair (F) Poor (P)
- Well worn or abused - Badly rounded, layered
corners, scuffing - Some lack of original coloring - Serious
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