Grading Scale

We have hundreds of records. Unfortunately, we just don’t have enough time to play grade every single one. Not to worry! We’ve been in your shoes before and understand the importance of “getting what you paid for”. Please assume grading to be visual unless noted. Visual grading is performed under strong lighting (100 watt bulb). If applicable, nuances such as promo cuts, corner notches, hole punches, seam splits, etc. are mentioned (in addition to grade) in the item description.

MT (Mint)

Factory sealed, no corner or edge dings, shrink wrap 100% intact.

NM (Near Mint)

The record shows no signs of having ever been played. Virtually no wear to faces, edges or corners of jacket.

EX (Excellent)

Record surfaces are bright and clean but may have a few light paper scuffs or superficial surface marks. Might play with very little, low noise in a few areas. Some very minor wear to faces, edges and/or corners of jacket.

VG+ (Very Good Plus)

A well cared-for used record. Record surfaces may show some slight signs of wear and may have scuffs or light scratches. May have some very light surface noise and/or isolated crackles and pops. Jacket may have more pronounced ring wear, moderate wear to edges and corners, light creases or stress lines, and other minor defects.

VG (Very Good)

Record shows visible signs of wear. Plays with some surface noise especially in soft passages. Groove wear may be noticeable, as will some scratches that may cause clicks or pops. Jacket will have heavier ring wear, and/or worn edges and corners, and/or light soiling or discoloration.

G (Good)

Lots of scratches and/or background noise. Heavier soiling, damaged edges/corners and/or other serious defects to the jacket.