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RECORD GRADING SYSTEM
MINT Perfection, no flaws, defects or marks. Doesn't exist!
N- The vinyl is virtually flawless, bright and shiny. A very minor, barely visible scuff or two may be permitted, but no scratches. No audible surface noise. No label damage.
VG + Disc plays near perfectly, but may have minor paper scuffs that do not interfere with the sound quality. There can possibly be a hairline scratch or two but nothing that is obvious or affects play. Label is clean and unmarked.
VG Some visible surface wear, very minor scratches and scuffs, some surface noise, but minimal impact on the sound quality. Labels may have minor imperfections (small labels or initials, etc.) but otherwise clean.
VG - Average used record. Vinyl will have noticeable scratches or scuffs that cause surface noise (pops, crackles), but do not overpower the music. There will be no skips. Vinyl may appear somewhat dull and grayish. Labels may have small tears, tape marks, larger writing, etc.
GOOD Well-played, dull, grayish vinyl with deeper scratches and wear causing distracting surface noise (hisses, pops, cracks and other nasties). The record will still play through without any skips. Labels may be significantly defaced or damaged.
ALBUM COVER GRADES
MINT Absolutely perfect; doesn't exist!
N- Very minor signs of wear or cover impressions. Artwork is as close to perfection as possible.
VG+ Minor disc impression or slight corner creases, no seam splits or writing on the cover. Artwork is clean.
VG Cover is clean but may have minor writing or marks and may show slight wear. There may be slight discoloration or staining, minor seam wear, but no splits or tears. Corners may have small creases or fraying.
VG- Covers are worn and used. Seams may be starting to split or may have been unobtrusively repaired with clear tape. Artwork is still attractive. There may be yellowing or discoloration, writing, labels, or marks. Corners may be creased and there may be scratches or gouges that otherwise damage the artwork.
GOOD Major seam splits, large marker writing, significant ring wear, damaged corners, tears, cuts, etc. May show have signs of repair with tape. Acceptable until something better can be found.