Dean's Cards Grading Standards
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NEAR MINT/MINT (NRMT/MT)
This is our top grade. The card can have one very minor
flaw. Corners are sharp to the naked eye, but may have a
slight imperfection under intense scrutiny. At least 60/40
centering and tiny edge wear allowed. Less than 1% of vintage cards
have this high of a grade. Most cards could have never earned a
grade of Near Mint/Mint (even when just out of the pack with razor
sharp corners) because of the centering requirements.
NEAR MINT (NRMT)
A MINT looking card with up to two very minor flaws. Centering
must be 70/30 or better. The card must have the original gloss and
original color borders. There can be a slight touch of one or two
corners, subtle rough edges.
The card can have 2 of the following flaws: 3 touched corners, a
little edge wear, slight border discoloration, a few print spots,
noticeable color or focus defects. The centering can be as bad as
80/20 on one side - if everything else is near perfect. Usually the
centering is much better.
The card may have four fuzzy corners that show visible signs of
wear, but the corners will not be rounded. May have semi-rough
edges, some border discoloration, slight loss of gloss. May have
minor discoloration of color as well as focus imperfections. May
also have noticeable print spots. The centering can be as bad as
5/95 on just one side, if everything else is near perfect. Usually
the centering is much better. An EX card can NOT have creases.
VERY GOOD (VG)
A card that has been handled, but not abused. Four worn corners,
notching and dings are permitted, discoloration and toning are
allowed. Slight paper loss on the reverse. Could have a light stain
or light pen mark on the reverse. The card may have a few light
A card that has been noticeably handled. It has rounded corners
and defects such as scuffing, pinholes, loss of gloss, or multiple
creases. A GOOD card is often used as a "filler" by collectors. It
could contain a rip, tear, or light pen mark on the front or
reverse of the card. Cards grade "GOOD" are the lowest grade that
we usually carry - with the exception of a few Super Star Cards.
These cards are very worn.
A card that has one of several major
defects or shows extremely heavy wear. A Fair card may have a
very deep crease, several completely rounded corners, a significant
rip, or moderate paper loss on the front or back of the card.
Fair cards may also have writing or pen marks on the front or
back. DeansCards.com sells only Pre-War and star cards in
A card that has one or more severe
defects. Poor cards may have been altered by trimming or
cutting or may have significant paper loss. Pen marks or
writing can be on the front of the card. DeansCards.com sells
only Pre-War and star cards in Poor condition.
Off Center Cards reduce a card's rating by one
to two grades depending on the severity of the mis-alignment.
Cards with writing on the Front can grade no
better than GOOD.
Cards with writing on the Back of the Card will
reduce the grade by at one to two levels depending on the severity
of the writing and can grade no better than VERY GOOD.
Cards with Creases can grade no better than
If you have any questions about the grading of this product, please
contact us at 513-898-0651.