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Grading and Frequently Asked Questions

99% of our graded card inventory is offered by 3 companies BGS, PSA and BCCG please see the descriptions and different grading scales below for each company.

Beckett Grading Services (BGS) - Beckett Grading Services uses an easy-to-understand 1 to 10-point grading scale, with descending increments of one-half point (for example 10, 9.5, 9, 8.5, etc.). Since you are provided with a detailed report on your card's key attributes, there are no confusing qualifiers to decipher.

BGS is known is widely used by modern collectors with the PRISTINE BLACK cards demanding more than any other cards available on the open market due to the difficulty in getting those graded.

Second to BGS Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA) - Professional Sports Authenticators also owned by Collector’s Universe uses a 1 to 10 point grading scale with qualifiers.

Beckett Collector Club Grading (BCCG) - BCCG is a subsidiary of Beckett Grading Services and uses the same grading standards as BGS and uses a simplified 5-10 grading scale. It is built for the novice collector looking for a modern or vintage card at a discounted price with a simplified easy to understand grading scale.

BGS Card Grading Scale

  • Pristine = BGS 10
  • Gem Mint = BGS 9.5
  • Mint = BGS 9
  • Near Mint/Mint + = BGS 8.5
  • Near Mint/Mint = BGS 8
  • Near Mint+ = BGS 7.5
  • Near Mint = BGS 7
  • Excellent Mint+ = BGS 6.5
  • Excellent Mint = BGS 6
  • Excellent + = BGS 5.5
  • Excellent =BGS 5
  • Very Good/Excellent + = BGS 4.5
  • Very Good/Excellent = BGS 4
  • Very Good+ = BGS 3.5
  • Very Good = BGS 3
  • Good/Very Good = BGS 2.5
  • Good = BGS 2
  • Fair = BGS 1.5
  • Poor = BGS 1

PSA Card Grading Scale

  • Gem Mint = PSA 10
  • Mint = PSA 9
  • Near Mint/Mint + = PSA 8.5
  • Near Mint/Mint = PSA 8
  • Near Mint+ = PSA 7.5
  • Near Mint = PSA 7
  • Excellent Mint+ = PSA 6.5
  • Excellent Mint = PSA 6
  • Excellent + = PSA 5.5
  • Excellent = PSA 5
  • Very Good/Excellent + = PSA 4.5
  • Very Good/Excellent = PSA 4
  • Very Good+ = PSA 3.5
  • Very Good = PSA 3
  • Good/Very Good = PSA 2.5
  • Good = PSA 2
  • Fair = PSA 1.5
  • Poor = PSA 1

BCCG Card Grading Scal

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  • Mint or Better = BCCG 10
  • Near Mint or Better = BCCG 9
  • Excellent or Better = BCCG 8
  • Very Good or Better = BCCG 7
  • Good or Better = BCCG 6
  • Poor or Better = BCCG 5

Grading Glossary

Pristine = A "virtually flawless" card. 50/50 centering, crisp focus, four sharp corners*, free of stains, no breaks in surface gloss, no print or refractor lines, and no visible wear under magnification.

Gem Mint = 55/45 or better centering, sharp focus, four sharp corners*, free of stains, no breaks in surface gloss, no print or refractor lines, and no visible wear. A slight print spot visible under close scrutiny is allowable if it does not detract from the aesthetics of the card.

Mint = 60/40 or betting centering, sharp focus and four sharp corners*. A minor flaw may exist upon close examination. A minor flaw may be, but is not limited to: a slight nick to one corner, a small gloss break or surface scratch, a minor print line or minor refractor line, a minor focus or color imperfection, or a small print spot.

Near Mint/Mint+ = 65/35 or better centering, four sharp corners*. A few minor flaws may exist upon close examination. A minor flaw may be, but is not limited to: a slight nick to one corner, a small gloss break or surface scratch, a minor print line or minor refractor line, a minor focus or color imperfection, or a small print spot.

Near Mint/Mint = 65/35 or better centering, corners sharp to the naked eye but may exhibit slight wear under closer examination. A few small flaws may exist upon close examination. A small flaw may be, but is not limited to: very minor wear on one corner, a gloss break or surface scratch, a print line or refractor line, a focus or color imperfection, or a print spot.

Near Mint+ = 70/30 or better centering, a few small flaws may exist upon close examination. A small flaw may be, but is not limited to: very minor wear on one corner, a gloss break or surface scratch, a print line or refractor line, a focus or color imperfection, or a print spot.

Near Mint = 70/30 or better centering, slight wear on some corners, minor scratching, some print spots or speckling, and print lines or refractor lines are acceptable. A card may exhibit a slightly skewed (diamond) cut.

Excellent Mint+ = An EX/NM card that exhibits high-end overall quality and eye appeal.

Excellent Mint = 75/25 or better centering, slight fuzzing of corners may be evident, a skewed cut may be more evident, focus or register may be off, and slight notching of edges may exist.

Excellet+ = An EX card that exhibits high-end overall quality and eye appeal.

Excellent = 80/20 or better centering, minor rounding or fuzzing of corners, roughness or chipping along edge (no layering), one VERY slight surface or "spider" crease may exist on one side of the card, gloss may be lost from surface with some scratching that does not detract from the aesthetics of the card.

Very Good/Excellent+ = A VG/EX card that exhibits high-end overall quality and eye appeal.

Very Good/Excellent = 85/15 or better centering, corners are slightly rounded with modest surface wear. A light hairline crease may show on one or both sides. A light tear or surface break may exist.

Very Good+ = A VG card that exhibits high-end overall quality and eye appeal.

Very Good = 90/10 or better centering, corners more rounded--but not excessive, stronger creasing may exist. Poorer focus, registration, and discoloration, and staining are more noticeable.

Good/Very Good = A GOOD card that exhibits high-end overall quality and eye appeal.

Good = Centered 90/10 or better. This card usually exhibits one or more of these characteristics: heavy print spots, heavy crease(s), pinhole(s), color or focus imperfections or discoloration, surface scuffing or tear, rounded and/or fraying corners, ink or pencil marking(s), and lack of all or some original gloss.

Fair = Centered 90/10 or better. This card usually exhibits several of these characteristics: heavy print spots, heavy crease(s), pinhole(s), color or focus imperfections or discoloration, surface scuffing or tears, rounded and/or fraying corners, ink or pencil marking(s), and lack of all or some original gloss, a small portion of the card may be missing.

Poor = This card usually exhibits many of these characteristics: heavy print spots, heavy crease(s), pinhole(s), color or focus imperfections or discoloration, surface scuffing or tears, rounded and/or fraying corners, ink or pencil marking(s), and lack of all or some original gloss, small portions of the card may be missing.