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Card Condition Grading Guide

The following information should be used while classifying the quality of a card for sale or purchase. Sellers should use the notes field to specify any additional information that is pertinent to the condition of a specific card.

This is a card that came straight from the pack. The card was never played or shuffled. There are no visible signs of play.

Near Mint:
This card shows no apparent wear. This is a card that might have been shuffled in a sleeve or played in one limited tournament. There may be a minor scratch or mark, but only under close inspection may these be found.

Card shows signs of wear and play. Along with scratches, there may be white spots around border or edge of card. Conversely, there may be dirt marks around the play side of the card. Either way, a sleeve is needed to hide its distinguishing features. However, with a deck of similar age, the cards would blend in appearance.

Heavy Play:
Card is visibly aged and played. Without a sleeve, the card will be easily identified. There may be wear through the center or artwork through the face or back of the card. Heavy white spots will be present on the black border or card back. There might be dirt along the white spots of the card or edge. The card must be played in a solid-back sleeve to be tournament worthy. The card may also have a crease, warp, or fold despite its cleanliness.

When in doubt leave detailed notes so the buyer is clear on any grade problems with a card out of the ordinary.