GRADING Scale

Defining the details about grades.

The Grading Authority uses an easy-to-understand 1-10 grading scale, with descending increments of one-half point (for example 10, 9.5, 9, 8.5, etc.). Below is an outline of the TGA grading scale. There may be other factors that come into play when determining the final grade of a card as outlined in the .5 note at the end of the scale.

IMMACULATE

A TGA 10 Immaculate is a card that receives 10’s across all four sub-grades. A TGA 10 Immaculate is the best possible grade a card can receive with TGA. This card is flawless through advanced magnification and the naked eye.

Centering: The card has 50/50 centering on both sides of the card.

Edges: No visible imperfections to the naked eye and nearly flawless under advanced magnification.

Corners: Four clean corners free from any fraying, touches, or other imperfections.

Surface: Free of stains, no breaks in surface gloss, and no visible imperfections.

 

PRISTINE


Centering:
55/45 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 60/40 centering on the back side.

Edges: No visible imperfections to the naked eye, with up to one (1) minor imperfection visible under advanced magnification.

Corners: Four clean corners free from any fraying, touches or other imperfections to the naked eye. Up to one (1) minor imperfection may be visible under advanced magnification.

Surface: Free of stains, no breaks in surface gloss and little to no visible wear to the naked eye. Up to one (1) minor imperfection, such as a print line, a slight printing defect, or scratch is allowed, ONLY under advanced magnification.

 

MINT


Centering:
65/35 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 70/30 centering on the back side.

Edges: Nearly perfect to the naked eye, but may exhibit one (1) or two (2) very minor imperfections such as notches or chipping.

Corners: Four clean corners free from any fraying to the naked eye. Up to one (1) or two (2) minor imperfections such as touches or slight curling may be visible under advanced magnification.

Surface: Little visible wear to the naked eye. Dimples may be present but aren’t glaringly obvious. A few minor imperfections such as a print line, slight printing defect or scratch is allowed, ONLY under advanced magnification.

 

NEAR MINT / MINT


Centering:
60/40 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 75/25 centering on the back side.

Edges: Mostly clean to the naked eye, but may exhibit signs of wear such as chipping, notches, and/or manufacturer cutting defects.

Corners: Four mostly clean corners, slight touches or curling may be visible. May exhibit very small fraying or rounding under advanced magnification.

Surface: A few minor imperfections such as print lines, small scratches, and/or minor breaks in surface gloss may be visible to the naked eye.

 

NEAR MINT


Centering:
70/30 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 80/20 centering on the back side. A slightly skewed cut or “tilt” may be present.

Edges: Mostly clean, wear such as chipping, notches, and/or manufacturer cutting defects may be visible to the naked eye.

Corners: Curling may be visible, small fraying or rounding of the corners may be visible to the naked eye.

Surface: More visible imperfections such as print lines, scratches, and/or breaks in surface gloss may be visible to the naked eye. A small amount of wax staining and/or sun damage may be visible under advanced magnification. Very minor creases may be visible on the back side under
advanced magnification.

 

EXCELLENT / NEAR MINT


Centering:
75/25 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 85/15 centering on the back side. A skewed cut or “tilt” may be present.

Edges: Moderate chipping, notches, and/or manufacturer cutting defects may be visible to the naked eye.

Corners: Slight fuzzing may be visible to the naked eye. More noticeable fraying and/or rounding may be visible under advanced magnification.

Surface: Focus/registry may be fuzzy. Moderate scratches, and/or breaks in surface gloss may be visible to the naked eye. Wax staining and/or sun damage is more noticeable under advanced magnification. Very minor creases may be visible on the front & back side under advanced magnification.

 

EXCELLENT


Centering:
80/20 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 90/10 centering on the back side.

Edges: Chipping, notches, and/or manufacturer cutting defects are visible to the naked eye. Slight layering may be visible under advanced magnification.

Corners: Rounding/fuzzing/fraying may be present on all four corners but is not extreme.

Surface: Focus/registry may be fuzzy. Moderate scratches, loss of surface gloss, wax stains, gum stains, sun damage, and/or very minor creases may be visible to the naked eye.

 

VERY GOOD / EXCELLENT

Centering: 85/15 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 95/5 centering on the back side. A major skewed cut or “tilt” may be visible.

Edges: Moderate chipping, notches, and/or manufacturer cutting defects are visible to the naked eye. Signs of layering may be visible.

Corners: Moderate Rounding/fuzzing/fraying may be present on all four corners with signs of layering visible.

Surface: Noticeable scratches, scuffing, and/or loss of surface gloss may be present. Heavy wax stains, gum stains, and/or sun damage may be visible. Creases may be visible to the naked
eye.

 

VERY GOOD

Centering: 90/10 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 100/0 centering on the back side.

Edges: Noticeable chipping, notches, and/or signs of layering may be present.

Corners: Moderate Rounding/fuzzing/fraying and signs of layering may be present on all four corners.

Surface: Noticeable scratches, scuffing and/or loss of surface gloss may be present. Heavy creases, wax stains, gum stains, and/or sun damage may be present.

 

GOOD

 

Centering: 95/5 or better centering both left to right, and top to bottom on the front side. Up to 100/0 centering on the back side.

Edges: Severe chipping, notches, and/or layering may be present.

Corners: Severe Rounding/fuzzing/fraying and/or layering may be present on all four corners

Surface: Heavy scratches, scuffing, print spots, creases, wax stains, gum stains, and/or sun damage and/or complete loss of surface gloss may be present. May contain up to one pinhole or surface tear.

 

FAIR

Attributes include no centering qualification and lacks all grading characteristics. Noticeable wear, creases, discoloration, staining, etc. may be present. Multiple pinholes and/or surface tears may be present.

Authentic – We confirm the card to be authentic. Cards we determine to have been altered (i.e. trimmed, added ink, etc.) will be classified as authentic.

OTHER

.5 will be deducted from each grade that meets 90% of this standard grade. (i.e. A card shows 90% of the qualities of a 10, it will be graded a 9.5)

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