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Trading Card Grading Scale

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Trading Cards Grading Scale

CGC Trading Cards grades Pokemon TCG and Magic: The Gathering cards using a highly accurate 10-point grading scale. Below are CGC Trading Cards’ grading standard for each numeric grade. For the similar 10-point scale used by CGC for comics, magazines, concert posters and lobby cards, click on Standard above.

Pristine - 10


The highest grade assigned. The card must have perfect centering and no evidence of any manufacturing or handling defects.

A card with all 10 sub-grades (sometimes called "quad 10s") will be labeled Perfect 10.

Gem Mint - 9.5


The card will have excellent centering and exhibit only negligible handling or manufacturing defects.

Mint ~ 9


The card shows at least above-average centering and only a few minor manufacturing or handling defects.

Near Mint /Mint+ ~ 8.5


A card with at least average-to-above-average centering. The card will show small handling defects.

Near Mint/Mint ~ 8


A well-preserved card with at least average centering and small-to-moderate handling defects.

Near Mint+ ~ 7.5


A well-preserved card with a moderate defect or a number of small defects.

Near Mint ~ 7


A slightly played card that has strong eye appeal but has a moderate defect or a number of small defects.

Excellent/NM+ ~ 6.5


A slightly played card with minor scuffing, indentations, soiling or fading.

Excellent/NM ~ 6


An attractive card that is still bright. It will have a moderate defect and a number of small defects.

Excellent+ ~ 5.5


A moderately played card. It will have moderate and small defects.

Excellent ~ 5


A played card with moderate and small defects. It may also have a light crease.

VG/Excellent+ ~ 4.5


A card with obvious signs of play with loss of sheen and whitening extending the entire border.

VG/Excellent ~ 4


A heavily played card with several moderate defects including creases.

Very Good+ ~ 3.5


A heavily played card with a couple of major defects. There will be no tears, however.

Very Good ~ 3


A heavily played card with several major defects as well as some moderate defects. There will be no tears, however.

Good+ ~ 2.5


A card that exhibits major-to-extreme defects with heavy creases and significant discoloration.

Good ~ 2


An extremely played card that has poor detail and an accumulation of major defects.

Fair ~ 1.5


A damaged card with poor eye appeal and extreme defects.

Poor ~ 1


An extensively damaged card with large tears and other extreme defects.

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