Trading Card Grading Scale
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.