Card Condition and Grading Guide
Card Condition Guide
Game Grid currently sells and buys cards in Near Mint, Lightly Played, Moderately Played or Heavily Played condition. We do not accept Damaged cards on our Buylist.
If you have any questions regarding these grades, please feel free to contact email@example.com. We are happy to answer any questions or hear any suggestions for improvement to this guide.
Near Mint (NM):
A card graded as Near Mint will show little to no wear.
Near Mint cards are nearly indistinguishable from other cards of the same condition. Because we do not offer a "Mint" condition, cards that would be considered "Mint" are listed and purchased as Near Mint.
A card in this category may have the following types of wear:
Light clouding (dust/dirt)
Some printing flaws or variations
Light Play (LP):
A card graded as Light Play may have visible, minor or mild wear.
Cards in this category may range from almost Near Mint to barely above Moderate Play.
i.e. a card with 4 small nicks/dings that is otherwise Near Mint will be graded as Light Play.
Light Play cards may have one or more of the wear types described in the Near Mint section or some of the following additional types of wear:
Moderate Play (MP):
A card graded as Moderate Play will show clearly visible moderate wear.
Moderate Play cards are still legal for tournament play if sleeved.
Cards in this category may range from nearly Light Play to barely above Heavy Play.
i.e. a card with edge wear on multiple edges that is otherwise Light Play will be graded as Moderate Play.
A Moderate Play card may have one or more of the wear types described in the Light Play section or some of the following additional types of wear:
Heavy Play (HP):
A card graded as Heavy Play will show significant wear.
Heavy Play cards are still "sleeve playable" - ask your judge before tournament play.
Cards in this category may range from nearly Heavy Play to barely above Damaged.
i.e. a card with a significant crease that is otherwise Moderate Play will be graded as Heavy Play.
A card in this category may have several instances of the wear described in the Moderately Played section as well as the following additional types of wear:
Writing, including signatures and alters, will automatically be considered HP.
If you have an Alter or Artist Signed card that you believe should be evaluated as better than heavy play, please contact us before adding your card to our buylist - we may be interested :-)
Game Grid does not currently buy or sell damaged cards.
Any card that is not sleeve playable or has water damage is considered damaged and will be returned if submitted for a buylist.
Expectations & Guidelines
If you receive a card from us that does not match the condition that you ordered, please let us know!
Please include your order number and, if possible, an image of the card front/back.
After reviewing the images of the card, if we find that it did not meet our grading criteria, you have the following options:
Exchange the card for the correct condition
Receive a partial refund
Return the card for a full refund
If you pick up your order in store, you are welcome to verify the condition while you're here. For high end singles, if you would like to look at other copies of a card, you can ask our staff to pull more copies for you to choose from.
i.e. While in store you are purchasing an Underground Sea and we have 3 NM copies in stock, but the one we pulled has a nick/ding on the edge - you are welcome to look at the other 2 copies and select one that you prefer.
Game Grid Lehi will use the same grading criteria as listed above when reviewing your buylist. You are welcome to submit any/all of your cards as "NM" if you are unsure of how to grade them. However, that may result in a difference in price once they have been reviewed.
After we review/grade your buylist, if there is more than a 10% difference in price, we will contact you to confirm the new total before finalizing the buylist.
If there are any grades that you disagree with, we will return them to you before finalizing the buylist.