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Rare Vinyl Records
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- Records Graded
- MINT (M): A perfect record. This record looks like it has just left the manufacturer, with NO flaws what so ever. It looks as though it had never been handled. No scuffs or scratches, blotches or stains. No stickers address labels, writing on the covers or labels. No tears or seam splits. No wear to the sleeve or record.
NEAR MINT (NM) : This record appears virtually flawless A very minor scuff and very little else can appear on the vinyl. It should play without any noise over the flaw. The flaw is very hard to see. The sleeve looks as close to perfect with only minor signs of wear and or age. Minor impressions to the sleeve (due to the outer edge of the vinyl resting inside) may be present, however the artwork is be as close to perfect as can be.
EXCELLENT or (EX+): Minor scuffs or lines which are only slightly visible. There may be more than a few scuffs and no scratches (Unless indicated) SLEEVE: Artwork is still as close to perfect as can be. Some impression to the sleeve (minor outer ring wear) Some slight creases to the corners, but not wrinkled and obtrusive to the eye. The corners can show white buffing/wear. No seam splits or writing on the sleeve or taped repairs unless indicated.
VERY GOOD or (VG): The record shows wear, surface scuffs. The vinyl still has a great luster, but the flaws will be noticeable to the naked eye. If the flaws don't cause any surface noise, the vinyl can still make the VG grade but often a VG grade will almost always show some surface noise in places when they are played. SLEEVE: A virtually clean sleeve, but may have tears, seam splits or creased corners and look worn, used.The artwork looks clean with slightly more aging.
When ever I have used a + symbol I am indicating the grading of the vinyl or sleeve could go in the grading above and sometimes an indication that I have undergraded as mentioned above.
VG/ETC : When I have graded ETC there is a definite scratch on the vinyl which will effect playback. I used this for my own reference when cataloging my records. Most of the time the sleeve is in VG/EX condition and there is an original inner sleeve which can be used on another record if needs be.
- subfolders: 12