||Perfect, flawless. Legitimate sellers seldom use this grade. When a record is truly Mint, it deserves (and receives) a large premium over other grades
|M- or NRMT
||(Mint Minus or Near Mint) Usually the highest grade. Records from the 1950s & 60s in this condition are truly rare. The record should show no obvious signs of wear
||(Very Good Plus) Starting to show signs of wear. May have minor surface marks/scratches. Cover may have slightly worn Corners/edges or have a slight seam split.
||(Very Good) Still ok condition, but more wear than VG+. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound, Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK"
||(Very Good Minus) Generally not collectible condition, unless it’s a super rare record. Most dealers avoid records in this shape or below. A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object. The record will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear
||(Good) Lots of wear, but still playable. The most confusing grade! Good really does not mean good. It is actually quite poor condition. The LP cover barely keeps the LP inside it. Inner sleeves are fully seam split, crinkled, and written upon