Record Collector Grading System
M = MINT
The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface
marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as
the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records
advertised as sealed or unplayed are mint.
EX = EXCELLENT
The record shows some signs of having been played, but there
is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have
slight wear and/or creasing.
VG = VERY GOOD
The record has obviously been played many times, but
displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface
marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or
extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
G = GOOD
The record has been played so much that the sound quality
has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches.
The cover and the contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine
splits, discoloration, etc.
F = FAIR
The record is still just playable but has not been cared for
properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover
and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.
P = POOR
The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad
surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly
B = BAD
The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is
only of use as a collection-filler.