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TCG Condition

MTG Card Condition Guide

Near Mint

Near Mint cards will have some imperfections and show minimal wear but it will be minor, and few in number. These cards can range from 'Mint' to Excellent. Overall these are in excellent or better condition and ideal for a player who wants cards in excellent shape for their decks that are tournament legal. These cards may not be ideal for the "Mint" card collector.

  • A few nicks or dings
  • Light minor edge wear
  • Light corner wear
  • Minor scratch or scuff
  • Other minor imperfection

Too many of these imperfections will cause a card to be graded Played.

Foil Near Mint

  • Cannot have any easily noticeable scratches
  • Can have very minor "clouding"
  • Can be slightly warped

Moderately Played

Moderately Played items are on a much larger spectrum in terms of flaws, the condition may be worse, but these cards should still be tournament playable in sleeves. While most of these items wouldn't be recommended for collectors, they are great for people who are looking for a substantially cheaper option for a playable card.

  • Heavy edge wear and corner deformation
  • Nicks or dings
  • Substantial warping
  • Moderate scuffing
  • Considerable scratches
  • Heavy impressions
  • "Clouding"

Damaged and Unacceptable Items

  • Creases
  • Excessive edge wear
  • Excessive corner wear
  • Severe Scratches
  • Any water damage
  • Any writing, ink, or other markings
  • Peeling or splitting
  • Cuts or tears
  • Misprints, miscuts, and crimps

Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Condition Guide

Near Mint

Near Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards may have some minor imperfections, the card overall will still be in excellent shape condition-wise and will be playable in tournaments. There can be a few flaws including but not limited to:

  • Light edge wear
  • Light scuffing
  • Minor warping
  • Minor corner wear
  • Few nicks or dings
  • Small light impressions

Played

Played cards will have more noticeable or more imperfections, but should still be tournament playable in sleeves. While most items with this condition are not recommended for collectors, they are ideal for players looking for a cheaper option to use in their decks. These flaws can include but are not limited to:

  • Edgewear
  • Scuffing
  • Warping
  • Corner wear
  • Moderate nicks or dings
  • Impressions
  • A very minor crease

Too many of these imperfections will cause a card to be graded Played.

Damaged and Unacceptable Items

  • Creases
  • Excessive edge wear
  • Excessive corner wear
  • Severe Scratches
  • Any water damage
  • Any writing, ink, or other markings
  • Peeling or splitting
  • Cuts or tears
  • Misprints, miscuts, and crimps

Pokemon Card Condition Guide

Near Mint

Near Mint cards will have some imperfections and show minimal wear but it will be minor, and few in number. These cards can range from 'Mint' to Excellent. Overall these are in excellent or better condition and ideal for a player who wants cards in excellent shape for their decks that are tournament legal. These cards may not be ideal for the "Mint" card collector.

  • A few nicks or dings
  • Light edge wear
  • Light corner wear
  • Minor scratches or scuffs
  • Other minor imperfections

The same applies to Near Mint Holos/Reverse Holo but they may also be more scratched, scuffed and warped due to the materials of the cards.

Played

Played cards will have more noticeable or more imperfections, but should still be tournament playable in sleeves. While most items with this condition are not recommended for collectors, they are ideal for players looking for a cheaper option to use in their decks. These flaws can include but are not limited to:

  • Edgewear
  • Scuffing
  • Warping
  • Corner wear
  • Moderate nicks or dings
  • Impressions
  • A very minor crease

Too many of these imperfections will cause a card to be graded Played.

Damaged and Unacceptable Items

  • Larger or more abundant creases
  • Severe scratches
  • Water damage
  • Writing, ink markings
  • Peeling or splitting sides/corners
  • Cuts, tears or other structurally compromising flaws