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RECORD GRADING SYSTEM
(Based on Goldmine Grading System)
MINT COVERS: A mint cover appears to have never had a record inside it. No wear to the corners or any marring on the face or back of the cover. This also applies to EP jackets and 45 single picture sleeves.
MINT VINYL: A mint record looks perfect. A mint record looks like it has just left the manufacturer, with NO flaws what so ever. It looks as though it has never been handled. No scuffs or scratches. The vinyl does not have any defect from the factory pressing, such as bubbles or pits in the vinyl. Even if they do not cause any problem when played. It is a perfect pressing.
NEAR MINT or NM: We define NM as being almost mint. This grade is the most widely used grade for records that appear virtually flawless. Virtually flawless records are not perfect. A very minor scuff and very little else may appear on the vinyl. This will most likely have occurred during packaging, or removing the record from the inner sleeve but has been handled with extreme care. It should play without any noise over the flaw. The flaw is very hard to see.
NEAR MINT COVERS: The cover looks as close to perfect with only minor signs of wear and or age. Minor impressions to the cover (due to the outer edge of the vinyl resting inside) may be present, however the artwork is as close to perfect as can be.
EXCELLENT or EX:
EX VINYL: An excellent (EX) condition for vinyl allows minor scuffs which are visible but only slightly. The wear is minimal and plays mint. No scratches on vinyl.
EX COVER: Artwork is as close to perfect as can be. Some impression to the cover (minor outer ring wear) may appear but no ink wear. Some slight creases to the corners, but not wrinkled and obtrusive to the eye. The corners can show white meaning, slight wear. No seam splits or writing on the cover or taped repairs.
VERY GOOD PLUS or VG+:
VG+ VINYL: VG+ will show wear, surface scuffs, (or spiral scuffs that came from turn table platters or jukeboxes for 45 singles) and some very light scratches. Surface scuffs may have been caused from blunt (not sharp) objects. Minor scuffs may have been caused from inner sleeves. The vinyl still has a great luster, but the flaws are noticeable to the naked eye. If you the record up to a very bright light, you may see many tiny lines across the surface. The record looks as though it was handled with extreme care.
VG+ COVERS: A virtually clean cover. The artwork looks clean with slightly more aging. The back of the cover may give away the age of the cover. Flat white paper may be somewhat yellow yet no stains or mildew from water damage. Some minor wear to the seams or spine, but no tears or holes popping through. The corners may be slightly dog eared yet no crackly bends, defacing the artwork.
VERY GOOD or VG: A Very Good (VG) record may appear well played but still has some luster. The vinyl may be faded, slightly grayish, yet appears to have been handled as carefully as it could have been. There may be minor crackle or a slight hiss, but is only heard in between tracks or in low musical passages.
VG COVERS: VG covers look worn and used. There may be some seam splitting but not completely separated. There may be some ring wear, where the ink has begun to wear off. There may be some writing on the cover. It may look aged and more yellowish yet it is decent. VG covers do not have taped seams or water damage to it.
G+ and VG-: Many records that appear in VG condition often play less than very good. These are defined as better than Good, but less than Very Good. With a G+ record, it will look just as the described condition for Good, yet may play better than it looks. Same for VG-, however VG- and G+ are of the same value.
GOOD or G: A good record looks very well played, dull, grayish and possibly abused. However a Good record still plays. It may have distracting surface noise such as crackle that is continuous or some hiss. It plays without any skips or any obtrusively loud pops or repeated clicks, caused by deep scratches. Good means that it will play with some form of decency, so one can still enjoy the music even though you can still hear noise caused from the wear.
GOOD COVER: A Good cover may have just about everything wrong with it. It may have seam splits (possibly taped repaired). In essence, the cover may looked trashed, but the artwork is still noticeable.
FAIR & POOR: Fair and Poor records do not meet the lowest grade above (GOOD), they are trash and worthless. It won't be playable for the most part. WE DO NOT SELL FAIR POOR RECORDS!
In our listings, the record's grade is listed first, followed by that of the sleeve or jacket.
7" - standard 45 RPM
co - cut-out
pc - picture sleeve
sl - slight
UK- United Kingdom (British Pressing)
10" - 10-inch vinyl LP
dj - Disc Jockey (promo)
pi - picture Insert (CD Single)
sm spl - Seam Split
US - United States (domestic pressing)
12" - 12-inch single
ep - Extended Play
promo - promotional copy
soc - sticker on cover
va - various artists
bb - bb hole in cover
imp - import
ps - picture sleeve (45)
sol - sticker on label
wlp - white label promo
boot - bootleg
lp - 12" vinyl album
quad - quadraphonic
ss - still sealed
woc - writing on cover
cc - cut corner
m - mono Lp
re - reissue
s/t - self titled
wol - writing on label
cd - compact disc
nap - not affecting play
ri - reissue
tc - title cover (12" and CD's)
xol - "x" on label
cd3 - 3" compact disc single
non-lp- not on full-length LP or CD
rpm - revolutions per minute
ti - title insert (CD single)
cd5 - 5" compact disc single
oc - original cast recording
rw - ring wear
toc - tape on cover
coh - cut-out-hole
ost - original soundtrack
s - stereo Lp
tol - tape on label
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Priority Mail : 1 VINYL or CD $6.50 each addt'l $2
Global Priority Mail : 1 VINYL $12 each addt'l $3
Global Priority Mail : 1 CD $10 each addt'l $2
Airmail : 1 VINYL $15 each addt'l $3
Airmail : 1 CD $9.50 each addt'l $2
Global Priority : 1 VINYL $18 each addt'l $4
Global Priority : 1 CD $13 each addt'l $2