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HOW MAGIC MADHOUSE GRADES THEIR CARD STOCK

Condition Guide

This guide will explain the different conditions we use to evaluate our card stock and help you make informed decisions about the cards you buy from us.

GRADING TERMINOLOGY

NM

EX

GD

HP

It's important to go through the guide and make sure you know the condition of the cards you are buying. This is especially important if you are going to use the cards for tournaments or collecting. Otherwise, all of our cards are playable, especially in a casual setting.

NEAR MINT

A card in Near Mint condition will have no more than one attribute of very minor wear.

If multiple minor issues are determined, the card will be graded at a lower condition.
This applies to both standard and foil cards.

  • Minor boarder wear/ white notches
  • Minor clouding
  • Minor printing defects/ misprint
  • Minor surface scratch

All artist-signed cards that are otherwise in Near Mint condition will be graded as Excellent.

Minor boarder wear/ white notches

Minor clouding

Minor printing defects/ misprint

Minor scratching

EXCELLENT

A card in Excellent condition will show signs of minor play.
A card in this condition may exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Minor binder bending
  • Minor corner wear
  • Minor marks on the sides of the card
  • Minor surface scratches
  • Minor wear along one or more edges of the card
  • Foils - considerable clouding

All artist-signed cards that are otherwise in Near Mint condition will be graded as Excellent.

Minor binder bending

Minor corner wear

Minor marks on the sides of the card

Minor surface scratches

Minor wear along one or more edges of the card

Foils - considerable clouding

GOOD

A card in Good condition will show more significant wear.
A card in this condition may exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Clearly visible surface scratches
  • Distinct corner wear
  • Fading/ whitening of front and/ or back surface of the card
  • Minor creasing
  • Minor inking
  • Moderate binder bending
  • Shuffling marks at the edges of the card
  • Very minor water damage
  • Whitening along multiple sides
  • Foils - major clouding

Good condition cards will also include:

a) All artist-signed cards that are otherwise in Excellent or Good condition.
b) All Premiere Event stamped cards that are otherwise in Near Mint, Excellent or Good condition.
c) All cards which have been written on by previous owners, but are otherwise in Near Mint or Excellent condition.

You should assume that opaque sleeves will be required to play a Good condition card in sanctioned tournaments.

Clearly visible surface scratches

Distinct corner wear

Fading/ whitening of front and/ or back surface of the card

Minor creasing

Minor inking

Moderate binder bending

Shuffling marks at the edges of the card

Very minor water damage

Whitening along multiple sides

Foils - major clouding

HEAVILY PLAYED

A card in Heavily Played condition is a card that shows more significant wear or damage, and will not normally be sold on our website. These cards are sometimes taken to events and trade shows.
A card in this condition may exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Cards with very obvious surface damage, minor indentations, etc
  • Heavy boarder wear
  • Heavy corner wear
  • Major creasing
  • Major front or back whitening
  • Major inking
  • Major shuffle creases
  • Major water damage
  • Physical damage (minor tearing or holes)
  • Writing on the front or back of the card

You should assume that opaque sleeves will be required to play a Good condition card in sanctioned tournaments.

Cards with very obvious surface damage, minor indentations, etc

Heavy boarder wear

Heavy corner wear

Major creasing

Major front or white whitening

Major inking

Major shuffle creases

Major water damage

Physical damage (minor tearing or holes)

Writing on the front or back of the card

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