SEALED) Sealed at factory and never opened. Disc is assumed to be
undamaged and mint, but this cannot be proven until the album is
actually opened and the disc examined.
Perfection, no flaws, defects, marks or otherwise indications of being
handled or played. Any scuffs, hairline scratches or other marks
disqualify discs from this category.
MINUS) The vinyl is virtually flawless, bright and shiny. A very minor,
barely visible scuff or two may be permitted, but no scratches. The
disc should play with no audible noise. The label is bright, clean and
GOOD ++) Disc plays near perfectly, but may have minor paper scuffs
that do not interfere with the sound quality. There can possibly be a
hairline scratch or two but nothing that is obvious or affects play.
Vinyl is bright and shiny; label is clean and unmarked.
GOOD PLUS) Some visible surface wear, very minor scratches and scuffs,
but minimal impact on the sound quality. Vinyl will still have good
luster; labels may have minor imperfections (small labels or initials,
etc.) but otherwise clean.
GOOD) Vinyl will have noticeable scratches or scuffs that cause minor
surface noise, but do not overpower the music. There will be no skips.
Vinyl may appear somewhat dull and grayish. Labels may have small tears,
tape marks, larger writing, etc. but still easily legible.
Well-played, dull, grayish vinyl with deeper scratches and wear causing
distracting surface noise (hisses, pops, cracks and other nasties). The
record will still play through without any skips. Labels may be
significantly defaced or damaged.
ALBUM COVER GRADES
(STILL SEALED) Album is still in the factory-applied shrink-wrapping.
(MINT) Absolutely perfect; no corner dings, marks, tears, dents, impressions from the disc, or other flaws.
(MINT MINUS) Very minor signs of wear or cover impressions. Artwork is as close to perfection as possible.
GOOD ++) Minor disc impression or slight corner creases, no wrinkles,
puckers, seam splits or writing on the cover. Artwork is clean and
unworn and there is no ink wear.
GOOD PLUS) Cover is clean but may have minor writing or marks and may
show slight wear. There may be just the start of ring wear, where the
disc has created a raised area on the cover that resulted in the ink
wearing off the paper. There may be slight discoloration or staining,
minor seam wear, but no splits or tears. Corners may have small creases
GOOD) Covers are worn and used. Seams may be starting to split. There
is moderate ringwear, but the artwork is still attractive. There may be
yellowing or discoloration and there may be larger writing, labels, or
marks. Corners may have damage or creases and there may be scratches or
gouges that otherwise damage the artwork.
Seam splits, large marker writing, major seam splits, significant ring
wear, damaged corners, tears, cuts, gouges, masking or duct tape seam
repairs, or other flaws and damage.