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Card Condition Grading Guidelines


Updated at: March 28, 2020

Grading – why is it needed?

Card condition grading is a topic that is relative and subjective to being a buyer and a seller. A buyer would grade more stringently, but once the position is traversed becoming a seller, the grading standards may become more lenient.

Hence, this guide is to outline how cards are being graded, to establish a balanced, experienced, honest and fair way. This is to increase buyer satisfaction by defining standards that reduce ambiguity and ensure that buyer expectations are met.

By providing clear examples of what a card should look like at each condition, everyone knows what to expect when buying and selling cards on PLAYY.WORLD.

The challenge is that there are no hard and fast rules regarding the amount of marks a card can have or how severe those marks can get—every card is unique. By introducing guidelines, the aim is to identify the best methods for evaluating card condition.

PLAYY.WORLD only supports cards in Mint (M), Near Mint (NM), Lightly Played (LP) and Heavily Played (HP)

Our Card Condition Guidelines

PLAYY.WORLD is always listening to the feedback from the players and community, using their inputs to develop and refine the guidelines below, to address the issues and concerns of card conditions.

See below for more details:

Near Mint

Cards in Near Mint (NM) condition show minimal to no wear from shuffling, play or handling and can have a nearly unmarked surface, crisp corners and unblemished edges outside of a few minimal flaws. A Near Mint card may have a tiny edge nick or a tiny scratch or two, but overall look nearly unplayed with no major defects or flaws.

The acceptable range of cards within the Near Mint condition include both cards with no imperfections and cards with a few minor imperfections.


Near Mint Foil

On foil cards, wear and blemishes are more easily noticed. As a result, grading Near Mint Foils (NMFs) is fairly simple: They canʼt have any scratches, clouding, print defects or visible damage or marks. Near Mint Foils are nearly pristine cards because itʼs the most scrutinized card condition.


Lightly Played

Cards in Lightly Played (LP) condition may have minor border or corner wear or even just slight scuffs or scratches. There are no major defects such as liquid damage, bends or issues with the structural integrity of the card. Noticeable imperfections are okay, but none should be too severe or at too high a volume.

The acceptable range of cards within the Lightly Played condition include both cards with a handful of minor imperfections and those with a few more noticeable imperfections.


Lightly Played Foil

Lightly Played Foils (LPFs) show minimal wear and very few surface flaws. Any flaws such as scratches are very slight, and no major imperfections or flaws should exist. Scratches in the art box tend to be more noticeable and factor more heavily than other flaws. Foils in Lightly Played condition may also have slight fading or signs of wear or slight warping.


Heavily Played

Cards in Heavily Played (HP) condition show a severe amount of wear. Cards with less than 30% of the surface being liquid damaged are typically accepted but may be considered Damaged if especially detrimental. HP cards can have one small instance of missing ink (such as if something is stuck to a card, then removed and pulls away part of the card), along with major creasing, whitening and border wear if the card can still be sleeve playable.

Damaged and Unacceptable Items

If the cards have too much wear or more severe flaws, it is considered Damaged and is not to be listed on PLAYY.WORLD. This includes but is not limited to the examples below:

• Creases
• Excessive edge wear
• Excessive corner wear
• Severe Scratches
• Any water damage
• Any writing, ink, or other markings
• Peeling or splitting
• Cuts or tears
• Mis-prints, mis-cuts, and crimps