We use the Discogs / Goldmine grading system. First Cover, then Record. We grade visually and always conservatively… we expect the same thing when you sell/ trade items with us . Here’s a brief explanation of our grading system, followed by an overview of abbreviations you will encounter...
SS Still Sealed - in factory-fresh condition. Upon request we check sealed items..
M Mint - New and 100% guaranteed unplayed record
M- Mint Minus - a near perfect, probably unplayed record. A slight little bent corner, hardly noticeable seam wear or very light hairlines or wear must occur. Regarding its age, it’s a perfect item!!
VG+ Very Good Plus - record shows very light signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. Cover and packaging might have slight wear and /or creasing. Equal to EX record using British Record Collector Grading
VG Very Good –only superficial signs of use that don’t affect play. Only well cared for records will grade out to VG. Will satisfy all but the most demanding collector. We’re +30 years collectors and usually we keep this records in our collections, specially when it´s rarity raised.
G+ Good plus - a used, reasonable copy. There will be obvious signs of wear and the possibility of light surface noise between tracks or during quiet passages, but still quite nice. Some clicks or pops ( not jumps) may occur
G Good - significant wear and marks and usually quite noticeable surface noise. We only sell ultra rare items in this condition.
We don’t sell items under this condition! Mostly of our stuff is VG+ or better!
Comments & Abbreviations
We try to describe as exact and conservative as possible the condition of our records. Sometimes (and less often) using abbreviations like:
co = drill hole in label or jacket (or saw mark/cut corner on cover)
cw = cover wear
dj = promotional issue
lbl = label
ps = picture sleeve (for 45's)
pc = picture cover (hard cover – usually 45rpm Eps)
re = reissue
sl = slight
tobc = tag on back cover
tol = tear on label
wlp = white label promo
woc = writing on cover
wol = writing on label
#ol = number on label
oc = on cover
obc = on back cover
promo stamp = usually gold embossed notice on jacket indicating that item intended for promotional use
split seams, 4" split, 8" taped seam, etc... = all refer to cover damage
all these comments have no bearing on the disc itself, but only refer to the cover or label.