A Note About Record Grading
We use the Goldmine Standard for our grading criteria, and have 19 years of experience using this system as both sellers and collectors. We try to
grade conservatively so there’ll be no surprises when you receive your records – we want you to know exactly what you’re getting, so we describe any
issues or imperfections in every item’s listing. Records are primarily graded visually, but we will spot-play any questionable marks on the vinyl to
make sure playback is not interrupted. Additionally, every photo we use is of the exact item for sale; we don’t use any stock photos, or pictures found on
the internet. We are always available to answer additional questions, and usually able to respond within the same day.
All records will come in a protective clear poly outer sleeve and a solid paper inner sleeve. Custom inner sleeves that have splitting will be replaced to
protect the vinyl, but will be included with the item as part of the original package. All 7” records will also have inner sleeves and clear poly outer
sleeves, even the ones that weren’t issued with them when they were new.
These are the grades that we use:
: Still Sealed by the factory that made it. The record inside is new and untouched, no matter how old it is. This is the only truly Mint record.
: We very rarely use this grade, as it describes a perfect item. A Mint item won’t have a single flaw, but it may be opened.
: This is generally the highest grade we give to an open record. Records will have no obvious signs of wear, and should appear unplayed. Covers,
sleeves and inserts will have no signs of handling or blemishes.
: This describes an item with only the slightest hints of use. An item with this grade will have no more than one very small issue. Records can have
only the slightest superficial mark, and covers can have only one very minor concern.
: A record with this grade is still well cared for, but will show some signs that it was played and handled. The record surface will only have light
superficial scuffs that do not affect play, such as what might be caused by the inner sleeve when the record is removed. The cover will have only
light wear. All but the most demanding collector considers this grade highly acceptable.
: We rarely carry a record in this grade because it’s very close to being below our quality standards. But if it’s rare enough, we will occasionally have a VG
record. It will show obvious signs of use, and will have some soft surface noise audible during quiet passages. May have a quiet tick or pop, but no skips. The cover
may have a small tear or light ringwear, but will not be in tatters.
These grades are below our quality standards, and we don’t sell records in these conditions:
: From here on down, it’s just a matter of how many problems the record has. Surface wear is distracting, and covers are more broken down.
: These records will have some tracks that won’t play without skipping. Covers will be falling apart.
and Poor: These records are essentially unplayable, and of interest only to look at. Covers may be unreadable or completely deteriorated.