Condition Guide

Pat's Games Card Condition Guide

Pat's Games currently buys cards graded as Near Min-Mint, Slightly Played or Moderately Played. We do not buy damaged cards.

Near Mint - Mint (NM-Mint)

A card in Near Mint-Mint condition will show little to no visible wear. From the back, a Near Mint-Mint card is generally indistinguishable from other cards of the same condition.

A card in this category may have one or two of the following types of wear:

  • Very slight scratches visible upon close inspection
  • Very slight clouding (dust/dirt damage) visible upon close inspection
  • Very slight scuffing or loss of sheen visible upon close inspection
  • Very slight nicks visible upon close inspection
  • Very small printing flaws visible upon close inspection

Slightly Played (SP)

A card in Slightly Played condition will show visible, minor or mild wear even without close inspection.

A card in this category may have several instances of the wear described in the NM-Mint section as well as the following additional types of wear:

  • Minor scratches
  • Mild clouding (dust/dirt damage)
  • Minor scuffing or loss of sheen
  • Minor nicks
  • Minor printing flaws
  • Minor binder bending
  • Minor indentations on the card surface
  • Mild border whitening that does not extend along all card borders
  • Mild corner whitening that does not extend to every corner
  • Mild discoloration or fading

 

Moderately Played (MP)

A card in Moderately Played condition will show easily visible, moderate wear. A Moderately Played card will still be legal for tournament play if sleeved.

A card in this category may have several instances of the wear described in the Slightly Played section as well as the following additional types of wear:

  • Moderate scratches
  • Moderate clouding (dust/dirt damage)
  • Moderate scuffing or loss of sheen
  • Moderate nicks
  • Moderate printing flaws
  • Moderate binder bending
  • Moderate indentations on the card surface
  • Moderate border whitening that may extend along all card borders
  • Moderate corner whitening that may extend to every corner
  • Moderate discoloration or fading