Please note that our grading is primarily visual (not play graded). Some discs may play better or worse than visual appearance. We try to conservatively grade all records and try to offer sound clips of used records when appropriate. Please contact us if you would like more details about a specific item.
Sealed: Jacket is sealed shut in shrink wrap, disc is sold ungraded or “as is”.
Mint: New, never been played.
NM or M-: Appears close to unplayed and will bear minimal marks, sleeve scuffs, or scratches. All final copies of new releases are listed as NM as they have been available for preview in our location, however many NM items are shipped new and unplayed.
VG++ or EX: May have one or two visible imperfections, but these will be of a purely cosmetic nature (i.e. sleeve scuffs or other superficial marks) and will not affect play. A VG++ record will have no scratches.
VG+: A few visible imperfections. These may include sleeve scuffs, superficial marks, and light scratches. The presence of a single light scratch is enough for us to grade an otherwise markless record VG+; a VG+ record will have no more than a few such scratches.
VG: Shows the kinds of imperfections found on VG+ records but in slightly greater numbers. There may be a number of light scratches and other marks, but a VG record will not bear any scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
VG-: A number of visible imperfections; the presence of a considerable number of light scratches will force us to give a record this grade, as will the presence of even one scratch deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
G+: Pervasive imperfections of varying degrees including both light scratches and scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail. May skip.
G: Significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear, including both light scratches and scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail. May skip.
WOL: Writing on record label.
Mint: New, perfect. We rarely use this grade for covers.
NM or M-: Appears as though it were brand new and will display very minor to no imperfections, wear, or signs of handling.
VG+: A few noticeable imperfections or signs of wear and handling, but they will be neither prominent nor numerous. These may include a single split to the seams or spine that does not exceed 1″ in length, light stains or discoloration, small crease marks, and faint shelf or ring wear.
VG: Shows the same imperfections and signs of wear and handling present on a VG+ cover, but they will be more pronounced or present in greater numbers. Splits to the seam or spine will not exceed 5″ in length. The presence of a single pronounced flaw, such as extremely prominent shelf or ring wear, marking, staining, writing, or discoloration will cause an LP cover to receive this grade, as will the presence of an appreciable number of minor flaws.
VG-: A cover in this condition will have an appreciable number of minor imperfections and one or more pronounced flaws such as prominent shelf or ring wear, marking, staining, writing, or discoloration. Splits to the seams or spine will not exceed 6″ in length.
G+: A cover in this condition will heavy wear and several of the pronounced flaws described above. Splits to the seam or spine may exceed 6″ in length.
G: A cover in this condition will display heavy wear and several of the pronounced flaws described above. Splits to the seam or spine may exceed 8″ in length.
WOC: Writing on cover.