Grading Procedures

Card Grading

Global experts examine each trading card using the procedures listed below:

  • Authenticity - factory issued and not a reprint or counterfeit
  • Alterations - the card has not been trimmed, filed, re-colored, built up corners, re-glossed, or any other type of alteration; there must be clear and convincing evidence that can be articulated why a card is altered
  • Centering - measure exact centering on very card when warranted, from top to bottom and left to right
  • Surface - scratches, missing stock, wrinkles, creases and any other surface problems
  • Corner wear - fraying, slight touches, creases, wrinkles, bends, chipping and any other type of wear
  • Edges - fraying, chipping, uneven factory cut, and any other type of edge flaws
  • Print defects - factory print defects, print flaws impact the overall eye appeal of the card with white “snow” or print dots and where its located
  • Staining - gum, water, tobacco, wax or any other type of stain
  • Overall eye appeal - determine if the card has superior eye appeal; determine final grade

The grading information of each card is recorded into the Global database. The database information is available for customer viewing on our company Web site at Certification Check.

The card’s information is printed onto a Global product label (or ‘flip’) and sealed (or ‘encapsulated’) inside a Global card holder.

The tamper evident holder is a specially designed to protect a card from moisture, humidity and physical wear that can degrade a trading card over time. Individual cards can be easily identified while stored using the card markets only top-viewing holder.


Wax Pack, Cello, Rack, Tray and Box Grading

  • Authenticity - factory cello, pack, rack, or box. Print quality and wrap match factory issue
  • Alterations - cello, pack, racks; boxes have not been resealed, re-colored, re-wrapped, or any other type of alteration; there must be clear and convincing evidence that can be articulated why an unopened item has been altered
  • Surface condition - wrinkles, tears, creases, and any other type of surface problem
  • Gum condition - broken, disintegrated or intact
  • Corner wear - fraying, tears, bends, discoloration
  • Edges - tears, fraying, wrinkles, discoloration or any other type of flaws
  • Print defects - determine if there are print flaws and whether the print defects impact the overall eye appeal
  • Staining - water, gum, mildew or any other type of stain
  • Un-opened seal - verify the type of factory seal. Complete seal, partial seal or no seal
  • Overall eye appeal - determine if the unopened item has superior eye appeal; determine final grade