Grading Standards

Card Grading Standards

Global Pristine (10)

This superior example exhibits no wear or blemishes. This card must possess four perfectly sharp corners and superb print quality. Approximate centering of 50/50 on the front.

Global Gem-Mt (9.5)

This superior example exhibits no wear or blemishes. This card must possess four perfectly sharp corners and no chipping. One minor print imperfection may be allowed. Approximate centering of 55/45 on the front.

Global Mint (9)

Appears to have all the attributes of a Global GEM-MT 9.5. Under close examination one minor flaw, such as a small print mark, slight registration problem or minor surface problem may be evident. Approximate centering of 60/40 on the front.

Global NM-MT+ (8.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global NM-MT card but will have a superior characteristic.

Global NM-MT (8)

A near flawless card. While the corners appear sharp to the naked eye, light ‘touches’ of wear may be seen on the tips of one or more of the corners under closer examination. A few minor flaws, including light surface wear or a small wax stain may be evident. Approximate centering of 65/35 on the front.

Global NM+ (7.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global NM card but will have a superior characteristic.

Global NM (7)

While the corners still appear square, light wear at their tips may be evident. The card may exhibit a few minor flaws. Approximate centering of 70/30 on the front.

Global EX-MT+ (6.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global EX-MT card but will have a superior characteristic.

Global EX-MT (6)

This card may have one or more corners displaying light corner fraying and a light amount of stock enamel missing on the edge. May exhibit several minor flaws, including light surface scratching. Approximate centering of 75/25 on the front.

Global EX+ (5.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global EX 5 card but will have a superior characteristic.

Global EX (5)

May exhibit a few flaws including very light rounding of the corners, loss of surface gloss and a very light surface wrinkle may be evident. Approximate centering of 80/20 on the front.

Global VG-EX+ (4.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global VG-EX 4 but will have a superior characteristic.

Global VG-EX (4)

May exhibit several flaws, including light corner rounding, a light crease, surface wear and print imperfections. Approximate centering of 85/15 on the front.

Global VG+ (3.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global VG 3 but will have a superior characteristic.

Global VG (3)

May have several flaws, including more noticeable rounding of the corners, multiple creases, chipping and print imperfections. Approximate centering of 90/10 on the front.

Global GD-VG (2.5)

May exhibit several flaws, including rounded corners, a small amount of back damage, staining and surface wear. Approximate centering of 90/10 on the front.

Global GOOD (2)

May exhibit a few major flaws, including heavy creasing, accelerated corner wear, poor registration, a pinhole, writing and tape.

Global FAIR (1.5)

May exhibit several major flaws including tears and missing surface stock.

Global POOR (1)

May include many major flaws such as missing pieces and similar, obvious defects.

Flaw Glossary

Minor Flaws: A minor flaw may include but is not limited to a light print line, light wax stain, light surface wear and a slightly skewed manufacture cut.

Flaw: A flaw may include but is not limited to corner wear, print line or mark, wax stain and surface wear or enamel.

Major Flaws: A major flaw may include but is not limited to accelerated or heavy corner wear, poor registration, a heavy stain or stains, excessive surface wear, pinhole, writing and tape or tape residue.

The Global Authority, Inc. grading guide is not meant to be totally comprehensive; rather it is a general summary of information used to understand the Global grading process.

Minor League Disclaimer

Global Authority, Inc. grades certain issues of Minor League sports trading cards, including Star Baseball and TCMA. At this time we do not grade other Minor League issues. Please call or email before submitting your items to verify if we can or cannot grade the item.

Autographed Cards

Global Authority, Inc. grades and authenticates trading cards and does not offer an opinion on the authenticity of autographs from card manufacturers.

Minimum Size Disclaimer

Global Authority, Inc. will not encapsulate trading cards that measure more than a 1/32” short top to bottom or 1/32” narrow left to right. Manufactured sets that are known to vary in size will be accounted for during the grading process.

Authentic Only Disclaimer

Global Authority, Inc. will designate, by customer request, cards that have been graded trimmed, recolored, re-backed or altered by labeling the certification flip; Authentic Only. Cards that have been miscut, hand cut or sheet cut will not be assigned a numerical grade, they will be labeled Authentic Only.

Liquidity

Items Encapsulated or authenticated by Global Authority, Inc. does not assure liquidity or market acceptance.


Wax Pack Grading Standards

Global Pristine (10)

This superior example exhibits no wear or blemishes. The package must be wrinkle and crease free and also possess superb print quality. The gum must not be broken or adhere to the front of the card. Centering must be 55-45 or better.

Global Gem-Mt (9.5)

This superior example exhibits no wear or blemishes. This pack must possess four perfectly sharp corners and no chipping. One minor print imperfection may be allowed. Approximate centering of 55/45 on the front.

Global Mint (9)

The pack appears to have all the attributes of a Global Gem-Mint 10. Upon closer inspection, there is one minor flaw such as a minor wrinkle; touch of wear at one corner or a small print mark may be visible. Centering must be 80-20 or better.

Global Nm-Mt+ (8.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global NM-MT pack but will have a superior characteristic.

Global Nm-Mt (8)

A nearly flawless pack. While the corners appear flawless, upon closer inspection, this pack may have one or more corners with a light wrinkle or wear. There may be a few other minor flaws including print marks, a light stain, or light surface scratches. Centering must be 90-10 or better.

Global NM+ (7.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global NM pack but will have a superior characteristic.

Global NM (7)

While the pack appears to have foursquare corners, there may be light wrinkles on all four corners. The pack may exhibit a few minor flaws including a minor tear, wear at all four corners or a small stain. Centering must be 95-5 or better.

Global EX-MT+ (6.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global EX-MT pack but will have a superior characteristic.

Global EX-MT (6)

This pack may have four corners with light wrinkles and one or more corners may have light tears. There may be light wrinkles on the front and on the back of the pack. The gum may be broken and adhered to the pack.

Global EX+ (5.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global EX 5 pack but will have a superior characteristic.

Global EX (5)

This pack will exhibit one or more corners with light tears and may have four corners with wrinkles. There may be broken or missing gum, staining and discoloration of the pack. The wrapper may also be misaligned.

Global VG-EX+ (4.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global VG-EX 4 but will have a superior characteristic.

Global VG-EX (4)

This pack will exhibit tears on the corners as well as small tears on the front and on the back of the pack. Wrinkling throughout the pack will be evident. Up to 60% of the seal may be popped. Loss of gloss, discoloration and fading will be evident. The wrapper may be misaligned.

Global VG+ (3.5)

Appears to be very similar to a Global VG 3 but will have a superior characteristic.

Global VG (3)

This pack will exhibit major flaws. There will be open tears on the corners and throughout the pack. The card stock may be exposed and a large part of the back of the pack will be exposed. 80% of the seal will be popped and fading, discoloration and lack of gloss will be obvious. The wrapper will be misaligned.

Global GD-VG (2.5)

May exhibit several flaws, including rounded corners, a small amount of back damage, staining and surface wear. Approximate centering of 90/10 on the front.

Global GOOD (2)

This pack will have major flaws throughout. Major tears will exist. The card stock will be exposed on one or more corners as well as the front and back of the pack. The gum will have disintegrated into powder and 90% of the seal will have been popped. The wrapper will be misaligned as well.

Global FAIR (1.5)

May exhibit several major flaws including tears and missing surface stock.

Global POOR (1)

This pack will exhibit major flaws throughout and card stock will be exposed on corners as well as the front and back of the pack. Less than 10% of the seal will be intact. The card stock will exhibit damage from wear, water, mildew, etc. The wrapper will be misaligned.

Authentic and Unopened

Packs that have been altered such as recolored and restored packs that have original factory seals and have not been opened will be designated “Authentic and Unopened”. These packs will not receive a grade. However, they are guaranteed to be authentic.

Unopened Grade Disclaimer

Global Authority, Inc. does not provide any guarantee regarding the condition of unopened material. Due to the fragile nature of unopened material grade and authentication are representative as of the date encapsulated and are not intended to represent the condition of the item after the date the unopened material was processed. Extremes such as shaking, compression, changes in temperature, can affect the condition and grade of the contents in the holder.

Unopened Encapsulation Disclaimer

The malleable material used in our holder is designed to allow removal of the contents. To avoid damage to the contents inside the holder avoid excessive exposure to light, temperature changes, shaking, moisture, compression and other extremes. Care must be used when removing items from the holder.

Liquidity

Items Encapsulated or authenticated by Global Authority, Inc. does not assure liquidity or market acceptance