GRADING MINT (M)
Absolutely perfect in every way. Never been played, possibly even still sealed.
NEAR MINT (NM)
A nearly perfect record. The record should show no obvious signs of wear.
An Excellent record will show very little signs that it was played. Record surfaces will perhaps have 1 or 2 light hairlines, but not much else.
VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)
A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experience.
Slight warps that do not affect the sound are OK.
VERY GOOD (VG)
Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc.
Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise.
Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.
ALL RECORDS ARE GRADED VISUALLY