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GCLGS - Grading Standards - Label Grades

Label Grading



Note: Damage on the reverse of the label such as tape, glue, paper loss, or significant aging can lower the label one to two grades.

Note: Overall eye appeal is one of the most important factors when grading a label. It can add or subtract from the technical grade.

 



10 Gem Mint - No defects.  Must be a full-size label (no trimming at factory).  Label is fully sharp, fresh, original and vibrant.  Perfect registration.


9.5 Choice Mint - No signs of handling or foxing or aging.  Image is fresh and vibrant.  Label may have one or two small print imperfections which do not detract from the beauty of the label (not at image’s focal point).  


9 Mint - No signs of foxing or trimming.  Image is clear and centered.  Label may have very subtle signs of handling or aging.  (A label with very subtle evidence of aging/yellowing, that is otherwise fully fresh and mint, may qualify for this grade.)  Can have several small printing imperfections.


8 Near Mint - Very minimal handling and slight to moderate aging or yellowing within margin only.  No tears.


7 Excellent - One or possibly more of the following (not affecting the image):  Slight soiling, slight foxing, light handling, minimal edge wear, slight aging, or yellowing.  Note:  a single ¼” margin tear without other problems may still be graded “Excellent".


6 Very Fine - Combination of the following:  soiling (in margin only), light foxing, margin creases, or slight edge wear.  Only one of the following problems affecting the image, but not at the image’s focal point:  slight soiling, foxing.  Small nicks or a few very slight tears at border of the label only.


5 Fine - Some of the following:  Soiling, foxing, creases, edge wear.  The problems affecting the image are limited to very light soiling or foxing.  Minor tears that do not reach image.


4 Very Good - Several of the following:  soiling, foxing, flaking or creases that minimally affect image.  Tears extend to edge of image only.


3 Good - Soiling, foxing, flaking, and creases throughout image but can only have light to medium damage to the surface of the image.  (Cannot be trimmed into image).  Tears into edge of the image only.


2 Fair - Major problems.  Image intact.  Trimmed into image (90% of image intact).  Soiling, flaking, or foxing that diminishes the beauty of the image. Creases may extend into or across image.  Tear(s) extend into image. Majority of image intact.


1 Poor - Major problems.  Image damage or trimmed into image (holes, tears, rips, heavy soiling or foxing, heavy color flaking).

 


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