POSTCARD GRADING SYSTEM


A card gets a lower number if we have any doubt.  We don't use "Mint" or "Near Mint" because cards do age like the rest of us ... If anything isn't clear, please ask before you order, and see notes on the "How to Order" page.   Regarding Grade 1, please observe carefully:  don't expect any card with this grade to be 100% perfect, with no sign at all of age or transit through the postal system.  And don't worry, not all cards in a grade have all of those issues, though they may have more than one.  We'll verify the card's description and condition before you send payment.

 

Never Mailed

Mailed

1.Excellent  

                   

  • No significant marks
  • Appropriate age discoloration
  • No folds or tears
  • Looks good for its age
  • All stamp(s) intact
  • Original contents only; no extra notations after use, unless postal
  • Little or no postmark smudging
  • Appropriate age discoloration
     

2.Very Good     

    

  • Somewhat more age discoloration
  • No significant folds or tears
  • Possible minor dent(s)
  • No extra marking unless intended for the card               
  • All stamp(s) intact
  • Some age discoloration
  • No extra notations unless intended for the card
  • No significant stains, folds or tears
     

3. Good

   

  • Some age discoloration
  • Minor extra notation on back
  • Minor wear and tear
  • At least one stamp intact
  • Extra writing apart from original message
  • Age discoloration
  • Minor wear and tear
  • Possibly mailed from a different country
  • Address label
     

4. Fair

  

  • Inappropriate handwriting on back, front, or both
  • Age discoloration
  • Travel agency rubber stamp      
  • Undue wear and tear
  • Thumbtack hole(s) possible                         
  • Stamp(s) torn, missing, or defaced
  • Extra writing apart from original message on front, back, or both 
  • Message defaced 
  • Travel agency rubber stamp 
  • Significant wear and tear
  • Age discoloration
  • Thumbtack hole(s) possible
  • Mailed but not postmarked
     

5. Poor

   

  • Folds, tears, or missing corner
  • Significant staining
  • Inappropriate writing on front, back, or both
  • Space filler only
  • Stamp(s) torn, missing, or defaced
  • Folds, tears, missing corner
  • Message defaced
  • Space filler only