Record Grading

Our Record Grading System

Vinyl Record Condeition

M MINT = Perfect, flawless
NM NEAR MINT = Slightly less than perfect.
VG+ VERY GOOD PLUS = Has a few more minor scratches and scuffs, but definitely well taken care of.
VG VERY GOOD = Has too many scratches and scuffs to be called "VG+", but still in fairly nice condition.
G GOOD = Excessive wear. Probably plays through but very noisy.
P POOR = Just what it says - no guarantee.

Cover Jacket Condeition

M MINT = Perfect, flawless
NM NEAR MINT = Slightly less than perfect.
VG+ VERY GOOD PLUS = Has a few more minor scratches and scuffs, but definitely well taken care of.
VG VERY GOOD = Has too many scratches and scuffs to be called "VG+", but still in fairly nice condition.
G GOOD = Excessive wear. Probably plays through but very noisy.
P POOR = Just what it says - no guarantee.

Abbreviations

AMG- All Music Guide
AY- Age yellowingBK- Booklet
BSS- Bottom edge seam split
CO- Cut-out to sleeve
CCO- Corner cut off sleeve
DPS- Damage to front sleeve where price sticker removed
DRPS- Damage to rear sleeve where sticker removed
DSC- Discolouration/ fading to sleeve
ED1- 1st Decca wide band grooved label
ED2- 2nd Decca wide band grooved label
ED3- 3rd Decca wide band label- non-grooved
ELR- Ex-library record
EPS- Electronically reprocessed stereo
ER1- 1st semi-circle HMV label
ER2- 1st HMV coloured Postage Stamp label
ER3- Black & white HMV Postage Stamp label
ER4- 2nd HMV coloured Postage stamp label
ER5- Late semi-circle EMI label
ER7- HMV Melodiya label
ER8- Early b & w HMV Postage Stamp label (this label existed between ER2 & ER3)
EWP- Edge warp
EW1- White/gold HMV label 
GFS- Gatefold sleeve
HP- Hole punched through sleeve
INL- Inner leaves
INS- Insert
LAS- Laminate separation
LI- Lyric inner or insert
LL- Laminate lifting
LOL- Label on label
LOS- Label on sleeve
LS- Light scratch
NB- Narrow band
NSSM- Non-sounding surface mark
NWOBHM- New wave of British heavy metal
OG- Orange/gold label
OS- Orange/silver label
PI- Picture inner of insert
RD- Record dished
RW- Ring wear to sleeve
SOL- Sticker on label
SSS- Spine seam split
ST- Sleeve tear
TRS- Tape repair to sleeve
TSS- Top edge seam split
WB- Wide band
WM- Watermark to sleeve
WOL- Writing on label
WOS- Writing on sleeve
WOFS- Writing on front sleeve
WORS- Writing on rear sleeve
WSM- Wispy surface marks​

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