Unless an item has been professionally graded by afa or ukgraders then we will use the standard 'C' grading scale to give as good indication as possible of the condition. please email for more details or photographs of an item.
C10 - Gem MintThe figure came directly from the manufacturer. The card is proof. The bubble is clear and flawless. There are no noticeable flaws. Only a tiny factory mark behind the bubble is acceptable. The card and bubble are glossy, no stresses, and "case fresh". Everything is absolutely mint, without imperfections. The figure sits perfectly in the bubble, the glue is flawless. This grade is often overused; you will rarely see it used professionally, since even a brand new factory fresh toy tends to have some minute package imperfections.
C9 - Near Mint / MintThe highest grade you will typically see. It refers to a top condition, beautiful piece with defects only a true nitpicker would care about (e.g. a 1/16 inch wrinkle or two). When professionally graded, this will be as close to "Gem Mint" as most things ever get. This is a great example of any action figure, a C9 is the beginning of the upper collecting spectrum on the grading system. This represents quality that is attainable to a motivated collector and looks great on display. There should be no noticeable flaws from a straight, close-up view. The bubble should be near perfect. This condition should satisfy the vast majority of serious collectors.
C8 - Near MintThis reflects a nice and displayable piece that has some of the light wear that comes with age. Wear might be light edge wear, light scuffing and light wrinkling. Flaws will be visible but should not cause the item to appear very worn. This should still display well in a large display collection.
C7 - Excellent PlusThe card is excellent with one very minor corner bend or sticker residue. The bubble has internal or external scratches and dents which can be pushed out. Shows wear which is easily noticeable. Wear can range from creasing and scuffing to bubble dings.
C7's show their age but are still in collectible condition.
C6 - ExcellentAlthough the grade is called Excellent, the condition is starting to look the worse for wear. The packaging shows obvious roughness and wear. The card is good with one or two minor creases, corner bends, or sticker damage. The bubble has scratches, splits or dents but is firmly attached to card. This is the bargain price carded figure for someone who prefers to buy more figures at a lower price than higher condition figures. This condition is only for someone who wants to own the collectible but does not really get bothered by damage which occurs over the years.
C5 - Very GoodStarting to look ugly. Very obvious damage, pieces of the item may be missing and/or soiled; most dealers almost never sell an item in this condition or lower. In most cases, though, a MIP toy in a C5 or lower box is considered a loose piece and a loose piece which itself is C5 or less is next to worthless.
C4 - GoodVery rough shape. Pieces are most likely missing; tears and rough bubble damage are typical.
C3 - FairAwful condition. Soiled, worn and just plain rough on the eyes.
C2 - PoorAbused. Most of the item is either missing or worn beyond consideration.
C1 - Very PoorHardly recognizable as a toy. This kind of damage does not happen unintentionally. Someone hated and purposely destroyed the toy.
The amount of acronyms can be confusing at first to new collectors so here are a few of the common ones used.
AFA - action figure authority
ANH - A new hope
CARDED - Figure is still on original card back
ESB - Empire Strikes Back
LOOSE - figure is no longer in original box or card
MOC - mint on card
MIB - mint in box
MISB - mint in sealed box
MINMB - mint in near mint box
MIP - mint in packet
NMIB - near mint in box
NRFP - never removed from packet
NRFB - never removed from box
POP - proof of purchase
POTF - power of the force
ROTJ - return of the jedi
UKG - UK Graders
UNPUNCHED - Hole used to hang the card on a shop peg has not been punched out