The Goldmine Grading Standard
I adhere to the Goldmine Standard and take it very seriously, unlike some sellers. I adhere to the Goldmine Standard because I believe it is the most comprehensive and stringent grading standard used. Unlike many sellers, I both view/eye—grade and play/listen—grade all unsealed items in my inventory, so the grade assigned to each item is as realistic and as close to completely accurate as possible. When I ship items, their grade is as described – usually NM or Mint, and occasionally VG+. I clean all vinyl, and have and use multiple cleaning products, solutions and devices, and I clean any CDs and cassettes necessary, and repair CDs in need of repair. Additionally, I use the best, most durable outer sleeves for vinyl, and when necessary, new clean CD and cassette containers built to look and feel like those from the 1980s, and I pack my shipments well. We’re collectors too, and know how much value most customers place on such practices.
The Goldmine Grading Standard was developed by Goldmine Records years ago, and while not everyone adheres to it, it is considered the industry standard. Just so you understand how records (and even CDs and cassettes) are graded, it follows this paragraph in its entirety. I've proofed and copy edited to clean up some grammatical mistakes.
|The following is the grading system first developed by Goldmine Records. Virtually all methods currently in use for the grading of records are based in some way, shape, or form on this system.|
|Visual or Play Grading?|
|In an ideal world, every record would be played before it is graded. But the time involved makes it impractical for most dealers, and anyway, it's rare that you get a chance to hear a record before you buy through the mail. Some advertisers play-grade everything and say so. But unless otherwise noted, records are visually graded.|
|How to Grade|
|Look at everything about a record. Its playing surface, its label, its edges...under a strong light. Then based on your overall impression give it a grade based on the following criteria:|
|Most dealers give a separate grade to the record and its sleeve or cover. In an ad, a record's grade is listed first, followed by that of the sleeve or the cover.
|Also, European Imports are not factory-sealed, so if you see them advertised as sealed, someone other than the manufacturer sealed them.|
|© 1997 Goldmine Magazine|