Rockaway's Vinyl Grading
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT OUR RECORD GRADING
It is our number one priority. We grade accurately, honestly and conservatively. We want our customers to be pleased when they receive our records.
We believe that by listing defects and grading honestly, the collector will be able to visualise the condition of the record before bidding. We hope this eliminates any surprises for the buyer. We visually grade all items carefully under a very bright light. Whether the record is worth $50 or $50,000, or whether it was issued in the 1950s or the 1990s, all records receive equal scrutiny.
- M (Mint)
- Perfect, flawless. We rarely, if ever, use this grade.
- M- or NM (Mint Minus or Near Mint)
- Usually our highest grade. Records from the 1950s & 60s in this condition are truly rare. Vinyl is virtually perfect. At most, perhaps a light scuff appears on the record but should play without any noise or skips. Record cover should also be near perfect with only minor signs of wear. There should be no "ring wear". (Ring wear is where the outline of the record inside shows through the cover).
- EX or VG++ (Excellent or Very Good Plus Plus)
- Beautiful collectible condition. Vinyl should play with no skips of any kind. There can be minor surface scuffs but they should not affect sound quality. The cover is generally in great shape. It may have minor "ring wear" and minor corner creases, but no seam splits.
- VG+ (Very Good Plus)
- Vinyl will show some wear including surface scuffs and some light scratches. If held up to a bright light tiny lines may be seen on the vinyl. The sound may be affected with some minor clicks or pops, but no deep scratches. The cover may be slightly more aged, with corners slightly bent but not broken. There may be wear to the seams but no tears or holes.
- VG (Very Good)
- Vinyl doesn't necessarily look good, but still plays well enough. Surface noise will probably be present including pops and clicks, which would be diminished at higher volumes. The cover will look worn and used, with some seam splitting and noticeable ring wear.
- VG- or G (Very Good Minus or Good)
- Generally not collectible condition, unless it's a super rare record. Vinyl looks well played and dull. It should play without skipping but will have substantial surface noise, pops and clicks. Quieter styles of music will struggle with this grading, whereas louder music may still sound okay at higher volumes. The cover may have many problems including seam splits, writing, tape repairs, etc.
- WBR (Wrecked But Rare)
- Otherwise known as a "Starter Copy". Not cracked, but a poor copy. The only reason to have a record/cover in this condition would be if it was extremely rare.