Card Grading with GradeReport™

The CCC Grading system has been designed to be fair, accurate and consistent.
Each grade is fully justified on an authentication document that will be given to you: the GradeReport™.
 The grade of the card is calculated from the following 4 criteria.

Card grading justification system GradeReport
  • Corners (from 1 to 10)

When grading the corners of the card, our experts are looking for white spots, damage, evenness, peeled edges etc. We pay particular attention to white spots in order to grant Gold & Black Labels

  • Edges (from 1 to 10)

Edges of the card are graded according to criteria that are similar to those of the corners. We pay special attention to "silvering".

  • Surface (from 1 to 10)

The surface of the card is graded according to 12 specific criteria that will be detailed in the GradeReport™ for each card.
We determine uniformity, presence of scratches, micro-scratches, stains, degradation, color change, creases, indentations, water damage, ink damage, etc.
This is the most complex grade. It is the one for which the justification is the most important in order to understand the final grade.

  • Centering (from 7 to 10)

The centering is measured with transparent grids custom developed by CCC. We have more than 30 different grids that can be adapted to each generation of cards, front and back, for the 6 TCG.
The centering grade is always between 7 and 10.
Below 7, the card will be considered as abnormally off-centered. In this case, the final grade will not take into account the centering and will be marked Off-centered.

How is the final grade determined ?

The final grade is not an average of the 4 grades obtained.
It is calculated from the lowest grade.


CCC Grading scale

Situation 1 :

The lowest grade has been given on only 1 criterion.
In this case, the final grade is equal to the lowest grade increased by one level on our scale.

CCC Grading system

Situation 2 :

The lowest grade is shared by at least 2 criteria.
In this case, the final grade is not raised

Averaging does not work to determine the final grade. For example, a card that got a 3 for the corners is objectively not in good condition, even if the other three criteria had a 9.

How to get a Gold Label ?

Gold Label CCC Grading

In order to receive a Gold Label, your card must score 10 on three criteria and 9.5 on a single criterion.

Your label will be golden with the indication "Pristine" ("Parfait" for french cards).

Gold Label cards retain the "Pristine" designation because the single flaw remains invisible without careful and accurate inspection.

It can be a tiny off-centering, a single white spot, or a surface with a minor defect (impurity for example).

How to get a Black Label ?

Black Label CCC Grading

To get a Black Label, your card must score 10 on all of the grading criteria.

A card in this condition is necessarily out of the ordinary, no micro-imperfections are tolerated.

Very few brand-new cards coming out of the factory are able to obtain a Black Label because of off-centering and the numerous micro-imperfections of machining.

Black Label cards often have a very high market value.

Grading scale

Discover our simple, effective and logical grading scale.


GradeCondition (French card)Condition (All other languages)
10 (Black Label)ParfaitPristine (Flawless)
10 (Gold Label)ParfaitPristine (1 Subtle imperfection)
8.5Proche du neufNear Mint
7Très BonVery Good
4Lég. UséeLight. Used
1Très MauvaisVery Poor

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