How to get a Gold Label ?
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 ?
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 of "Error" cards
Printing errors include :
- Miscuts / Off-Centered cards / Misaligned cards / Crimped cards / Misprints (many sub-categories)
On the label, a special mention appears under the note and a description of the printing error is eventually indicated on the second line of the label.
Concerning the impact on the grading : graders never take into account the printing error. (Ex: A Miscut card can claim a grade of 10 because the centering is no longer taken into account).
Impact of factory defects on the grading
CCC Grading minimizes the impact of all factory defects in the grading. A Gold Label is still possible with factory defects.
For more details, see the legend and the dedicated article located on the GradeReport® page.
Discover our simple, effective and logical grading scale.
|Grade||Condition (French card)||Condition (All other languages)|
|10 (Black Label)||Parfait||Pristine (Flawless)|
|10 (Gold Label)||Parfait||Pristine (1 Subtle imperfection)|
|9.5 / 10||Neuf+||Gem Mint|
|8.5||Proche du neuf||Near Mint|
|8||Exc. - NM||Exc. - NM|
|6||Très Bon||Very Good|
|3||Lég. Usée||Light. Used|