Grading Policy

Miniature Market's Grading Policy

Below you will find our condition guidelines for both trading card games and miniatures singles. Any trading card or miniature single purchased from Miniature Market should conform to these guidelines. If you feel you have received an item below our advertised standards please review our return policy for additional details on how to resolve the issue.


Miniature Market does not sell or Buy Back miniatures with the following defects:

    • Broken appendages, bases, etc.
    • Customization (includes paint jobs, glue, writing on stat cards, or any other alteration from original factory manufacture)
    • Figures with stat cards which are damaged or in poor condition (creasing, rips, excessive dirt, etc.)

Trading Card Games:

Near Mint

Near Mint condition cards have few to no blemishes. Near mint cards may have the following imperfections, but generally will not contain more than one:

    • Light edge wear
    • Negligible surface wear
    • Slight clouding of foils
    • Slight curving of foils


Played condition cards will have visible defects, but will be of sufficient quality to play sleeved in tournaments. You'll find these cards commonly referred to elsewhere as "SP" or "MP" condition. Defects you may find on played condition cards are:

    • Signatures (either by the original artist or Richard Garfield)
    • Pro Tour/event stamps
    • Light to moderate dirt build up
    • Minor dings in the surface or edge of the card
    • Light to moderate scratching/scuffing on surface
    • Light to moderate corner/surface/edge wear
    • Light to moderate creasing (ie. slightly bent corners, shuffle creasing)
    • Minor discoloration
    • Minor surface whitening
    • Moderate foil clouding
    • Moderate foil curving
    • Binder ring dings/imprints
    • Negligible water damage/inking

Miniature Market does not sell or Buy Back cards with the following defects:

    • Non-artist signatures (excluding Richard Garfield)
    • Writing (proxying, etc.) or doodling
    • Tears/rips
    • Heavy dirt/grime build up
    • Heavy scuffing/edge wear
    • Major inking/water damage
    • Foils with severe curving/warping
    • Foils with peeling layers
    • Heavy creasing
    • Miscut corners
    • Punctures
    • Strong cigarette smoke odor
    • Counterfeits