Collector Archive Services’ grading system considers all deficiencies and imperfections in a collectible in order to assign an overall condition value.
Some of the more common flaws documented by our system:
Card back/Box: Creasing, bending, tearing, ripping, scrapping, scuffing, fading, discoloring, edge-wear, corner separation, chipping, punctures, water damage, etc. Price stickers are accepted in the collectible community as non-flaws, since they were applied at retail and do not generally affect overall value. Stickers that have been picked, ripped, torn, written on, or just poorly located do slightly affect the condition value. Some stickers that have been removed leave glue residue or a stain on the packaging, which also affect the condition value.
Blister/Window: Many plastic blisters and windows have scratches, scrapes, clouding, dings, dents, crushing, waviness caused by a past heat source, or yellowing due to age and natural deterioration over time. All of these imperfections affect the condition value. The drying of glue can cause the blister to separate from the card back or loosening of the window, which will affect the condition value.
Figure/Vehicle: Defects may include overall paint wear, chipping or missing paint, fading or discoloration, over-spray, etc. If the carded figure comes with a weapon, accessory, collector coin, trading card or other pack-in item, they will also be evaluated.