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Loose Category: Any collectible that is not in the box and complete with all factory accessories, weapons, stickers, etc.


Carded Category: Any collectible that is factory heat-sealed on a cardback with a plastic blister as was available at retail. The seal must be original. If resealed, it will be considered for the “Loose Category.”


Boxed Category: Any collectible that is factory sealed in the package as it was available at retail. This could be a solid box or a window-style box. This category has the following four sub­categories are recognized by Collector Archive Services.


  • Single-Tape: Most items came in a box from the factory tape sealed with a single piece of tape-sealing both end flaps of the box. Some of the factory tape has turned yellow, dried and is brittle. In many cases dried up yellow tape will be considered for the “Qualified Category” if it has completely detached from the box.
  • Double-Tape: In some cases, the box came from the factory double-taped on one side or both sides. A factory sealed double-taped collectible will be accepted into the boxed category as long as the both pieces of tape are not cut. Commonly with double-taped items, the first piece has been cut with a second uncut piece of tape placed over the top. In this case the item will be considered for the “Qualified Category."
  • Cellophane-Sealed: A few boxed items came with cellophane completely sealing the box in place of tape sealing. These items will be verified that they came from the factory cello-sealed and accepted.
  • Non­-Taped: In rare cases boxed items came from the factory with no tape on either end flap. These items will be verified that they came from the factory devoid of any tape-seal and will be accepted once the contents are confirmed unused from the factory.


Qualified Category: Any collectible that is in an opened box but is complete with new and undisturbed contents. All boxed items must come with everything from the factory including instructions sheet, unused sticker sheet, cardboard or Styrofoam inserts, product catalog, flyers, accessories in poly­bags, etc. in unused condition. There should be no evidence of assembly, open poly­bags or applied stickers of any kind. If any prior assembly is detected or factory documentation is missing, then the item will be considered for the “Loose Category.” All qualified items will receive a “Q” designation before the numeric value.


Uncirculated Category: Most retail packaging is colorful and designed to catch the eye of a consumer from the store shelves. But there are other items that were not designed to be on the retail shelf since they are sealed inside mundane white or brown boxes, plain envelopes or open-ended sleeves. These collectibles are much more interesting once opened and the contents viewed. They will often provide valuable information such as:

  • Are the contents sealed in poly­bags?
  • Are the contents in individual poly­bags or one larger bag?
  • Are the bags heat-­sealed, tape-­sealed or non­-sealed?
  • What is the country of origin? Do any collectible variations exist inside?
  • What type of paperwork or documents exist?

Arguably, the most recognized advantage to designating unexciting boxes uncirculated is that they display much better once opened and placed in museum-­style acrylic and you can guarantee that someone has never touched or tampered with the collectible. All uncirculated items will receive a “Uncirculated” designation under the numeric value.


Collector Archive Services will recognize the following uncirculated categories:


  •      Mail­-away: Many of these items were distributed in common white or brown boxes through the mail with mailing labels adhered to the plain packaging or some were distributed to market as overstock items with no mailing labels. Factory sealed mail-­away collectibles may be opened by CAS giving them an uncirculated designation. The item will be displayed with all of the contents i.e.: poly­bags, instructions, product catalog, flyer, etc. in an esthetically pleasing way.
  •      Department Store: Sears, JC Penney, Montgomery Wards, Spiegel and Alden’s sold many items in dull white, plain brown, or line art boxes. These items would typically be ordered through the holiday catalog and picked up in the catalog department. Most department store boxes have catalog numbers directly printed on the box or placed on stickers adhered to the box while some of the boxes have the list of contents printed directly on the box. Customers may instruct CAS to open plain department store boxes and have the contents inspected, displayed and characterized as uncirculated.
  •      Factory Shipping Boxes: Toy manufacturers distribute their toys to retail outlets on pallets inside plain brown shipping boxes. The brown shipping boxes will state the manufacturer’s name, the product inside, quantity, assortment number, etc. In some rare occurrences, these shipping cases have remained factory sealed today and qualify as uncirculated by Collector Archive Services standards. CAS may be advised to open the factory-­sealed shipping case and designate all items inside the case as uncirculated.


* Customers may opt out of the Uncirculated designation and have their sealed items opened by CAS, documented and archived without the “Uncirculated” qualifier under the numeric value.