Collecting Collectables has adopted the same grading system as the Postcard Traders Association to ensure uniformity. The PTA Grading can be viewed at: http://postcard.co.uk/pta_grading.php, and is also included below:
Mint (M) As new, unposted, in a pristine state. Not normally applicable to vintage cards unless found in original packets.
Excellent (Ex.) No obvious flaws. Sharp corners, clean and if postally used, writing does not detract from appearance.
Very Good (VG) Minor defects such as album marks, signs of age and handling acceptable that do not detract from a visually pleasing card.
Good (G) Noticeable defects, handling and wear apparent. Slight creasing and minor postal damage not detrimental to image acceptable in this category.
Fair (F) Obvious creasing, staining, small tears or damp damage evident. Significant edge or corner damage. Just about in a collectable state.
Poor (P) Incomplete, image seriously affected. A gap filler only