GRADING

Arena Club was founded by collectors. So we know security and transparency is what you want and need. Here’s our Grading Process down to every detail so you can submit without worry.


QR code ON BACK LABEL DIRECTS TO THE CARD DETAIL & ARENA CLUB GRADING REPORT

ULTRA PRO™ SUPERIOR QUALITY CUSTOM MADE SLABS

Cards are protected in inner sleeves and slabbed with SPECIALTY sized card cavity for SECURITY

EACH CARD HAS AN "Arena Code" UNIQUE I.D. WHICH is DISPLAYED on the FRONT OF THE CARD’S GRADED LABEL

graded cardS include subgrades for Centering, Corners, Edges and Surface

ARENA CLUB LOGO FOR AUTHENTICATION

OUR GRADING PROCESS

1 / PREP & INSPECT

Before the process begins, our expert graders glove up like a jeweler does before handling diamonds. Ensuring the few moments your cards are out of sleeves, they’re handled with care. The package is opened under camera. We then match the card with your submission, then authenticate to ensure it’s not counterfeit.

2 / SCAN

Cards are then very carefully removed from toploaders and placed on a scanner to capture high-resolution images. Then the cards are placed right back into toploaders, safe and secure, with as little exposure as possible.

3 / GRADE

Our expert graders, aided by computer vision and artificial intelligence, then examine every detail of every card. Cards are given four sub-grades (a fifth auto grade is given to signatures), adding up to a more accurate and comprehensive overall grade. After that first round of grading, it’s reviewed by another expert grader. Then a third round of review, before it is prepped for slabbing.

4 / SLAB

Our gloved graders then carefully remove the card and prepare it for slabbing. Our ultrasonic welding machine creates an air-tight encapsulation, so your card is safe and secure in its new premium, custom slab. Then the slab is bagged in a sleeve.

5 / VAULT & MINT

Vaulted cards are then secured and stored in our 24/7 secure surveillance facility with temperature and moisture control. Every card is fully-insured and protected.

GRADES EXPLAINED

Perfect 10

This is almost the perfect card! Four clean sharp corners/four clean sharp edges combined with visually clean surface and symmetrical centering on front and back of the card.

GEM MINT 10

This is nearly pristine. This card's standards are no subgrades below 9.5 with at least one or more 10’s to qualify for this level. Four clean corners/four clean corners with slight minimal/minor defects. Slight allowance for surface issues and symmetrical centering on front and back of the card.

MINT+ 9

Brilliant conditioned card showcasing minimal/minor visible flaws, minimal/minor printing defects or slight issues with corners and edges under magnification. Fractional off set centering on front and back of the card.

MINT 9

Slightly brilliant conditioned card showcasing a couple minimal/minor visible flaws, minimal/minor printing defects or slight issues with corners and edges under magnification. Partial offset centering on front and back of the card either top/bottom or left/right.

NM MINT+ 8

Super high-end card that appears brilliant at first glance but has a handful of minimal/minor visible flaws. minimal/minor issues with corners and edges under magnification, with minimal/minor printing defects under magnification. Noticeable offset centering on front and back of the card either top/bottom or left/right.

NM MINT+ 8

High-End card that appears brilliant at first but has multiple flaws. Minimal/minor issues with corners and edges, with the possibility of multiple printing defects under magnification. Offset centering on front and back of the card either top/bottom or left/right detected by the human eye.

GRADES BELOW 8

High-end card that appears brilliant at first but has multiple flaws. Minor white/misshaped corners and edges, with multiple printing defects. Offset centering on front and back of the card either top/bottom or left/right detected by the human eye.

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