This grading system is loosely based on the one used for Comic Books. I began using this in 1994 when the grading of used RPG industry was basically new or used (used could mean writing throughout, and soda stains!) Similar systems are used by all major dealers in the used RPG market. I always try to note if a map or something important is missing in the description, along with any major flaws.
MINT - Like it just came off the press, may often be in the shrink wrap
Near Mint in Shrink Wrap - In the original shrink wrap (not reshrunk) but could have some spine creases or minor corner wear where they poked out of the shrink.
Near Mint (NM) - Very sharp, no noticeable wear, but has been read. One or two minor creases to spine.
Very Good (VG) - Typical mid range copy. Has some creasing to spine, may have some cover fading. Minor marks are allowed inside. Taped reinforcement to spine may be present, but will usually cause a split grade.
Good (G) - Will have greater than normal wear, serious creasing to spine and major fading of cover. Some interior pages may be well marked up, but it should still be complete and usable.
Poor (P) - Considerable wear to cover, pages may be torn and repaired. Marking throughout book. May or may not be complete. Basically only useful to play, not a collectible piece. I generally do not sell these on-line unless an extremely rare item.
Split grades (i.e., VG/NM, G/VG) Generally they are a nicer copy than the lower grade would indicate, but they tend to have one major flaw that will keep it from getting the higher rating. Usually a nice copy at an affordable price.
Trade your US Silver Coins (pre-1965 dimes, quarters, halves, dollars) in for credit against our inventory. Also accepting 1 oz silver rounds (Canadian Maples, US Eagles). Send a list via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote based on spot value.
The Dragon's Trove recently purchased the game collection that was owned by the late Dave Arneson and is hosting it's sale with The Collector's Trove here:
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The Dragon's Trove will be happy to sell high end RPG products for you. In the past we have sold for customers a D&D Brown Box, several of the Limited Edition modules, and a number of other rare items. We have buyers around the world looking for rarities, and if you are interested in putting a select item up for sale, please contact us. You will set the price of the item and have final say on any offers for it. The commission when we sell the item is 15% of the selling price.