PCA Scale for grading


In principle, systems used for grading are very subjective, depending on the design of each. PCA has created an accurate and clear to understand scale for a unified vision, which limits unfairness or conflict to a strict minimum.
Some may feel that the scale is too strict and others may consider it to be too flexible. This is only normal: everybody has a different vision of the subject, which can be more or less demanding, thorough, permissive, etc.
It is only by comparing other French collectors’ scales and other companies’ authenticating processes, and by using our own extensive experience that we have been able to set up the following scale.


PCA 10+ COLLECTOR

Brand new card of exceptional quality, perfect in appearance, well centred, without any manufacturing defect or any visible sign of wear.

Centring (calculated according to the border widths) must be 60%/40% and better on the front and 75%/25% at the back.

PCA 10 BRAND NEW SUP'

High quality and brand new card, perfect in appearance, without any sign of wear, but very rare manufacturing defects that become apparent upon very close inspection (horizontal or vertical micro scratch, defect from cutting the card, micro printing stain and any other micro defect). These cards should have a maximum of only one white dot from manufacturing.

Centring (calculated according to the border widths) must be 60%/40% and better on the front and 75%/25% at the back..

PCA 9,5 BRAND NEW

A Card that appears to be brand new at first glance, but which has a few white dots Upon careful inspection under a light source, a few scratches due to handling may be discerned.

PCA 9 NEARLY BRAND NEW

Brand new or very nearly brand new card with either a few tiny signs of wear (white spots, micro scratches, slight trace of other substances on the card, etc.) or quite a few manufacturing defects that become apparent upon careful inspection under an adequate source of light.

PCA 8 EXCELLENT - NEARLY BRAND NEW

A card that is in mint condition with only a few tiny signs of wear (white spots, micro scratches, slight trace of other substances on the card, etc.) or quite a few manufacturing defects that become upon careful inspection under an adequate source of light.

PCA 7 EXCELLENT

Card which is in mint condition, with signs of slight wear due to handling on the rear side (e.g. Micro scratches due to handling) and/or on the front side (e.g. White dots, scratches due to handling, slight traces of other substances), or slight signs of wear visible on the surface under adequate light source (slight trace of other substances, slight sign of impact). These defects are recurrent but only very slight and without detriment to the card’s aspect and appeal, which remain superb.

PCA 6 VERY GOOD

Card presenting signs of regular wear and/or having suffered slight damage such as impact (e.g. Marked white dots), slight and fine fold lines, which become apparent in certain forms of light.

PCA 5 GOOD

Card presenting a few signs of damage that is more or less discrete, but which does not affect the overall aspect and appeal of the card: rounded edges, discoloured, whitened edges, or dirty marks and scratches on the surface.

PCA 4 ACCEPTABLE

A Card with picture and texts that have not been altered, but which have not been protected or looked after, thus presenting signs of visible wear: rounded corners, scrapes, loss of sheen, etc.

PCA 3 AVERAGE

A Card that has not been looked after and which has discernible signs of wear: spoiled sides, cut corners, slight fold lines, etc.

PCA 2 BAD

Card with discernible signs of damage, obvious fold lines, serious abrasion, etc.

PCA 1 VERY BAD

Card which has lost all its aspect and appeal but which still has sentimental value...

En savoir plus sur l'échelle de notation PCA


Les cartes de collection présentent plusieurs types de défauts. Ils peuvent être liés :
  • aux machines les modélisant (rayures, découpe irrégulière, mauvais centrage, etc.) ;
  • aux manipulations humaines (rayures, griffures, chocs, etc.) ;
  • au passage du temps (perte de couleur, écaillage, etc.) ;
  • à leur non entretien (léger dépôt de matière, etc.) ;
  • à une attitude non respectueuse (écriture, plis, etc.).

 

Ces défauts sont tous pris en compte dans l’échelle de notation, qu’ils soient visibles directement, ou indirectement, via des jeux de lumière.

Une carte ne présentant aucune usure (donc neuve) obtiendra assurément une note entre 9 et 10+.

Une carte présentant une ou plusieurs usures (donc d'occasion) obtiendra une note entre 1 (usures graves, détérioration) et 9,5 (usure minime, souvent repérable par des jeux de lumière)..

Conseils pour noter ses cartes neuves soi-même

  • Préparation
  1. Se munir d'un bon éclairage. De notre côté, nos recherches nous ont amenés à opter pour une lampe d'architecte munie d'une ampoule de 5500 kelvin 23 watt fluo-compacte, idéale pour reproduire une lumière naturelle.
  2. Enlever la carte de ses protections est indispensable. A ce propos, il est déconseillé d'utiliser des sleeves ajustés "perfect size", qui augmentent les risques d'abîmer la carte en la sortant de sa protection.
  • Notation
  1. Repérer les défauts les plus évidents permet de déterminer rapidement dans quelle catégorie l'on se trouve : Neuve/occasion
  2. Si la carte n'a pas d'usures de prime abord, elle n'est pas neuve pour autant. C'est pourquoi il faudra maintenant vérifier la surface de la carte via des jeux de lumière. Une carte neuve est par principe non manipulée. Elle doit donc avoir gardé son gloss / sa patine, et ne pas avoir de rayures de manipulation, même à son verso.
  3. Ensuite, si aucune usure de surface n'a été repérée indiquant que la carte est bien neuve, il conviendra enfin de vérifier les défauts d'origine : défauts de découpe (points blancs, marques et petits accrocs visibles avec des jeux de lumière) et défauts d'impression (petites tâches de couleur (souvent rouge/blanche/noir/jaune). C'est en fonction du nombre de ces défauts qu'une carte verra sa note varier entre 10+ et 9.


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