CLASSIC COLLECTABLES
"Quality Prewar Trains and Toys"

GRADING
OF
TRAINS, TOYS & BOXES

  A NOTE ABOUT GRADING

GRADING IS A SUBJECTIVE MATTER. In order to minimize the risk of receiving a train or toy that is less than expected, I make every attempt to grade reasonably, offer an accurate description and include high resolution photographs that honestly reflects the true personality and ambiance of the toy. I do not try to hide, minimize or otherwise disguise flaws or wear an item has.

Please feel free to ask additional questions or request additional photographs of any item where the description or grading does not fully satisfy your curiosity about the item.

Remember, these were toys originally designed to be played with by children.  With that in mind, a toy graded C-7, for example, may have similar imperfections as a toy graded C-2, but to a much lesser extent.  The grading applies to external finish.  Operation is not guaranteed, however I will inform you of an items mechanical condition.  Virtually all items I offer for sale are in operating condition, however minor items such as motor brushes, rollers, sliding shoes etc. are normal wear items and may need replacement occasionally.  Most old motors and mechanisms can be made to operate as they did when new with just basic oiling and maintenance. Hidden defects that can't be seen without disassembly or minor trim items that are being expertly reproduced today and which are virtually impossible to identify are excluded.  However, I do make every attempt to note such items if I know of or if I suspect them.

Exceptions, notes or explanations in an items description will always supercede
or be considered in addition to the C grading system below.

GRADING FOR TRAINS AND TOYS

C-1
Sold for parts value. No expressed or implied suitability of parts or pieces for any purpose.

C-2
Restoration required. Possibly incomplete. An item possibly complete enough to be considered a base for a restoration project.

C-3
Poor. Requires moderate to major repairs, heavily scratched, major rust, missing parts, possible candidate for restoration.

C-4
Fair. Scratched, paint loss, dents, missing parts, rust, evidence of heavy use.

C-5
Good. Generally original. I will note any touchups or replaced parts etc. If I am aware of them. Signs of play wear with scratches, paint loss, small dents, minor surface rust, quite evident it has been used / played with.

C-6
Very Good. Generally original.  Some paint scratches and nicks and / or very minor dings or nicks to the surface. Item has been used but generally clean and attractive.

C-7
Excellent. All original. No rust, no missing parts unless noted. Minor scratches and / or paint nicks. Signs of use but a well cared for item.

C-8
Like New. All original. No rust, no missing parts, may show effects of being handled or of being on display such as dust, may have been run or played with but with care.

C-9
Near Mint, Factory New. All original.   May show evidence of factory or box rubs from years of storage. Evidence of careful handling or signs of being lightly run. Finish may have other   minor marks and "flea bites"  but having an extremely fresh ambiance.

C-10
Mint. Brand New. All original, unused or unassembled if appropriate on accessories

GRADING FOR BOXES

C-3 or less
Box parts and pieces, possibly just a sleeve with no ends, dirty, not suitable for storage of it's original contents. Possibly suitable for donor parts and pieces to restore another box but no real value for it's intended use.

C-4
Missing one or more end or tuck flaps. Weak, used dirty or stained. Will not safely store its original contents well anymore.

C-5
Original contents may or may not be present. Shows signs of heavy usage. Liners or inserts may or may not be present. Edges, creases and folds may exhibit damage, weakness or partial tears.  End flaps and tuck flaps may be separated or have been mended, reinforced or reattached but with care and caution the box will still house it's original contents

C-6
Original contents may or may not be present.   May have handwritten or affixed price or other markings or notations from the original retailer or owner. Any liners or inserts may or may not be present. Box shows signs of use but is still intact. There may be edge wear and / or wear on creases, folds or seams. All printing or labeling is legible. May be dirty or stained.

C-7
Original contents may or may not be present.    May have handwritten or affixed price or other markings or notations from the original retailer or owner.  The box has been opened, may or may not have interior liners or inserts but has all it's end flaps and tuck flaps. Boxes show moderate signs of being used, opened and closed. May be slightly soiled or stained, but still a very presentable box.

C-8
Original contents may or may not be present.   Clean, crisp and bright. May have handwritten or affixed price or other markings or notations from the original retailer or owner. The box has been opened but has interior liners or inserts and all it's end flaps and tuck flaps.

C-9
Original contents inside. All Sealing tape, plastic wrap, staples, glue etc. present but box has been opened.  Clean, crisp and bright. May have handwritten or affixed price or other markings or notations from the original retailer or owner.

C-10
Original contents inside and if applicable sealed. All Sealing tape, plastic wrap, staples, glue etc. present and undisturbed. Clean, crisp and bright.

GRADING FOR PAPER

P-4
Paper is heavily damaged.

P-5
Same as P-6 with the following exceptions and / or additions. Items show high signs of usage. Edges may be damaged. Original folds are heavily damaged. All existing printing material is legible, however, the item is heavily worn with severe wear marks extending well onto the original printed material and may have excessive color fading. No water damage or signs of deterioration.

P-6
Pages may show additional (unoriginal) folds or "dog eared" pages. Pages may have tears.

P-7
There may be some evidence of bending and folding or unfolding if factory folded. All pages are present.

P-8
Notations from an auction,dealer or club member on the cover or interior pages may be present.

P-9
Item has been touched by human hands since leaving the factory. Individual pages have been opened. Original paper folds are crisp with no signs of damage if folded by the factory.

P-10
Item may have been touched by human hands after leaving the factory, pristine.

 


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