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Pin Grading Guide

Standard Grade pins have the best overall appearance in a batch of pins - but it is possible that they exhibit very minor imperfections that can be seen under close inspection. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Minor under or over-filled enamel
  • Slight imperfections in metal plating
  • Light surface scuffing or scratches in the enamel and/or metal
  • Stray pieces of glitter or dust
  • Plating imperfections on the sides/back
  • Slightly misaligned screenprinting

Second Grade pins have noticeable flaws. Defects in Second Grade enamel pins might be, but are not limited to

  • Low-fill or overfilled enamel in large areas
  • Moderately scuffed enamel and/or metal
  • Small gouges or marks in the enamel
  • Air bubbles in the enamel or epoxy 
  • Large areas of plating issues on the sides and/or back
  • Lightly discolored enamel and/or tarnished metal plating

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