Pin Grading Guidelines

Enamel Pin Grading

Collector's/Perfect Grade:

This grade IS NOT offered currently. Sorry!

Standard Grade:

This is the highest possible quality of pin offered. Standard-grade pins may still be susceptible to very minor imperfections that are only visible upon extremely close-up inspection and/or when the light hits the pin at a specific angle. As a general rule, if the lay person would hardly notice an imperfection, it's standard grade.

By purchasing this grade, you have read this and understand that these minor imperfections are acceptable and will NOT be grounds for a return, refund, partial refund, nor replacement.

Examples of potential Standard Grade imperfections:

  • Imperfections in tone, texture, or finish in either the enamel OR metal only visible at specific light angle(s).
  • Minor surface scuffs on metal/enamel
  • Small ripples/pores or bubbles in enamel that may be exacerbated by viewing angle
  • Slightly lower fills in minor areas
  • Tiny specks in enamel <1mm
  • Slight rippling or variance in surface texture
  • Non-gloss surface finish

Seconds Grade:

These are the pieces that have more noticeable defects. As a general rule, if a defect visible very easily at a distance, it is seconds grade.

Examples of potential Seconds Grade imperfections:

  • Imperfections in tone, texture, or finish in either the enamel OR metal
  • Major surface scuffs on metal/enamel
  • Poor coloration or mismatching colors of enamel
  • Noticable ripples/pores or bubbles in enamel
  • Dust, markings, debris in enamel
  • Apparent mechanical damage
  • Lower fills in certain areas
  • Specks in enamel >1mm
  • Rippling or variance in surface texture
  • Missing or loose pin posts