Whether you are evaluating your toy collection or looking to add to your collection, knowing how to evaluate and grade a toy is top priority.
WHAT IS THE “C-10” SCALE FOR GRADING TOYS?
The C-10 scaling method is what I use for evaluating and grading all toys. It is simple and the one most recognized by collectors around the world. It rates toys on a scale of C1 – C10. Assigning a rank of C-1 to a toy represents the poorest condition, while C-10 represents the best condition or Mint. (BTW – the ‘C’ stands for condition)
Since C-10 represents Mint; a C-9 toy would be almost Mint, i.e. like new but out of the package.
C-8: Very clean with minor wear.
C-7 to C-6: Played with but in good econdition to include in my collection. (A toy in this condition would typically rate 60+% of the Mint value.)
C-5 and under: Give them to the kids to play with.
IS THE ‘C’ SCALE ALWAYS TRUE & VALID?
Unfortunately, No. If a toy is more than 30 years old, your chances of finding it Mint in the package are just about zero. So you have to check the market – i.e., reference books, Internet, and other collectors – to see what conditions must be met for that toy to be considered C-8 or better.
Grading a toy is definitely not an exact science and opinions will vary. However, if you know beforehand what you require of a particular grade, when the opportunity comes around to purchase that toy, you’ll know what you want and what you are looking for.