Pins are handmade items and very few pins are perfect.
A grade pins come very close to perfect. They have very limited and minor faults such as 🍑 Tiny, unnoticeable air bubbles 🍑 Minor enamel underfill 🍑 Light imperfections in the metal plating 🍑 Light or small nicks in the enamel or metal 🍑 Plating imperfections on the sides of the pin
A grade/standard grade pins are sold at full price and make nice gifts or additions to a collection. They are beautiful and are great for wear or display purposes. The majority of pins that I sell are A grade pins or Standard grade.
B grade pins have noticeable flaws, some minor/major than others. Some of the flaws that would qualify a pin as B grade includes
🍑 noticeable or multiple areas or under filled enamel 🍑 moderately scuffed metal or enamel 🍑 multiple points of imperfections on the metal plating 🍑 multiple air bubbles in the enamel 🍑 missing metal lines 🍑 missing enamel 🍑 off-set screenprinted areas 🍑 areas of low glitter content 🍑 unfilled areas of enamel 🍑 enamel staining on sides or pack of the pin 🍑 overfilled enamel that floods some metal lines 🍑 small gouges or scratches or marks in the enamel and metal
A seconds grade pin might not be as nice as a Standard Grade, but it is still highly wearable and can make a good addition to a collection if the imperfections mentioned above are not bothersome to the collector.
Very visible multiple minor and / or major defects. In addition to defects mentioned above, C grades may also have:
🍑 Missing posts
🍑 Discolored / tarnished plating
I do not sell C grade pins.
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