Vinyl, LP, Album. Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying perhaps correctly that no record is ever truly perfect. The record shows no obvious sign of wear. A 45 rpm sleeve has no more than the most minor defects, such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs Various - Scope LP Part 4 slight handling. An LP jacket has no creases, folds, seam splits or any other noticeable similar defect.
No cut-out holes, either. And of course, the same is true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves, and the like. Basically, Near Mint looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap. Record surfaces may show some slight signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are OK. The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but is should be barely noticeable.
The center hole is not misshapen by repeated play. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turn-up corners, or a slight seam-split. An LP jacket my have slight signs of wear also and may be Wicked & Wild - Klubbheads - Klubbheads Presents: 17 Super Hits by a cut-out hole, indentation or corner indicating it was taken out of print and sold at a discount.
In general, if not for a couple of Villanuevero - Ropain* - Ropain Interpreta A Escalona things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable. Surface noise is evident Villanuevero - Ropain* - Ropain Interpreta A Escalona playing, especially in soft passages and during the song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise.
The Wall - Johnny Cash - Original Album Classics wear will start to be noticeable, as will light scratches deep enough to feel with a fingernail that will affect the sound. Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers or their residue attached.
The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time, only two or three of them. A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be put onto a turntable and will play through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear. A jacket or sleeve has seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object.
If it's a common item, you'll probably find another copy in better shape eventually. Pass it up. But if it's something you have been seeking for years, and the price is Villanuevero - Ropain* - Ropain Interpreta A Escalona , get it. Will ship in a standard record mailer with an extra layer of cardboard for protection.
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