Buy-List Information and Card Condition Guide

Smoke & Mirrors Hobby Buy-List Information

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All Buy-List submissions must be sent out within 3 business days of Buy-List approval.

Buy-Lists will be submitted and go to staff for approval before they can be mailed out by the customer.

Please send all *Approved Buy-Lists to:

Smoke and Mirrors Hobby

66 S 2nd St, Unit 66-i

Bay Shore NY, 11706

Please include a slip with your name and e-mail used to submit your buy-list for a quick and easy turn-around!

Condition Guide for your cards

NM-Mint: A card in Near Mint-Mint condition will show little to no visible wear. From the back, a Near Mint-Mint card is generally indistinguishable from other cards of the same condition.

A card in this category may have one or two of the following

  •     Very slight scratches visible upon close inspection
  •     Very slight clouding (dust/dirt damage) visible upon close inspection
  •     Very slight scuffing or loss of sheen visible upon close inspection
  •     Very slight nicks visible upon close inspection
  •     Very small printing flaws visible upon close inspection 

LP: A card in Lightly Played condition will show visible, minor or mild wear even without close inspection.

A card in this category may have several instances of the wear described in the Near Mint-Mint section as well as the following additional types of wear:

  •     Minor scratches
  •     Mild clouding (dust/dirt damage)
  •     Minor scuffing or loss of sheen
  •     Minor nicks
  •     Minor printing flaws
  •     Minor binder bending
  •     Minor indentations on the card surface
  •     Mild border whitening that does not extend along all card borders
  •     Mild corner whitening that does not extend to every corner
  •     Mild discoloration or fading
  •     Very slight border creases that extend no further than the border of the card
  •     Very slight shuffle creases that extend no further than the border of the card

MP: A card in Moderately Played condition will show easily visible, moderate wear. A Moderately Played card will still be legal for tournament play if sleeved.

A card in this category may have several instances of the wear described in the Lightly Played section as well as the following additional types of wear:

  •     Moderate scratches
  •     Moderate clouding (dust/dirt damage)
  •     Moderate scuffing or loss of sheen
  •     Moderate nicks
  •     Moderate printing flaws
  •     Moderate binder bending
  •     Moderate indentations on the card surface
  •     Moderate  border whitening that may extend along all card borders
  •     Moderate corner whitening that may extend to every corner
  •     Moderate discoloration or fading
  •     Moderate border creases that may extend passed the border of the card
  •     Moderate shuffle creases that may extend passed the border of the card
  •     Mild or minor dirt build up
  •     Very slight inking
  •     Very slight water damage

DMG: A card in Damaged condition will show easily visible, extreme and/or extensive wear. A Damaged card may not be legal for tournament play, even if sleeved. To sum up, a Damaged card is any card that is graded worse than Moderately Played. 

A card in this category may have several instances of the wear described in the Moderately Played section as well as the following additional types of wear:

  • Extreme and/or extensive scratches
  • Extreme and/or extensive clouding (dust/dirt damage)
  • Extreme and/or extensive scuffing or loss of sheen
  • Extreme and/or extensive nicks or tears
  • Extreme and/or extensive printing flaws
  • Extreme and/or extensive binder bending
  • Extreme and/or extensive indentations on the card surface
  • Extreme and/or extensive border whitening
  • Extreme and/or extensive corner whitening
  • Extreme and/or extensive discoloration or fading
  • Extreme and/or extensive border creases
  • Extreme and/or extensive shuffle creases
  • Dirt build up that is more than mild or minor
  • Inking that is more than very slight
  • Water damage that is more than very slight
  • Writing

All Submissions once received by Smoke and Mirrors Hobby will go through a validation process to ensure the accuracy of the conditions of the cards.

Please Note Smoke and Mirrors Hobby is not responsible for any damage caused to your cards while in possession by the mail carrier while it is being transported to our facility. Smoke and Mirrors Hobby is not responsible for any lost packages that are being transported to our facility as well. The cards will be validated and condition graded upon receiving within the same business day and credit will be applied same day as well. All customers will be contacted regarding a cash pay-out for their preferred method.