Grading & Product Key

Grading is Subjective when Items are approaching 75 to 100 years-old

The condition of an item's paper, its age, rarity and printing type (i.e., stone lithography, chromo lithography, seed packet envelope, etc.) are what we consider when grading. Items are graded twice prior to inventory inclusion. Normal printing flaws are not considered, but may be noted.

Grade Name
SKU Suffix
% of Original
Letter Grade
Description
MINT
-M
95-100%
A

Item may display up to 5% of faults characterized by but not limited to normal signs of paper aging and handling dents. More tolerance is given for rare labels.

MINT-NEAR
-MN
90-95%
B+

Item may display up to 10% of faults characterized by but not limited to the grading descriptions of mint and near mint.

NEAR MINT
-NM
80-90%
B

Item may display up to 20% of faults characterized by but not limited to all grading descriptions from above this grade and printer flaws, moisture wear, edge wear, border tears, paper scuffs.

NM-GOOD
-NG
70-80%
C+
Item may display up to 30% of faults characterized by but not limited to the grading descriptions of near mint and good.
GOOD
-G
60-70%
C

Item may display up to 40% of faults characterized by but not limited to all grading descriptions from above this grade and folds, rippling, staining missing paper.

GOOD-AS IS
-GA
50-60%
D

Item may display up to 50% of faults characterized by but not limited to the grading descriptions of good and as is.

AS IS
-AS
< 50%
D-

Item may display 51% or more of faults characterized by but not limited to all grading descriptions from above this grade. Possibly a rare item that would interest a collector or for use in a decoupage project.

Product Key
Below are the abbreviations used in the Titles of our products with an example
Since there are so many different types of labels for various products that have the same Title, we have developed the following catalog designation system. When a search is performed on this site for a particular name, title, city, state, etc., the results will be sorted out according to the type and/or version of the Title. For an example, when the Title name "Independent" is searched, the results may show: (A) apples first, followed by (AL) apple lug, (CH) cherries, and then (P) pears.

LAMB (A) #1 = title (variety) #version
SKU: A689-M = stock keeping unit: (product id) -grade
(A) Apple, (AA) Apple Australia, (AC) Apple Canada,(AD) Advertisement, (AL) Apple Lug,
(AP) Asparagus, (AV) Avocado, (AZ) Arizona, (BB) Bargain Basement, (BE) Berry, (BK) Book,
(BR) Broom, (C) Cranberry, (CA) Crate Art, (CFA) Citrus Fruit Australia, (CG) Cigar, (CH) Cherry,
(CL) Cloth, (CN) Can, (CP) Calendar Print, (CR) Calendar, (F) Florida, (FS) Florida Strip,
(G) Grape, (GF) Grapefruit, (GL) Grapefruit Lug, (L) Lemon, (LL) Lemon Lug, (M) Melon,
(MF) Misc. Fruit, (NY) NY Grape, (O) Orange, (OL) Orange Lug, (OS) Orange Spain, (P) Pear,
(PA) Pear Australia, (PC) Pear Canada, (PD) Product, (PE) Peach, (PFC) Printers File Copy,
(PL) Pear Lug, (SF) Seed Flower, (SH) Seed Herb, (SM) Seed Melon, (SV) Seed Vegetable,
(T) Tomato, (TI) Tissue, (TO) Tobacco, (TS) Texas Strip, (TX) Texas, (V) Vegetable, (Y) Yam
Versions appear in color, weight, lithography, packing house & more. See details.
Visit the Crate Label Museum to view all product versions that correspond with our inventory.