TCA (Train Collector's Association) Grading Standards

TCA GradeTCA Description of Grade
MINT Brand new, absolutely unmarred, all original and unused.
LIKE NEW Free of any blemishes, nicks or scratches; original condition throughout; very little sign of use
EXCELLENT Minute scratches or nicks; no dents or rust
VERY GOOD Few scratches, exceptionally clean, no dents or rust
GOOD Scratches, small dents, dirty
FAIR Well-scratched, chipped, dented, rusted or warped condition
POOR Beat up, junk condition, some usable parts