Visual record grading includes a thorough visual inspection of each disk, as well as outer sleeves meeting the international Goldmine standard. AAGS technicians go an additional step and visually grade the inner sleeves and any liner notes, posters, or booklets that may be included.
We listen carefully to gauge the number of clicks and pops on each vinyl record after the deep clean. Once we have the results, we begin building the exclusive AAGS grading score for your album.
By utilizing a proprietary algorithm, AAGS delivers a single, comprehensive record grading score that sums up the visual inspection of the disks, outer sleeve, inner sleeve, and inserts, audible inspection and the quality of the sound produced.
Each album receives an authentic AAGS certificate that slips into the outer archival sleeve. Each certificate is serial numbered and outfitted with metadata for the record, and includes a play log register on the back to track how many times the album has been listened to since grading.
Ever wonder which pressing you have? Who mastered your album? Which pressing plant it came from? We decode the "dead wax" and other details about your album and include the album information on the AAGS record grading certificate!
By referencing multiple sources including the Goldmine grading/price guide, and accessible online stores and auctions to determine what albums that match your albums condition and pressing version have sold for recently, we value your vinyl record for insurance purposes.
One of the most challenging parts of collecting vinyl records is having a reliable way of knowing precisely what the condition of an album is without looking at it for ourselves. Aside from visual inspections, how does it sound? Does it have all of its inserts? What is the actual condition of those inserts? Which pressing is it? Such questions pose a minimal risk on a low-cost record. However, if you have a vinyl record that is valued in the triple or even in the quadrupedal digits, having the questions above answered by a 3rd party will give you the confidence you need to buy the album. From the seller perspective, certification will help you sell that album faster and add value to the record which would lend itself to catch a premium. This is why the AAGS Scoring System was created. But how does it work?
We base our grading decisions on the goldmine grading standard. However, we go beyond grading the record and the sleeve. The AAGS Scoring System features a four-step process for an accurate grade by defining four grading factors in one score as part of our grading index.
The four step grading system includes: