Masquerade's Pony Grading System
My Little Pony Grading System
Just like with all old valued items, everything is priced and valued by how it withstood over time from handling or non handling, quality of materials used and environmental damage along the way. Everyone in the collecting world may have different reasoning's for collecting and have different acceptable conditions those said items are. Here I have created a Standard that I use to clarify communication for My Little Ponies, so Serious collectors as well as Enthusiasts can clearly understand what they are looking at in my shop. It also will help anyone put a value on their own collection when pricing it for insurance purposes.
Part 1 Discriptions...
Display Side & Non-Display Side
Every Pony has their Good Side. You will see below the difference between Display side and Non-Display side
First I will show images of different types of damages that I have come across from common to rare
Cancer Spots The debate is up there on how they form. But they are big spots located anywhere on the pony.
Pin Dots Are very small dots about the size of a pins pointy end. They can be any colour from black, brown to red or blue. This is just describing on how Small the Dot it
Regrind The ultimate in recycling but oh so damaging to the ponies. Regrind is when they reused pony plastic into a new mold. The out come years later is plastic discoloration. It shows up as either faded spots or very highlighted or bright spots. In some cases it can be combined with cancer spots which is even more insult to injury.
Pen and Felt Marks The obvious one. Kids and Pens. Scribbles with blue or black pens to Pink, yellow or black felt markers on the plastic causing permanent damage.
Smudges They can be big or small. They can be very faint to dark in colour and they can range from a common brown/beige to a pen blue. Pen blue is most likely from ink that washed its way into the plastic.
Freckling This is when either ground in dirt, rust or mold enters the pores of the plastic causing a freckling effect. This is almost impossible to wash off because its so deep with in the plastic
Internal Mold This is when the inside of the pony got wet and build a mold colony. some serious cases the black mold seeps through the hair plugs on top of the head, so if you can not take off the head the next best indication is the mane plugs. Best way to treat this is by removing the head and scrubbing the inside. The hardest challenge is removing the mold from the hair plugs. But with determination and right tools it can be done.
Under Foot Initials
Eye Damage, Scratches Damage to the Twinkle eye ponies show the edges all scraped up. On regular ponies the painted eyes will have been rubbed off by play. These can be touched up with paint to restore them and not permanent.
So Soft Flocking Wear The delicate flocking of the ponies tend to not do so well with a lot of handling. A lot of the flocking around the torso would get a flat appearance or thinning. The usual places for full flocking loss are any pointy areas such as the ear tips, feet edges, wing tips or lips. Its also very easy to get a lot of discoloring of the flock from the old glue holding it on turning a faint brown. Then there are some flocking that holds onto fine dirt and dust that is hard to wash off. But with the right shampoo and delicate hand you can give it some life back.
Factory Glue During the making process at the pony factory some excess glue could drip out of the neck crease and show up in random places. Most common on the neck line that could stain the plastic or just show a little glue lift.
Pony Grading Part 2
The Following Rating System is souly based on my own opinion and pony selling experience as well as a serious collector. I will be updating my descriptions better as times go on to even clarify things further. Possibly create a point system.
–Ponies I label with this condition is what you would expect taking it out from the package yourself.
The HAIR would be silky, uncut and clean. No Hair cuts or missing plugs, Factory Curl could still be in place, but not mandatory since styling can be done at home.
The CUTIE MARKS would be vibrant and fresh looking from the making of said pony. If there is a factory misprint that would not take away from the quality, but it will be stated. Some cutie marks might be slightly faded from a lighter run when printing.
The BODY would be clean and free from any handling marks such as rubbed in dirt, felt marks, pen marks or other damage not caused by factory packaging. Only aloud flaws would be from making. Such as slight glue along neckline, or a small indent all caused by factory process, but it would be listed as such. So Mint condition would be a Pony in Perfect Condition.
Initials under foot do not take away from its value unless you can see it while standing.
– Ponies I label with this condition could have one minor flaw that would not really affect its overall condition but would render it not perfect in my opinion. This could be a single plug missing to a minor rub, even a strategic hidden mark somewhere that cannot be seen unless search for, or even a slight fading of the cutie marks (which in this case can be fixed by touching them up yourself with paint) or simply it could just need a bath . Or if the factory fault is extreme to render it not Mint. This ‘fault’ would be described to the best of my ability. There are times I explain that a pony if Near Mint if Not Mint because the flaw it self is so minor, but I am very picky for my own collection and the ‘flaw’ I would point out could make it wonderful to someone elses rating system or excepted mint quality.
Initials under foot do not take away from its value unless you can see it while standing
Excellent Display Condition
– Ponies I label with this condition are Just that. They are Not in Mint Condition due to a ‘flaw’ from a missing plug, a mark somewhere to just needing a bath, dry hair, faded cutie mark or some other minor issue. Which in the description the ‘flaw’ will be pointed out. “Display” meaning when you put the pony on your shelf to display your collection you cannot see Why she is not perfect. The flaw maybe hidden under hair or how they stand. Display side vs. Non Display side. Or an issue could be so minor that it is not noticeable unless you search for the issue. This level of pony would also be high quality if Near Mint or Mint condition is not what you want to pay for.
OK Display Condition
– Ponies I label with this condition may have some different level of ‘flaws’ from minor to major. Depending on its location on the pony. Missing plugs, scratches, pen or felt mark flaws, random unexplained dirty marks, cancer spots, dry hair etc. If the pony is put on display and you cannot see it, or it’s a minor issue/flaw, then I would render it OK Display Condition. All flaws will be pointed out to the best of my ability. Also ponies that would be then turned into Excellent Display or Near Mint with a few minor fixes. Like rehairing, or touching up the cutie marks. But all those will be pointed out.
Bait, AS IS, Played With Condition
– Ponies I label with this condition, have some major flaw out in the open that cannot be hidden. Some ponies are borderline OK display condition and still wonderful but some sad event might of taken their beauty. Flaws could be from major hair cuts, pen and felt marks on body, cutie marks gone.. etc.. all flaws will be pointed out. Some restoration could save said pony or if you just want the pony regardless of condition for a craft project