Pin Grading

What is considered a Standard Grade pin?

Standard Pins:
These pins are handmade items and can vary from unit to unit. A-grades or standard pins are graded based on the front of the pin. Due to the nature of making these pins there may be minor and hardly noticeable imperfections that can only be observed upon close and careful inspection. Imperfections are often minor and easily overlooked. Standard pins typically have 0-1 minor imperfection.
This can include:
- small, air bubbles in non-central areas of the pin
- small under-filled enamel in non-central areas of the pin
- some slight imperfections in the metal plating
- minor offsets in screen-printed details

What is considered a B-Grade or Seconds pin?

Second Grade pins have much more noticeable flaws. These pins may not look great when photographed up close but are great to put on backpacks. The defects on second-grade pins vary vastly per unit as every imperfection is different.
Issues can include:
- Under-filled areas
- Large specs of dust or paint
- Small paint smudges
- Small areas with the wrong colour filled
- Scratches
- Metal imperfections which can include: scratches, overfilling, tarnish and etc