any other collecting sector when it comes to models (particularly the
older die-cast models) there is no real substitute for experience when
seeking to add an original to your collection. Here at Herod Models we
try our best to provide an accurate opinion as to condition and always
aim to market at a realistic price.
We base our grading on the captions below whose definitions and descriptions are taken from a widely recognised grading standard used by museums. Modifications have been made to accommodate most models.
It has become a generally accepted practice to grade items using a numerical scale commencing at the low end (good) with the number 1 and rising to 10 (as new) at the top. It is further generally accepted that this scale be sub-divided by increments of ½ which although not clearly defined can be useful when grading a particular item; for example an 8½ might well be a 9 were it not for a very minor scratch being clearly evident somewhere on the body.
Whatever the grading system used (and we are aware of some web-sites/stores have only six levels) grades will always be subjective. What to one collector is slight scratch and therefore not important may well render the item as being totally unworthy of collecting by another. Further confusion is created by collectors themselves who almost always have a tendency to over-estimate the grade of their own models and so standards constantly vary.
In developing our grading structure we have made every attempt at providing some clarity by which our own standards are set and we hope this guide also proves to be an asset to you. when building your collection.
One final note - where boxes are listed together with an item we will give a brief but individual description. If the box is a reproduction, we will say so, and if it is original we'll try to describe its condition as accurately as possible but they will not carry the same grading structure as the models themselves.