ASG 'No Grade' Reasons Glossary

ASG uses the following notations to describe stamps that could not be graded and/or encapsulated:

ALTERED - The stamp has been altered in a significant and deceptive way. For example, the stamp has been altered so that it appears to be a different type. (The full grading fee is charged.)

DAMAGED - The stamp has been severely damaged and/or is missing large pieces. (The full grading fee is charged.)

INELIGIBLE TYPE - The stamp is not a type that is graded by ASG. (The full grading fee is refunded.)

NOT GENUINE - The stamp is not genuine. (The full grading fee is charged.)

QUESTIONABLE AUTHENTICITY - ASG cannot definitively determine whether the stamp is genuine. (The grading fee is refunded less a 35 RMB handling fee.)

STICKY GUM - The stamp’s gum is active. (The full grading fee is charged.)

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