UNDERSTAND EVERY GRADE
WHAT IS A 'DIG' REPORT?
"DIG" stands for "Digital Image & Grading" Report.
DIG's represent the most comprehensive and accurate condition analysis and technological grading breakdown available.
DIG Reports are included with every TAG'd card and can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the label of each slab or by looking up the card via it's Certification number found next to the QR code.
DIG Reports can be shared by anyone simply by using this link format: tagd.co/CERT#
TAG CARD VISION
Use the Surface Defect Transparency Slider in order to view the card using TAG's Card Vision. Card Vision enables you more easily spot defects and imperfections in the card by utilizing TAG's Photometric Stereoscopic Imaging technology.
The number that populates when hovering on the slider is the percentage of opacity currently being viewed using the Card Vision. If you scroll to 50 for example, you would be seeing 50% of the card in it's actual color view, and 50% in Card Vision. If you slide the icon all the way to the bottom, you will be seeing 0% color card view, and 100% Card Vision.
You may also zoom into the card up to 800x magnification by clicking the magnifying glass below the card, scrolling on your mouse, or pinching to zoom on a touch-screen device.
THE CORE 3
THE CARD POP
The first category you will notice of the Core 3 metrics is the card Population. Often referred to as the "Pop," this area showcases how many of this specific card have been Graded by TAG, as of the date listed under the header.
The Pop can be broken down in two different ways. The number on the left represents how many of that card have been TAG'd with the same graded Condition. In this example on the left, the condition of the card is a Mint 9 and there have been 2 Mint cards graded. The number to the right represents the Total Graded Pop for that card. Since 9 of these cards have been submitted to TAG, the total shown for this card is currently 9.
The second category you will notice of the Core 3 is the card Rank. This metric is only available to cards which have been graded via the TAG S service as a 3 digit score is needed in order to determine the card's precise ranking on the TAG Leaderboard.
In this example, the number on the left represents the card's Rank by Grade and indicates that this card is the highest graded Mint card in TAG's population report. To the right of that field is the card's Overall Rank. In this case, let's assume the card scored a 949, just one point below the threshold for a Gem Mint 10. In this instance, there are 3 other versions of this card that graded a 10 or higher, making it the 4th highest overall. If we click the grey numerical icon, we can dig into the Leaderboard and see how other card's have scored relative to this one. In this case, there was also a 953, a 967, and a 982 (not pictured), making it the 4th highest overall.
The third category is called the Chronology. Chronology is representative of the order in which a card is graded.
In this example, this card was the 5th instance of this card graded, and of those 5 times, it was the first time a card received a Mint 9. Just as with the other categories, you may always reference the date under the header, as these numbers are updated on the daily as more cards are graded.
A card's condition is broken down into 5 key attribute categories. Among these are the card's Corners / Edges / Centering / Surface / and Dimensions.
Each of these icons is clickable and will link the viewer to the location on the page that goes into further detail. Under each icon is a counter of how many "DINGS" have been identified pertaining to that card attribute. DINGS stands for "Defects Identified of Notable Grade Significance," and are further explained below.
In this example below, you can see that the quantity of DINGS identified was 1, and it was on the Back Surface.
WHAT ARE 'DINGS'?
Defects Identified of Notable Grade Significance, also known as, 'DINGS,' are the primary reasons that a card received the grade it did. In card grading, the DINGS carry most of the weight of the grade.
The DINGS that are shown are defects that impacted the cards overall grade. Any flaw that, if absent, would not affect the overall grade, is not classified as a "DING."
For example: assume there is a card with a severe front wrinkle defect that automatically brings the card into a 5 grade. In this case, assume that card also has a visible scratch on the front. If the wrinkle was not present, the scratch would cause the card to get an 8. In this case, the wrinkle is constituted as a DING, and the scratch is not. The scratch is not considered a DING because it has no notable impact on the grade due to the existence of the more severe wrinkle.
Simply put, you can think of a DING as a core defect that kept the card from receiving a higher grade.