We do not know the history of any individual card we grade, so we must grade all cards as we see them in front of us. Damage can be introduced at numerous points in the life of a card, and even some cards that come straight from booster packs can grade below NM if there are certain printing problems or if the pack was handled or opened too roughly.
Modified on: Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 at 4:42 PM
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