Centering is a qualifier flaw. This means it represents a factory flaw which can be found on
pack fresh stickers. This should not drop the grade of the sticker but should be clearly
called out when offering the grade of the sticker, ie "Nearmint but significantly offcenter"
(see the 80-20 example below). This
allows for more clarity than just dropping the grade of an otherwise nearmint sticker to EX+
as some collectors aren't concerned with factory flaws and would accept an offcenter nearmint sticker
over a sticker that dropped to Ex+ due to corner wear. One could argue that a sticker can't be
graded MINT with a factory flaw as MINT is flawless. I don't subscribe to that theory as I seek
consistency and again saying a sticker is "MINT but significantly offcenter" is much more
meaningful than dropping a MINT sticker to Nearmint due to the centering as nearmint implies
there are post pack opening flaws.
Examples of centering:
|Nicely Centered||60-40 slightly off center||80-20 significantly off center||100-0 badly offcenter||Miscut: shows other sticker||Diagnal cut|