Mint condition is an expression used in the description of pre-owned goods. Originally, the phrase related to the way collectors described the condition of coins. As the name given to a coin factory is a "mint", then mint condition is the condition a coin is in when it leaves the mint.
The term mint condition may be used to describe a variety of collectible items, including action figures, dolls, toys, stamps, records, comic books and similar items. The term may have a slightly different meaning in each case. For instance, when describing trading cards, "perfect" condition is used to describe the condition as it is when pulled from a pack, while "mint" would be new but opened. Similar graduations of mint condition exist for other collectibles based on their specific characteristics. For example, a postage stamp may be mint or mint never hinged.
- NRFB - Never removed from box
- MIB - Mint in box
- MIP - Mint in package
- MOC - Mint on card (For accessories sold attached to a card)
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