Exactly what switch said. There have been times when I’ve gotten NM cards from T&T that are flawless, and times when I’ve gotten cards that are warped and in pretty rough shape. Great site to buy from if you’re going to for binder collections, but not so great if you’re looking for cards to grade
I recently made a purchase of Unlimited Base Holos from Troll and Toad. I bought 4 Hitmonchan, 4 Poliwrath, and 4 Magneton. They were all suppose to be near mint. Every single card was warped, heavily and I mean heavily scratched…one even had part of the card missing.
I had heard from YouTube videos of certain people purchasing NM cards from Troll and Toad and getting PSA 10 grades…I guess they were just lucky.
Do also understand that TrollandToad inspected and assigned the condition grade to any merchant seller account as well. So if you see something with my name or any other seller’s name, assume TT’s grading scale.
Newer product is usually good just because it has inherently not been handled as much. I have had really good success with TT on higher end cards, but not so much on the $.50 cards. That said, you can easily ask them to send you some shots of front and back and they will take care of you.
I have purchased tons of high end cards from TnT and have gotten lucky on numerous occasions with a decent amount of cards grading 9 and 10. I’ve purchased a few shadowless zards from them that graded a 9 just to give an example. At the end of the day its all luck, but would suggest putting certain cards on your wishlist so you’ll get email notifications when they become in stock. Also, if you purchase a NM card and its played (which probably happens 50% of the time) you can always return. Just google “Troll and Toad return Form” fill it out and send the card back for a full refund.
I buy a lot of WoTC NM cards from them, and while the “NM” cards can definitely vary in condition, overall I’m satisfied. They’ve been quick to refund any card that clearly isn’t NM, like the 1st edition Jungle Mr. Mime I bought a while ago that had half of its face scratched off.
You should be fine if you’re just building a binder collection, but don’t bother if you want consistent psa 8-10 quality from the older sets.