Jackangus wrote:What could it be? and is this acceptable for new vinyl?
It could be from surface paper/dust particles or some particle pressed into groove at factory. A suitable, proper, pre-play cleaning can mitigate or eliminate this. Sometimes in the act of playing the stylus will dislodge the offending particle.
It is not uncommon to have the odd tic/pop on new vinyl but noise free lp's are just as common as those with minor noise issues, it is the nature of the medium.
As you describe; 2-3 tic/pop per album(not per side), or(not and)a little(very little)other noise issue, I would consider your albums as NM. Anything beyond what you have described I would downgrade to VG/EX. But that's just me, others may have different thresholds for what they consider to be a NM grade, which in my humble opinion, makes any grade other than MINT practically meaningless. A seller will always over grade and a buyer who overpaid will too!
Sealed records can't be graded until they are played.
P.S. As a new member I will kindly advise you to post in the appropriate category. This post belongs in "Music and Records".