We only sell original posters not reproductions.
Most of our posters were used at one time and considering their
age condition varies and some wear and tear is to be expected. Paper is fragile
and vintage posters are very rarely found in mint condition.
We use the universal grading scale below developed by Jon
Warren, author of Warren's Movie Poster Price Guide. We believe this 10-grade
system that gives each poster a simple “Out of 10” is more transparent than
simply stating the condition as “Excellent”. The grading scale is intended only
as a guideline.
In addition to grading each poster we also describe any obvious or additional flaws in ‘Additional notes’ on the product description page and provide hi-res
photographs that can be viewed close-up by using the magnifying glass tool.
These descriptions were taken from the Iguide Movie Poster
C10 - MINT - Investment Quality. Item is "as new" or
in the same condition as the day it was made. The item may or may not literally
be in "perfect" condition, but it does exhibit an amazing state of
preservation with virtually no perceptible flaws of any kind, other than very
minor flaws that may have occurred during the printing process. Printing
registration should be perfect. In many cases, an otherwise "mint"
poster may have printing flaws in the registration, or alignment of colors
causing one color to stand slightly offset from the others. The
folding/trimming process should not have resulted in any damage to the item of
any kind. Sometimes a poster may have slight fold lines that occurred when the
poster was put through the folding machine. If the fold line broke the ink,
causing a faint white line, the item should not be grated C10. No edge fraying
or dents/impressions are allows in this grade.
C9 - NEAR MINT - Investment Quality.
Superb. Unused or very
carefully used but with some minor storage defect, minor tear, one pinhole in
each corner or some other very minor flaw on an otherwise unused poster. Item
may be in "never-used" condition or may have been used in the theatre
but was carefully preserved after use. One tiny pinhole in each corner from
being displayed is allowable in this grade. Slightly offset color registration
is allowable in this grade. Very slight compression marks (indentations) from
theatre use (i.e. Clamped in a display) are allowable in this grade. No edge
fraying. One Sheets, which were normally quarter-folded until recent times, may
have very slight fold wear, if such wear does not significantly affect the eye
appeal of the image. Folds haven't damaged print.
C8 – EXCELLENT - Investment Quality.
Commonly referred to as
Condition A or Very Fine. Item may be in "never-used" condition or
may have been used in the theatre, but was carefully preserved after use.
If a C9 is almost like new, then a C8 is not far behind a C9. An above-average
poster exhibiting minimal signs of use. Bright and clean. Poster has no major
defects but could have an accumulation of several minor ones, such as a small
(1/8" or less) border chip. No creases on lobby cards, but normal/minor
creases on one sheets and larger posters is to be expected. A handful of small
pinholes or border tears could be present. Aging on older pieces could be present.
Paper could be slightly yellowed, but not brown. Minimal or slight restoration
could be present if professionally done. There may be signs of wear and use,
such as folds or creases (except on lobby cards), possibly a minor border tear,
or pinholes in the border. Not soiled, clean and bright. No frontal tape
repairs are allowed in this grade, but possibly one very minor tape repair to
the back of the piece. Window cards may have written or printed banners. The
image area of the poster should be undamaged. Poster should be bright, supple,
and clean. May exhibit more fold wear than a C9, but without significant color
loss in the fold areas. A slight amount of color loss is acceptable in this
grade, but if the fold wear is such that a heavy solid white line results from
loss of color due to wear, then the item would not qualify for a C8 rating. No
edge wrinkling or fraying is allowed in this grade. No writing on the front of
the poster is allowed in this grade, however, writing on the back of the poster
that does not bleed through is acceptable in this grade. Minor tears are
allowed in this grade, but they should be minor, meaning less than 1" in
length, and not more than two total tears on the item. Common areas for tears
on posters are at the folds, especially the interior folds where the item may
have been unfolded and then refolded. This kind of minor paper separation
(tear) is common and is allowable in a C8 grade notwithstanding other
extenuating circumstances. Should the item have minor paper loss, such as a
small piece missing from a corner or interior fold, it should not be given a C8
rating. A corner crease (1/2" or less) or two can be present, but numerous
creases affecting the image are not allowed in this grade.
C7 - VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT.
Often referred to as Fine
condition. Still a very nicely preserved item. Typically, an item in this grade
is almost a C8, but one or two unsightly flaws, or heavier than normal fold
wear or pinholes, or one small piece of tape on a corner, cause the item to be
assigned the C7 designation rather than C8. Heavy damp stains eliminate the
item from this grade. However, a minor damp stain on an unobtrusive part of the
poster could be allowed. A window card with the top 4 inch blank area trimmed
away should not be rated higher than C7, even if in otherwise C9 condition.
C6 - VERY GOOD.
Often referred to as "Very Good"
condition or "Condition B." The typical used poster in average
condition. A sound example, although with wear and defects to be expected of an
item that was intended to be used and re-used. Unusual problems should be
described. The poster can have slight browning of paper but not brittleness or
flaking. It may have a small amount of writing in some unobtrusive portion of
the poster. Minor border repair, edge tears, stains, or other signs of average
use could be present. Eye appeal of the image area should be good. Minor
soiling could be present. Larger posters could have minor fold tears (length of
which should be described), also normal folds, creases, minor fold tears,
possible repaired tears (from the back). Professional major restoration is
acceptable in this grade. The poster should be complete and if not, major
problems should be described (such as paper replacement). In every case, paper
replacement and major color touchup and restoration should be described in
detail. Tape anywhere on the poster should be mentioned and described. Small
pen markings on the front can be present if noted, but not if large, heavy, or
if affecting the eye appeal of the image. Sun-fading on the poster should be
described, and if significant should prevent the example from being in this
grade. Heavy insect or rodent damage is not allowable in this grade. Amateur
color touchup with colored markers is allowable in this grade. Common flaws
that relegate an item to this grade include heavy fold wear, unusually large
number of pinholes or staple holes, taped corners or fold lines reinforced with
tape, minor tears, possibly minor paper loss (pieces missing) from the edges,
edge fraying and so on. Because posters were so often used and reused, the C6
grade is common.
C5 - GOOD to VERY GOOD.
A heavily-worn item showing significant
signs of use such as multiple pinholes or staple holes, tape, tears, soiling,
pieces missing, small markings or pen/pencil marks. Although this is an
"in-between" grade and difficult to distinguish from a C6, items are
relegated to this lower classification when there is a greater number of
general flaws than would normally be expected in the higher grade, or when one
major flaw makes the C6 grade unacceptable.
C4 - GOOD.
Below average but still suitable for display.
Heavily used with significant signs of use that affect the overall eye appeal
of the piece. Small pieces may be missing from the borders (should be described).
Image area will usually have minor defects that may impinge upon the graphics.
Could have tape, writing, or tears. Numerous pinholes and resulting tears could
be present. Complete, but graphics are face-worn.
C3 - FAIR.
Often referred to as Fair condition, or Condition D.
Heavily worn, but yet still complete
C2 - POOR to FAIR.
An extremely worn, possibly even incomplete
C1 - POOR
. The lowest
grade, representing items in the lowest possible condition. Heavily damaged,
possibly missing large pieces, possibly brittle and crumbling. Except for
valuable rarities, items in this grade have little or no value.