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Condition grades for stills

This page provides a guide to how we condition grade items and pertains specifically to the type of item you were viewing (other types of items may have somewhat different wording). Below we show the condition grades for this type of item in order from "highest" to "lowest" (fine to poor).

NOTE FOR PRESSBOOKS: If you are looking at condition grades for pressbooks, know that we have slightly different grades depending on whether they are cut or not cut, so we first list all the "uncut" condition grades followed by all the "cut" grades.

NOTE FOR UNFOLDED ONE-SHEETS (from the 1980s to present), AND FOR OTHER SIZES WHERE THEY ARE COMMONLY ALL IN "REALLY NICE" CONDITION: We grade far more harshly for those posters can more often be found in excellent condition, because there were dealers and collectors who purchased these posters unused, and kept them in wonderful condition. So for auctions of newer rolled one-sheets, we grade on a MUCH stricter scale than we do normally! We downgrade posters to "very good to fine" for very minor defects (things like a single tiny tear in the border, or faint creases in the edges). We further downgrade to "very good" posters that have several of these types of defects, even though the poster would probably qualify as "fine", if it was from the 1940s! We use this "sliding scale" grading because it allows us to better convey the poster's true condition to our buyers. If we used the exact same scale for all posters, then most 1920s posters would be graded as "fair" or "poor", and most 1980s or 1990s posters would be graded as "fine", and we realize that that benefits nobody!

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"Fine"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "fine" condition! It has very minor defects, typical with photographs that are ten to eighty years old. But they are truly VERY minor, and I can't imagine a collector who would not be very happy owning this still. But please bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and so it is sure to have slight imperfections. Note that our small image of the item on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this item, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this item is in! Note that this is the highest grade we give any item (we do not use "mint" or "near mint"), and many of our "fine" items would be graded "mint" or "near mint" by other sellers!

"Very Good To Fine"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "very good to fine" condition. It has defects typical of photographs that are ten to eighty years old. Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many vintage stills pick up light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) over the years and those may not be apparent from our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on", you can either not see them at all or they are barely visible. It is likely that this still may have some such scuff marks, but I would think most collectors would be happy owning this still (since few people display items tilted to the light, so it is truly a minor defect!). Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have some imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!

"Very Good"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "very good" condition. It has defects typical of photographs that are ten to eighty years old, which may include some tiny border defects, or other defects that are acquired through handling. Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many vintage stills pick up light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) over the years and those may not be apparent from our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on", you can either not see them at all or they are barely visible. It is likely that this still may have some such scuff marks, but I would think most collectors would be happy owning this still (since few people display items tilted to the light, so it is truly a minor defect!). Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have some imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!

"Good To Very Good"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "good to very good" condition. It has defects typical of photographs that are ten to eighty years old, which may include some tiny border defects, or other defects that are acquired through handling, and the still surely has SOME scuffs or smudges in the surface emulsion, which likely are somewhat visible when the still is looked at head-on (or there are LOTS of scuffs or smudges which are not very visible). Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) may not be apparent from our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on" (or when it is scanned, as in our digital image above), you can either not see them at all or they are barely visible. It is likely that this still does have some such scuff or smudge marks, and consider that BEFORE you place a bid on this still. Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!

"Good"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "good" condition (a collector's term that means "quite lesser"). It has real defects typical of poorly stored photographs that are ten to eighty years old, and the still surely has several scuffs or smudges in the surface emulsion, which likely are somewhat visible when the still is looked at head-on. Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) may not be as noticeable in our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on" (or when it is scanned, as in our digital image above), they are not nearly as visible, although they are likely noticeable, which is part of why this still is graded as being in "good" condition. It is likely that this still does have at least some such scuff or smudge marks, and consider that BEFORE you place a bid on this still. Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!

"Fair To Good"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "fair to good" condition (a collector's term that means "quite lesser"). It has real defects typical of poorly stored photographs that are ten to eighty years old, and the still surely has several scuffs or smudges in the surface emulsion, which likely are somewhat visible when the still is looked at head-on. Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) may not be as noticeable in our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on" (or when it is scanned, as in our digital image above), they are not nearly as visible, although they are likely noticeable, which is part of why this still is graded as being in "fair to good" condition. It is likely that this still does have at least some such scuff or smudge marks, and consider that BEFORE you place a bid on this still. Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!

"Fair"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "fair" condition (a collector's term that means "quite lesser"). It has real defects typical of poorly stored photographs that are ten to eighty years old, and the still surely has several scuffs or smudges in the surface emulsion, which likely are somewhat visible when the still is looked at head-on. Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) may not be as noticeable in our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on" (or when it is scanned, as in our digital image above), they are not nearly as visible, although they are likely noticeable, which is part of why this still is graded as being in "fair" condition. It is likely that this still does have at least some such scuff or smudge marks, and consider that BEFORE you place a bid on this still. Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!

"Poor To Fair"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "poor to fair" condition (a collector's term that means "quite lesser"). It has real defects typical of poorly stored photographs that are ten to eighty years old, and the still surely has several scuffs or smudges in the surface emulsion, which likely are somewhat visible when the still is looked at head-on. Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) may not be as noticeable in our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on" (or when it is scanned, as in our digital image above), they are not nearly as visible, although they are likely noticeable, which is part of why this still is graded as being in "poor to fair" condition. It is likely that this still does have at least some such scuff or smudge marks, and consider that BEFORE you place a bid on this still. Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!

"Poor"

This vintage movie publicity still (or lot of stills) is in "poor" condition (a collector's term that means "extremely lesser"). It has real defects typical of poorly stored photographs that are ten to eighty years old, and the still surely has several scuffs or smudges in the surface emulsion, which likely are somewhat visible when the still is looked at head-on. Note that our small image of this still on this auction page leads to a really HUGE image of this still, so please look at that larger image, as it will certainly greatly help you know exactly what condition this still is in! But bear in mind that many light "scuff" marks or tiny creases (especially in the emulsion) may not be as noticeable in our larger image, as they can be seen when the still is tilted in the light, but when the still is looked at "head on" (or when it is scanned, as in our digital image above), they are not nearly as visible, although they are likely noticeable, which is part of why this still is graded as being in "poor" condition. It is likely that this still does have at least some such scuff or smudge marks, and consider that BEFORE you place a bid on this still. Bear in mind that this is an ORIGINAL vintage still, and therefore it is sure to have imperfections, but that goes with collecting vintage stills!


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