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Condition grades for most types of posters

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 item is in really excellent condition! It has the most minor of imperfections, but has survived in really wonderful condition! Note that we do not use terms like "mint" or "near mint". "Fine" is our highest grade, and it compares favorably to most dealers' "near mint" or "mint". You should look at our "super-sized" image of the actual item, which will confirm just how nice this item is!

"Very Good To Fine"

This item has only a few VERY minor imperfections. We may have written just a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as they are very minor. Note that we are very harsh condition graders, and that our "very good to fine" compares favorably to many dealers' "fine" condition! You should look at our "super-sized" image of the actual item, which will confirm just how nice this item is!

"Very Good"

This item has survived in pretty nice condition, but has some relatively minor imperfections. If they are within the image, they are not very distracting at all, or they may be in the blank borders, where they will not show when the item is displayed. We may have written a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as they are relatively minor, and you can likely see them by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual item (if they are the type that CAN'T be seen in our super-sized image, like faint water staining or tape on the back, we ALWAYS describe that in words).

"Good To Very Good"

This item has some clear imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely noticeable, but not very distracting, or they may be in the blank borders, where they will not show when the item is displayed. We may have written a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as you can likely see them by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual item (if they are the type that CAN'T be seen in our super-sized image, like faint water staining or tape on the back, we ALWAYS describe that in words). Note that we grade FAR more harshly than any other movie paper seller we know of, and many sellers would grade many of our "good to very good" items as "very good"!

"Good"

This item has some significant imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely quite noticeable, and they may be in the blank borders, where they may be more significant. We may have written a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as you can likely see them by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual item (if they are the type that CAN'T be seen in our super-sized image, like faint water staining or tape on the back, we ALWAYS describe that in words). Note that the term "good" in collectible grading can be deceptive, because items in "good" condition are not "good" at all, but this terminology has been used forever this way, and it is probably too late to change!

"Fair To Good"

This item has major significant imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely quite noticeable and distracting, and they may be in the blank borders, where they may be even more significant. We may have written a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as you can likely see them by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual item (if they are the type that CAN'T be seen in our super-sized image, like faint water staining or tape on the back, we ALWAYS describe that in words).

"Fair"

This item has major significant imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely quite noticeable and distracting, and they may be in the blank borders, where they may be even more significant. We may have written a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as you can likely see them by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual item (if they are the type that CAN'T be seen in our super-sized image, like faint water staining or tape on the back, we ALWAYS describe that in words).

"Poor To Fair"

This item has REALLY major significant imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely quite noticeable and distracting, and they may be in the blank borders, where they may be even more significant. We may have written a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as you can likely see them by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual item (if they are the type that CAN'T be seen in our super-sized image, like faint water staining or tape on the back, we ALWAYS describe that in words). Please do not bid on this item unless you can accept its very major imperfections, or will pay to have it restored (and bear in mind that it may be very expensive to fully restore this item).

"Poor"

This item has REALLY major significant imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely quite noticeable and distracting, and they may be in the blank borders, where they may be even more significant. We may have written a few words about those imperfections, but we may not have, as you can likely see them by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual item (if they are the type that CAN'T be seen in our super-sized image, like faint water staining or tape on the back, we ALWAYS describe that in words). Please do not bid on this item unless you can accept its very major imperfections, or will pay to have it restored (and bear in mind that it may be very expensive to fully restore this item).


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