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Condition grades for pressbooks

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, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in excellent UNCUT condition! It is complete and uncut, which is unusual, since the purpose of pressbooks was for theaters to cut out one or more of the ads and use them in their local newspapers. We need to note that this pressbook could possibly be folded (you should be able to tell by looking at our image). Folding is typical with many larger pressbooks, as almost all of them were folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. I can't imagine a collector who would not be very happy owning this pressbook!

"Very Good To Fine, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in excellent UNCUT condition with minor wear. This pressbook has some minor defects, which most likely mainly affect the front and back covers, as those are what was most exposed to the elements over the years, but there could be a few relatively minor defects on the interior pages (which of course, you can not see in our images). Note that since pressbooks did not have NSS numbers printed on them, it was common for poster exchanges to hand write the NSS number on the cover of the pressbook (either in pen or grease pencil), and while this is a defect, most collectors don't consider it a major one (since it is on so many pressbooks). It is complete and uncut, which is unusual, since the purpose of pressbooks was for theaters to cut out one or more of the ads and use them in their local newspapers. We need to note that this pressbook could possibly be folded (you should be able to tell by looking at our image). Folding is typical with many larger pressbooks, as almost all of them were folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. I can't imagine a collector who would not be very happy owning this pressbook!

"Very Good To Fine, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in pretty nice condition, BUT IS CUT. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook may have some added defects, which most likely mainly affect the front and back covers, as those are what was most exposed to the elements over the years. Note that since pressbooks did not have NSS numbers printed on them, it was common for poster exchanges to hand write the NSS number on the cover of the pressbook (either in pen or grease pencil), and while this is a defect, most collectors don't consider it a major one (since it is on so many pressbooks). Also, because the pressbook contains multiple pages and was looked through many times, there may be tears, creases, or smudges around the edges of the covers. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).

"Very Good, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in typical used condition, and is UNCUT. It is important to note that it is complete and UNCUT, which is unusual, since the purpose of pressbooks was for theaters to cut out one or more of the ads and use them in their local newspapers. It may have been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. This pressbook has some minor defects, which most likely mainly affect the front and back covers, as those are what was most exposed to the elements over the years. Note that since pressbooks did not have NSS numbers printed on them, it was common for poster exchanges to hand write the NSS number on the cover of the pressbook (either in pen or grease pencil), and while this is a defect, most collectors don't consider it a major one (since it is on so many pressbooks). Also, because the pressbook contains multiple pages and was looked through many times, there may be tears, creases, or smudges around the edges of the covers. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what minor defects this pressbook has. I would think most collectors would be happy owning this pressbook (especially since it is complete and uncut!), but if you are very condition conscious, and are looking for this pressbook in excellent condition, then you shouldn't bid on this.

"Very Good, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in typical used condition, BUT IS CUT. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook may have some added defects, which most likely mainly affect the front and back covers, as those are what was most exposed to the elements over the years. Note that since pressbooks did not have NSS numbers printed on them, it was common for poster exchanges to hand write the NSS number on the cover of the pressbook (either in pen or grease pencil), and while this is a defect, most collectors don't consider it a major one (since it is on so many pressbooks). Also, because the pressbook contains multiple pages and was looked through many times, there may be tears, creases, or smudges around the edges of the covers. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).

"Good To Very Good, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in typical used condition, and is UNCUT. It is important to note that it is complete and UNCUT, which is unusual, since the purpose of pressbooks was for theaters to cut out one or more of the ads and use them in their local newspapers. It may have been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. This pressbook has some defects, which likely more affect the front and back covers, as those are what was most exposed to the elements over the years. Note that since pressbooks did not have NSS numbers printed on them, it was common for poster exchanges to hand write the NSS number on the cover of the pressbook (either in pen or grease pencil), and while this is a defect, most collectors don't consider it a major one (since it is on so many pressbooks). Also, because the pressbook contains multiple pages and was looked through many times, there may be tears, creases, or smudges around the edges of the covers. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what minor defects this pressbook has. I would think most collectors would be happy owning this pressbook (especially since it is complete and uncut!), but if you are very condition conscious, and are looking for this pressbook in excellent condition, then you shouldn't bid on this.

"Good To Very Good, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in typical used condition, BUT IS CUT. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook may have some added defects, which most likely mainly affect the front and back covers, as those are what was most exposed to the elements over the years. Note that since pressbooks did not have NSS numbers printed on them, it was common for poster exchanges to hand write the NSS number on the cover of the pressbook (either in pen or grease pencil), and while this is a defect, most collectors don't consider it a major one (since it is on so many pressbooks). Also, because the pressbook contains multiple pages and was looked through many times, there may be tears, creases, or smudges around the edges of the covers. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).

"Good, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in clearly lesser condition. It has significant defects, such as tears, stains, smudges, and small areas of paper loss around the edges. It may be somewhat fragile. It probably also has been folded in half across the middle. We have not given a written description of the defects this pressbook has, but you should be able to get a sense of them by looking at our "super-sized" image of this item. Please do not bid on this pressbook unless you can accept the many clear defects that it has.

"Good, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in lesser condition, AND IT HAS ONE OR MORE CUTS. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook also has some clear other defects, which most likely mainly affect the front and back covers, as those are what was most exposed to the elements over the years. Note that since pressbooks did not have NSS numbers printed on them, it was common for poster exchanges to hand write the NSS number on the cover of the pressbook (either in pen or grease pencil), and while this is a defect, most collectors don't consider it a major one (since it is on so many pressbooks). Also, because the pressbook contains multiple pages and was looked through many times, there may be tears, creases, or smudges around the edges of the covers. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).

"Fair To Good, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in really lesser condition. It has significant defects, such as tears, stains, smudges, and small areas of paper loss around the edges. It may be somewhat fragile. It probably also has been folded in half across the middle. We have not given a written description of the defects this pressbook has, but you should be able to get a sense of them by looking at our "super-sized" image of this item. Please do not bid on this pressbook unless you can accept the many clear defects that it has.

"Fair To Good, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in much lesser condition, AND IT HAS ONE OR MORE CUTS. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook also has several clear significant defects. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).

"Fair, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in REALLY lesser condition. It has significant defects, such as tears, stains, smudges, and small areas of paper loss around the edges. It may be somewhat fragile. It probably also has been folded in half across the middle. We have not given a written description of the defects this pressbook has, but you should be able to get a sense of them by looking at our "super-sized" image of this item. Please do not bid on this pressbook unless you can accept the many clear defects that it has.

"Fair, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in much lesser condition, AND IT HAS ONE OR MORE CUTS. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook also has several clear significant defects. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).

"Poor To Fair, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in REALLY lesser condition. It has REALLY significant defects, such as tears, stains, smudges, and small areas of paper loss around the edges. It may be quite fragile. It probably also has been folded in half across the middle. We have not given a written description of the defects this pressbook has, but you should be able to get a sense of them by looking at our "super-sized" image of this item. Please do not bid on this pressbook unless you can accept the many clear defects that it has.

"Poor To Fair, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in much lesser condition, AND IT HAS ONE OR MORE CUTS. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook also has several clear significant defects. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).

"Poor, No Cuts"

This pressbook is in REALLY lesser condition. It has REALLY significant defects, such as tears, stains, smudges, and small areas of paper loss around the edges. It may be quite fragile. It probably also has been folded in half across the middle. We have not given a written description of the defects this pressbook has, but you should be able to get a sense of them by looking at our "super-sized" image of this item. Please do not bid on this pressbook unless you can accept the many clear defects that it has.

"Poor, With Cuts"

This pressbook is in much lesser condition, AND IT HAS ONE OR MORE CUTS. It is important to note that it is not unusual for pressbooks to have some ads cut out of them, because that is what they were designed for (theaters would use the ads to create their own ads for their local newspapers). This pressbook may have also been folded in half horizontally, which is typical of almost all larger pressbooks. Oversized pressbooks were usually folded in half so that they could be more easily transported. Other than the cut(s), this pressbook also has several clear significant defects. If you look at the images we provide, you should get a good sense of what defects this pressbook has (except for the cut(s) that may be on the inside, and we describe those in words).


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