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Did You Know... that we have descriptions of all poster sizes on our site, as well as condition explanations?

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Added: 06/13/2016

Newer collectors (or those who are new to bidding in our auctions) often ask us "basic" questions about poster sizes and also about how we grade our posters, and the below gives an overview of information on both subjects, as well as links on how to find a LOT of additional information on our site (which likely covers everything you could want to know, but if we missed something, please email us, so we can both answer you and get it added to our site!).

Poster Types

We have a page on our site where you can see a description of many common poster types and other items (such as lobby cards and stills). We don't list everything that exists because that would be thousands of different types! But this is a great beginners guide to many, many movie poster sizes (both U.S. and non-U.S.).

Go here to see this page:

These directions appear on that page to help you use this powerful tool:

"To use this page, look at the "tree" list on it to the left. These are countries and sizes. You can click on these to see the description of the type of item.

Along with some of the countries and sizes, there are minus ( signs and plus ( signs next to the country names and poster sizes. These are the "types" that you can choose to see more options. If you click on a plus (, you can see additional types. For example, when the US option is opened, it turns to a minus ( and you can then see all the various sizes, such as 6sh, 3sh, 40x60, 30x40, 1sh, etc. Some of those sizes can be further expanded such as "still" which which you click the plus (, you can then see 8x10, 11x14, and 8x10 LC.

Also, when you select a size, not only will it show you the description of what that is, you will also see an example from our Auction History, and if we currently have anything for auction from that size, you will also see an example of one that is at auction! Both examples are clickable so you can view the example items in our Auction History and our auctions.

Finally, note that in our weekly auctions and Auction History, if we have a description of a size, it will be linked from the item's page. We also describe items generally in large red text (such as "An Original Vintage Poster") followed by a "Learn More" link. If that link is there, click it and a small window will appear with a brief description of that item type."

Condition Grades

When you are on an auction page (or an item page in our Auction History), after the condition grade and description, there is a "(Learn More)" link that you can click on to learn more about that exact condition grade (such as "good to very good"). Additionally, after that description, there is a link "Learn more about condition grades", and when you click on that, you can see an overview of all condition grades. Go to this link to see a sample of this for "one-sheets":

We do grade different types of items on a slightly different scale, some some item types (such as stills) will have a different grading scale than one-sheets, for example, so clicking to the condition grades explanation for different types of items will give you somewhat different descriptions of how we condition grade items.

WHY do we "grade different types of items on a slightly different scale", rather than use the exact same scale for every item? Because it just makes FAR more sense!

For example, newer still and lobby card sets are almost always found in wonderful condition, while older posters (from the 1940s and earlier) almost always have at least a fair amount of defects (like tears, paper loss, tape, etc).

If we used the exact same scale for both, then almost all of the newer still and lobby card sets would be graded as "fine condition", and almost all of the older posters (from the 1940s and earlier) would be graded as "fair condition", and we can't see how that helps any collector, so we adapt each item's grading scale slightly to take these factors into account.

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