Special Notes About This Tuesday's Items
Chart of the Items in Part I of our Summer
Use this chart to see the order in which the items are listed
in order to help you find items that interest you. Our items are divided
first by type, and then, within each type, they are listed in strict
NOTE: the first 6 listings are a select group of non-backed and paperbacked
All of the following are not backed OR paperbacked:
1s001-1s004 paperbacked U.S. one-sheets
1s005-1s006 non-backed special foil U.S. one-sheet & 30x40
All of the following are professionally linenbacked:
1s007 linenbacked U.S. Thirty by Forty
1s008-1s017 linenbacked special U.S. posters
1s018-1s029 linenbacked U.S. half-sheets
1s030-1s045 linenbacked U.S. inserts
1s046-1s445 linenbacked U.S. one-sheets
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF BUYING A LINENBACKED POSTER OVER A NON-LINENBACKED POSTER?
Â Â Â The great plus about buying a linenbacked poster is that it has had its defects restored, and it looks its absolute best (if it was well backed), so it is far more enjoyable to display on a wall, as your eye is not distracted by the defects that most non-backed posters have (and even nice condition unbacked posters usually have annoying foldlines). In addition, it is far easier to properly frame a linenbacked poster, as you have to be incredibly careful when framing an unbacked poster, to be sure the poster is not damaged.
Â Â Â There are two downsides to having a poster linenbacked. The first is that it can be very expensive, usually around $100-$200 for a one-sheet, and more or less for smaller or larger sizes. The second is that once it is linenbacked, it can be difficult to tell exactly how much restoration a poster has had, and many people have been deceived over the years, because they were sold a linenback restored poster, and they were led to believe it had less restoration than it actually had, and they lacked the skills to determine that was not true.
Â Â Â But in OUR auctions, you get only the upside, without the downside! We tell you exactly what restoration was done to each poster, and the extent of the restoration, so you CAN'T be deceived as to how much restoration the poster has had, and you receive a poster that often looks its best (if the restoration was not so well done, then we clearly tell you that), and you get a poster that is far easier to frame.
Â Â Â Plus, YOU don't have to pay for the restoration! The person who consigned the poster to us paid for the restoration, and in many cases, you may well be able to purchase the poster for less than the actual cost of restoration, because these are no reserve auctions. In some cases, you may be able to purchase the poster professionally linenbacked for less than you would have paid for the poster prior to restoration!
About the Condition
Â Â Â Â SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR CURRENT
440 LINENBACKED POSTERS (note that the following does NOT apply to the 6 unbacked
and paperbacked items, which have detailed condition descriptions of the condition of each):
Â Â Â It is always difficult to give a single overall grade to a linenbacked (or paperbacked) poster, for a simple reason. Some posters had few defects, but have had little restoration performed on them, whereas some posters had a greater number of defects, but have had expert restoration performed on them.Â The second type of poster currently looks to be in "better" condition than the first type, so how do you grade them both in a single scale?Â You really can't!Â We do the best we can by first giving each poster an overall grade that that conveys the most important information YOU want to know about the current appearance of the poster and the quality of the restoration, WHICH IS, WOULD YOU LIKELY BE HAPPY TO DISPLAY THIS POSTER AS IS, OR WOULD YOU FIRST WANT TO HAVE ADDITIONAL RESTORATION PERFORMED?Â
Â Â Â Â A poster with a grade of "fine" means BOTH that the poster was very well backed, AND also that it was in excellent condition prior to linenbacking, and I feel everyone would be happy owning this poster (this grade is just for "condition freaks", and we VERY rarely grade linenbacked items as "fine"!, so they can KNOW what posters are sure to make them happy!).Â
Â Â Â Â A poster with a grade of "very good" or "very good to fine" means that a poster displays nicely, and I think all but the fussiest collectors would likely be happy to display it on their wall "as is", but the poster HAS had some degree of restoration (it may be a relatively small amount, or a relatively larger amount, and this is a big part of what makes a poster either "very good" or "very good to fine", and we detail what areas needed restoration in our "Overall
Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration" field).Â Note that for a few posters that we gave a "very good" grade to (NOT "very good to fine"), the poster either has a small amount of noticeable restoration (but it is not very distracting, and we think many collectors could accept it), or the poster might have an unrestored defect, but we know that a talented restorer could repair it without re-backing the poster.Â There are a VERY few posters that we gave a "very good" grade to which would benefit from professional re-backing, but we only did this with extremely rare posters that were backed long ago, and did not have major defects other than their lesser backing,
and in the rare cases where we did this, we CLEARLY noted exactly
what areas could use additional restoration and why.
Â Â Â Â A poster with a grade of "good" or "good to very good" means that the poster either had significant defects that were not well corrected through restoration, or not corrected well enough to where I feel a lot of collectors would NOT want to display the poster unless it had additional restoration performed. Many of these posters will look fantastic after additional restoration is performed, and in some cases, that can be done without re-backing the poster.
Â Â Â Â A poster with a grade of "fair" or "poor" means that the poster either had REALLY significant defects that were not well corrected through restoration where I feel almost all collectors would NOT want to display the poster unless it had additional restoration performed. Many of these posters may look fantastic after additional restoration is performed, but the result will still be a heavily restored poster, so bear that in mind before bidding.
Â Â Â Â Â IT IS VERY LUCKY
(both for me and for the buyers of these posters!) that the majority of
these posters did not require a lot of restoration, and that many of them
were restored by the most talented professionals, which means that many of
the posters now look great!Â Less than
1% of these posters received a grade of less than "good",
2% of these posters received a grade of "good", and approximately
12% received a grade of "good to very good", meaning that
85% received a grade of "very good" (or better), which means that those posters are ones we think most collectors would be happy to display on their wall "as is".Â PLEASE REALIZE THAT SOME OF THESE POSTERS WERE LINENBACKED IN THE "AMERICAN" FASHION, which usually means that the restorer attempted to repair and conceal virtually every defect, AND SOME OF THE POSTERS WERE LINENBACKED IN THE "EUROPEAN" FASHION, which usually means the restorer did little or no restoration to the poster, often simply linenbacking it
exactly as is (AND WE ALWAYS NOTE WHEN THE RESTORER DID LITTLE OR NO RESTORATION
TO THE POSTER).
Â Â Â Â After the overall condition grade, I described each poster's pre-restoration defects in words. All of these posters were already linenbacked when I received them, but I have sold literally
over ten thousand linenbacked posters (more than anyone in the world!), and I believe I know how to look for "hidden" restoration better than anyone else in the hobby, and I describe everything that was done to the poster, along with the quality of the work.Â Far too many sellers of linenbacked posters fail to see the restoration their posters have had, either intentionally or because they lack the ability to see it.Â When you buy a linenbacked poster from us, there is NO chance you will get an unpleasant surprise when you receive your purchase (although you may well be pleasantly surprised, especially if you have purchased from "major" auction houses that usually "optimistically" grade most of their restored posters).Â Of course, our large and super-sized UNENHANCED images will also help you better know the exact condition of each poster BEFORE you place a bid (and we NEVER enhance any image in any way, including NEVER giving a slightly "fuzzy" image that hides many tiny defects)!
THIS WEEK ONLY, all buyers (U.S. AND non-U.S.) must pay the
actual cost of
sending your order, plus $2 for the packaging materials.
Â Â Â Â Why don't we have a "flat rate" for U.S. orders this
week?Â Because we are selling mostly only linenbacked
posters which must be sent in our custom-made extra heavy duty gorilla proof
mailing tubes which are much stronger than the ones used by most sellers (*read
more about our "gorilla proof" tubes that stand up to the greatest
of abuse, and we wrap all expensive items in plastic, so that even a
submerged tube may arrive undamaged!).Â Shipping will vary greatly depending on how
many items you get, what weight of linen the posters were mounted on, if
they fit in the same package, and where you live. Generally it will cost
around $14 to send a standard-sized tube anywhere in the U.S. by either U.S.
mail or UPS, fully insured (all U.S. orders MUST be fully insured).Â
Â Â Â Â Can we send your order in a less expensive way? We have
purchased movie paper items many hundreds of times over the Internet
ourselves, and we have seen the tubes that other
sellers use (both the free kind and the kind purchased at shipping supply
stores), and the protection offered by those tubes is spotty at best (those
cheaper tubes will often get bent resulting in creasing or tearing to the
poster, or in extreme cases, a tube can even lose a cap from an end
resulting in the buyer receiving a tube but no posters!), so please do not
ask us to use a lighter weight tube or less expensive packing materials to save on
shipping, because we won't do it!Â We know that once you see our tubes
you will agree that they are a great investment in protecting your purchase(s) and you will wonder why other sellers of vintage movie paper do
not use these same tubes (and if somehow you don't agree with us, we ask you
not to bid at all)!
You CAN usually combine shipment!
(NOTE: This week's Tuesday items must be sent
rolled in tubes and can
NOT be combined with the inserts we sold on 8/12, because we never
combine unbacked items with backed items, due to the risk of damage; they
NOT be combined with the lobby
cards & stills we are selling on 8/19, and they can
NOT be combined with the 11x14 stills we will be
selling 8/21 to 8/28, but they
CAN be combined with the items we will offer in Part II of our Summer
mini/major auction running from 8/19 to 8/26)
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Note that we not only allow you to combine as many items as you want from a single week, and still pay only a single shipping charge for all of the items, but we also allow you to wait until
next week's auctions end so that you can combine your current purchases with those of our following auctions
(if possible), and since we do two sets of auctions every week, that means there
is a chance you could combine items from up to four of our sets of auctions, and still pay only a single shipping charge (assuming those items fit into the same type of package). We KNOW there are other sellers who charge a little less on shipping than we do, but we know that our packaging is the best there is, and our orders virtually never arrive damaged (and on the very rare times that they do, all our U.S. packages are fully insured, and FULL INSURANCE IS INCLUDED IN THE $9 U.S. SHIPPING CHARGE).
DON'T BID ON
OUR ITEMS UNLESS YOU WILL PAY THE ACTUAL COST OF SHIPPING PLUS $2 FOR
Non-U.S. buyers must pay the actual cost of shipping their order
(you can choose whatever method you prefer, but know that the U.S. Post
Office has eliminated Surface Mail, so we can only send via Express or
Airmail), plus $2 for the best packaging materials you have ever seen.Â
All non-U.S. buyers must tell us if they want the package sent insured or
uninsured at the time they pay for their order.
Here is a chart
containing estimated shipping charges for up to three items from this
(Note: Insured quotes are based on a $200 value; you pay $1.60 more
for each additional $100 of insurance)
Type of Shipping
Everywhere Else (inc Europe)
Airmail - Uninsured
Airmail - Insured
Global Express - Insured
Global Express - Uninsured
Â Â Â Â IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please bear this shipping cost in mind BEFORE your place a bid (if
you live outside the U.S.). The vast majority of our customers want a very
securely packed tube, and will pay the extra shipping cost involved (and of
course, it goes to the Post Office or UPS, and not us!). Please do not ask
us to pack less securely, as that would likely result in a damaged order,
AND WE WILL NOT DO THAT!
Â Â Â
Some sellers are sending by Ground UPS to Canada, but that incurs large
"brokerage fees", so we do not recommend it.Â Note that there are also
some sellers sending non-U.S. packages via a "Letter" rate, but of course
this is not legal, and we can not do this.Â We have outlined the
possibilities for sending non-U.S. packages above, so please read that
carefully, BEFORE placing a bid!
DON'T BID ON OUR ITEMS UNLESS YOU WILL PAY THE ACTUAL COST OF SHIPPING (the
actual cost of shipping plus $2 outside the U.S.)!