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Did you know... for unknown reasons, the posters and movie paper from certain movies is incredibly scarce?

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Added: 04/27/2015

Most collectors quickly find out that there are many posters and movie paper that are much more rare than others. The most obvious reason is due to how old the items are. There are five basic broad categories:

1) pre-1919 - These items are mostly insanely rare, likely related to World War I paper drives; for a large percentage of items from this period, either none or one example are known!
2) 1919 to 1934 - These items are mostly extremely rare; for a large percentage of items from this period, between one and five examples are known!
3) 1935 to 1939 - These items are mostly quite rare (only slightly less rare than the category above; but for a fair percentage of items from this period, between a few and a dozen examples are known!
4) 1940 to 1964 or so - "can be found" (due to the existence of National Screen Service (or NSS); for a large percentage of items from this period, between dozens and hundreds of examples are known!
5) 1965 or so to 1979 or so - "can easily be found"; for a large percentage of items from this period, between 100 and many hundreds of examples are known!
6) 1980 or so to present - "can be found in quantity (due to many theaters saving all posters AND printers doing overruns for the collectors' market); for a large percentage of items from this period, many hundreds of examples are known!

The above clearly explains why those collectors who prize rarity soon gravitate to older posters, because, for the most part, the older the movie, the more scarce the first release paper.

But for just a few hundred movies from all years, virtually NO first release movie paper is known to exist! There will be a title from say 1945, where we have auctioned many examples of first release paper from other movies made the same year from the same studio, but for that exact title only, we have only auctioned ONE first release item ever!

Sometimes this may possibly be explained by the fact that the movie had an extremely quick re-release, just a few years after the first release. Maybe all the original posters were used up or thrown out during that re-release. Or maybe the movie had a very limited first release, and just a few posters were made. There are also some titles where it is likely non-poster collectors bought them and removed them all from the hobby. One of many examples would be the "Nancy Drew" titles, based on the popular children's books.

Unfortunately, we have no public records to explain these rarities, and the individuals who could explain this have surely all passed on. So whenever we encounter a title like this, and we have an item for auction, we add to the auction something like: "First release movie paper from this title (for unknown reasons) is EXTREMELY rare. In all our years of auctioning we have never previously auctioned one first release item."

There are also some titles where the first release items from those titles were found in large quantities in "warehouse" finds (usually hundreds of each item). Those titles are easy to spot because they come up for auction again and again!


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