Poster Condition Grading

Introduction

 

Firstly, it is important to point out that movie posters were originally produced to display in movie theatres or cinema foyers and therefore, in general, you should not expect vintage film posters to have survived in 'perfect' or unused condition. So it is perfectly normal to expect a certain degree of wear such as scuffs and stains or a few pieces of tape on the back.

For this reason, and unlike many other dealers, we never use terms like "mint" or "near mint". "Fine" is our highest grade, and it compares favourably to most dealers' "near mint" or "mint". We grade harshly and always describe clearly any flaws and imperfections on the details page for each poster. Hovering your mouse over the image of the poster for sale to see close up details will also confirm our condition descriptions.

 

Overall Condition: Fine


What this condition grade means:

This poster has survived in really excellent condition with only the most minor of imperfections. Check out the detailed image of the poster to see just how well this poster displays.

 

Overall Condition: Very Good to Fine


What this condition grade means:

This poster has only a few VERY minor imperfections, which will be described in the details page for each poster . Our "Very Good to Fine" compares well to many dealers' "Fine" condition.

 

Overall Condition: Very Good


What this condition grade means:

This poster has survived in pretty nice condition, but has some relatively minor imperfections. If they are within the image, they are not very distracting or noticeable at all, or they may be in the blank borders, where they will not show when the item is displayed.

 

Overall Condition: Good to Very Good


What this condition grade means:

This poster has some clear imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely to be noticeable, but not very distracting, or they may be in the blank borders, where they will not show when the item is displayed.

 

Overall Condition: Good


What this condition grade means:

This poster has some significant imperfections. If they are within the image, they are likely to be quite noticeable, and they may be in the blank borders, where they may be more significant. There may be faint water stains or small tears or even small pieces of the white border missing. This will usually be visible on our supersized image of the poster but we will always clearly describe such flaws too. Note that the term "good" in collectible grading can be deceptive, because items in "good" condition are not really "good" at all, but this terminology has been used for a long time and is unlikely now to change.

 

Overall Condition: Fair


What this condition grade means:

This poster has major significant imperfections, which are likely to be quite noticeable and distracting. Although posters graded as 'Fair' will display adequately if framed, in most cases professional restoration is required. However, it is highly unlikely that any posters sold at Flicks Film Posters fall into this category.