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FAQ Grading System - Conditions of Products

What is your poster grading/condition system?
Explanation of Poster Terminology and Abbreviations.
What is your lobby card grading/condition system?
Explanation of Lobby Card Terminology and Abbreviations.

What is your poster grading/condition system?
Generally we tend to underrate the condition of our posters. We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question, please e-mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.
Please note that serious defects/flaws are always described in the product details.
If not, then there are none.

  • NEAR MINT - MINT:
    Never used and probably factory folded or rolled.
    Signs of aging may be present, but overall appears to be like new.
    No pinholes, no trace of paper yellowing/browning and very tiny amounts of wear at the borders or folds.
  • NEAR MINT:
    Unused or carefully used, but with some minor storage defects, minor tear,
    one tiny pin/staple hole in each corner or some other very minor flaws.
  • EXCELLENT:
    Above average with minimal signs of use.
    Poster has no major defects but could have an accumulation of several minor ones, such as small (1/8") border chips.
    Normal creases, wear, folds, a few small pinholes or minor border tears could be present.
    Paper aging and yellowing/browning to be expected but no tape repairs allowed.
    The image area of the poster should be clean and undamaged.
  • VERY GOOD:
    Typical used poster in average condition with various expected defects and wear.
    Unusual problems are described.
    A small amount of writing, tape, border repair, edge tears or stains could be present.
    Eye appeal of the image area should be nice, but not great.
  • GOOD:
    Used with defects that affect the overall eye appeal.
    Writing, missing border pieces, tape, border repair, numerous pinholes, tears or stains could be present.

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Explanation of Poster Terminology and Abbreviations:

  • Bleedthroughs - Ink from a felt pen or marker on the back of the poster is visible on the front of the poster. aka bleedthrus, bleed-thrus or bleed-throughs.
  • Creases/folds - Somewhere other than the regular folds there are creases or folds in the poster.
  • Fading - Time and sunlight has taken its toll on posters.
  • Holes - Occasionally there can be holes in the poster, which of course has an impact on the condition.
  • Tape Stains - Many times when posters were hung in theatres, scotch tape was used to put them up. This tape remained on the posters after they were taken down and (due to the composition of the tape) could leave a stain after some time.
  • Residue - The stuff that stays behind after removal of tape, glue, paper etc.
  • Pin or Staple holes - Theatres also used to pin or staple the posters up for display. If there are only a few small holes in the poster (typically one in each corner) the condition is not considered to be affected that much.
  • Tears - Tears in the poster image itself are worse than if they reside in the border. As long as there is no significant paper loss the poster can be repaired (easily).

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What is your lobby card grading/condition system?
Almost all cards and sets on our site are in NEAR MINT - MINT condition unless otherwise noted.
Please note that serious defects/flaws are always described in the product details.
If not, then there are none.

  • NEAR MINT - MINT:
    Never used. Signs of aging may be present, but overall appears to be like new.
    No pinholes, no trace of paper browning/yellowing and very tiny amounts of wear at the borders.
  • NEAR MINT:
    Unused or carefully used, but maybe with some minor storage defects, a minor tear, one pinhole/staple hole (in each corner) or some other very minor flaw.
  • EXCELLENT:
    Above average with minimal signs of use.
    Card has no major defects but could have an accumulation of several minor ones, such as small (1/8") border chips.
    Normal creases, wear, folds, a few small pinholes or minor border tears could be present.
    Paper aging and browning/yellowing to be expected but no tape repairs allowed.
    The image area of the card should be clean and undamaged.
  • VERY GOOD:
    Typical used card in average condition with various expected defects and wear.
    Unusual problems are described.
    A small amount of writing, tape, border repair, edge tears or stains could be present.
    Eye appeal of the image area should be nice.
  • GOOD:
    Used with defects that affect the overall eye appeal.
    Writing, missing border pieces, tape, border repair, numerous pinholes, tears or stains could be present.

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Explanation of Lobby Card Terminology and Abbreviations:

  • Bleedthroughs - Ink from a felt pen or marker on the back of the card is visible on the front of the lobby card. aka bleedthrus, bleed-thrus or bleed-throughs.
  • Creases/folds - Creases or folds in the card.
  • Fading - Time and sunlight takes its toll on the lobby cards.
  • Holes - Occasionally there can be holes in the cards, which of course impacts the condition.
  • Tape Stains - Sometimes when lobby cards were hung in theatres, scotch tape was used to put them up. This tape stayed on the cards after they were taken down and (due to the composition of the tape) could leave a stain after some time.
  • Residue - The stuff that stays behind after removal of tape, glue, paper etc.
    Pin or Staple holes - Theatres also used to pin or staple the lobby cards up for display. If there are only a few small holes in the cards (typically one in each corner) the condition is not considered to be affected that much.
  • Tears - Tears in the lobby card image itself are worse than if they reside in the border. As long as there is no significant paper loss the cards can be repaired easily.

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