Movie Poster Condition Ratings

Our movie poster condition ratings is our subjective opinion of the poster in its current state, whether restored or unrestored. Please see the description of various types of poster flaws beneath the ratings below.

MINT (M)

A poster that has never been used or displayed. May show extremely minor signs of age. Folded posters may show very minimal wear at the folds due to storage. The posters should have no pin holes, no tears, no paper loss or other flaws.

NEAR MINT (NM)

A poster that appears fresh and lightly used, with saturated colors. Folded posters may show very minimal wear at the folds. The posters should have no pin holes, no tears, no paper loss or other flaws.

VERY FINE (VF)

A poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have one or more general signs of use such as slight fold separation, fold wear, pin holes, very minor tears or other minor flaws.

FINE (F)

A poster with good color and a very presentable overall appearance. It may have tears, slight paper loss, pin holes, minor stains, some fold separation or other flaws.

VERY GOOD (VG)

A poster with either bright or only slightly faded color and presentable overall appearance. It may have some paper loss, staining, writing in unobtrusive places, tears, pin holes, fold separation, tape supporting the back of the poster, or other flaws.

GOOD (G)

An average poster showing general signs of age wear, which may have some color fading, paper loss, staining, writing, tears, pin holes, fold separation, tape, tape stains, signs of aged paper or other flaws, and may need restoration.

FAIR (FR)

A below average poster showing significant signs of use and age, which may have some color fading, paper loss, staining, writing, tears, pin holes, fold separation, tape, tape stains, signs of aged paper and other flaws, and definitely needing significant restoration.

POOR (P)

A poster with flaws that is in dire need of restoration.

Types of Movie Poster Flaws

It is absolutely normal to see some sort of imperfection in movie posters. Folds and pin holes, for example, can be found often. After all, these posters were used as real advertisements in movie theatres! If you would like your poster restored, we offer professional restoration which is conservation quality.

CREASE

A crease can be considered a minor or a major flaw, depending on the location, size, etc.

FADING

Since original movie posters were frequently displayed out of doors, fading is possible. The amount of fading will determine whether this is a minor or a major flaw.

FOLDED

Many original movie posters which were issued before 1985 were folded. This is a normal condition.

FOLD SEPARATION

From time to time, a tear will occur along the fold line of a poster. This flaw is considered minor unless the tear is quite large.

FOLD WEAR

Older posters have been folded and unfolded frequently through the years and the lines at the folds can become worn. While typically considered a minor flaw, this condition can become more important if the fold wear is particularly noticeable, causing a significant amount of white to show at the location of the fold wear.

HANDLING WEAR

General term used to describe a poster that has normal minor wear and tear like pinholes, fold separations, etc.

PIN HOLES

Some posters may have pin holes from being held up with push pins or other types of items to assist in the displaying of a poster. Pin holes can be considered minor or major, depending on the location and size of the pin holes. Typically, they are small holes located at each corner of the poster and are considered minor flaws.

PAPER LOSS

Depending on the severity, this can be a major or minor flaw. It depends on its size, location, and whether it detracts from the original image or not. If it is large and distracting and can not be removed, then it is a major flaw. Some consider this to be a “good” flaw since it is a very important part of the history of the poster and helps to determine its authenticity.

SNIPE

Occasionally, small stickers were affixed to an original poster containing reviews, ratings, etc. Typically considered minor flaws, location, size and impact on the original image can determine how serious this flaw might be.

TAPE

Some posters may have tape on the back supporting portions of the poster, and some may have stains from where tape has been placed and removed. Depending on where the tape or tape stain is located, this can be a minor or a major flaw.

TEAR

Tears come in all shapes and sizes, from extremely negligible to a larger, more obvious tear. Depending on all the variables, a tear can be a minor or a major flaw.

WATER/MOISTURE DAMAGE

The amount of water damage will determine whether this is a minor or a major flaw.

WAVINESS

Caused by a variety of variables such as weather conditions and storage, can be considered a minor or major flaw, depending on the amount and type of waviness.

WRINKLING

Wrinkling can be considered a minor or major flaw, depending on the amount and type of wrinkle.

WRITING

Some posters have writing on them that were not a part of the original poster. Depending on the location and amount of the writing, this can be a minor or major flaw.

YELLOWING

Paper is known to turn yellow or light brown with age. Yellowing can be a minor or a major flaw.