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Grading of Items

We endeavour to grade our items as strictly as possible so that you know exactly what you're getting. Any grading notes are included with each item, so please take the time to read these carefully before purchasing.

We have chosen to use the 10-point system for grading of large size posters, and a book-grading system for Movie programmes. We feel these offer the most accurate and useful systems. Please see the sections below for further details.

B5 / CHIRASHI

Our B5 Chirashi posters are almost always in Excellent or Near Mint condition. Where this is not the case, please see the listing for further details. Due to the fact that Chirashi are generally preserved in excellent condition, the grading scale is more strict than that usually employed for larger posters.

Note: If you are buying chirashi for framing then you need not worry too much about our grading, as all of our posters have no significant defects that would be noticeable when framed. Our grading is chiefly for collectors who are fanatical about condition.

Grade Description
Mint Flawless, as new. *We don't grade any of our chirashi as Mint, as we only sell original and authentic theatre-used posters. By this very definition, they are 'used' and therefore cannot be Mint.
Near Mint No visible flaws, but may show very minor signs of age, such as soft corners.
Excellent No major flaws that detract from the poster, but may have one of the following minor flaws: a tiny or light corner crease, compression indentations from storage, or age discoloration. Most collectors would be happy with this grade.
Very Good Tidy condition but has a visible defect such as a crease. Details of imperfections will be listed. This grade is still more than suitable for framing - but collectors that are fanatical about condition may want to wait for a better copy to come available. (Bear in mind that we reluctantly stock posters in this grade, and only when it is the best available.)
  We do not sell posters in the grades listed below
Good Shows a visible flaw such as heavy crease or tape mark
Poor Has one or more of the following flaws: tape marks, rips, writing on the front (Writing on the back added by the cinema is not considered a flaw).


LARGE FORMAT POSTERS - B0, B1, B2 & Press Sheets

B2 format posters are graded using John Warren's 10-point system for movie posters. Note that these posters were often folded in thirds for delivery and/or storage, and have bends which can be flattened out (they are not creases). This is not considered a flaw of the poster itself.

As these were used in movie theatres for promotional purposes, it is common for pinholes to be present where they were attached to a display board. Please inspect the super-sized images provided for full details of the condition of each poster. We do not use stock images, and every photo is of the actual poster you are buying.

GradeDescription
C10 Mint condition. (M)

An extremely rare grade for all but the most recent items. Item is "as new" or in the same condition as the day it was made.

The item exhibits an amazing state of preservation with virtually no perceptible flaws of any kind, other than very minor flaws which may have occurred during the printing process.

Printing registration should be perfect. In many cases an otherwise "mint" poster may have printing flaws in the registration, or alignment, of colors causing one color to stand slightly offset from the others. This should be almost imperceptible otherwise reduce the grade to C9.

The folding/trimming process should not have resulted in any damage to the item of any kind. Sometimes a poster may have slight fold lines which occurred when the poster was put through the folding machine. If the fold line broke the ink, causing a faint white line, the item should not be graded C10.

No edge fraying or dents/impressions are allowed in this grade.

C9 Near Mint condition. (NM) 90% of C10.

Item may be in "never-used" condition or may have been used in the theater, but was carefully preserved after use. The poster should appear to be in absolutely superb, unusually excellent condition. Older posters in this condition are very rare.

The following flaws are acceptable in this grade, but should be described:

  • One tiny pinhole in each corner, or a maximum of 4 pinholes
  • Slightly offset color registration
  • Very slight compression marks (indentations) from movie theater use (IE: Clamped in a display)
  • Very slight fold wear if such wear does not significantly affect the eye appeal of the image. Fold lines should not be white. All original color must be present.

The following flaws are NOT acceptable in this grade:

  • Creases, except fold creases occurring at the time of manufacture
  • Tape or tape stain residue
  • Minor holes
  • Writing, (marker pen, biro etc.) on the front of the poster
  • Foxing (light brownish spots that look almost rusty)
  • Dampness staining
  • Paint staining
  • Soiling, i.e. mildew or dustiness
  • Minor Fading
  • Minor Paper loss (very small piece missing)
  • Censor stamp/sticker
  • Border chips
  • Staple marks
C8 Excellent condition. (EX) 80% of C10.

Also called Condition A or Very Fine.

Item may be in "never-used" condition or may have been used in the theater, but was carefully preserved after use.

If a C9 is almost like new, then a C8 is not as nearly perfect but still quite excellent.

Poster should be bright, supple, and clean.

An accumulation of more than two or three of the following flaws should cause the grader to assign a lower classification.

The following flaws are acceptable in this grade, but should be described:

  • Tiny pinholes, up to a total of 10
  • A border crease or corner crease, but should be a small one, and not more than one or two very small ones. Small is defined as less than one inch.
  • Slightly offset color registration
  • Very slight compression marks (indentations) from movie theater use (IE: Clamped in a display)
  • Very slight color loss at the folds is acceptable in this grade, but if the fold wear is such that a heavy solid white line results from loss of color due to wear, then the item would not qualify for a C8 rating.
  • One very small tape stain can be permitted but NO TAPE.
  • Minor tears are allowed in this grade, but they should be MINOR, meaning less than 1/2 inch or 1 cm in length, and not more than two total tears on the item. Common areas for tears on posters are at the folds, especially the interior folds where the item may have been unfolded and then refolded. This kind of minor paper separation (tear) is common and is acceptable in a C8 grade notwithstanding other extenuating circumstances.
  • Very slight edge or fold wrinkling or fraying is acceptable
  • Writing, (pencil, light pen) on the front of the poster if it is very small and in an unobtrusive area (a mustache pencilled on Bogart's face would not qualify). Window cards may have writing in the appropriate area.
  • Writing on the back of the poster which DOES NOT BLEED THROUGH is acceptable in this grade.
  • Foxing (light brownish spots that look almost rusty) must be mentioned and is permissible only if it is very slight.
  • Dampness staining can be permitted if it is a very small stain and is described.
  • Very slight soiling, i.e. mildew or dustiness
  • Censor stamp/sticker if it is very small and only if in an unobtrusive area of the item.
  • A small border chip can be present if it is less than 1/2 inch square and is described in detail
  • Staple marks if they are very slight and clean, not torn.

The following flaws are NOT acceptable in this grade:

  • Tape
  • Punch holes
  • Heavy writing, (marker pen, biro etc.) on the front of the poster. The exception to this rule is window cards, which had a blank area at the top of the poster for writing show dates and which may have show dates written in heavy grease pencil and still quality for the C8 grade.
  • Heavy writing, (marker pen, biro etc.) on the back of the poster which bleeds through
  • Paint staining
  • Heavy soiling, or dingy dirtiness
  • Severe Fading
  • Large Paper loss (one or more large pieces missing)
  • Very large (more than 4" by 4") censor stamps or stickers
  • Multiple Border chips
  • Heavy and torn staple marks
C7 Very Good to Excellent condition. 70% of C10.

A nicely preserved item. An item in this grade has many of the same flaws as the higher C8 grade, but, because of a greater accumulation of flaws, can not be assigned the higher classification.

Whereas a C8 grade may only have two or three of the above flaws, a C7 may have 7 or 8 of them.

The following flaws are acceptable in this grade:

  • Pinholes or staple holes
  • Tape
  • Creases
  • Fold holes: one or two very small ones
  • Very minor fading
  • Heavy writing, (marker pen, biro etc.) on the front of the poster. The exception to this rule is window cards, which had a blank area at the top of the poster for writing show dates and which may have show dates written in heavy grease pencil and still quality for the C8 grade.
  • Writing, (marker pen, biro etc.) on the back of the poster which may slightly bleed through
  • Minor dampness staining
  • Minor soiling
  • Paper loss (one or more pieces missing)
  • Censor stamps or stickers
  • Border chips

The observer should note that all of the above variables (from the C8 description) also apply to the C7 grade, so we won't repeat them here. Instead, we would like to make it clear to the reader that the C7 grade is a transition grade, still quite nice, but obviously used and unable to honestly be credited with the higher C8 grade because of an accumulation of flaws.

C6 Very Good Condition. 60% of C10.

Sometimes referred to as "very good" condition or "Condition B."

A Window Card with the top border trimmed away should not be rated higher than C6, even if in otherwise C10 condition.

Several pinholes in each corner of the poster, from being displayed, is acceptable in this grade. Pinholes may be present in background, artwork or typography areas.

Tears in this grade should be no longer than 1 inch to 2 inches in length, and totalling not more than four tears. Minor fold tears are acceptable but should be described.

Light creasing is allowed in 1 or more of the four corners and/or along 1 or more of the four borders. Creasing may affect background, artwork or typography areas but should be described as such.

Minor writing and/or marks, i.e. (marker pen, biro etc.) on the front of the poster, is allowed in this grade, however, such writing should be described. Writing on the back of the poster, which DOES NOT BLEED THROUGH, is acceptable in this grade but once again should be described.

Posters which have been folded may have fold wear in this grade. This is acceptable, providing the wear does not significantly affect the eye appeal of the image, and has not damaged any print on the poster.

Poster should be bright and supple.

Poster should be the correct measurement for its size, and show no signs of it having been trimmed on any of its four borders.

Minor edge fraying or wrinkling is allowed in this grade but should be described as such.

Surface paper loss is allowed in this grade if documented in the description.

The following flaws are acceptable in this grade, but should be documented and described:

  • Numerous, countless pinholes
  • Border creases which may extend into the image area of the poster
  • Tape or tape stain residue
  • Minor holes
  • Writing, (marker pen, biro etc.) on the front of the poster
  • Foxing (light brownish spots that look almost rusty)
  • Dampness staining
  • Paint staining
  • Soiling, i.e. mildew or dustiness
  • Minor Fading
  • Minor Paper loss (very small piece missing)
  • Censor stamp/sticker
  • Border chips
  • Staple marks
  • Linen/Paper backing can improve or eliminate the faults mentioned above. Cost of restoration will depend on the skill of the restorer, as well as the number of defects that need to be repaired.
C5 Good to Very Good condition. 50% of C10.

Also sometimes referred to as "Condition C.".

The observer should note that all of the above variables (from the C6 description) also apply to the C5 grade, so we won't repeat them here. Instead, we would like to make it clear to the reader that the C5 grade is a transition grade, heavily worn, obviously used and unable to please most collectors because of the great accumulation of flaws.

C4 Good condition. 40% of C10.

Often referred to as "Good" condition.

Poster will exhibit any or all of the following flaws, which seller may or may not describe in detail:

  • Countless pinholes
  • Countless creases
  • Numerous tears of every imaginable kind
  • Heavy creasing in all four corners/four borders, as well as in the background, artwork and typography areas of the poster.
  • Writing and/or marks, in marker pen and/or biro, on the front and back of the poster
  • Writing in bigger letters/numbers, such as displaying show times and/or dates
  • Posters which will have been folded will have heavy fold wear in this grade.
  • Fold separations or tears located anywhere on the poster
  • Severe edge fraying or wrinkling
  • Several holes, of from 1 to 2 inches in diameter each
  • Pieces of tape and/or tape stain residue
  • Severe damp staining
  • Soiling or other signs of aging
  • Severe to moderate fading over most areas of the poster
  • Paper loss and/or small to medium portions of paper missing
  • Censor stamps/stickers
  • Trimmed borders
  • Brittleness of paper
  • The poster shows serious signs of wear and tear.
C3 Fair condition. 30% of C10.

Often referred to as "fair" condition or "Condition D."

Item will exhibit some or all of the defects described in C4, but to a greater degree.

C2 Poor to Fair condition. 20% of C10.

Countless pinholes in each corner of the poster, from being displayed, are expected in this grade. Pinholes may be scattered around borders, background, artwork and typography areas. Some/many of these pinholes may be larger and may have been dragged when the poster was removed from display.

Tears in this grade are to be expected. Tears may have caused heavy surface paper loss.

Heavy creasing in all areas of the poster is to be expected.

Heavy writing and/or marks, in marker pen and/or biro, on the front of the poster, is expected in this grade. Heavy writing and/or marks may be over faces/bodies of actors/actresses, and may include defacement. Heavy writing and/or marks which bleed through from the back of the poster is expected in this grade. Heavy writing in bigger letters/numbers, such as displaying show times and/or dates on the poster will be found over any background/main artwork or typography areas.

Posters which will have been folded will exhibit heavy fold wear in this grade.

Any or all of the following flaws are normal for this grade:

  • Severe fold separation, either on borders or interior fold lines (where the fold lines meet), with the separation being 2 inches or more in length. A heavy area of surface paper loss around these separations is normal.
  • Heavy edge fraying or wrinkling.
  • Holes of more than 1 inch in diameter. These holes could affect any area of the poster.
  • Pieces of tape/tape stain residue, of more than 2 inches in length. These tape/tape stain residues may affect any area of the poster.
  • Heavy foxing
  • Heavy water staining over most or all of the poster
  • Heavy paint staining over most or all of the poster
  • Heavy soiling, i.e. mildew
  • Severe fading over most or all of the poster
  • Heavy paper surface loss and/or large portions of paper missing, affecting any area of the poster.
  • Poster may have censor stamps/stickers, and these may affect any area of the poster.
  • There may be complete fold separation, along all/most of 1, or more, vertical/horizontal fold lines, causing the poster to be in 1 or more pieces.
  • Poster may have fragile, brittle paper, which may break and come apart, when opening/closing the poster. Careful handling will be needed.
  • Paper loss from borders
  • Staple marks
  • Poster may have one or all four borders trimmed
C1 Poor condition. 10% of C10.

Item will exhibit some or all of the defects described in C2, but to a greater degree.

 

MOVIE PROGRAMMES

Movie programmes are graded using Ebay's grading guidelines for books, as follows:

Grade Description
Brand New A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.
Like New A book that looks new but has been read. Cover has no visible wear. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. May have very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Very minimal wear and tear. See listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Very Good A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. May have very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Very minimal wear and tear. See listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Good A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages. See listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Acceptable A book with obvious wear. May have some damage to the cover but integrity still intact. The binding may be slightly damaged but integrity is still intact. Possible writing in margins, possible underlining and highlighting of text, but no missing pages or anything that would compromise the legibility or understanding of the text. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.

 

 

 
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