Poster Condition Grades at Original Film Art

Original Film Art inspects and grades each vintage movie poster we sell.  We choose not to use an overly technical grading scale as the difference between one grade and another can be subjective from one person to another.  

As the old saying goes, "A Picture is worth a thousand words."  Original Film Art offers detailed photographs of each and every poster we sell.  We invite buyers to carefully inspect the photos before buying one of our vintage posters.  

As vintage posters, these collectibles have been handled and displayed and are not in brand-new condition (as one might expect from most reproductions).  We carefully source our vintage posters and seek to ensure that most are in the "Very Good" condition category.  

Please look carefully at the poster photos and read the descriptions.  

Product descriptions contain the following terms for describing the condition of a vintage movie poster at Original Film Art:

Mint (M)

A mint poster is in perfect condition with no visible defects on the edges or surface of the poster. It is unlikely that many, if any, vintage posters will receive this grade at Original Film Art.

Excellent/Near Mint (NM)

A near mint poster has the smallest of defects that are limited to the edges of the poster.  There are no pinholes, tears of any kind or visible surface wear. If folded, the poster has no visible fold-wear. Very few posters will receive this grade.

Very Good (VG)

Posters is this category may have minor edge wear or very minor spots of surface wear. Folded posters will have minimal, yet, age-appropriate fold-wear.

Good (G)

Posters may have minor to moderate edge wear. There may be small tears in the edges of the poster or tiny parts of paper missing from the corners of the poster. Color on the poster could be fading.   Folded posters in this category will have moderate fold wear and may have minor spots of age-related fold separation.

Fair (F)

Posters graded as fair will have significant defects that may include moderate to severe edge wear and/or moderate surface wear. Posters may have blemishes that directly affect the artwork. The poster should still be presentable and recognizable but would likely benefit from restoration.

Poor (P)

Posters in this category have major defects as described in the Fair category and will also have significant tearing, paper loss, surface damage, or color fading.