FAQ Grading System – Conditions of Products

What is your movie poster grading/condition system?

Movie posters are created to “work for a living”, so of course they will have imperfections. A true mint item is very rare, especially if you consider that after it has been manufactured it has already been handled/shipped at least once.

Grading movie posters is very subjective and definitely not an exact science. When grading items the goal is to paint an accurate picture in the mind of the potential buyer of what to expect upon receipt of the item. Below is our 10-point system we use to grade products.

Serious defects/flaws are always described in the product details. At MotionPictureArt we generally 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. Every poster we sell is 100% authentic with a lifetime money-back guarantee.

Our 10-point system: Comparable to:
 Mint  C9-10 or Fine
 Near Mint to Mint  C8-9 or Fine
 Near Mint  C8 or Very Good to Fine
 Excellent – Near Mint  C7-8 or Very Good
 Excellent  C7 or Good to Very Good
 Very Good to   Excellent  C6-7 or Good
 Very Good  C6 or Fair to Good
 Good to Very Good  C5 or Fair
 Good  C4 or Poor to Fair
 Poor  C1-3 or Poor
  • MINT:
    Either with the most minor of imperfections caused by handling/shipping/storage or never used, as if it has just been produced.
  • NEAR MINT – MINT:
    Never used. Preferably factory or carefully hand folded or rolled.
    Signs of aging and handling/shipping/storage may be present, but overall appears to be like new.
    No pinholes and only tiny amounts of imperfections at the borders/edges/corners or folds.
  • NEAR MINT:
    Unused or carefully used, but with signs of aging and handling/shipping/storage. One tiny pinhole in each corner and other tiny amounts of not very distracting imperfections at the borders/edges/corners or folds may be present.
  • EXCELLENT – NEAR MINT:
    Used with signs of aging and handling/shipping/storage. Other imperfections at the borders/edges/corners, folds and other areas are present.
  • EXCELLENT:
    Used with signs of aging and handling/shipping/storage. Other more distracting imperfections at the borders/edges/corners, folds and other areas are present, including: multiple staple or pinholes, tiny tears, light wear and creasing/wrinkling/dents.
  • VERY GOOD:
    Extensively used with signs of aging, repair and handling/shipping/storage. Distracting imperfections at the borders/edges/corners, folds and other areas are present, including: multiple staple or pinholes, tears, tape, wear, bits of paper/print loss, stains and creasing/wrinkling/dents.
    Eye appeal of the image area should be nice, but not great.
  • GOOD:
    Extensively used with many signs of aging, repair and handling/shipping/storage. Very distracting imperfections are present at most areas, including: multiple staple or pinholes, tears, tape, wear, paper/print loss, stains and creasing/wrinkling/dents.
  • POOR:
    The lowest grade. Due to intensive use very heavily damaged poster with many (huge) imperfections. With few exceptions, we don’t have or sell any “poor” condition posters.

FAQ Movie Posters

Poster imperfections
  • 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/wrinkling/rippling: Somewhere other than the regular folds there are creases, wrinkles or extra folds in the poster.
  • Fading: Time and sunlight will cause fading of posters.
  • Holes/Paper Loss/Chips: Occasionally there can be holes in a poster and/or other missing pieces.
  • Tape Stains: Often scotch tape is used to put posters up. This tape can leave a stain after some time.
  • Residue: What remains after removal of tape, glue, paper etc.
  • Pin or Staple holes: Theaters often pin or staple posters up for display. Multiple pin/staple holes can cause paper loss.
  • Tears: Tears come in all shapes and sizes. Tears in the poster image are considered worse than if they reside in the border. Without significant paper loss the poster can often be repaired with special acid free tape.
  • Dings/Dents/Indentations: Posters often have dents/dings at edges/corners or other areas.
  • Toning/Discoloration/Yellowing: A slight browning caused by oxidation of the paper and/or discoloration/yellowing due to age.
  • Fold separation: Repeatedly unfolding and refolding may cause paper separations/tears along the fold lines of a poster.
  • Soiling/Stains: Soiling or stains can be caused in many different ways.
  • Stamps/Stickers: Small or larger tax, censor or other ink/paper stamps and stickers may be present.
  • Writing: The front and/or back of a poster has writing by ink pen, marker or pencil that may bleed through to the other side. Some posters may have writing in the appropriate area.
  • Print Loss: Surface paper loss may cause missing pieces of the print.
  • Trimming: Poster has been cut to a different size.
  • Moist/Water Damage: The poster has been in contact with a liquid.

FAQ Movie Posters

What is you lobby card grading/condition system?

Serious defects/flaws are always described in the product details. At MotionPictureArt we generally 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.

  • NEAR MINT – MINT:
    Signs of aging and handling/shipping/storage may be present, but overall appears to be like new. No pin holes and only tiny amounts of imperfections at the borders/edges/corners.
  • NEAR MINT:
    Unused or carefully used, but with signs of aging and handling/shipping/storage. One tiny pin hole in each corner and other tiny amounts of not very distracting imperfections at the borders/edges/corners may be present.
  • EXCELLENT:
    Used with signs of aging and handling/shipping/storage. Other more distracting imperfections at the borders/edges/corners and other areas are present, including: multiple staple or pin holes, tiny tears, light wear and creasing/wrinkling/dents.
  • VERY GOOD:
    Extensively used with signs of aging, repair and/or handling/shipping/storage. Distracting imperfections at the borders/edges/corners and other areas are present, including: multiple staple or pin holes, tears, tape, wear, bits of paper/print loss, stains and creasing/wrinkling/dents.
    Eye appeal of the image area should be nice, but not great.
  • GOOD:
    Used with defects that affect the overall eye appeal. Very distracting imperfections are present at most areas, including: multiple staple or pin holes, tears, tape, wear, paper/print loss, stains and creasing/wrinkling/dents.
  • POOR:
    Heavily used with many (huge) imperfections. With few exceptions, we don’t have or sell any “poor” condition lobby cards.

FAQ Movie Posters

Lobby Card imperfections
  • Bleedthroughs: Ink from a felt pen or marker on the back of the lobby card is visible on the front of the lobby card. aka bleedthrus, bleed-thrus or bleed-throughs.
  • Creases/folds/wrinkling/rippling: Folds, creases, wrinkles are present in the lobby card.
  • Fading: Time and sunlight will cause fading of lobby cards.
  • Holes/Paper Loss/Chips: Occasionally there can be holes in a lobby card and/or other missing pieces.
  • Tape Stains: Often scotch tape is used to put lobby cards up. This tape can leave a stain after some time.
  • Residue: What remains after removal of tape, glue, paper etc.
  • Pin or Staple holes: Theaters often pin or staple lobby cards up for display. Multiple pin/staple holes can cause paper loss.
  • Tears: Tears come in all shapes and sizes. Tears in the lobby card image are considered worse than if they reside in the border. Without significant paper loss the lobby card can often be repaired with special acid free tape.
  • Dings/Dents/Indentations: Lobby cards often have dents/dings at edges/corners or other areas.
  • Toning/Discoloration/Yellowing: A slight browning caused by oxidation of the paper and/or discoloration/yellowing due to age.
  • Soiling/Stains: Soiling or stains can be caused in many different ways.
  • Stamps/Stickers: Small or larger tax, censor or other ink/paper stamps and stickers may be present.
  • Writing: The front and/or back of a lobby card has writing by ink pen, marker or pencil that may bleed through to the other side.
  • Print Loss: Surface paper loss may cause missing pieces of the print.
  • Trimming: The lobby card has been cut to a different size.
  • Moist/Water Damage: The lobby card has been in contact with a liquid.