Condition Reports & Grading
We know how important a detailed and accurate condition report is for a buyer. There is nothing more disappointing than receiving a poster which looks nothing like the image you have been sold and with damage not mentioned when you bought it.
We aim to have our grading as simple as possible to understand and at the same time be comprehensive enough to ensure you are fully aware of any possible flaws. Combined with some high resolution photographs (taken on a Canon EOS 600D camera) you can be assured we will display the posters professionally.
EVERY POSTER WILL BE GRADED TWOFOLD:
1. Condition Category
FINE - meaning perfect / as perfect as the day this poster was printed.
VERY GOOD - meaning in near fine condition but with some very minor imperfections (which are usually difficult to notice unless pointed out).
GOOD - meaning with some noticeable imperfections and areas of damage but still a very acceptable poster.
POOR - meaning there are many imperfections and areas of damage which are obvious. We will only sell posters which are classed as poor if we feel they would benefit from restoration OR are of some rarity / great value.
2. Further Condition Notes
Where applicable we may use some of the following terms in relation to the condition of the poster.
> Creases to the fold lines
> Creases at the cross folds
> Separation at the cross folds
> Lightening strikes (these occur on glossy posters, most evident on black, where the paper loses some of its surface colour usually along the fold lines and they appear almost as 'lightening strikes').
> Surface loss (where the top layer of the poster artwork may be missing but there is no actual paper loss)
> Surface creases (these are usually caused through handling over the poster over time, most are minimal and occasionally we may note if these are heavy).
> Paper loss (occasionally a poster may have some paper loss and if required this can always be restored).
> Foxing (a term which refers to the light staining of the paper, evident as light brown spots caused by age).
> Dirt (this usually is the result of handling and can often be carefully removed).
> Writing on reverse (we will always note what type of writing implement has been used and whether this is visible or bleeds through to the front of the poster).
> Fading (usually caused by exposure to sunlight through inappropriate framing or storage).
> Tape residue (historically posters were viewed as disposable items and therefore little care was taken when displaying them. People would often use sellotape to attach to walls and fix tears/weakened fold lines on the reverse of the poster).
> Pin and Staple Holes (we will always note if a poster has pin or staple holes and will specify if these are enlarged through rough removal by the previous owners of the poster).