A poster in MINT condition looks like it has just been printed with no defects at all. Auction houses would call this A+.
A poster in NEAR MINT condition may have very minor defects in the border area, but not the artwork itself. Auction houses Auction houses would call this A.
A FINE poster might have pin holes in the corners and a few minor creases and smudges. Auction houses would call this A-
A poster in VERY GOOD condition may have defects in the border and the edge of the poster’s artwork. There may be some minor fading. There may also be small splits or tears, especially along the fold lines. Most used posters fall into this category and will still display very well. This is the lowest category that we would consider selling. Auction houses would call this B+.
A poster in GOOD condition may have small tears or holes along the borders and there may be minor staining in the artwork. Auction houses would call this B.
A poster in FAIR condition will have major flaws which directly affect the artwork. This is an area for serious collectors only. Some rare posters will be worth restoring but if you’re reading this guide then you’re probably not the right person to be considering it. Auction houses would call this C.
Posters in POOR condition will be disintegrating or seriously damaged. Auction houses would also call this “poor”