Concert Posters - Visual Guide to Poster Grading
Concert Posters - Visual Guide toPoster Grading
by Michael ErlewineMichael@Erlewine.netThe best way to learn how to grade thecondition of posters is by looking at a lotof examples of what can happen to aposter. Luckily for you, and not so forme, my collection happens to have a lotof fine examples of poster degradation,so I have put together a little archive ofwhat you don't want to have too much ofin your collection.To start with, be sure to read theRosetta Stone for estimating condition,as written by Jacaeber Kastor ofPsychedelic Solution, considered bymany, including myself, to be theexpert's expert when it comes to the fineart of postering. You can read it here !ACP000037 "Poster Grading Chart".WARNING!!!! Some of these images arelarge, so that you can see the posterdefects, so be forwarned if you have aslow connection. Also, there are a lot ofthem, so have fun.PERFECT: A/A. Here is the corner of aposter fresh for the printers box. It doesnot get any more perfect than this, buteven here you can see some inkimperfections, so a rule to consider is: Iflife is imperfect, posters are too. Theyare, not by design, but by nature,imperfect. The perfection may affect theprice, but seldom need to affect theenjoyment of the poster. In fact, many afunky poster has made for greatenjoyment. Sometimes I like the oddraggedy poster, because I am not afraidto touch and enjoy it.
A/A Perfect, Fresh From the Box
WRECKED: If you want to see a posterthat is beyond salvaging, except for anillustration like this, check you this copyof FD-26, perhaps the most immediatelyrecognizable poster in the FD-series.Our thanks to Jacaeber Kastor forcontributing this (our worst nightmare)poster.
The next sections will take you througha brief tour of condition.