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Classic Posters - Visual Guide to Poster Grading

Classic Posters - Visual Guide to Poster Grading

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Published by Michael Erlewine
These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.
These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.

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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.
Beyond Help 
 The next sections will take you througha brief tour of condition.
 
Concert Posters - Visual Guide to Poster Grading
 
Corner Defects by Michael Erlewine
CORNERS: The corners are the first togo, because they stick out in the worldand are the most vulnerable. Almost anyposter that has been handled much hassome corner wear, and this is to beexpected, and not considered a harshdefect, as long as it is slight. When itgets seriously blunted, that is a different
matter, and when torn off, well…..
 
Corner Damage Inconsequential 
 
Soft Corner 
 
Softer Corner 
 
 
Concert Posters - Visual Guide to Poster Grading
 
Corner Bend, Missing Ink 
 
Corner Missing 
 

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