Since movie art was designed
as dispensable advertising materials, they were not handled like a "collectible."
Many were stapled, taped, written on, hung in windows, and generally, just
beaten around until they were discarded. It is amazing that any actually survived
to make it to the collector’s market. Unfortunately, many of the survivors
bear the scars of their journey.
The condition of
a movie poster is based solely on the absence or presence of blemishes and/or
defects and how those blemishes/defects affect the artwork of the poster. The
most common blemishes/defects are as follows: