Guided navigation is the ability to add and remove keywords and categorizations of items to filter your results. As you add these filters,
they appear in the breadcrumb trail above the search results. You can remove any filter from the breadcrumb trail at any time.
Start your search as you've always done. From the home page, catalog home page, or search page, you can select a keyword
and choose a coin type such as "Nickels" or "Barber Half Dollars", and then click "Search". Much of the time, this will be all you need!
You can add a filter in the left column, such as "Category", "Current Bid Range", "Reserve Status", "Grade Range", and so on. Each time you
make such a selection, the listing of results will become smaller, showing only those items that meet all the criteria you have selected.
You can also enter one or more keywords, such as "The Godfather", if that will help your search. Sometimes a new selection will open up new
sub-selection possibilities; for instance, once you choose to look for a poster graded between Fine and Very Fine, you can then narrow your search to a single grade.
You can add or drop fields or keywords from your results at any time. Above the listing of results is a complete list of the filters you
have selected. Click on any filter to remove it, and the page will refresh to show all items matching the new broader specifications.
The guided navigation section only lists things that contain results. For example, if you are looking at all items in grade Near Mint to Mint,
then the category filter will only include categories with items in that grade. To expand your list of categories, remove the grade filter from
your breadcrumb trail by clicking on it.
Click here for a full tutorial.
Using "quotes" around your search phrase can help narrow the results to exactly what you are interested in.
A search for plastic man without quotes will return all results that contain both "plastic" and "man".
A search for "King Kong" in quotes returns all results with the exact phrase King Kong,
in that order.
This will produce more items, and once you see how the items are listed you can narrow your search results
with more accurate search words.
If you're looking for only posters from Hitchcock films, by all means choose "Hitchcock" from the drop-down
list. If you are looking for items that could show up anywhere, choose "All".
The search from our home page searches everything we have to offer. Try that first.
Maybe it's a title (like Dracula), or even a date and title (1931 Dracula).
When you use multiple search words, the search results are trying to find
items with ALL of those words in the description. Try using "OR" and "NOT". If you're interested in all items
from 1931 or relating to Dracula, you can enter "1931 OR Dracula". Or, if you are interested in items relating
to Dracula but not from 1931, you could enter "Dracula NOT 1931. If you're looking for an item from a film with
a long title, enter the one or two words from the title that are most unique. For instance, a search for "Mad
World" is all you need in order to find something from "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." To find something from
"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", searching for "Good Ugly" should be enough. When specifically looking for
a poster from a rerelease, enter the date of rerelease as R-xxxx. For instance, if you're looking for a poster
from the 1951 rerelease of Dracula, search for "Dracula R-1951".
Don't use commas, periods, dashes, etc., unless required - such as in proper name (Spider-Man).
Perhaps we don't have the item you are looking for now, but chances are we will soon. Add the particular
item(s) you are looking for to our "MyWantList" and you'll be
notified as soon as it/they become available. If you would like further assistance, please don't
hesitate to contact us.
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How do I Authenticate My Posters?
When seeking out the value of a poster, it is important first of all to determine its actual authenticity and whether the release date makes it an original or re-release item.
Paper size, texture and copyright info usually determine age of most film posters. Many of the earlier vintage posters produced before 1940 had studio logos and copyrights but were often not dated. After 1940, National Screen Service distributed most U.S. film posters and these were dated and coded at the bottom of the poster.
In the 1960's and 1970's several companies, the most prominent being Portal Publications, reproduced a number of vintage movie posters. Several aspects of these posters make it easy to identify them as reproductions. First, their size — 24" x 36" — a size not produced by any movie studio for display in theaters. The standard "one sheet" size movie poster was always 27" x 41". Second, at the bottom of the poster was clearly printed "copyright Portal Publications". It had the original release date of the film, but it still is not an original. These posters were printed on a flat stock, which does make them appear in this day and age — "old", but they are not original and are virtually worthless.
Re-release or reissue posters are still "original" theater used movie posters, but have considerably lesser value than a first release poster. Most often you can determine a reissue by looking at the bottom of your poster in the right hand corner. There will usually be an "R" in front of a year number — as in "R56" — if it is a reissue. Other clues are phrases such as "An Encore Hit", "Brought Back by Popular Demand" or "Nothing Cut But the Prices".
Newer posters from the 1990's on, produced on glossy stock, have been "bootlegged" in the thousands, so it is very difficult to determine authenticity.
What makes a Poster Valuable?
For movie posters, value is determined by a combination of factors, the most important being the title of the film. The most desirable posters are those from the most universally loved films such as Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, or It's a Wonderful Life. The second deciding factor in desirability is the graphics on the poster. Often the title to a film poster might not be of importance but the graphics can be gorgeous. The poster might be illustrated with beautiful art-deco graphics or depending on the artist, of which many well-known illustrators of the first half of the twentieth century worked on posters, it could make the poster valuable. Finally the Condition is of great importance. These three factors are usually the most important in determining value.
Vintage material from the early 1910's through the 1950's usually commands the highest prices. Some posters from the 1960's also bring good prices, but the value of titles from the 1970's up to the present drop dramatically due to the increase in the print runs. Up to the 1960's a normal poster print run would range from 3,000 to 5,000 per poster, in the 1970's up to present day, the print runs went up to 15,000 to 30,000 for a poster title. Another major factor is that poster collecting only really took off in the 1970's. From the early days through the 1960's most posters were simply thrown away after the run of the film.
The top horror and science fiction film titles have always generated the highest prices and continue to do so. Other genres and stars that receive high value include Film Noir, the Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Douglas Fairbanks, early Walt Disney cartoons and other classic animation, and Alfred Hitchcock.
How Can I Determine Value of My Poster?
As with any collectible, prices for movie posters fluctuate wildly. There is currently no up to date printed price guide for movie posters. We recommend using Heritage's Permanent Auction Archives of over 100,000 items to give you a good idea of current value. If your title is by chance not listed there, searching for prices by star or genre should give you a comparable estimate. If you think that your poster has value using the guidelines given above, please contact us.
Should you wish to sell or auction your collection with us here at Heritage, our movie poster experts can give you a fair estimate of the value of your items. We are always looking for quality movie posters and would be happy to discuss it with you.
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