FAQ : Selling Original Movie Posters


At RalphDeluca.com, Movie Posters Are Part of Our Heritage!

Are you a relative or friend of a poster designer, artist, printer or distributor? Were you or anyone you know an owner, projectionist, or employee of a movie theater or movie studio? Do you collect movie posters? If so let me know what you collect. Below are some frequently asked questions that might contain the information you want. If not, don't hesitate to me.


Who are you, Ralph Deluca?

I am the guy who buys vintage movie posters - an avid appraiser and collector expert if you will. You can find out more about me on my About Ralph DeLuca page.


Why did you start this site?

I love old films and old movie memorabilia.
To help me discover more items, I created this site to let people on the web know about me and that no one would pay them more for their old movie art, photos, concert photos and film.


Do you sell classic movie posters?

No, not here.  I'm basically interested in purchasing your original movie art and I will pay more.


How do I find out original movie poster values?

Movie poster values are very subjective. When determining values for your posters or prints one must take into consideration the size, age, and condition. Some posters from the 1950's are worth more then a poster from 1920 depending on the title. If you would like to know more about selling your original move posters, please CONTACT ME NOW and I will get back to you right away.


Should I consign my movie posters to an auction house or a dealer?

Well, this is one choice, but I wouldn't recommend it. Why not? Well, the fees involved, the time it takes your item to sell and the time it takes for you to receive the money for your movie related item.


Should I list my posters on an online auction site?

Again, this is certainly an option, but I wouldn't recommend it. Auction sites haven't traditionally done a very good job at keeping fakes and scam artists out of their listings. And although you may be legit, a lot of serious poster buyers are really hesitant and careful about buying vintage movie memorabilia via auction websites.


How will you get your cash to me if you buy a movie item?

Contact me with your preferred method of payment. Upon agreement of a deal, you'll be paid within 24 hours or less. Please contact me for more details.


What if my poster is not in mint condition?

This is ok. While it's worth more in mint condition, I still may be interested in what you have. Remember, it doesn't cost anything to talk to me about your items.


Is my poster an original authentic movie poster that was meant to hang in a movie theater?

It depends. Call me to be certain, but here are some things to look for in an authentic movie poster:

  • Poster Size: Originals are generally around 27x40 inches. Even older titles are usually 27x41 inches.
  • Poster Copyright: Most of the time if your poster is original, it will say 'Made in the USA' near the bottom of the poster.
  • Poster Text: Check the small print on the bottom of the poster. If it's really grainy or harder to read than normal, it's most likely a reprint.

Again, though, to be sure, give me a call!


What exactly is an original (authentic) movie poster?

Typically, this term refers to a poster that was produced by The National Screen Service (NSS) (which closed shop in 2000), one of the movie studios, or by a third company authorized by the movie studio. The posters are for promotional use and/or to display in the theatre when the film is originally released. While a lot of original movie posters will have a NSS number on the bottom somewhere, not all of them do. Also note that sometimes reprint posters include this information to make their reprint look more authentic. If you're unsure or want more info, give me a call or email.


Are movie posters supposed to be folded?

Prior to 1985 or so, this was a common practice. Now, however, all authentic movie posters are issued rolled up. So, depending on the age of your movie poster (what movie it's for), having been folded may or may not be a factor in its value. Give me a call to be sure.


How can I get a fair appraisal of my movie poster collection?

It's as simple as contacting me!


How will I ship the items to you?

Unfolded posters should be shipped in reinforced, heavy duty cardboard containers or FedEx tubes. For folded posters, stills, press kits and lobby cards, you should use heavy-duty cardboard reinforced envelopes. Please take the time to carefully package items so they arrive in the condition you send them in.


Do you pay for shipping costs?

Shipping costs are included in the money I send you for the purchase.


Are movie posters considered antiques?

Depends on who you ask and what you mean by 'movie poster.' Some old original movie posters may well be considered antiques.


What are boxing style concert posters?

Early American boxing posters were printed on heavy cardboard stock most of the time. They had a plain style, using a simple text layout. You could see them on telephone poles in the past, advertising boxing matches. A 'boxing style concert poster,' then, usually refers to any type of cardboard poster that doesn't have a psychedelic look and feel to it.