Vintage magazines are sought out by collectors, artists, crafting pros and amateurs and people seeking vintage items to use as gifts or home decor. These are highly desired because of the versatility of use as well as collectible value. As with any vintage item, the price you pay when you buy ads from vintage magazines for sale is determined by their value, rarity, special branding and condition. The condition is most important to most collectors.
There is currently no specific official grading scale for old advertisements out of magazines. Most sellers can determine whether an ad is in excellent, very good, good, fair or poor condition. Here are the basics of buying according to the condition of ads from vintage magazines for sale.
Vintage Magazines For Sale – Grading
Excellent condition, just as the term suggests, is the best its gets. Mint condition may also be used, but that is not common since finding old magazine ads in mint condition is not possible. Excellent is used because they can be virtually free from blemishes, rips, tears, abnormal discoloration and fold marks. Any minor blemish should be reported in the description or noticeable in the gallery photo view. Ideally collectors look for vintage ads in excellent condition.
Very good is just below excellent and may have some minor wear or outer edge tears or blemishes that do not affect framing. In other words there is no damage to the ad itself. It should still be suitable for matting and/or framing when you see very good in the description. Collectors will accept an ad in very good condition if nothing better is available due to its rarity in number.
Ads from vintage magazines for sale with small and very minor blemishes like rips or tears on the edges or wear and wrinkles that can affect the suitability for framing are considered in good condition. This is okay for some collectors that really want a very rare ad that cannot be found in excellent or very good condition.
Fair condition when it comes to buying vintage ads can mean a variety of things. It can mean the ad looks good but has more discoloration or wear and tear than one in excellent to good condition. This can result in making it less viable for framing unless you feel it makes it more unique. Many artists use vintage ads in fair condition for projects like decoupage.
Poor condition usually means it is not suitable for framing in any way. However, it is likely to be good for use in various craft or art projects like decoupage, making scrap book pages and even for using the lettering for certain kinds of projects. Collectors seldom, if ever, buy ads from vintage magazines for sale in poor condition.
These are the most common ratings you will see on vintage ad descriptions. This includes magazine ads from magazines from international venues or just American magazine ads. The most popular places you find these products include eBay, Amazon and Etsy. You will also find a few (very few) websites that sell vintage ads and have vintage magazines for sale.