I could have sworn I saw a post like this a year or two ago but I searched for it and couldn't find anything. Maybe it was another site.
Anyway, I'm interested in buying some movie posters but can't stand sifting through ebay. 90% of the posters are tiny or half sized. I'm looking for the classic 40 inchers. I search "one sheets" and usually get some good results but I was just wondering if anyone had any other suggestions.
(on a side note: what the hell is up with people buying mini posters? I've never seen anyone with a mini poster on there wall and who would want one? My biggest peeve with posters is some of the coolest ones seem to be from other countries and they all seem to be small! who's buying these posters?!!)
I mainly buy on eBay, emovieposter.com (largest movie poster auction in the world), and sometimes at Heritage (ha.com). I have also check regularly on a few selected poster shops around the world to see if they have something new I would like.
I only buy original movie posters, no reprints, so personally I won't touch moviegoods.com with a ten feet pole.
It helps on eBay if you know what you are going after. Save a search in the right category and you will get email updates whenever something new that matches your criteria is posted.
Emovieposter.com have three weekly auctions, so there's a lot to check out. The good thing it's all original posters, so you don't have to go through tons of reprints to look for that one poster you are searching for.
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I'm a big Emovieposter fan as well. You can really pick up some great bargains if you get lucky.
I got an original RAVAGER (1970) poster from them for $6, and it was one of those weeks where every auction came with a free poster book too! I was fucking stoked. Best poster deal I've ever gotten on ebay EVER. This was years before it ever was put out by SWV, so I don't think anyone knew what it was at the time, thus my bargain basement price.
There is a flood of reprints and reproductions on Ebay, but for my money it's still the best way to get original posters for decent prices.
Back when Ebay first started, I picked up stuff like PIECES, MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY, CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD, GATES OF HELL, CHILDREllN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, usually for less than 15 bucks each.
Moviegoods is a joke. Not only do they sell reprints for high prices, the print quality is shit. They're certainly not doing offset prints....more like a huge digital printer.
Last edited by Keith B.; 06-16-2010 at 06:55 PM.
wow thanks guys! emovieposter.com is amazing!
If you collect grindhouse or psychotronic type titles from more recent era movies I can understand and appreciate picking up an original for 5-50 bucks. It's just a matter of taste. I like a lot of those movies but many of the posters are butt ugly. (Even some of my favorite films have ugly-ass posters . . . the American ad campaign for CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN being an example).
However, I don't buy repros. I look for extremely high quality scans, clean them up in Photoshop and have them printed to 11X17. Matted and framed they look quite nice, and since I don't have a lot of room they don't overwhelm.
And since you can't touch an original poster from my favorite film - Cocteau's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - for less than five grand it'll have to do, considering my current finances.
Last edited by Wayne Schmidt; 06-16-2010 at 06:54 PM.
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There is also quite a following for Belgian posters. The artwork, in all that I have seen are really well done bold paintings. They'll feature elements from the country of origin's posters but are typically more risque and daring in execution. The horror titles in particular have a very nice appeal.
The Hitchcocks and more mainstream titles are also very cool looking. The period from the late 40s to the mid sixties seems to have been their heyday.
From a collector's point of view if the poster was actually displayed at a theatre to promote the film, there was a tax stamp affixed to it, almost always outside the artwork that authentically dates it.
A great looking Belgian will generally cost far less than its US counterpart.
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The Belgian Hammer ones are beautiful. Most of the time I enjoy the foreign posters more than the American ones. The Polish ones are out there! I love their PLANET OF THE APES -
I also vouch for emovieposter dot com. I just picked up Johnny Firecloud and two different one sheets for Roberta Findlay's Tenement from their auctions.