Highly sought after by movie poster collectors and aficionados. ORIGINAL PROP WINDOW CARD MOVIE POSTER printed in 1980 for use in the motion picture "The Blues Brothers". This poster is NOT framed.
Originally obtained from a Chicago printer who was friends with the owners of Tribune Showprint. This is not a reproduction. We have handled a few of these over the years. We have spoken directly with Tribune Showprint (the original printer of these back in 1980). We know what the reproductions look and feel like.
This is not one of them. One of the holy grails of poster collecting is this prop poster from the movie "The Blues Brothers" printed by TRIBUNE SHOWPRINT INC. Only 100 were ordered for the film. It is believed that they were printed on a Babcock Press with wooden type.
These are extremely rare as not many survived filming. As can be seen in screen shots from the movie, each one is slightly different. The red, yellow, and blue inks melt together in a Rainbow background, but never in exactly the same place.
For example, in the poster John Candy is holding, if you look closely at the text "THE BLUES BROTHERS BAND" you can see that the background is entirely blue behind the text. If you look at the one Ray Charles hung upside down! , you can see that the background behind the text is a mix of yellow and blue. Why would they be different like this? These were made one at a time similar to a silk screen method.
The three inks red, yellow, and blue were possibly on the screen at the same time as they were pushed back and forth with the squeegee through the screen on to the posters. Printed on cardboard card stock. In the Aretha Franklin shots you can see the back is a typical cardboard color light grayish brown.Tribune Showprint is still in business and has reproduced this poster several times over the last 30+ years. These reprints have slightly different colors and are on a slightly different kind of card stock paper than the original. In 2011 a representative from the company informed us that they estimate they have made more than 500 of these reprints over the years. There have also been countless other repros made by other companies, but they are usually on paper and not on cardboard stock like the ones made by Tribune Showprint. These can be very difficult to find in any condition! A long time can go by without one of these coming up for sale. You will have trouble finding a nicer one. No tears, no tape, no pin holes. Black ink smudges on the bottom are residual ink from when it was originally printed.
On the reverse you can see traces of blue and red ink on the top and bottom that was transferred from the window card it sat on top of while it was still wet right after it was printed. If a vintage poster is in terrific unrestored condition like this one (EX C8 or better), many experienced collectors will place a premium on it (when compared to a linen backed/restored one). Most experienced collectors prefer unrestored items to restored ones because they believe they will appreciate more in value. This poster is considered to be within that class and is definitely INVESTMENT QUALITY.
This is NOT a reprint or reproduction poster! We are absolutely certain it is authentic. You may be willing to take the risk to save a few dollars, but we are not. We use super strong hi-quality packaging materials including thick cardboard, masonite, and costly pvc plastic tubes.
And guaranteed to arrive safely. Please be advised that over 95% of all Original Movie Posters. Printed before the mid 1980's were issued FOLDED. This is NOT considered a defect. Vintage rolled posters do exist, however they are extremely rare.
We can have any folded poster. Which will make the fold lines virtually disappear.Also please note that most movie posters were actually used at the theater, and some will contain slight imperfections such as: writing on the back, pin holes, fold wear, small tears, etc. These are all very common and to be expected, but if they bother you, all these minor flaws can be remedied in the linen backing process.
Linen Backing preserves and can actually increase the value of a poster. For the most part, any flaws will be fixed and the poster will appear to be in Near Mint condition. For more information about our. We do not always measure all of our posters exactly. Unless otherwise specified, poster measurements quoted above are approximate to the nearest inch.
For example, if we say a one sheet poster is 27" x 41" its precise measurements may be closer to 26 3/4" x 40 7/8" (or something similar). This slight variance is quite common for all original movie posters. BEWARE OF "FAKE" MOVIE POSTERS!
There are fakes, bootlegs, reprints, and reproductions of almost every popular movie poster. WE DO NOT SELL THESE AS ORIGINALS LIKE OTHERS DO!
There are many unscrupulous dealers who successfully pass off these posters as originals. They have been doing it for years!These fakes are almost indistinguishable from originals, only experts can tell. They only discover years later when they sell them that they are worthless. Most are from popular movies from the 70's and 80s, but there are also really old ones and relatively new ones as well. They usually appear in insert size 14" x 36" and one sheet size 27" x 41". Again, all we can say is BEWARE!
We grade our posters according to the Iguide Universal 10-Point Movie Poster Grading Scale. C10 Mint - Investment quality.
No perceptible flaws of any kind. C9 Near Mint - Investment quality. Minor flaw on an otherwise unused poster.C8 Excellent - Investment quality. C7 Very Good to Excellent - Fine condition. Still a very nicely preserved item. C6 Very Good - The typical used poster in average condition.
C5 Good to Very Good - A heavily-worn item. C4 Good - Below average but still suitable for display.
C3 Fair - Heavily worn, but yet still complete. C2 Poor to Fair - An extremely worn, possibly even incomplete item.C1 Poor - The lowest grade, representing items in the lowest possible condition. Some of our posters are "between grades". For example, a C8-C9 poster will contain all the qualities/characteristics of a Near Mint C9 except for one or two very minor flaws that we believe prevent it from being a true C9. Sometimes it isn't possible to do this. Sometimes we can't roll a folded poster. Please note that if we hold your items for longer than 30 days they will NOT BE RETURNABLE. WE TAKE EXTRA SPECIAL CARE WHEN WE PACKAGE YOUR ITEMS.
Folded posters are placed in a plastic bag or envelope and in between STRONG pieces of cardboard and taped together before being placed in the package. Rolled posters are put into a plastic sleeve and then placed in a HEAVY-DUTY TOUGH 3 or 4 diameter thick walled PVC tube. We roll the poster into a smaller diameter than the tube.
This is VERY IMPORTANT because it gives the edges strength and helps to prevent them from getting wrinkled. We add soft cushioning material also very important! On the ends to prevent them from getting damaged. We stamp FRAGILE: DO NOT BEND on the outside of the package.
To protect ourselves, we insure expensive items for the FULL AMOUNT. These combined charges can add up to 25% or more to your final cost. For other European countries the charges will differ. Please check with your postal system on their procedure for packages from overseas so you are not unpleasantly surprised. You must notify us before sending it back.This is extremely rare, but it does occasionally happen. We know how to create a listing that will provide you with the highest dollar possible. We can yield for you MUCH MORE than you would get if you auctioned them yourself up to TEN TIMES or more!
Let us sell your posters for you! For more information about CineMasterpieces please see. We guarantee that all posters we sell are graded and described accurately. Unless otherwise specified in the description, ALL POSTERS ARE ORIGINAL MOVIE POSTERS original theatrical movie posters that were displayed or meant for display (unused) in theaters at the time the movies were released. We will put in writing that we guarantee it to be an Original Movie Poster.The item "BLUES BROTHERS CineMasterpieces 1980 ORIGINAL PROP MOVIE POSTER JOHN BELUSHI" is in sale since Saturday, March 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Posters\Originals-United States\1980-89". The seller is "cinemasterpieces" and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.