A small folio railroad print in fine condition will sell for over ,000, whereas one with tears or faded color will not sell at all to serious collectors and so will sell for much less to when it does sell.
One of the "peculiar" things about Currier & Ives collectors is that many of them are very focused on margins.
There is a story that a collector drove for hours to go see a top Currier & Ives because the owner told him it had large margins and was in great shape, but when the collector got to the owner's house he found that it was a reproduction, only about half the size of the original.
The collector hadn't bothered to ask what size the print was, only how big the margins were!
There is a big difference in price between one of the prints in these popular subjects (a large folio print can go in the tens of thousands of dollars) and a less desirable subject (some large folio subjects sell in the hundreds).
) In 1932 a jury of twelve Currier & Ives experts and collectors selected a group of what they considered to be the "Best 50" large folio Currier & Ives prints.
Also, one certainly doesn't want the print trimmed so that some of the imprint is cut off and I do think one wants to have at least some margin all around so that the print can be put into a frame without the mat or frame bevel coming right up to the image.
However, as long as there are reasonable margins around the image (say about 1/2 inch) I don't think a collector should be too bothered about the size of the margins.
For fifty days running, these prints were illustrated and described in the .
This publicity created much interest, and subsequent newspaper sales, so that the following year the "Best 50" small folio prints were also selected (four medium folio prints were included in this list).
Other popular subjects are hunting & fishing, sporting, steamships, and western.