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Sports Memories and Collectible Terms

Maybe you'd like to collect basketball, hockey or baseball items for fun and profit. You may look forward to trading at conventions or debating on online forums. Sports card and memorabilia collectors make up a lively community. You may have a group who meets regularly at the local hobby store for events. Prepare a guest that you bring to your next hobby social event by sharing these terms.

  • No-grade – According to an official rating system, a no-grade is an unfortunate condition. For example, a valuable basketball card can be ruined by adding color, doing repair or trimming.
  • Gem Mint – This is highly desirable condition for collectors of trading cards and other items of sport memorabilia. Such a trading card must have razor sharp corners and original gloss.
  • Notching – Retail store owners may start as childhood fans and then run a small business as a labor of love. Such owners who sell sport memorabilia buy cards without notching. Notching is an imperfection caused to cards by a previous owner. Even signed limited edition cards can lose their value by notching caused by a rubber band.
  • Birdcage Mask – This catcher’s mask is from 1910. Look for hinged car guards and throat protectors on this vintage gear.
  • Autographed Hockey Stick – Oftentimes a whole team rather than a single player will sign such a stick.
  • World War II – Many brands of sports cards produced boxing, baseball and football cards during this time period. Now cards from this era are prized by collectors. Cards in good condition from these years are rare.
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    Mr E's Sports Cards and Collec
    720 S State St, Orem, UT 84058
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    (801) 224-6677
    User Review: "Just moved here and mr. E and his wife are awesome and he has awesome items across the board."
    Hoc Inc
    4700 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84117
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    (801) 747-1392
    User Review: "Buy your cards her of the bid bord and sell them to more at half book" - bryan (UT)
    Clayton's Sports Cards
    5523 S 1900 W, Roy, UT 84067
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    (801) 776-2434
    User Review: "If I could give this shop negative stars, I would!!! this shop owner is very rude & unprofessional! the shop itself is..."
    End Zone Hobby Center
    133 S State St, Clearfield, UT 84015
    Endzone has Utah's best selection of board games, card games, miniatures, sports cards, Legos, toys and much more! In addition to our huge selection we also offer over 20 play tables with regular play events and tournaments.
    (801) 774-5050
    Plaq Shaq
    5300 S Green Street, Murray, UT 84123
    We do it all! We are the #1 source for sports memorabilia and custom framing. We also have cases for all your collectibles and we make corporate awards from the basic to the most elaborate!
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    (801) 495-9544
    User Review: "Really good service over the phone. Nice guy, really helpful. Use their service."
    Comics Plus
    1812 W Sunset Blvd, Saint George, UT 84770
    We are your full service, top of the line hobby and entertainment store! We stock great comic books, games, models, sports cards, toys and more. Come by and ask us about our collectibles today!
    (435) 673-3229
    The Life Card
    2163 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
    Pick up the newest social and economic board game for educators, professionals, parents, and game enthusiasts. The Life Card is now available internationally.
    (385) 419-4968
    Overtime Cards & Collectables
    7674 S Main St, Midvale, UT 84047
    (801) 566-3100
    Fifties-Sixties Cards
    7300 S Cottonwood St, Midvale, UT 84047
    (801) 566-0700

    The first sports cards were baseball cards, which appeared in the second half of the nineteenth century. Their original purpose was actually to prevent cigarette packs from being crushed. Later, cards became associated with gum and expanded into other sports. Now cards exist for football, hockey and basketball. Collecting and trading cards is an important hobby. Sports cards are now sold independently as well as being used for promotions. Signed and autographed cards can be of considerable value. Some cards are limited edition and hologram cards have enjoyed a recent popularity. Vintage cards, especially in mint condition, are sought by collectors. They are sold by retail shops and also traded. Major League baseball cards remain popular, with the most valuable being those of players who make it to the Hall of Fame. In some cases, a card from a player's rookie year can be the most prized. Cards are sold in retail shops and online. Sometimes, they are put together into sets, for example, a specific team in a specific year. Hockey and basketball cards are also pretty common. Other trading cards exist, both sport and other interests. The trading card phenomenon has led to the creation of a number of games based off of the concept and entertainment cards are also collectibles. Stores that sell cards may also sell other memorabilia. Autographed balls are popular with baseball fans. Signed jerseys can fetch very high prices in some quarters. Also popular are photos, signed and otherwise, and other pieces of sporting equipment. Sports memorabilia are valued not for their practical use, but for the sense of connection they give the owner with a respected player or team.
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