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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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    Smitty's Collectables
    887 Dodge Court, Carol Stream, IL 60188
    Collect items featuring your favorite players with our sports memorabilia. Based in Carol Stream, IL, we sell at fairs, craft shows, and charitable auctions.
    (224) 970-0020
    345 N Mclean Blvd Ste C, South Elgin, IL 60177
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    (847) 468-9500
    User Review: "Find a different store don't do business here"
    2004 Penna Hill, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    sport cards, memorabilia, gifts, autographed balls, autographed jerseys, card collecting supplies, graded cards, vintage cards, nascar die-casts, pennants, lanyards, wax packs, footballs, helmets
    (219) 548-2273
    8919 W Cermak Rd, Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 442-1926
    Steven's Collectibles
    35 E Plainfield Rd Ste 2, La Grange, IL 60525
    (708) 352-7758
    Forever Young Dolls & Toys
    7701 W Belmont Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    (708) 452-7048
    Reel Art
    5921 W Dickens Ave Ste 15, Chicago, IL 60639
    (773) 622-0432
    Zekes Baseball Cards & Collectibles
    4268 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
    (773) 777-0766
    The Baseball Card King
    5205 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    (708) 857-4400
    Plaques Plus Inc
    741 Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
    (708) 422-1079
    Kids Collectibles
    4821 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
    (773) 205-2753
    Sports Harvest Inc
    6031 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60634
    (773) 283-4350
    Elite Sportscards & Comics
    2028 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 784-1396
    Real Art
    1006 S Michigan Ave Ste 501, Chicago, IL 60605
    (312) 922-0695
    Time Machine Collectables & Re
    2022 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 334-6501

    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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