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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 Memorabilia
    345 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596
    We specialize in beautifully framed and unique memorabilia from the worlds of sports, Hollywood, music, and history! All signed items come with a certificate of authenticity.
    (516) 513-0758
    Sonny's Sports Memorabilia and Collectibles LLC
    25340 60th Ave, Little Neck, NY 11362
    Our store has the next addition to your man cave. For authentic sports memorabilia and other collectibles, visit us in Little Neck, NY, today.
    (631) 552-5307
    American Legends
    1107 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583
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    (914) 725-2225
    User Review: "The woman who answered the phone was so nice & helpful. My son was looking for topps football cards & she located 10 packs..."
    Grey Flannel
    549 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY 11023
    (516) 466-5533
    Squiggy's Dugout
    237 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801
    (914) 636-7585
    Verkman Steve
    333 Westbury Ave Unit 2, Carle Place, NY 11514
    (516) 338-8557
    J & T Hobby Distributors
    21 West Mall, Plainview, NY 11803
    (516) 575-4210
    Cow Over The Moon
    282 Main St, Huntington, NY 11743
    (631) 424-1796
    Bk Sports Land
    96 Main St, Hempstead, NY 11550
    (516) 565-3799
    Whos On First
    19907 34th Ave, Flushing, NY 11358
    (718) 358-7047
    T & M Sports Cards
    3041 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown, NY 11756
    (516) 513-0906
    Wrestling Universe
    3429 Francis Lewis Blvd, Flushing, NY 11358
    (718) 460-2777
    Oro Puro 2
    1031 Hempstead Tpke, Franklin Square, NY 11010
    (516) 328-7376
    Sports Plus
    1161 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10462
    (718) 239-2300
    Magic Comics & Baseball Cards
    3120 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467
    (718) 653-5512

    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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