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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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    3 Kestrel Ct, Taylors, SC 29687
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    (864) 268-2509
    User Review: "I have worked with rick in sports collectibles for a long time, he is an expert on pre-1975 sports memorabilia and sports..." - Nathan (SC)
    Work & Play Trading Card Co
    108 Appomattox Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29681
    (864) 399-9996
    Feinsteins Sports Cards Plus
    42 Groce Rd, Lyman, SC 29365
    (864) 439-7299
    10th Inning Sports & Collectibles
    8717 Asheville Hwy, Boiling Springs, SC 29316
    (864) 578-6730
    Concord Coins & Collectibles
    1043 Whitehall Rd, Anderson, SC 29625
    (864) 222-1140
    Apple Dumplin Antiques & Collectibles
    500 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621
    (864) 642-9727
    Little River Trading Co
    211 Hillcrest Dr, Laurens, SC 29360
    (864) 984-0794
    Middle of Main Antique
    124 E Main St Ste C, Walhalla, SC 29691
    (864) 638-8390
    Dovetails & Rusty Nails
    115 E Main St, Forest City, NC 28043
    (828) 247-4030
    Anthony's Sports
    800 Brevard Rd Ste 224, Asheville, NC 28806
    (828) 667-9006
    Sports Collectables
    1278 W Main St, Sylva, NC 28779
    (828) 586-8610
    Sports Card Shop
    408 Irvin St, Cornelia, GA 30531
    (706) 778-2826
    Grand Slam Collectibles
    952 Mount Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
    (803) 327-4414
    Buckboard Too
    612 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-0170
    Home Sports Collectibles
    611 Parkway Ste F10, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 430-2231

    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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