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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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    Morgan Hill Sports Cards
    15685 Monterey St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
    Come here for an unsurpassed collection of sports cards. Baseball, basketball, NHL and more. We even have posters and other collectibles.
    (408) 779-1896
    Baseball Fan-Attic
    3025 Mchenry Ave Ste G, Modesto, CA 95350
    (209) 342-0420
    Krier's Cards & Comics
    3900 Pelandale Ave, Modesto, CA 95356
    (209) 522-0511
    Fay's Company
    164 N Maple Ave, Manteca, CA 95336
    (209) 239-4800
    Ed's Sports Cards
    372 Wild Oak Dr, Lathrop, CA 95330
    (209) 451-1945
    Fayes Sports Memorabilia
    3200 Naglee Rd, Tracy, CA 95304
    (209) 833-0127
    B-J's Cards & Collectibles
    45 S Washington St, Sonora, CA 95370
    (209) 533-0823
    Goldie & Co
    495 Swan Dr, Livermore, CA 94551
    (925) 443-7755
    All American Sports Fan
    2535 Sand Creek Rd, Brentwood, CA 94513
    (925) 240-2414
    National Storekeeper Ussvi
    4524 Lariat Ln, Oakley, CA 94561
    (925) 679-1744
    Sports Cards & Memorabilia Morgan Hill Sportscards
    15685 Monterey St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
    (408) 779-1896
    Trader J's Cards & Comics
    7293 Village Pkwy, Dublin, CA 94568
    (925) 828-6804
    PRO Star Sports & Gaming
    414 N Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
    (408) 259-6460
    San Jose Sales & Distribution Inc
    2281 Paragon Dr, San Jose, CA 95131
    (408) 441-0170
    Bill's Bullpen Baseball Cards & Comics
    207 4th St, Hollister, CA 95023
    (831) 636-1180

    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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