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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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    Entertainment Sports and News Enterprise
    5425 N Morgan Street, Apartment 4, Alexandria, VA 22312
    Collect the sports memorabilia that reminds you of amazing players. Based in Alexandria, VA, we sell everything from jerseys to pieces of sports history.
    (571) 451-0120
    Greg's Sports Cards & Collecti
    45785 Nancy Lane, Great Mills, MD 20634
    We have car mats, lanyards, keychains, wallets, money clips, glassware, snack helmets, hardhats, clocks, and sports cards featuring all of your favorite teams and players.
    (240) 538-3802
    Forest Hill Sports Cards & Collectibles
    213 E Jarrettsville Rd Ste C, Forest Hill, MD 21050
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    (410) 420-0732
    User Review: "They have a great selection of older baseball and football cards as well as new boxes. Also have a lot of autographed..."
    Bc Sports
    10561 Theodore Green Blvd, White Plains, MD 20695
    (240) 776-4077
    Lucky Frog Cards
    7229 Little River Tpke, Annandale, VA 22003
    (703) 354-8018
    Collectors World
    7030 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
    (703) 256-8408
    Joe's Collectors World
    7120 Little River Tpke, Annandale, VA 22003
    (703) 354-3800
    House of Cards LTD
    900 Silver Spring Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 608-0356
    Huggins & Scott
    8120 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 608-0355
    A J Sport Stop
    255 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180
    (703) 938-1688
    Chesapeake Sports Cards LLC
    2137 Defense Hwy Ste 1, Crofton, MD 21114
    (443) 292-8185
    Branded Memorabilia LLC
    10406 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 877-0984
    Hlj Play of The Day
    1930 Lincoln Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 571-3280
    Rondey Currence
    663 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707
    (301) 317-8517
    C & C Sports Cards and Comic Books
    2227 Bel Pre Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
    (301) 603-0780

    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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