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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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    Roanoke Coin Exchange
    640 Brandon Ave Sw, Roanoke, VA 24015
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    (540) 982-8587
     
    User Review: "I have both purchased and sold my coins there for years. He has been dealing coins as long as I remember and knows alot..."
    J & L Sports Cards
    1867 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    (434) 973-1704
    Cavalier Sports Cards
    604 Albemarle Sq, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    (434) 974-1771
    Baseball Direct
    3050 Berkmar Dr Ste B, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    (434) 974-4985
    Shenandoah Cards and Collectibles
    136 N Main St, Woodstock, VA 22664
    (540) 459-2273
    Clifton Forge Antique Mall
    528 Main St, Clifton Forge, VA 24422
    (540) 862-7123
    Allstar Sportscards David Long
    216 W King St, Strasburg, VA 22657
    (540) 465-4604
    Allstar Sportscards
    219 W King St, Strasburg, VA 22657
    (540) 465-4604
    Express Mart
    20569 Timberlake Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502
    (434) 832-0594
    Bj's Books
    381 W Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186
    (540) 347-4111
    A Collector's Lair
    5924 Fort Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24502
    (434) 237-7649
    B&C Sports Cards & Collectibles Inc
    3405 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502
    (434) 239-4650
    Paul & Paula's Sport Cards
    236 N Court Ave, Covington, VA 24426
    (540) 965-4522
    B & C Sports Inc
    4802 Valley View Blvd Nw, Roanoke, VA 24012
    (540) 265-0450
    Caution Flag
    5824 Williamson Rd, Roanoke, VA 24012
    (540) 265-2520


    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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