PSA Glossary

Sports Lingo

Like all collectibles, the sports memorabilia market has its own terms and slang. The following is a brief definition and explanation of the most frequently used sports collecting terms.

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Encapsulated
 
See Also -   Holdered
equipment
 Any item used for participation in sports. Equipment includes things such as uniforms, helmets, balls, and bats. Game-used equipment is very desirable among collectors.
 
error card
 A card that contains a mistake. An error card may have an incorrect photo, a misspelled name or incorrect statistical information. An error card that has no corrected version usually has no additional value. Error cards that have a corrected version are usually more valuable.
 
EX
 Short for Excellent.
 
EX-MT
 Short for Excellent - Mint
 
Excellent (EX 5)
 A grading term. A card that is in excellent condition may have light rounding of the corners, very light creasing, minor wear on the surface, and centering of no worse than 85/15.
 
Excellent-Mint (EX-MT 6)
 A card that has minor wear on the corners, 80/20 or better centering, and no major flaws.
 
exhibit card
 A larger-type card that is roughly the size of a postcard. Exhibit cards were commonly sold in arcades and were produced from the 1920s to the 1960s.
 
extended set
 
See Also -   traded set