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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want list
 A collector's or dealer's list of items he is wishing to buy. Often, a collector will send a dealer a "want list," and the dealer will try to locate the items on the list.
 
wax
 A loose term that describes unopened packs of cards.
 
wax box
 A box containing individual wax packs (usually 36).
 
wax case
 A wholesale unit that contains wax boxes (usually 20)
 
wax dealer
 A card dealer that specializes in unopened material.
 
wax pack
 An unopened pack of cards, named for its traditional form of packaging: wax-coated paper that is sealed shut at the factory by simply applying heat. Wax packs may contain anywhere from one to 15 cards.
 
wax stain
 A stain on a card caused by the wax on the card wrapper. Wax stains on a card front can be removed, due to the coating on the card surface, while wax stains on the card reverse are permanent.
 
wrapper
 Usually paper, wax, or cellophane used to cover and encase a group of trading cards.