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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- 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.
- Short for Excellent.
- 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