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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facsimile autograph
A reproduction of an autograph. Many sports cards are manufactured with a facsimile autograph of the player pictured. Many sports photos and other sports memorabilia items also have facsimile autographs.
factory set
An entire set of cards that was packaged by the manufacturer for sale to the public. These sets usually include a distinct box with a security seal or inner-packing to secure the cards. Sets from the factory generally carry a premium over hand-made sets.
factory set case
A sealed case from the manufacturer that contains a given number of complete, factory-collated sets.
Not genuine. A forgery or counterfeit.
A term used to describe the discovery of a valuable group of cards.
A jersey made of a cotton or wool material. Most flannels were discontinued and replaced by knit jerseys in the early 1970's.
A manufacturer of sports cards. The company produced baseball cards from 1959 to 1963, as well as several football sets and a single basketball set in this same era. In 1981, the company once again began production and is a leading manufacturer in today’s market. Fleer is now owned by Rite Aid, the well-known Pharmacy.
foil box
A box of cards that contains foil packs. Boxes commonly contain 36 packs.
foil case
A wholesale packaging of foil boxes.
foil packs
A group of cards that are packaged by the manufacturer for retail sale. These packs are so named for their metallic packaging.
food set
A set of cards either inserted in packages of food (hot dogs, cereal, popcorn, potato chips, candy, cookies, etc.) or offered as a send-in-offer by a food company. Examples of food sets include Kahn's Wieners, Mother's Cookies, Kraft, and Kellog's.
football card
A card that pictures a football player or team. The first football card was printed in 1886. The first major set was issued by National Chicle in 1935, and is one of the mostly highly collected football sets today. There were no other major football issues again until 1948, when Bowman and Leaf both entered the market.
Football Hall of Fame
Located in Canton, Ohio.
A bogus reproduction purposely manufactured to deceive buyers into believing they are purchasing the real thing. A fake or counterfeit.
Full Bleed
This is the term used when a card has no border. The image on the card goes up to the edge of the cardboard.