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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name tag
The tag which is placed on the inside of the uniform, and usually states the player’s name and uniform measurements.
The National Sports Collectors Convention is by far the largest and most attended show of the year. The first national took place in 1980 in Los Angeles, California.
National Chicle
A one-time manufacturer of sports cards. They are most well known for their 1935 football issue. They also manufactured the well-known Diamond Stars set.
Abbreviation for the National Basketball Association.
Near Mint (NM 7)
A card that has very few flaws. The corners may show some light wear, centering may be no worse than 75/25, and no major flaws should be apparent.
Near Mint-Mint (NM-MT 8)
A card in this condition may appear to be mint at first glance, but may have slight wear on the corners. Centering may be no worse than 70/30.
Nineteenth Century
Memorabilia that dates back to the 1800's.
Short for Near Mint.
Short for Near Mint – Mint.
no hitter
A game in which a pitcher completes the game without allowing a hit. Nolan Ryan has seven and is the record-holder to date.
Short for “non-sport card.”
non-sport card
A card that pictures a topic other than sports. Entertainers, movies, and TV shows are among the more popular.
A card-grading term used to describe indentations along the edge of a card, sometimes caused by a rubber band. Notching decreases a card's value.