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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Topps’ Canadian counterpart that manufactures baseball and hockey cards.
The front of the card displaying the picture.
OC (off-center)
Type of qualifier.  The card exhibits centering that falls below the minimum standard for the grade.  For example, a card that meets the standard for Mint 9, but has 65.35 centering would be designated Mint 9oc.
See Also: Qualifier
OF (out of focus)
Type of qualifier.  The card exhibits poor focus that causes the card to fall below the minimum standard for the grade.  This usually occurs in the form of a blurred image on the front.
See Also: Qualifier
A card that has uneven borders.
Old Judge
A brand of cigarettes which was popular in the late 1800's. Also the name given to the huge set of baseball cards issued as a premium with that brand of cigarettes. The cards, issued from 1887-90, carried advertisements for Old Judge cigarettes.
out of focus
A card that has a fuzzy picture or is poorly registered. This is a result of misalignment of sheets while running through various colors of printing plates.