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Sports Card Terminology
"Are you a sport card collector, or do you want to start a new hobby? This quiz will be an important first step in knowing your BVs from your SPs and your RCs from your GUs. Enjoy this quiz, you just might learn something."
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Unbeknownst to you, a family member buys you a box of sports cards. You read in an online article that this particular box would contain two autographed cards, and you are excited. At least that's what you heard about the hobby version. You anticipate the same thing for all versions of the box, but you find nothing. Because of this difference, you were most likely given what type of box?
Base-set master collection
None of these
On impulse, you buy yourself a pack of hockey cards. You open up the pack and find an autographed card of Wayne Gretzky. You do not know the value so you ask your friend to come over. He checks the card and tells you that it is an SP and that it has a very-high BV. Confused, you ask what that means. What does SP and BV mean?
SP= standard product, BV= better version
SP= sampled popularity, BV= border varnish
SP= super print, BV= based vertically
SP= short-printed, BV= book value.
Inspired by a friend's comments on a recent card product, you buy a box of baseball cards. Before you open the box, you read on the side of it that it is guaranteed to contain one game-used card. What exactly does that mean?
A game-used card is a card that was held by the depicted player in an official game and, thus, considered used.
A game-used card is one that contains a piece of game-used memorabilia on it.
It does not mean anything, there are no such thing as game-used cards.
It just implies that it is a base card approved by the player pictured on it.
You have heard the name Upper Deck and you assumed that Upper Deck was the only card company that ever existed. Walking through your local hobby shop, you notice a box of cards made by a now defunct company. Thinking back on it you don't remember the name, but you remember that it was named after an ocean. Which company's box did you buy?
(One Word (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic) Do not include the word ocean.)
Your spouse buys you a pack of Basketball cards and you magically find a Michael Jordan rookie card. Your trusty sports card enthusiast friend comes over and tells you to put that card in a toploader. What is a toploader?
A special plastic sleeve used to go into hockey card binders. One page has nine pockets.
A special and very soft plastic sleeve that only protects a card from dust.
A piece of hardened plastic which has an open top to load a card into.
A cardboard box where you place hundreds of cards.
You go to your local auction house and you somehow manage to pick up a raw version of a Babe Ruth rookie card for only one dollar! You immediately make the decision to get it graded. You send the card off to Beckett Grading Services, and then realize you do not quite understand what grading is. What is the purpose of card-grading?
There is no practical purpose to card-grading!
To analyze a card for authenticity. Grading is not concerned about the card's overall condition.
To get a letter grade of whether it is worth lots of money, or just pocket change.
To carefully analyze a card, give it a number grade, and preserve it in a special protected case.
Your friend goes over to your house with a very long box of 2008-09 O Pee Chee hockey cards. You ask what the box is for and why it is so large. He tells you it contains the O-Pee Chee master set for the year. What is a master set?
A set built for the president of the card company.
The very first base set to leave the factory.
A full card set with all of the base cards, inserts, and rookies.
The entire card series for the year comprised of oversized and unmarked factory proofs.
Just like with cars, houses, and clothing, there are cheap and there are very expensive packs of cards.
You are surfing the internet looking for cards of Dan Marino when you come across a "white-whale". What exactly does the term mean when it applies to sports cards?
Nothing, there is no meaning because you made it up Bruce!
A card with a hidden infrared picture of a whale on it.
A white-whale is a card so rare and elusive, it only presents itself once in a very long while.
A card that is so common it always presents itself.
The sale and distribution of sports themed cards began in the 1940s to boost combat troop morale.
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