manufacturer's release may feature some, or all ,of the following types
of cards. We have listed the terminology and definitions that
sports card manufacturers and dealers use when describing baseball,
basketball and football sports card
boxes and sets and the type of cards they contain..
Hobby Box: Hobby Boxes are available only
from Sports Cards Shops, both on line and in physical shops. These
boxes are Factory Sealed by the Card Manufacturer. Sports card boxes
a number of factory sealed packs (wax packs) of cards. Hobby Boxes
feature the best chances of pulling special insert cards.Many special cards are only issued
in a Hobby Box and some Hobby Box products will have
serially number cards.
Retail Box: Retail
boxes are available in
Retail Stores such as K-Mart, Target, and Walmart, and on ocassion from
Hobby Dealers. These boxes are also Factory Sealed by the Card
Manufacturer. The retail boxes contain a number of factory sealed packs
cards and have the same base cards as the Hobby Boxes.
However, the Retail Boxes
have fewer insert cards than the Hobby Box thus reducing your chances
pulling an insert card.
Card Set: Card
Sets contain individual cards, not Packs of Cards. The cards in the Set
are one of each of the base cards produced by the card company for a
particular product they have issued. Newer sets are Factory
Sealed by the Manufacturer during production. Some Sets are
put together card by card by a hobby dealer. The hand-collated sets
should have all the
same cards as the Factory Sealed Set.
A Lot: A
LOT is a grouping of a
particular product into quantities greater than one. (Lot of 5) would
be 5 if the listed item.
Star Cards: Cards
of the more famous, and outstanding players are
considered star cards.
These are players who consistently rank high in one or more statistical
Cards: Nationally known
their stats and popularity are not up to par with the star
Cards: Players that are very
Common Cards: These
are cards of players who
do not rank that high in key categories. Minor star and
Common cards are of interest to collectors looking
for specific players, or trying to build a complete
the cards that make up a sports card set. The number of base
cards in a
set can range from 600 cards per set to less than 100 cards. The base
in a set can be of stars, semi-stars, minor stars, rookie
and commons. Base cards are also available in sports card boxes.
Subset: Cards which
special characteristics that make the subset a complete set by itself.
subset cards are part of a set and are also available in sports card
Insert Cards: Cards
that are inserted into packs of cards at a lower rate than the
Insert cards have a distinct design and usually number between 10-20
cards are inserted into packs at a predetermined rate. Often these rates are listed a 1:25
which means that one in every 25 packs will have a insert card enclosed. The insert cards are
available in sports card
boxes and usually are not part of a set.
Parallel Cards: These
are insert card with
the same appearance as a base card, but with some type of distinctive
change that makes the parallel card unique. Parallel
cards are inserted into packs
at a predetermined rate and the rates are often listed as ratio (see
insert cards). Parallel
cards are usually only available in sports card boxes.
cards are insert cards that contain a
piece of the player's jersey, or a cap, a bat, or glove. These cards
contain an autograph. Memorabilia (Relic) cards are also inserted into
of cards at a predetermined rate. The rates are often listed
ratio (see insert cards). Memorabilia (Relic) Cards are available only
in sports card boxes.
that have been
autographed by one, or more players. Autograph cards will include proof
of authenticity. Autographed cards may be part of the base set, or be a
special Insert card. These will be found only in sports card boxes.
first time a player appears in a major sports card release. These cards
are usually the
most valuable regular-issue sports cards for that player.
that were printed with some type of error on them. These may, or may
not, be more valuable than a regular card. Value
depends on what the error is and how long before it was
that are printed in a lower quantity then the regular cards.
Information provided by AD
Sports Cards Etc.