What sort of merchandise constitutes memorabilia?
Sports memorabilia includes a wide spectrum of items and objects, from autographs and contracts to periodicals and programs, equipment, jerseys, and consumer apparel. Uniforms, trading cards, autographs, and equipment used in professional games are some of the most popular forms of memorabilia, but virtually anything indicative of a bygone era of an athlete, team, or event can be considered memorabilia, such as photos, signage, and promotional items. The field includes items related to management, stadiums, and sportscasters, as well as newspaper and magazine headlines and articles announcing momentous victories and defeats.
How are baseball cards graded?
Baseball cards are graded on a nine-point scale from Poor (P) to Mint (M), based on the physical condition of the card. Defects come not only from handling and age, but also from original manufacture, as not all cards are created equal. A perfect, mint-condition sports card has four sharp corners, a well-centered photo, flawless gloss, vivid colors, a sharply focused image, and smooth edges, all of which remain true even under intense scrutiny. In conjunction with the physical grade of the card, the age and rarity also boost their value to collectors.