What does ‘PSA’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

PSA stands for Professional Sports Authenticator and they are the largest and most prestigious of the major sports card grading companies. Owned by Collectors, PSA was established in 1991 to…

What does ‘Tmall’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

Tmall is a Chinese eCommerce site -- think of it like the Amazon of Asia. But if you've seen Tmall mentioned on basketball cards, it's because Panini produces basketball cards…

What does ‘Pop 1’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

In sports cards, Pop 1 is short for "Population of 1". It describes the number of graded examples that exist for that particular card. So, a Pop 1 card is…

What does ‘PC’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

In sports cards, PC means 'Personal Collection'. You will often hear card collectors say, "I PC Ken Griffey Jr. and Bo Jackson." But just as commonly, you might hear, "I…

What are ‘Comps’ in Sports Cards – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

The term comps, short for comparables, refers to using metrics and other factors to determine the valuation of an item. In real estate, comps might be previously sold homes of…

What Does Case Hit Mean
What does ‘Case Hit’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

A 'Case Hit' is a rare card found once per sealed case of sports cards. A sealed case contains a set number of boxes of cards, usually 12 boxes. So,…

What is a sports card break
What is a ‘Break’ – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

One phenomenon that has gained a lot of traction in The Hobby since about 2020 (during The Pandemic) are "breaks". Breaks are a card buying format where, rather than buying…

What Does FOTL Mean
What does ‘FOTL’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

FOTL stands for First Off The Line and refers to the small percentage of Panini cards that are delivered early to collectors when they purchase products directly from the Panini…

What Does RPA Mean
What does ‘RPA’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

RPA stands for "Rookie - Patch - Auto" and are arguably the most coveted class of modern sports cards in production today. But what exactly are RPA sports cards? RPA's…

What does PWE mean
What does ‘PWE’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

PWE stands for Plain White Envelope. It’s an abbreviation that is used often within the card collecting community on Twitter, Facebook, IG, etc., when referencing how a trading card will…