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What is a ‘Short Print’ – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

A short print (SP) is a sports card that has a print run lower than that of other cards in the set.

For example, if a typical base common card has a print run of 20,000 cards, then any card with a print run less than 20,000 could be considered a short print.

So, this would include any numbered card regardless of the print run. Plus, non-numbered cards that are known to have a limited print run. These include case hits, for example, like Kabooms and Downtowns, but also less flashier sports cards like photo variations and non-numbered retail parallels.

Even more rare than short prints are super short prints (SSP).

Rory Hansen

Rory Hansen is a San Diego-based sports card collector and social media influencer. Considered an expert in the process of grading sports cards, he regularly advises other collectors on how to assess, prepare and submit cards for grading. Originally from Canada and now living in the US, Rory collects both hockey cards and baseball cards. His personal collection focuses on Shohei Ohtani, Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Pavel Bure, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo.

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