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 KeyMan Collectibles  NEWSLETTER November 2019  
Baseball Memorabilia & Collectibles Glossary
 Steven KeyMan
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  What Does it Mean? - By Steven KeyMan
Founder of Keymancollectibles.com, and a long time collector, Steven KeyMan has more than 30 years of experience in researching, and cataloging information on Baseball Memorabilia. Researching his own personal collection, and helping others find information on their collectibles, the website grew into the largest online resource for baseball memorabilia
 

   Ask Steven: Direct your questions or feedback, about Baseball Memorabilia to Steven KeyMan Steve@keymancollectibles.com You can also Send KeyMan pictures of your personal Memorabilia Display, and get your own Free  Collectors Showcase Room featured on the website..   
 
    Complete with pictures, and cross reference links; KeyMan Collectibles features the most comprehensive Glossary of baseball memorabilia and collectible terms on the internet. Sometimes shortened words, Initials or nicknames are used to describe our collectibles, especially in auctions. For the novice or seasoned collector, this glossary will help define the unknown. The glossary also includes company information on little known brands that we might come across. In this months newsletter we feature some samples.

  Also featured on the website are Glossaries broken down for specific collectibles; Glossary Of Baseball Card Terms, Glossary of Baseball Bat terms, and Glossary of Baseball Gloves & Web Identification Guide

Bridge - The piece of leather or and lacing at the very top of the web connecting the thumb and forefinger.

Grommet
- Also called Eyelet, a ring made of metal or plastic used to strengthen holes punched into the leather used for lacing purposes. This prevents the leather from ripping.

Web or Webbing - Lacing or a piece of leather sewn or laced between the glove's thumb and first finger to form a substantial pre-formed pocket in which to catch the ball.

Cadet Fingers - A baseball glove with shorter fingers. Designed for players who have relatively short fingers coupled with wide palms . A glove wider and shorter than the regular glove. Some baseball glove models were made available in "Regular" or "Cadet" fingers.

 
  Glossary Of Baseball Card Terms  
   
  Bazooka - A brand of bubble gum that began to be marketed in the U.S. by the Brooklyn, New York based Topps Company shortly after World War II.

BVG - Short for Beckett Vintage Grading, a division of Beckett Grading Services.

Cabinet Card - An oversized card that was issued by tobacco manufacturers. They were commonly produced on a thick cardboard stock and available as premiums in the 19th and early 20th century. Curio cabinets were very common in this era, and a favorite place for collectors to display these treasures, thus the name cabinet card.

High Numbers - A description of the last, or near the last series in a baseball card set. Traditionally, manufacturers would produce cards in several series. As the season would wind down, so would public interest and production. This lower print run resulted in more limited supply and later, more valuable cards.

Tobacco card - A card that was issued in a tobacco product as a premium. The most well known issue is the T-206 set, which includes the Honus Wagner card, the most expensive card in the industry. A majority of the cards were produced around the turn of the century, although there were Red Man tobacco sets issued in the 1950s.

XRC - Extended Rookie Card. A card released in an extended or limited set outside of the regular issued set of the major company. Most often once a player was drafted and prior to a player's first major league appearance.
 
   
  Barrel - the business end of the baseball bat. The thickest part of the bat that is intended to meet the ball.

Center Brand
- Also known as Bat Label. A term used with collectible baseball bats. The markings stamped or burned onto the center face of a bat by the bat manufacturer, usually identifying the name, location, and registered trademark(s) of the manufacturer. The center brand can be useful in determining The date or era a bat was made.

Mushroom Knob -
A.G. Spalding & Bros. patented the mushroom knob baseball bat in 1903. The knob that resembles a mushroom was designed to provide a bat that was properly balanced, and therefore easier for a player to manipulate.

Powerized
- a term used and stamped onto Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and patented by the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in 1931. The "Powerized" process is to harden the surface of the bat much like the bone rubbed finish of the 1920's.

Ring Bat
- A baseball bat decorated with painted or stained rings or bands around the center or and barrel, "Ring Bats" were common to the late 1800's.

Sacrifice Bat - AKA "Bunting Bat" - A flat barrel bat common to the late 19th century used to "sacrifice hit" or bunt. (used for sacrifice hitting) in a 1890 guide where it was suggested that "Sacrifice Hits" should be given more credit in the stats, and given credit to the batting average, For example 3 Sacrifice hits count as one hit. It was stated in one guide that the importance of a sacrifice hit far out weighs the silliness of trying for a a home run. The National League outlawed the flat bats in 1893.

 
  Baseball Memorabilia & Collectibles Glossary  
  Alex Taylor & Co. - Established in 1897, at one time was one of the major Sporting Goods store located in New York, N.Y. Originally located on 16 E. 42nd The company relocated several times in Manhattan's Time Square area, until it's closing and final location on 38th street. It is not known when the company went out of business but like most of the independent outlets, they most likely succumbed to the onset of the large chains

Blanket
- Also known as Felt Blanket, B18 blanket, An early 20th-century collectible consisting of a square piece of felt or other fabric which came wrapped around a package of cigarettes, so-called because they were sometimes sewn together to form a blanket. Most popular are the 5 1/4" X 5 1/4" B18 blankets from 1914.

Cachet - A design or inscription on an envelope to commemorate a postal or philatelic event. A collectible Baseball Cachet could include a players achievements, milestone, and record breaking accomplishments. A postal stamp and cancellation will coincide in date, or and relationship to commemorate the days event. Popular Cachets include Z Silk Cachets, and Gateway G silk Cachets. Cachets are also a popular item for player autographs.

Cut Signature - or "Cuts" - A signature on a small piece of paper, or "cut" from a larger piece. The lowest Item in value for a signature. Index cards are the next step up in value, and both sell at a fraction of the higher priced Photos, Baseballs, Bats, and equipment. Cut Signatures are often cut from an item that has been ruined to save its value such as a baseball card, cover of a publication, photograph, letter or notebook on which it was originally signed. "Cuts" are commonly used for inserts by baseball card companies.

Game Used - A piece of equipment that has been used by a professional player of note during a game such as a baseball bat or glove. A piece of equipment used in a professional game such as a "game used" base. For example a bat used by a professional baseball player like Mickey Mantle is "Game Used" A bat that was used in a little league game is a used bat not a "Game used" bat.

Lemon Peal Baseball - Commonly produced and used in the early days of baseball around 1850 -1860 the "Lemon Peal" style Baseball is a 4 piece hand stitched leather skinned baseball and was one of the first style baseball used. Named as such for its stitching that gives the appearance of a Lemon peal (orange peal). Dark leather was used for the cover because it was readily available and easier for the players to see when the ball was hit in the air on a clear day.

Phantom - A ticket, a press pin or any product produced in anticipation of a team making the playoffs, or World Series But not used when the team failed to make it. Phantom Tickets or Phantom Press pins are the most popular among collectors.

Slabbed - A term used to describe a professionally graded card that has been encapsulated in a sonically sealed card holder.

SLU - Short for Starting Lineup.

Z Silk Cachet - AKA Z-Cachet - A cachet made by Historic Limited editions located in New Caanan, Conn. President of the company John Zaso. The cachet can be Identified by a "Z" located at the bottom center area. Also see Cachet.
 
 
 
 
 
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