If you had told me when I was a kid that someday I'd be able to sit at home on my couch with an electronic device no thicker or heavier than a notepad, and use it to attend a "virtual card show", my brain probably would have exploded right there on the spot.
Fast forward 20 or 30 years, and thanks to my trusty iPad, high speed WiFi, and the wonderful collector site that is COMC, that's pretty much what I have at my disposal. Cards from "dealers" all over the world, that can be refined or sorted based on team, set, player or even price. Plus, you can make offers and haggle!
I know a lot of folks (myself included) wish they could go back in a time machine to the '50s and experience what it was like to put cards from the one or two sets that existed each year into bicycle spokes. Even those people have to admit, I would think, that the modern collecting era that we're living in now is pretty damn sweet in its own right.
I can think of no better card to lead off with than this one, featuring what has to be one of the absolute best photos in the entire '94-95 Pinnacle hockey set. I've always had a soft spot for the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers team, since I visited New York City on a trip with my Dad this same summer, just weeks after the Rangers brought home the Cup that year (also made my one and only visit to the old Yankee Stadium during this same trip). This is a Rink Collection parallel too, which makes it even greater in my eyes. I'd have to say this is one of my better $4-or-less hockey pick-ups of all-time.
Well, there you have it! 20 more reasons why COMC has quickly become my number one source for acquiring new cardboard. If you've never checked out the site, I'd recommend depositing $20 and seeing how you do next time you're sitting around bored on the couch!
2018 Allen & Ginter - I'm not the fan of the 2018 Allen & Ginter as I am the Gypsy Queen cards but always like giving these retro looking cards a look. These aren't bad lookin...