Past, present and future the sports card collecting days have changed. Starting with the prices from one cent to several hundred dollar packs to set building, autographs, relics and more. It is understandable to have the high end packs/boxes but need more of the less expensive so more people especially kids can afford this great hobby. Building sets is always fun but it has gotten to be harder to complete them with all of the insert sets that are out today. Autographs and relics are always in demand and fun to look for but rookie card collecting is always fulfilling and can be just as valuable. Protecting your collection can be expensive but definitely worth the price with grading. There are three top grading/authentication companies that I would suggest and they are as follow: Professional Sports Association (PSA), Beckett Grading Services (BGS) and Global Authentication Services (GAS). And one of the biggest changes in this hobby is the online case breaking which is fun to join in but definitely need a budget for. It is always fun opening packs/boxes but every now and then purchase a card single or two that you would like either online, hobby stores or at shows. Check back here for more insight on some of these same topics and don't forget the most important thing in this hobby, Have Fun Collecting.