It represents everything I love about collecting.
2006/07 Upper Deck Lucky Shot #VAN5
These cards slipped by me when they first came out. A 5-card team pack was issued out at a Canucks home game and have been impossible to find on the secondary market.
In fact, I had never seen one single copy over 3+ years until it arrived in the mail.
It's a pretty basic card, meaning that there's no jersey or patch or autograph associated with it. It's not an expensive card (although I'd be willing to bet it would get some fair coin on ebay) and its design is nothing more than the regular UD base card design from that year.
About a week ago, I received an e-mail from a fellow Linden collector. The same one that has helped me out numerous times in the past. He simply asked if I still needed the card. He never mentioned that he had one, or wanting to work out a trade or anything.
Today I came home to find an envelope from this collector and inside was this card. I was thrilled. That, to me, is what I enjoy the most about collecting. A card worth a buck or two gets me that jacked up.
For a fellow collector to offer a card like this and asking for nothing in return is what I truly love about this hobby and my collection.
I have had the great fortune of meeting some awesome people who have a similar passion to my own. It definitely is a highlight to my collection.