Hey folks - my name is Tomas, and I'm a collector in the San Francisco Bay Area (though I grew up on the East Coast). I started collecting Star Wars cards as a child, picking up a pack every Sunday after church. I still wince a bit when I remember putting the Star Wars stickers all over my bicycle. As time went on, I continued collecting with Empire and RotJ, as well as Garbage Pail Kids, Batman, Fright Flicks, Dinosaurs Attack, etc. Some time in the late 80s, I started collecting single unopened packs of cards. It felt like a natural progression to go from a kid opening packs of cards every weekend and trading doubles with his friends, to being an older kid who enjoys owning an unopened pack instead of the whole series.I'm happy to have found this site, and to learn that there are others who share my strange little hobby. And I'm definitely jealous that Philadelphia and Chicago have Non-Sport Card shows. There doesn't seem to be anything like that on the West Coast.