I've mentioned it before, but I think vintage cardboard just feels better than all that new, slick cardstock. Even the "retro" sets don't have the same cardboard feel as honest to goodness vintage cards.
Case in point:
This is the 1952 Topps Bruce Edwards card I unlocked in last year's Million Card Giveaway. Amazingly, of all the cards I had shipped, the condition of this card is better than most of the others.
This is the first 1952 Topps card I've ever held. It may seem like old hat to some of you guys, but it was quite a thrill for me. I've been avoiding these cards since I got them, wanting to give them the full attention they deserve when I get a scanner, but yesterday I revisited the box and just had to take this one out of the toploader.
It must have been something to be the first person to get this card. I picture a kid, 10 or 12 years old looking down at this card, turning it over in his hand. He took good care of it because it's aged well. This is the thing that keeps this hobby exciting to me. All the new stuff is fun for awhile, but getting to hold a piece of history, even if it isn't the famous Mickey Mantle card, is amazing.