We all know this past year the hobby has been crazy, and not in a good way. I refuse to play and pay the scalper game, so I got the lowest amount of cards during this season than any other season I've been collecting. I got some NHL and NASCAR before they disappeared, but I didn't get a single NBA card from the 2020-21 season.
That was something that was making me very unhappy, so I decided to do something about it. Since I won't pay the high prices, I went to Ebay, searched by season and selected "lowest price + shipping" and I found a seller with some cards for 99 cents with free shipping. Even that is too much, but at least I got a card from the season while the season was actually happening...just barely, as they arrived after the conference finals had already begun.
I also picked up a card from the Upper Deck UD Portraits insert from this year since I didn't pull any in the single blaster I did of each series, and of course, it figures, the first year the Portraits insert is actually worth having is the first year I didn't get any. It was the only one the dealer had.
This still isn't good...buying single cards from the current season is not fun at all. This is the wrong way to do the hobby, but missing the entire season is even worse. I went with the lesser of two evils. but I'm not happy about it.