Happy New Year! Mr. Sandberg is dressed for the big event, even if he is a bit confused about what year it is. I'm looking forward to 2009. But before I ring in the new, I must ring out the old. So here is a list of a 100 things I've learned in 2008, as they relate to this collecting hobby of ours. Some of these "things" are fact, some are opinions, some are just plain nonsense. And I fudged a little bit here and there to get to 100. And I'm counting backward, like Casey Kasem. Here's what I've learned: 100. Blasters are my friend. 99. My friend keeps reminding me of how stupid I am for picking him (her?) as a friend. 98. People exist who love 1991 Fleer and 1988 Donruss. And that's helped me enjoy them, too. 97. Short-printing, and any other tactic that produces artificial scarcity, is the ruin of this hobby. If any one factor is powerful enough to destroy this hobby, this is it. 96. Giants fans make for good trading partners. Who knew? 95.