It finally happened. Someone actually called my collection “cool.” That compliment from a kindly dealer at a local show has been a long time coming. Typically, when I tell people I focus on cards of NHL coaches, they ask me to repeat myself (“Did you say coaches?”) or give me a face like they just stubbed their toe. I get it. Pursuing coach cards is kind of like collecting modern wrappers. They’re certainly part of the hobby experience, but arguably the least desirable part of it. Which is fine for me because it keeps things affordable. I have student loans…

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