Baseball: Allen & Ginter, any year. Ginter is the only set I'll put together each and every year in my collecting future (I'm still working on 2011, by the by), and I love its retro-nature and inclusion of non-baseball people and things. Old-timey works. Perhaps my favorite aspect of Ginter though is that my three main guys have had numerous hits in the product, and the borders on the relics are always enjoyable. Below are the Ginter hits I've managed to land that feature Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, and Russell Martin. I have multiple copies of both Kemp Ginter relics. 1989 Topps has to get a shout-out too, as it's the first set I ever completed and is the major release from the year of my birth.
Hockey: Dominion. Dominion. Dominion. I mean really, could there be any other set listed here? I'm currently working on piecing together the Master Set of my main hombre, Ryan Getzlaf, from the inaugural offering of this Panini product (2010-2011). What I have - that's been posted already - is below.
Football: Okay, I don't do a lot of football that doesn't involve picking up a LaDainian Tomlinson hit, so this is by far the toughest sport to pick for. I don't actually own a card from the set I'm going to pick, but Masterpieces was an amazing release on the part of Upper Deck for both baseball and football, so it gets my vote here. I would love to one day own the red-bordered LT card from '08 Masterpieces Football which shows him utilizing his passing ability. Greatest back ever.
Basketball: I'm not a huge basketball collector beyond my UCLA guys and a Phoenix Suns or LeBron James hit here or there, but this one is still a pretty easy choice. '86-'87 Fleer, a classic set with a great and very patriotic border and an awesome checklist. I only own three cards from the set - all acquired in a trade with Scott from Scott Crawford On Cards! - but I enjoy each of the three.
Miscellaneous Semi-Sport - Poker: I don't really delve into non-sports too much, but I do love poker and play it whenever I can (i.e. my wallet allows and my friends are around). I only have three poker cards, but two feature sexy ladies, so that's like double the cards in reality. I consider poker to be a semi-sport, especially if golf is designated a sport. Sorry Eric.
Miscellaneous Non-Sport - The Big Bang Theory: There's one non-sport product I have been dying to bust and hoping to find singles of at affordable prices. Singles have not been affordable, unfortunately, and I missed my chance to bust a box at an affordable price, so that aspect will have to wait to be fulfilled. I'm referring, of course, to The Big Bang Theory trading cards. While I can't show you any cards in my possession, I can regale you with my favorite clip from The Big Bang Theory, which is saying something, considering it's one of the best shows on television and there are countless clips I could show.
It all started with a big bang, so it should only end that way too. Or with the only five cards I'd need from the product. Six when you include the auto of the actress who plays Sheldon's smoking hot sister.
Yeah, let's make it six.