Almost every young boy has, or wants to have, a great collection of hockey, baseball, soccer, or basketball cards. For decades, there have been card collections built around dozens of different sports, appealing to children around the world. The latest trend in collections has spread out into online games and television shows, giving children the opportunity to collect, trade, and play worldwide!Of course for many boys these collectible cards follow them right into their adulthood.Card collecting usually starts out as a passing trend that most boys take part in, but for some, it turns into something much more – a passion. In fact, many men will keep their card collection through their entire life and add to it as the years go by. You may even know a few men that collect cards, stamps, coins and other such initial childhood collections.Did you know that collectible card games actually started out as trading card games? By using popular children’s anime TV shows, the card games became an instant winner with children. Numerous anime card games have hit the markets and have experienced stunning success!The Open-handed Rules for Collectible Card GamesDissimilar of typical games, the rules to these card games are completely open to what the child sees, and of course, the availability of the different cards. They may collect cards based upon what part of the game they feel is important to them. Everything from the description of the card, to what is written or pictured on the card, can make it desirable. This makes every game “deck” unique as each player, both young and old, seek out the exact content they wish.Toy stores often capitalize on these trends, creating tournaments and trading sessions where both children and adults can use their cards to battle opponents. The challenge of winning a tournament is appealing to teenagers and adults, as the winner usually gets a choice selection from the losers’ deck. Trading sessions are especially popular with younger children, where there is no risk of losing their precious collection to a more experienced older player. They can simply watch, learn, and trade with like-minded deck holders their age.Adults find that giving up their card collection is not easy! Holders of rare cards relish in the increasing value over time, but most adults just plain and simply do not want to let go of childhood memories. These collections can take on a strong emotional meaning, even becoming just as important as their baby pictures. There is nothing wrong with adults cherishing their card collection. By adding to it over time, it could potentially be both a valuable and memorable gift to pass on to your own child or grandchild – a gift that they too can enjoy for a lifetime.