Today, I completed my 2008-09 Victory Hockey Set. Claude Giroux was the last card needed to finish this one off. I did not start building this set until April 2010, when I found a 36-pack box for dirt cheap. Since then, I’ve picked away at it here and there. I won this Giroux card on eBay for $1.78 and did not get hosed on shipping because I bought a bunch of other cards from the same dealer.
I also finished my 2007-08 MVP Hockey set. This one was five years in the making, and was quite a challenge. In addition to the short-printed rookie cards, there were other rookie cards that you could get only through redemption.
Like I have said all along, collecting is a marathon and not a sprint. Sooner or later, I find the cards I need, either for trade or for a price that is reasonable.