Started coin collecting around 1975; always enjoyed cherrypicking. Pretty sure I was a member of CONECA at one time, but not 100% sure. Around 1991 was lured to the "dark side" (baseball card collecting) and stuck with that for 17 years as a dealer and a collector. Finally got dissatisfied with it just a few weeks ago; sold EVERYTHING (hard pressed to find a card in the house now)! Within a day went to the bank and bought a box of pennies, dug out my old loupes (10X, 16X, 20X) and started checking the 'Net to see what I was supposed to be looking for. Ordered a new edition of the Cherrypicker's guide (my old edition only went up to the mid-80's) and once I get that I will really be ready to go!