Well, I have been such a quiet lurker since visiting here awhile ago, I guess introductions are in order.
I will start with how I got hooked on collectible playing cards. I guess I got started in a good way. I was starting to back stuff (mainly tech stuff) on Kickstarter when I found Lorenzo's Gemini campaign. I was first interested simply because I am a Gemini and frankly the art blew me away. So, that was the first collectible playing card campaign I backed, followed by many others I liked. I was rather happy when my Gemini decks finally did arrive. By that point, I already had a fairly nice card collection going. I am also a big fan of Lotrek's, which should be no surprise to anyone who has read my comments on this site. I think it was my persuit of all things Lotrek that happily led me here finally. I am enjoying this site and all of the interesting discussions with others even more dedicated to this branch of collecting.
What I am finding interesting is that there can be stuff that is really geared for the seriously dedicated collector, like the platinum pearl NPCCD deck, which was a very selective release and is the tip of a very awesome and limited release. And there are also awesome designed and still limited decks like Gemini and Heretic, that are fairly easy to obtain on the secondary market at affordable rates. Then there are just some great designed and manufactured decks you can get for $5-$10. There are great playing cards that can be had for any type of card collector.