Very good! 125 cards!
How many cards were in the box that I spent $25 on? Well, much more than 125. Try over 600.
Yup, I pulled cards from a quarter box and paid about a nickel each. Now I know what you're saying: "Ryan, what exactly could you get from a card shop quarter box that the dealer would let you have for a nickel each?"
I'll tell you: a little bit of everything. And it wasn't all commons. In fact, it was a pretty good quarter box, with 90% of the base cards being semistars to stars, and probably 30% of the cards were decent inserts.
Let's see, I added a couple dozen cards to my awards collection, and another dozen cards to my player collection (several Frank Thomas, notably). I found nine Ted Williams Card Company cards with the AAGPBL players on them (missing one card from the 1994 subset now, #93). I wish Topps would issue an AAGPBL set or subset. I guess they can't, with their license. Upper Deck, want to take a stab? Or is the Fritsch set good enough for the world? They claim to have the exclusive license, so I guess it wasn't meant to be.
What else did I find? I pulled out a bunch of singles from Gold Label and E-X sets to assist (or start) with set building. I probably shouldn't be chasing them when I have so many other sets to go after, but they're just so cool!
Speaking of set building, I snagged a few Diamond King singles and other inserts for a smattering of set-building goals.
And that ultimate insane endeavor of accumulation, my Cardboard Zoo collection, topped 20% after cataloging over 50 new cards. There were several great 1990s and early 2000s inserts that really helped me out.
But that's nowhere near 600 cards that went toward my collections. I spent way too long just digging through the quarter box, and didn't have time to then check my lists to verify if I actually needed many of the cards. There are probably 400 extra cards now sitting next to the CLEARANCE stacks, ready to be added in.
If I had been more careful, I could have had a much smaller stack, and thus possibly gotten away with only a $10 purchase, but I still feel I got my money's worth. There were a few gems that I need to properly catalog to add to my collection, which you'll see here.
Next, other than the A-Rod, I pulled what were probably the three most oddballish cards from the boxes.
Next, three cards that aren't in the Beckett database.
I still have a treat from this lot to show you a little later today! Random video time!