I got back into card collecting when I received a box of 3000+ Astros that I had won on eBay. I soon bought four boxes of Ultra Pro Silver and began filling 'em up. Since then I've probably bought between 5000-6000 more Astros. Many times I'll win an auction for a penny and just pay the postage.
Today I received my second box of 3000+ Astros cards from the same seller I bought from back in January. I should also receive a box of 2900+ any day now from another seller. Of course, I’ve bought a lot of other lots on eBay, ranging anywhere from 100 cards to 1000, but mostly in the 400-500 range.
The cards I received today cost $4.99 plus postage of $12.50 for a total of $17.49. I believe I paid about the same for the first box which was won six months ago. The box of 2900+ was a 'Buy It Now' auction and was purchased for $6.95 plus shipping of $14.95 making the total of that auction $21.90.
In just these three auctions alone I have paid just under $60.00 for approximately 9000 cards. I could go to the store and buy ten packs for $20.00 and get two or three Astros if I'm lucky.
I also just bought three more boxes of those Ultra Pro sheets last night. I've got a feeling I'm gonna need them.
I'm glad my vacation starts in two days; I'm pretty sure I'll be needing lots of free time pretty soon!