So struck by some inspiration to clean and needing to add a few products to my closet of Sealed Magic goodies, I began to dig through my stuff last night.
It's always an interesting experience cleaning out your closet, and this was no exception. I found some cool stuff, some old spec piles like Master of the Pearl Trident, some other small picks and even a Sealed box of Dragon's Maze. Pretty cool stuff, so I figured while I'm on a roll (and listening to George Strait at 3 a.m.), why not just get rid of all this bulk I have? After all, I've long since passed the point where I'm going to dig through my collection to try and find a specific card or some new inspiration, so what were these cards doing besides taking up space?
Now, I remember picking through these boxes several years and pulling out any "money" cards I could find, even if that was just a buck or so. But I thought I would flip through them quickly anyway just to see if there's anything new that's cropped up since then. I started off small, finding a Relentless Rats and a small pile of Expedition Maps, but nothing major.
Until I saw this.
What. The. Heck.
I have no idea how this pile of cards made it to where it was, sitting in the middle of a 1k-row box with bulk commons on either side of it. There's easily a few hundred dollars there, and I have absolutely no idea how it ended up where it was, but dang am I glad I took a few hours to look through everything rather than just assume it was bulk and move it to the outgoing pile.
I think the lesson here is pretty clear. Even if you don't care about pulling out all the Spell Pierces and whatnot from your boxes, you never know what you might find. I'm pretty meticulous about my collection and the cards I buy for my store, and still somehow I had an error as big as this. Stuff happens, I guess.
I hope this PSA reaches everyone out there, and you don't make the same mistake I nearly did!
And if you have a few hours to kill, I highly suggest looking through your old cards. Nostalgia will ensure when you find an old draft deck.