I was stupid last summer. I bought two boxes of Ultra SE when it first came out. I bought one off eBay for somewhere around $80, probably slightly less. Then when my local friendly cards shop ran out of Allen & Ginter boxes hours before I made it there, I bought another one.
I was excited when I first got the box home. You see, my eBay box had not arrived yet. I had been waiting since the original release date in May for Ultra SE to arrive. It kept getting delayed for some reason. I opened up the five packs from the box and got the guaranteed hits, but it was an underwhelming experience.
When the other box came, I discovered something I thought would never happen to me. I got a double on a uniform card. It was essentially the same pack in both boxes. The double I got was a Vernon Wells and I probably will post that later in the year.
This card was chosen for this post mostly because I think it represents the two boxes very well. Adrian has a face that almost says, "You paid how much for a box of this? You just got ripped off!"
In reality, I did. Not long after the set was released, the price of a box dropped in half. Maybe this had something to do with the retail version being released in department stores. I used to love Ultra releases, but this left me with a bitter experience. I've definitely learned from this experience. When it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The hits were there, I just didn't care for them that much.