During my reading just now, I came across this awesome post from Cards from the Quarry. It's one of those "see how far you can stretch a dollar (or in this case, $5)" experiments, but the rules of the game make it top-notch. I've just begun my first one-month experiment, which means that by 6:53 PM Eastern Time on 2/28 (ooh, I even picked a short month), I'll need to have acquired at least 10 solid cards from eBay (either stuff I need for my collection, stuff that's too good not to add to my collection despite not being the focus of it or great tradebait) for the low, low price of $5 shipped. Pretty tight, eh?
Also: I'm only allowed to spend 15 minutes per day looking for cards for this experiment, and I'm only allowed to bid on single card lots. At least two of these cards must fit the following description: numbered, parallel, autograph or relic cards. Final requirement, and this is a fun one: nothing from "a major overproduction era set", which I'm taking to mean '87 Topps and '88-'94 everything. If I'm off on the years for that, Johnny, let me know.
I'll most likely be posting my as-they-happen results throughout February, because I rarely have the patience to avoid instant gratification, so stay tuned!
If you're wondering how Johnny from Cards from the Quarry did but are too lazy to click links, I think he did great. He scored an '08 Topps Chrome Troy Tulowitzki X-Fractor, a '79 Topps Jack Morris card and a bunch of other fun stuff, plus a Topps 206 mini of Adam Dunn which he'll be throwing on the pile of stuff we're putting together for a trade. He went over by 11 cents by accident (shipping got him), but it sounds like he had fun doing it, which is the point, isn't it?