First, let's take a look at the cards then I will analyze the why behind me questioning the purchase and how it came about.
So there are the cards, obviously a decent lot of Bonds cards. All of them fit well into my collection and none are duplicates. So why the partial regret? Here is the invoice that came with it illustrating what I paid:
6 insert and base cards of Barry Lamar Bonds for just under $20. That is equal to the price of a blaster, but that is hit and miss anyway. It is also just 50 cents less that 2 HOFers I got from a different seller from the late 1950s. It is 25 cents less than 30 cards from the early 70s I got including 4 1970 Topps high numbers this beauty of Tom Terrific:
Additionally there are 2 other collectors of Giants cards who seem to battle me over the Giants auctions on Sportlots. One guy isn't super active and usually puts up a minimum bid and maybe one more but if I really want the card, I can typically get it still for under a buck. The other guy and I go toe to toe frequently and end up bidding up the cards. In this case, I let my ego of wanting to win the cards get the best of me and bid 2 or 3 times more than I should have on the middle 4 cards listed on the invoice. Unless it is a super rare card, I like to keep my bids around the dollar mark.
I decided to try and make myself feel better by using my Beckett.com account I thought I would see what the Book Value was of the 6 cards. Don't really care too much about it but I was grasping at straws. The total BV of the 6 is $26.75, that sure didn't make me feel better. The Seaver alone books for $30.
The moral of the story, don't get caught in bidding wars on random cards that aren't must haves in your collection.