A while back I decided that it would be fun to acquire some older Yu-Gi-Oh booster boxes to do openings on. Financially, it's pretty much not worth it because even if you manage to pull the very best cards in a set, you would never get back the money a sealed box cost by selling off all the cards. Sometimes it's not about the money though and I've found it to be very nostalgic and enjoyable to open up some old-school packs. These were the packs that I struggled to afford as a kid but now - as an adult with the aid of the internet - I can buy the entire retail display boxes! Is it a bit greedy? Perhaps but it sure is fun in any case.
But I'm getting way off-topic here. Aren't I supposed to be discussing Magic Ruler? Let's get to it then.
Magic Ruler (later known as Spell Ruler once 'Magic' cards were changed to 'Spell' cards to avoid issues with rival card game, Magic The Gathering) is an older set than Magician's Force (the third set ever released in fact) but is actually a lot easier and cheaper to purchase a sealed booster box of. It was made in larger quantities for starters and doesn't actually contain anything highly sought after (with one exception which I will get to in a second) so a box doesn't command such attention. You can easily pop onto ebay and pick one up at any time for example and this was a set manufactured and released in 2002 so it's still an ancient product by Yu-Gi-Oh standards.
Anyway (I'm rambling again - feel free to slap me), a box of this set cost me less than £100 this time (I forget the exact price with shipping from the US) so it was definitely less of a gamble than the preceeding Magician's Force box. Did I get decent pulls though?
As you can see, I actually got a Secret from this box on the form of Blue Eyes Toon Dragon which was an absolutely awesome pull. I did already have a copy but it was great to replace it with a pack-fresh version. The other cards weren't so great as I already had 'Giant Trunade' and 'Axe of Despair'. The Super Rare 'Toon World' was a nice addition to my collection and the other foils were merely "okay" but nothing overly special. Mystical Space Typhoon aside, I would have really liked to pull a Relinquished, Toon Summoned Skull or Toon Mermaid but this is the gamble you take with sealed boxes. I definitely enjoyed opening it though and aside from the foil cards, managed to add a huge number of pack-fresh common cards to my binders (I like the older commons and collect the majority of them too).
Next up, I really want a booster box of Dark Crisis but once again, it is a short-printed set in reasonable demand due to the cards within being pretty damn awesome. Hopefully I can sort source something soon as I only ever bought a couple of packs of this set back in the day anyway. Fingers crossed!