There is a lot of truth already stated but I wanted to clear a few things up:
- limited cards that are sequentially numbered are only partially limited by their number. If you get a card number 1 of 100, the card company could have created a hundred or even a thousand sets of those 100. The low number makes you feel good or even lucky but there is no way for you to know how many massed produced cards are out there with that same value
- the few remaining card companies that exist today have lost their way. In an effort to diminish the industry, they stopped producing cards of major leaguers and produced cards of players drafted out of high school. They say only one out of every thousand players drafted will ever play on a major league field. The rest of them and their cards become valueless
- card companies weren't satisfied with producing packs of cards with diluted players so they started printed cards of themes. I have a card with a microwave oven on it. Another of a steam engine. The sport in sports card has become theoretical
All of this adds to the dissatisfaction of anyone who purchased a pack of cards during the last decade. Instead of getting four sports-cards in a pack, you might get one card of a player who actually plays baseball on a major league team. As already mentioned by others, the price of the cards continued to escalate while the quality and quantity of the sports-cards dropped significantly.
I don't know about you but I never wanted a card of an iron or pencil or anything else the sports card industry stuffed in their packs. The industry is fading away. It has been crushed by cheater players, more exciting and interactive games/activities for kids, kid oriented cards (see Pokeman) and also by the greed of the sports card industry who destroyed themselves.
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