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    There's a simple reason why so many '90s numbered cards are difficult to find now.

    eBay didn't exist until the late '90s, and even then people weren't listing every numbered common card they pulled from packs like they often do now.

    So cards like a '97 Canseco #/200 were either put into a box, binder, or a dealer tried to sell it at his card shop or a show.
    If they didn't sell, they got put away in a box, where most probably remain today because as smapdi wrote above, they're not worth the effort to sell anymore.

    Nowadays, people put numbered cards on eBay or Sportlots or whatever immediately after busting packs, so even /50 cards are easy to find. And there are tons of websites to buy sell and trade that weren't available in the '90s.
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    A word on the 2002 Donruss Fan Club credits...a few years ago, I was in a shop that had some packs for sale, and I grabbed a few. All the cards in every pack ended up being stuck together and severely damaged, so I was given a refund and the dealer actually threw the remaining packs in the trash. Unopened. If there was a Credits in one of those packs, it is gone forever. Wouldn't be shocked if more of this dumpy retail product ended up in the trash.
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    I also heard a lot of retail outlets dumped a bunch too.
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    A word on the 2002 Donruss Fan Club credits...a few years ago, I was in a shop that had some packs for sale, and I grabbed a few. All the cards in every pack ended up being stuck together and severely damaged, so I was given a refund and the dealer actually threw the remaining packs in the trash. Unopened. If there was a Credits in one of those packs, it is gone forever. Wouldn't be shocked if more of this dumpy retail product ended up in the trash.

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    1997 Flair Legacy are tough.....I am missing one of mine.

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    1996 Leaf Signature Platinum Press Proof / 150 - I have this but had to overpay for it.
    1997 Ultra Platinum Medallion / 200 - I regret missing out one of these on ebay lately. Didn't think it would sell as high as it did.
    1997 Showcase Legacy / 100
    1997 Score Team Collection Platinum - WTF?
    1998 Donruss Production Line - I agree with previous post. There's supposed to be 390 copies of the Alomar out there, so where are they?
    1999 and 2000 Topps MVP Promotion cards / 100
    2002 Donruss Fan Club Credits - Also agree with previous posts, really tough to find. Interesting stories above about these, explains a lot.
    2000 Pacific Prism - Supposed to be hundreds of each pattern produced, but I'm still missing woodgrain, tinsel, texture, sheen, and pebbly dots! WTF?
    2002 Fleer Maximum Power (Retail version not GU) - right now there are about 45 of the GU versions on ebay, and only 6 of the non-GU versions

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    Too many Pacific colored parallels to count, including many numbered well over 100, and a handful of un-numbered ones. Especially retail-only. I feel like I could live a thousand years and still never find them all.
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    Going to refer to a long time running thread on this one- have never seen a Lance Niekro yet Beckett still prices it somehow. Lots of different theories talked about in the thread about why some players can be found and some can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer Andy View Post
    Good examples. Agree on the '96 Platinum Press Proof. Have never seen a Cirillo. Add 1999 Aurora Red retail parallel and 2002 UD MVP Silver /100


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    Took me forever to find the 2002 UD MVP Silver. I didn't think it existed after ten years of looking, but found it in 2014. Had the gold #/25 long before it.



    The Aurora Red (and other Pacific Reds) are tough as they were only in 7Eleven packs.



    Leaf Platinum Press Proof didn't seem that hard.





    The one still giving me a problem is the 2005 Zenith Z-Gold (retail only)

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    Cards that shouldn't be tough to find ... yet are

    Quote Originally Posted by gracecollector View Post
    Took me forever to find the 2002 UD MVP Silver. I didn't think it existed after ten years of looking, but found it in 2014. Had the gold #/25 long before it.



    The Aurora Red (and other Pacific Reds) are tough as they were only in 7Eleven packs.



    Leaf Platinum Press Proof didn't seem that hard.





    The one still giving me a problem is the 2005 Zenith Z-Gold (retail only)
    For some reason this made go back and check. I apparently did find the silver last year myself, must not have ever crossed it off! Don't have a gold yet though

    Also, still have never found a '99 Gold Label Class 3 Black


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    One bugger that was super tuff for me, Stadium Club one of a kind /150




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    Quote Originally Posted by viper View Post
    1998 Donruss Production Line On Base Percentage / 381 Ken Griffey Jr.

    Have never seen one for sale. Would like to finish my little three cars Production Line Griffey Rainbow.

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    1998 UD3 Gold Die-Cut

    I have been looking for the Barry Larkin gold version /100 for a very long time. Hard to imagine how hard these are to find.


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    another tuffy it seems................
    Walter Iooss Collection Jumbos

    This 27-card set spotlights the work of famous sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr. by presenting 26 of the game's current greats (one-per-team) in a candid photo set. The cards were inserted in Series One retail foil and Hobby jumbo packs.
    A 3 1/2" X 5" jumbo version was also produced, exclusively to retail re-packs, which contained one pack of each 1993 Upper Deck series. The jumbos cards are each serial-numbered to 10,000 copies

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    Some Greg Maddux cards that I am still looking for (and can't really believe why)...

    1. 2005 Donruss Zenith Spellbound (Jersey) #'d/150 for S1 and S4 (The two 'G's in 'GREG'). There is an abundance of the R's and E's that pop up, but for some reason the G's (300 total cards floating around) have been extremely elusive to find - and I am constantly checking for them.

    2. Atlanta Journal Constitution Braves Photo cards (8.5x11). Finding Maddux cards in almost any year is difficult even though they were produced in quantities between 5,000 and 15,000 cards. I'm guessing many were tossed over the years as junk and most are sitting in Georgia area homes being thought of as junk that are too worthless to put up on eBay (if anyone does have any Maddux cards from '96, '97, '98, '01, '02, and/or '04 let me know and I'll pay a premium for them).

    3. Lykes Braves Standard 1993 and 1995. Another regional issue that was probably produced in excess of 10k, but is probably decomposing in landfills or stashed away as not worth putting up on eBay. (again, if anyone has any Maddux cards of these two years LMK and I'll gladly pay a premium for them).

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    2000 Bowman Chrome Retro/Future Refractor of Oswalt. Granted I've snagged five, but I've only managed to buy one since around 2009.
    I haven't seen a single copy since then anywhere. The odds of pulling them were pretty low, but it's hard to estimate how individual copies are available.
    Many estimate around 50-100. You would think there would be more available of arguably the best rookie in the set.
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