Collecting Tip Always buy cards from a dealer who is willing to trade with the kids. If you spot a dealer making trades to kids, buy his cards. We need more dealers like him or her! - tip from www.cowboycards.com
Frequently Asked Question What are short print cards? Any time a card or group of cards are not run with the frequency of a majority of the cards found within a pack-out for a product, then it is a short printed card.
Sometimes, short prints are not planned by the company and are due to production errors, however on most occasions, short printed cards are inserted at more infrequent intervals than the regular cards with a purpose. Collectors love the challenge of finding cards that are more rare. For some, the more rare, the better.
There are two types of planned short print cards: subsets, which are numbered a part of the regular set, and inserts, which are generally higher technology cards of only the best and brightest stars in the game. (Please see sections What are subset cards? and What are insert cards? for more information).
Short printed cards, like subsets and inserts, are generally announced on product packaging with an insertion ratio attached to it or with sequential crash numbering (See What is crash numbering? section). Basically, these cards are more rare than others in the set and they are thus considered "short" or short printed.
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Glossary Term Foil stamping - Decorative foil can be added to a standard paper trading card with varying degrees of coverage. Foil stamping adds texture, color, and shine to the card.