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Some cards are never meant for release to the collecting public, yet a few trickle onto the market. What gives?

You’ve probably seen one or two yourself – cards that you didn’t know existed, and probably shouldn’t exist let alone find their way to the market.

I call these cards that are Not Meant for Public Consumption. You may have seen some sports cards listed for sale from time to time stating that they are proofs because they are missing a serial number, autograph, die-cut, foil, embossing treatment, back, or may even be oversized since many of these cards have come from uncut sheets.

Whatever the case may be, these are typically called proofs or test cards and were not authorized for public consumption. While the reason for their existence can vary from card to card, for the purposes of this article, they will be called NMPC (Not Meant for Public Consumption) cards.

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