....orange-bordered card. It comes from the Topps Factory Set. In addition of the 661 regular cards, each set comes with five orange bordered cards. They are numbered to 190, making them fairly scarce.
The math teacher in me got to work as soon as I saw the numbering, so I can figure out how many factory sets Topps is producing.
661 cards in the set times 190 orange cards of each = 125,590
Divide that by five, since each set gets five cards = 25,118. Topps would be producing 25,118 factory sets. Does that number seem low? It doesn't sound like a lot to me. Last year the extra cards had red borders and they were numbered to 245 (32,340 sets). In 2010 there were 299 of the special cards (39,468 sets). It looks like Topps is really cutting back on the factory sets. Any conclusions we can make about the state of the hobby?
Something else about the 25,000 factory sets. That just seems like a really low number. Target and Walmart both sell cards. There are 3,600 Walmarts and 1760 Targets in the US. That's 5,360 stores selling cards and I would assume factory sets. 25,000 sets to be sold in 5,360 stores....that's not a lot of sets per store. And Topps also sells sets on their site, on MLB, and to dealers. 25,000 sure doesn't seem like enough to go around.
Back to Barney....
The orange card is my seventh base set variation. Other than the 1/1s, I believe I've got them all.