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Subject: How many cards? rss

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Will Schneeberger
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Wikipedia claims that as of May 2016, 15,919 unique cards have been produced. Meanwhile, the Gatherer web page claims that 16,133 cards do not have "willschneeberger" in their name, and the BGG description lists this number as "over 17,000".

Most of the Wikipedia vs. Gatherer numbers can be explained by Eldritch Moon, but not all, and they list different numbers of Eldritch Moon cards anyway. And the BGG number is much larger. So where are all these different numbers coming from?
 
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Jerry Martin
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It could have to do with legal cards. There are a couple sets of cards Unglued and Unhinged and a few cards from Conspiracy that are not legal for any play.
 
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Sean Franco
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Uncards show up in Gatherer, though by default Planes, Schemes, Phenomenon, Vanguards, etc. do not.

Compare these two links:

http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&name=+![willschneeberger]

http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&special=true&name=+![willschneeberger]

The second link provides 16,379 cards, a whopping 246 more (presently). That's not enough to cover the discrepancy, but Wikipedia is often inaccurate in small details and BGG isn't designed to keep up with a game as large, variable, and ongoing as Magic.
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Stoyan Taskonidis
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Is it possible the difference to be due a double face cards, fuse cards or the one from Kamigawa, which has to be turned? How to they count them - as one or two cards?

And What about tokens and emblems? Which know have even collector's number
 
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