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Subject: rare card distribution in display boxes rss

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does anyone has experience with that? let's say display box of proteus has 36 boosters - there should be 36 rare cards (of 44). is it totally random and it is chance for many duplicates or those should be quite unique
 
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I highly doubt they'd all be unique (speaking from the experience of openeing many, many booster boxes of MtG).
 
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The original booster boxes did not have entirely random distributions. I may even have stats on a box I partially went through. I'll see if I can dig it up. Some duplicates are statistically expected, but the common cards often came in duplicated "sets".
 
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Well, drat. Looks like Netrunner was printed by Quebecor. I know how the Carta Mundi card scrambler worked, but I don't know what system Quebecor had. However, if commons were appearing in "sets," or somewhat predictable sequences, then they may have used a similar system, in which case, I would be pretty surprised if you saw duplicated rares. Imagine shuffling a deck of cards once or twice, then shuffling a different deck a couple of times, and stacking it on top of the first one. Now, deal off 36 cards from the stack at a time. The first stack is guaranteed to not have any dupes. The second stack might, depending on what overlapped between the two decks. The third stack won't have any dupes again. That's a rough approximation of CM's card scrambler, although a "deck" was 121 cards for Magic rares, not 52. Netrunner had four printing plates; I don't remember how many rares there are.

 
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