Because of how Panini produces stickers.Can anyone share what is the cause in the discrepancy of rarity and/or is driving the demand of various World Cup 2006 stickers? Aside from the obvious for Messi and Ronaldo, why are the stickers for players from Netherlands, Angola, USA, Saudi Arabia and Ghana so much more widely available?
Cheers, Dantzig. I had guessed similar applying my knowledge from MTG. I presume this also explains Euro 2004's relative rarity of specific stickers.Because of how Panini produces stickers.
Sticker production requires multiples of X stickers, depending on the sticker size. In this particular case, Panini produced by multiples of 200, meaning an uncut sheet had 200 stickers.
This set has 560 normal stickers and 36 shinies. So if an uncut sheet has always 200 stickers, then to produce all the normal stickers, Panini had three different uncut sheets (600 stickers). This means there is an surplus of 40 normal stickers, which Panini added Netherlands (17), USA (18) and Angola (5).
Saudi Arabia and Ghana are indeed easier too (as some stadiums), so maybe there was a different production later or even from Panini Brazil.