I get ya, I have always been under the impression though, that they were numbered as to what they actually were. Like a coin I got at Texas is number 755/757. So I always thought I'd scored the first car produced in a batch when I read the label as 1/1500. I'd have to pull boxes out of the cupboard but I'm certain this is how the older cars were labeled, because I'm only recently starting to see the 1/1500 and not like 836/1500. I will check later though and post my findings.