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I have been playing Portal 2 from the start in order to collect trading cards in the Steam trading card beta. I have collected four cards so far, and when I look at my badge process it gives an overview of the cards I have, and the cards I'm missing.

The bit that I am questioning though is that in the top right corner it states "No card drops remaining":

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I have only collected the four cards today for Portal 2.

Does this mean that there is a per-day limit on the number of trading cards you can get per session? Is this a per day limit or a per gaming session limit? Is there even a limit at all?

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This question shows little to no research. One look at the Steam Trading Cards Beta FAQ page yields all answers. –  lumbricus lubricant May 21 '13 at 3:42
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When you can ask questions like this which are answered by the first result on Google, I think you give up the right to state 'little to no research'. Regardless, 'little to no research' applies to a large percentage of the questions on this site. –  kalina May 21 '13 at 8:05
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Sorry, but Retrosaur is completely right. This is not about terminology, where there is room for interpretation. This is a simple right-or-wrong-question. Also, this question has been answered already as part of other questions, e.g., here and here –  Sentry May 21 '13 at 8:56
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Best bounty I've every seen :D Happy holidays :) –  Dark Decipio Dec 18 '13 at 14:10

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As per the FAQ page:

Is there a limit to how many trading cards can drop?

Most games will drop a number of cards equal to about half of the number of cards in that game's set of cards. For example, Half-Life 2 has 8 cards in its set, you can receive 4 card drops by playing it. You'll need to collect the other half of the set from other community members. Try the beta group discussions, community market, barter with friends, and trade discussions. You can check how many drops you have remaining on your badges page.

In the instance that a game has an odd number of cards, for example Counter Strike: Global Offensive - which has a total of five cards - the number of cards that you can collect is rounded up. This means that you can get three out of the five cards.

The drop limit is permanent and it will not reset.

However, there now is an additional way of gaining cards:

Booster packs: Booster packs are additional cards for games that will drop periodically. Anyone who has collected all the trading card drops they can for a game and have used Steam in the last week may receive one of these booster packs. These packs contain three additional cards for the game, and may contain foils. If you receive a booster, you will get a "1 new item in your inventory" alert.

These booster packs are randomly given out whenever a badge is crafted (as can be seen by the badge eligibility text below).

As for statistics, there is now also a "How do I earn card drops?" link on the badge progress:

Drops

This then shows an overlay with additional information (what earned you card drops, in particular):

Drop data

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Related: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/120925/… –  FEichinger Jun 19 '13 at 11:55

You can collect all of your cards in a a single day. There is no time-based or session limits. The limit that you see is the absolute limit. Each person only gets the drops for half of a set without spending money in the in-game stores.

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Right, but that only applies to f2p games, and doesn't apply to "paid" games, like Portal 2, or Half Life 2 –  lumbricus lubricant May 20 '13 at 23:06
    
@Retrosaur: Well, they don't have in-game stores. –  Ullallulloo May 20 '13 at 23:06
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@Ullallulloo Portal 2 does, but we don't talk about the Portal 2 store. –  badp May 20 '13 at 23:07

IT means the max amount of cards one can gain from that game are those 4 cards. The FAQ says:

Is there a limit to how many trading cards can drop?

Most games will drop a number of cards equal to about half of the number of cards in that game's set of cards. For example, Half-Life 2 has 8 cards in its set, you can receive 4 card drops by playing it. You'll need to collect the other half of the set from other community members. Try the beta group discussions, community market, barter with friends, and trade discussions. You can check how many drops you have remaining on your badges page.

Meaning you'll have to trade to get those other cards.

So no, there is a drop limit.

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