As a hard core star note run collector, I see the difference between the large and short run stars as availability.
Modern large run star notes are typically distributed in packs, and short run star notes are typically distributed 2 at a time and intermingled in packs of non-star notes.
You can purchase a pack of 100 series 2013 large run $1 San Francisco star notes for $150, and an individual short run star from the same series is pushing $500.
Very detailed information is available online at uspapermoney.info, and comparative selling prices can be viewed at Robert Azpiazu's website First City Currency as well as his price guide. Along with this thread, I sent out an email to a couple of dozen dealers and collectors I know. I have received many interesting replies....the most interesting so far is this one.
Always good to hear from you. Collecting notes by print run was started by Chuck O’Donnell
back in the late 60’s . His books all had the FRN’s broken down by the runs. There were even
gap stars that some want all 32 sheet positions . Once he retired , his book was taken over by
Dean Oakes and John Schwartz. SO this is not something new. Like then there are very few
collectors that do this . It is a very limited group, usually with deep pockets. So they bid up these scarcer runs
in order to be the “First that has one “ . I don’t see it any different now than yesteryear.
So now I know that this short star run chasing is in fact not new.