the point isn't the expiration... the point is that new printings of disc physical media releases *NO LONGER INCLUDES* the slip in the first place. that's the shocking part, they used to add "expire" all the time... but it would work decades afterwards.
the STRIPPING OUT of the card is a process that is news to me. i haven't ever remembered that with older blu-ray releases even after multiple repressing from mfr plants they have always included codes it is almost a must.
it always worked for me, haven't encountered any that hasn't.
There has to be at least one disc somewhere since digital became a thing which was repressed without a code.
Now, I'm confused by what you're talking about as how do you know there isn't a digital card?
I think the goalposts for the conversation have changed and I'm pretty much out. If I follow along, I think we're now talking about a repressing of a disc which had digital in the first place and doesn't have digital in the repressing. Either way, I'm out.