Yeah, sadly the equipment cards did not stay in stock long. However, each new expansion that came out after the the equipment cards were released came packaged with their own cards. Fantasy Flight keeps promising that Tannhauser is not gone for good and they will eventually return with new product and new printings of older product. I'm hoping that the new printings will come with their cards so you don't have to purchase the set separately. They did something similar in the past with the games rule book. A little after Tannhauser was released it went through some pretty big rule changes. Fans with older copies could by the new rules as a *.pdf file, or an actual, tangible rule book. After the new rule book was released all of the the newer copies were being packaged inside.
Now, I am a huge Tannhauser fan, I have all the expansions (including duplicate character expansions that allow players to field more than one of the same character), but if I could pick just one to recommend to new and old players alike, I would choose Wolf. He's a mercenary that fits well in any faction, and comes with the special object... Jack-Of-All-Trades: Ability. During setup when packs are chosen, Wolf's player selects two characteristics, two skills, or one characteristic and one skill. A selected characteristic gets a +1 bonus for the entire game; a selected skill is added to your repertoire for the entire game. This makes him extremely versatile for which ever scenario you plan to play. For one last reason I chose Wolf, ... HE LOOKS FRICKIN' BAD ASS!