Going back maybe ten years (
), there was a period of time during which you could get an older 4-digit number by signing up as a life member. I guess that lasted until they ran out of those saved-up numbers.
I've seen SASS badges for sale on ebay. I was under the impression those had belonged to folks who had left the sport or deceased and were probably being bought by badge collectors rather than folks who wanted a lower number on their chest. But I guess there could be some of the latter, too.
Ya know, they recently passed #100,000. I always thought they'd save that one to present to the next conservative president, but that particular badge number is going to be auctioned off by SASS.