"I'm a victim of circumstance!" (Why do I hear echoes of The Three Stooges in the back of my mind...)
On a serious note, the subprime cards are for the subprime customers, be they victims of circumstance or not. And more likely these days subprime cards are issued by subprime issuers - not prime issuers. If you have a card issued by FP there's no path to success - just more of the same. Most posters here are accepting their FP experience for what it is good for and not seeking to prolong the relationship any longer than necessary.
As to the original question, the only differentiation that the FICO scoring formula makes is whether the card is issued by a bank with a national presence, for lack of a better term, or whether it's issued by a local bank or by a credit union.
I'm hoping that the next round of FICO score formulas will address this CU issue. To say that a First Premie card outranks a USAA or Alliant or Navy card just floors me.
That very much does not seem right, does it?
This has to go back to an earlier day before all the bank consolidation occurred. All the issuers seem very homogeneous now.