1993 Topps Finest Refractor

1993 Topps Finest Nolan Ryan Refractor

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It’s been a few months since I last posted, and to be honest, not much has really changed. I’ve been searching for refractors to add to my collection, as well as attempting to compile a decent checklist for each sport. The later of course is the hardest to do, especially given my lack of knowledge with other sports outside of baseball.

With that in mind, I’d like to keep the blog section active by posting a refractor spotlight every so often, consisting of a card from any sport that has a refractor parallel in the 1990s.

1993 Topps Finest Refractor

To me, this is a no-brainer way to start the new category.

Limited to just 241 copies per card, the 1993 Topps Finest Refractor is one of the most coveted parallels in the modern collecting world. Back when Topps Finest was released, there were no indications on the wrappers/boxes or even cards themselves that there was a parallel.

In fact, even if you were to pull a refractor from a pack, you really wouldn’t be able to tell much of a difference between it and the base card; you had to be under good lighting conditions to see the rainbow effect.

Add to that the fact that this set suffered from off-centered cards and printing defects, finding an almost flawless refractor was like hitting the lottery, even for common players.

Even with printing errors, you’re unlikely to find a refractor for less than $20 via eBay or COMC. To me, that’s proof that this set will stand the test of time for another 20+ years.