You Know Refractors, But How About Japan-Fractors?

You Know Refractors, But How About Japan-Fractors?

Refractors have been a staple in the hobby for 20 years. They were so popular following their debut in 1993 Topps Finest Baseball that they soon spawned additional variations. Atomic Refractors and Embossed Refractors eventually gave way to the colorful rainbows collectors chase today. Japan-Fractors are the latest addition to the line of Topps parallels.

Debuting in 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball, the cards get their name from the packs they're inserted in. Topps has started to earmark small amounts of product for distribution in Japan and Asia. Japan-fractors are exclusive to boxes from these cases.

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Japan-Fractors are available for both base Prospect cards and Prospect Autographs. Prospect Japan-Fractors are numbered to 25. Japan-Fractor Prospect Autographs are limited to just 5 numbered copies. In addition to the tradition Refractor shine, the cards have a repeating background design.

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Japan-Fractor Xander Bogaerts 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Japan-Fractor Autograph Albert Almora

And in case you're thinking that the term "Japan-Fractor" was coined by dealers as a way of labeling the cards, here's a redemption card:

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2014 BOWMAN PLATINUM LUCAS GIOLITO RC JAPAN FRACTOR #01 35 1 1! BGS 9.5 POP 1!
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2014 BOWMAN STERLING LUCAS GIOLITO RC JAPAN FRACTOR #01 25 1 1! BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
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2014 Bowman Sterling Japan-Fractor 49 Garin Cecchini 25 Boston Red Sox Card 2f9
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BUBBA STARLING JAPAN FRACTOR RARE SP 35 - ROYALS - 2014 BOWMAN PLATINUM
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2013 Bowman Sterling Prospects Japan Fractor #BSP-17 Kolten Wong 25 Card 0f8
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2014 Bowman Sterling Japan-Fractor #7 Taijuan Walker 25 Seattle Mariners 2f9
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2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP15 Alen Hanson 35 0c6
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2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP33 Lance McCullers 0c6
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2014 BOWMAN STERLING J.P CRAWFORD JAPAN-FRACTOR RC SP 08 25 RARE REFRACTOR!
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2013 Bowman Sterling Prospects Japan Fractor #BSP-44 Alen Hanson 25 Card 1h5
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2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP70 Mark Appel 35 2f9
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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