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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2012 Bowman Sterling JAMES PAXTON Rookie RC Japan Fractor Refractor #02 25 RARE
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2012 Bowman Sterling JOSE FERNANDEZ Rookie RC Japan Fractor #01 25 = #1 1 RARE
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2013 Bowman Sterling RAUL MONDESI RC Japan-fractor Auto 5 5 BGS 9.5 10 Pop 1 1
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2013 Bowman Sterling KOLTEN WONG Prospect Japan Fractor Refractor #07 25 RARE
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2012 Bowman Sterling BILLY HAMILTON Prospect Japan Fractor Refractor #18 25 RARE
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2012 Bowman Sterling SHELBY MILLER Prospect Japan Fractor Refractor #03 25 RARE
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2012 Bowman Sterling Prospect Auto Japan Fractor #BSAP-PJ Pierce Johnson 5 5
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Tyrone Taylor 2012 Bowman Sterling # 5 5 Japan Fractor Auto Autograph Brewers
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2012 Bowman Sterling Courtney Hawkins Japan Fractor RC Auto # 2 5
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2012 BOWMAN STERLING FRANCISCO LINDOR JAPAN FRACTOR AUTO 5 RC HOT
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Ryan's 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. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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