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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2013 Bowman Sterling NICK CASTELLANOS Prospect Japan Fractor Refractor #02 25
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2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospect Japan Fractor Joc Pederson 17 35
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2014 Bowman Sterling Asian Japan Fractor Refractor Joc Pederson # 25
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2014 Bowman Sterling Asian Japan Fractor Refractor Miguel Sano # 25
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C.J. Edwards 2014 Bowman Sterling Asian Japan Fractor RC AUTO #1 5 CUBS
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2013 Bowman Sterling Jacob May Japan Fractor Auto 4 5
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NICK GORDON 2014 BOWMAN STERLING AUTOGRAPH JAPAN FRACTOR REFRACTOR #1 5 AUTO 1 1
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2014 Jason Hursh Bowman Sterling AUTO JAPAN FRACTOR Autograph 4 5 Atlanta Braves
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2014 Grant Holmes Bowman Sterling AUTO JAPAN FRACTOR Autograph Rc 3 5 BGS 9.5 10
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2014 Masahiro Tanaka Bowman Sterling JAPAN FRACTOR Rc 7 25 #25 New York Yankees
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2014 Jose Berrios Bowman Platinum Chrome JAPAN FRACTOR Rc 27 35 Minnesota Twins
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CHRIS OWINGS 2012 BOWMAN STERLING JAPAN FRACTOR REFRACTOR PROSPECT RC #'D 25
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MICHAEL CONFORTO 2014 BOWMAN STERLING JAPAN FRACTOR REFRACTOR PROSPECT RC 25
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2014 Bowman Sterling AUTO Japan Fractor Archie Bradley Autograph 4 5
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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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