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.

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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 Chrome Japan Fractor Corey Seager # 35 BGS 9.5 Gem
$64.95

2013 Bowman Sterling Prospects Japan Fractor #BSP-29 Gary Sanchez 25 Card 4y6
$13.95

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP10 Byron Buxton 35 2f9
$9.25

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP19 Joc Pederson 35 2f9
$19.25

2014 Bowman Sterling Japan-Fractor 50 Gregory Polanco 25 Pittsburgh Pirates 2f9
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2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP5 Jose Berrios 35 2f9
$13.25

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP51 Rougned Odor 35 2f9
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2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor BPCP68 Maikel Franco 35 2f9
$18.25

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP6 Gary Sanchez 35 2f9
$5.25

2014 Bowman Sterling Prospects Japan-Fractor #BSP-25 Jeff Hoffman 25 Card 3l2
$12.00

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP15 Alen Hanson 35 0g4
$7.25

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor BPCP56 Hunter Dozier 35 0g9
$13.05

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor BPCP75 Reese McGuire 35 0f8
$5.25

* YANGERVIS SOLARTE * 2014 BOWMAN STERLING JAPAN-FRACTOR REFRACTOR RC # 25 25
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2014 Bowman Sterling Prospects Japan-Fractor #BSP-39 Austin Meadows 25 Card 1o2
$20.25

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Japan Fractor #BPCP96 Slade Heathcott 0t6
$5.20
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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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