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 Japan Fractor JULIO URIAS Auto 2 5 Dodgers
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2013 Bowman Sterling KOLTEN WONG Prospect Japan Fractor Refractor #07 25 RARE
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2014 Bowman Platinum Blue Japan Fractor Kris Bryant RC Only 35
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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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2013 Bowman Sterling Hyun-Jin Ryu Japan Fractor Die-Cut SP 8 25 DODGERS
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2013 Bowman Sterling KOLTEN WONG Prospect Japan Fractor Refractor #25 25 RARE
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2013 BOWMAN STERLING ADAM WALKER JAPAN FRACTOR 08 25 BGS 10 PRISTINE TWINS WOW
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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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