Since Topps debuted the Finest brand back in 1993, Refractors have been a huge part of every release. Over the years, the Refractor rainbows have grown but the same basic principle of shiny goodness remains. Adding ink and low serial numbers to the mix, 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs bring together a lot of the hallmarks of the modern hobby.
Including all the different parallels, 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs fall one per 12-pack master box. Numbered to 198, all are printed on Refractor stock. Oddly, a couple of the parallel sets are numbered higher than the regular versions. X-Fractors are numbered to 299 and Green Refractors are numbered to 199. Yes, the base versions are tougher to find than some of the parallels.
Other parallels for the 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs include Orange Refractors (#/99), Gold Refractors (#/50), Red Refractors (#/25), Atomic Refractors (#/5), Printing Plates (1/1), and SuperFractors (1/1).
According to the final checklist released by Topps, there are 21 cards in the 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs set. However, as of this post, to our knowledge not a single signed card of Hisashi Iwakuma has surfaced.
The big draws in the set are Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish. Other highlights include Jesus Montero and Matt Moore.
It's also worth noting that all of these cards are in packs, meaning there are no redemptions to deal with.
2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs Visual Checklist
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