Friday, May 22, 2020

Kerry's Cardboard:1998 Finest No Protector Refractor

To Peel Or Not To Peel, that is the question.

Except in 1998.

Finest came with two versions of their Topps Finest in 1998. Say hello to cards with Protector and No Protector. How will my OCD deal with that, well, it would have to deal.

I never once peeled off a peel from a Finest card. Couldn't do it. Now Topps included peeled versions already in packs as a parallel and even gave them a refractor parallel.

The No Protector regular versions fell 1:2 packs while the refractor versions like todays card fell 1:24 packs.

The cool thing about these cards is the back is as shiny as the front.

This Collins went up for bid auction and went so cheap that even I could afford it.

I need the other versions of the 1998 base as this is my start, hopefully will be able to knock those down soon.


  1. I liked a lot of the different Finest concepts from this era, but this wasn't one of them. Congrats on adding an awesomely shiny card though!

  2. I love the no-peel refractors way more than the ones with the peel... and it all has to do with those shiny backs.

  3. Like Tim, I wasn't a fan of these either. I still see them in dime boxes quite a bit too, so obviously a number of other collectors weren't, and aren't, either. Although to be fair, most of the ones I see are scuffed up pretty good, so it's not hard to imagine why those wouldn't be wanted.

  4. Congrats on adding this super shiny card to the PC.