Friday, September 24, 2021

Show Me The Way:1998 Topps Chrome Refractor

Say what you want to about today's refractor technology and the 100's of parallels of them, but give me a tough to find 90's refractor any day.

Unlike today's boxes of Topps Chrome where you get up to 12 refractors a box, Chrome back in the 90's was by far different. You only had one parallel and that one parallel, well, you were lucky if you found the two guaranteed per box.  It made the chase more desirable and more exciting if you saw something glowing in your pack wondering who that may be.

I am sure that most wouldn't have been excited back then to find a Charles Way in 1998 as most would want a Peyton Manning, but I would have been fine with it.

The back labeled as a refractor was handy. Even though to me they have always been obvious but I know some that really struggle with it. The ones I struggle with are the new age parallels in Prizm and Select. I have no idea especially in Select.

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  1. Totally agree. I appreciate a 90's refractor way more than refractors produced in the last 20 years. Obviously the plethora of refractors that come out of packs today play a role... but it also has to do with the 90's ones were the originals.