The 1994-95 Topps Finest refractors were a parallel insert. Parallel inserts are rare copies of the base cards with the addition of some sort of differentiating factor such as gold foil, a stamped signature or – in the refractor case – a spectacular light refracting coating.
No front-on photos do the refractor cards justice as the effect is best viewed at an angle. If you have never seen a refractor then you will be blown away the first time you hold one! See the angled photo below for an idea of the refraction that you experience with these cards. Awesome isn’t it?!
These cards also feature a protective coating so make sure the copy you look for still has this coating to ensure high condition quality.
The cards are also printed on high quality stock much stronger than standard cardboard so a good condition of the corners and edges is a must.
The 1994-95 Jordan refractor is often available as a Buy It Now eBay listing with the occasional standard auction listing also showing up.
It is one of my favorites, making number 7 in my top 10 Michael Jordan cards of all time, and would make an excellent addition to your collection.
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