There’s a special kind of collector that is not satisfied with the regular old Refractor but has absolutely no shot at the fabled SuperFractor, through a pull or even eBay. In the late 90’s, before the days of 1/1 SuperFractors he would be an ‘Atomic Refractor’ kind of guy. Those cards were way more rare than a Refractor and looked twice as nice. Today, the Atomic Refractor is sleeping with the fishes, alongside Donruss Elite and Fleer League Leaders. For today’s collector, if you want to go above a Refractor you have several different color options to go with (blue, red, orange, etc.) but all lack the flash of the Atomic. If flash is what you desire, than my friend you would go with the X-Fractor, all the flash and then some with none of the style and class of the Atomic.
For the record, I have never owned or even touched an Atomic Refractor. In the late 90’s I was lucky enough to pull a regular Refractor! Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. I did however see a few at card shows for ridiculous 90’s insert-type prices. Since my return to the hobby I have pulled 3-4 Xfractors, including a nice-looking Ryan Zimmerman but for the most part, they remind me of Pokemon cards.
So how many Atomic’s and X’s do you own and which one do you prefer? My money is on the Atomic Refractors but I could be alone. To each his own, right?