For as long as I have been collecting, I have always been attracted to bright, shiny baseball cards. When Topps introduced the Finest line in 1993, it also came packaged with the debut of Refractors. Today, you can find these parallels in seemingly dozens of colors in every Topps product imaginable. That wasn’t the case in 1993 as they came just one per box.
Before Topps produced Finest, they needed to test out the technology to see if it could be done. In 1990, Topps chose six fronts from their Traded set and created what is now known as ‘Experimental Mylar Stickers’. The set, which features just six cards is valued at $400 dollars, according to Sports Collectors Digest.
Below is a scan of one of the six cards. The others are: Shane Mack, Alan Mills, Alejandro Pena, Gerald Perry, and Dave Winfield, which has a book value near $200 dollars. Unfortunately, I could not find any in current or completed eBay auctions but I will be keeping an eye out for them.
Love ’em or hate ’em, Refractors are easily the most popular trading card parallel in The Hobby today. Who knows what Topps may have come up with instead had this experiment gone awry. Today’s Refractor may be overused but it’s still one of the best things about collecting in my opinion.
Should Topps produce a throwback to the Experimental Mylar Stickers in 2010?