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Old 07-15-2017, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default 1998 Bowman's Best and 2001 Topps Traded - Ichiro/Pujols RC Retrofractor!

Well, the '98 Bowman's Best was ho hum... but I'm 8 packs into the '01 Topps Traded and this popped out.

But still, to be a little more than 25% of the way through a box and for the box to be paid for is great! That's 1 of the 3 best base/parallel cards I could have hit. Finally won a round of my '90s and early 2000s "lottery ticket" breaks.

eBay shows a PSA 9 recently sold for $175. Edges are rough so I don't think this would grade any higher than a 9, if that.

Actual scans of hits to follow once I'm done breaking.

IMG_0437 by Matt Kalstein, on Flickr

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Old 07-16-2017, 12:17 AM   #2
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Im interested in that pujols/ichiro if available.
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:21 PM   #3
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That is a MONSTER pull from that product. I was around to see many boxes of this opened, never saw this card pulled-congrats!
back edges are super tough on these
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:10 PM   #4
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Im interested in that pujols/ichiro if available.
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That is a MONSTER pull from that product. I was around to see many boxes of this opened, never saw this card pulled-congrats!
back edges are super tough on these
Thanks, I couldn't believe my eyes once I saw the darker stock on the back of the card and read the names. Judging by eBay sales, the only two better cards that I could have pulled would have been the individual RC retrofractors of either Ichiro or Pujols.

If those back edges weren't so rough, the card would immediately be included in the PSA submission I've been preparing to submit.

Unfortunately, for such a rare card, it doesn't carry that much sale value raw as there's another copy currently available on eBay for $200 BIN/BO.

It seems like a tough card to grade based on the PSA Pop Report:
T99 A.Pujols/Ichiro Retrofractor - 50 copies submitted, 5 GEM-MT 10s
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I'm confused. I had a retrofractor with a gold border. Why oh why didn't Topps put the beautiful gold border on that card?
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:53 AM   #6
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very cool dual rookie card there. Makes me feel real old because it seems like it wasn't that long ago.

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I'm confused. I had a retrofractor with a gold border. Why oh why didn't Topps put the beautiful gold border on that card?
Topps Chrome Series 2 had the gold border around the retrofractors. Series 1 and the Traded were the standard dark green color.
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Topps Chrome Series 2 had the gold border around the retrofractors. Series 1 and the Traded were the standard dark green color.
That is very baffling why Topps would do something like that. The gold borders look so much better! Sweet card anyway. But a shame Topps got lazy with 2/3 of the set.
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