Baseball card collectors went crazy when Topps first introduced refractors with their 1993 Finest release. To this day, those early Finest refractors are some of the most sought after cards of the decade. I don't have any of those to show off today, but I do have some of their hockey counterparts!
I don't believe they're as rare as the '93 Finest baseball refractors, which have a rumored print run of 241 each. Then again, I don't really know. These were seeded at two per hobby box as opposed to one per box for those original baseball refractors, but I have no idea how many Finest hockey boxes Topps produced. In any event, they are very tough to track down; there are dozens and dozens of cards from the 189-card checklist that I couldn't buy a refractor of if I wanted to right now, cost aside. Even if they are just as rare, they're certainly a lot less expensive than the '93 baseball refractors, just not as much collector demand.
I was ecstatic to find one third of the famed "Legion of Doom" line, Mikael Renberg, available for just 65 cents. I think I'm starting to become a Renberg super-collector without really trying.
The final card of the bunch came from a different seller, and it cost more than the other seven combined including shipping (not saying much as that was less than $6). Behold!
If At First You Don't Succeed . . . - . . . buy it online. So I dragged myself to two Walmarts this week, hoping to score some Bowman Platinum. Both places were sold out, but I had a back up ...