Billy Kingsley

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Member Since:   8/31/2011
Last Login:   7/17/2018
Points:   253,746
From:   State of New York
     
Collection:   168,325 cards
Collects:   NBA, NHL, NASCAR, Star Wars, History, Military, DC Comics, Olympics, whatever interests me
     
Quote:   I only trade duplicates, but I've got thousands of them.
     
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How to Tell a Refractor from a basic Chrome/Finest card

I see this question asked all the time, which, being honest, I don't understand because there is NO way to mistake a Refractor from a base card...unless you've never seen either kind before. I decided to take some pictures and a short video to hopefully help anyone who is having trouble telling the difference. Panini's Prizms and Upper Deck's Rainbows use the same technology.
In the second image and the video, the Refractor is on top, while the standard Chrome card is on the bottom. Note how the light refracts from the Refractor, and just reflects from the Chrome card.


VIDEO on YouTube (in case the embed feature doesn't work)

 the arrows on the right side point to the refraction



When scanned, the Refractor appears to be glowing from within- these are my scans of the exact same cards shown in the images:



And the Refractor:

As you can see, there is a world of difference, and it's impossible to mistake them. Hopefully this will help anyone who is struggling to identify my all-time favorite Parallel concept in cardboard history.


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