Sunday, February 14, 2016

2000 Topps Chrome Refractors: Making a Dent

My collecting has been all over the place this year.  I haven't been to a card show since mid-spring of LAST year.  There have been more than a few stages where I didn't go a week between card shows, and now it's been nearly a year since I've been to a show.

My card budget probably appreciates it, but it's had a major impact on my overall influx of cards.  But of course the internet is always there to help scratch that itch.  But even then, finding cards I want has been a challenge.  I've picked off almost all the low hanging fruit on COMC, and new cards being listed are usually higher than what they're worth in my eyes and the cards still on the site never seem to budge from their inflated prices.

So with the Pirates pickups slowed, I'm working on catching up on some other cardboard related projects.

And right at the top of that list is my 2000 Topps Chrome Refractor set.  Every time I ask myself why I decided to even attempt this set, I look at the cards and remember.  It's just a beautiful set, and whether it's reality or perception, the older refractors just seem to have so much more "shine" than the stock used on refractors since the early 2010's.

 While I didn't pick off any of the biggest names in the set with these pickups, I was happy to add some very respectable semi-stars to my set.
 I can't understate how amazing these cards look in person.  It's going to be a long haul to actually finish off this set, but if I ever get there it will absolutely be worth it.
 These pickups put me over the 10% mark on the set.  There's still a long way to go, but I'm happy to have stuck with it this far.

To update my long neglected updating of this set on the blog, this bumps us up to 10/478 cards in the set, a whopping 2%.  I'm hoping to post some of the other 2000 refractors I've added over the past year to get my progress up to date.  In the mean time, enjoy the shiny!


  1. Beautiful set, I agree! Don't quote me on this yet (I still need to sift through my boxes) but I'm pretty sure I have 1 if not 2 Topps 2000 refractors I can send your way! Shoot me an email!

  2. Wish I had some to give you. Good luck on the set.

    1. Thanks! It's definitely going to be a longterm project, but it's been a lot of fun so far. I'm trying to keep my costs under $1/card, but that's going to be tough once I get down to the stars and more heavily collected teams.