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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat38 View Post
    Always enjoy matching up my '98 Tek diffractor collection with those of the player collectors. Invariably there's a huge overlap as Joe @onionring9 recently pointed out about our respective McGwire diffractor collections. I only have 34 Ripken diffractors to your 50, but our collections overlap by 22. I do have Ripken diffractor patterns 3, 7, 9, 11, 22, 27, 34, 45, 56, 58, 70, 90, but that still just totals 62 patterns between us. (Not looking to sell or trade at this time except for an extra Ripken diffractor p. 48.) 62 is the largest number I have of any one player, 62 different diffractor patterns of Rafael Palmeiro. Only other players I have more than 50 diffractor patterns of are Manny Ramirez (57) and Roger Clemens (52).

    BTW, you are another on a long list of diffractor collectors without a diffractor pattern 41. I have 3,464 different diffractor patterns of the 90 players but no pattern 41 of any player! Haven't heard of anyone that has one.

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    3,464 different refractor patterns?? 😳
    That is incredible...

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    3,464 diffractors? Good god man. That is NUTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat38 View Post
    Always enjoy matching up my '98 Tek diffractor collection with those of the player collectors. Invariably there's a huge overlap as Joe @onionring9 recently pointed out about our respective McGwire diffractor collections. I only have 34 Ripken diffractors to your 50, but our collections overlap by 22. I do have Ripken diffractor patterns 3, 7, 9, 11, 22, 27, 34, 45, 56, 58, 70, 90, but that still just totals 62 patterns between us. (Not looking to sell or trade at this time except for an extra Ripken diffractor p. 48.) 62 is the largest number I have of any one player, 62 different diffractor patterns of Rafael Palmeiro. Only other players I have more than 50 diffractor patterns of are Manny Ramirez (57) and Roger Clemens (52).

    BTW, you are another on a long list of diffractor collectors without a diffractor pattern 41. I have 3,464 different diffractor patterns of the 90 players but no pattern 41 of any player! Haven't heard of anyone that has one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onthespotdetailing View Post
    Why do you think that is about p 41

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    Not p. 41--my mistake. It's p. 49 that's missing. My guess would be some kind of print run foul-up. A number of us have checked with many player collectors and no one has one. Before I discovered the missing p. 49 stuff, I did talk to a card store owner in Illinois who had several cases of '98 Teks that he was sitting on -- still is as far as I know, but he also had a quantity of uncut '98 Tek diffractor sheets. Didn't get info about players or patterns. May be that is part of an explanation. Anyone knows, I'm all ears!

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    That pic + Rinkrat only having 62 patterns of a player is pretty depressing.

    How are you other collectors rationalizing that there is no true completion available? The thrill of the chase is what I loved about the set but honesly I'm not sure I'm going to continue chasing a truly impossible completion.
    Gradually downsizing my AJ collection. If you are looking for a specific card, PM me, I may have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat38 View Post
    Not p. 41--my mistake. It's p. 49 that's missing. My guess would be some kind of print run foul-up. A number of us have checked with many player collectors and no one has one. Before I discovered the missing p. 49 stuff, I did talk to a card store owner in Illinois who had several cases of '98 Teks that he was sitting on -- still is as far as I know, but he also had a quantity of uncut '98 Tek diffractor sheets. Didn't get info about players or patterns. May be that is part of an explanation. Anyone knows, I'm all ears!

    Rich
    I'd really really like to see a picture of an uncut diffractor sheet, that must be incredible!

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    Since none of us will ever have complete collections because of 1/1's, I guess I'm already over it. I suppose I have gradually come to think of diffractors as 1/1's. Same thing for 99 and 00 golds but to a lesser degree. I will get them now and then if the price is right, but I have no fantasies of ever getting them all.

    I don't think anyone has ever gotten a complete run of diffractors for any player have they? And there are collectors out there who are much more serious than me, who have many more connections in the hobby, and who have been working for 20 years on it! I mean, if Rich is still "only" at 62 for one player, then I don't stand a chance.

    Basically what I'm saying is that I repeat the serenity prayer often


    Quote Originally Posted by Fandruw25 View Post
    That pic + Rinkrat only having 62 patterns of a player is pretty depressing.

    How are you other collectors rationalizing that there is no true completion available? The thrill of the chase is what I loved about the set but honesly I'm not sure I'm going to continue chasing a truly impossible completion.
    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
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    1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo - 1995 Score Rules Jumbo
    1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview - 1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold
    1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion - 1997 Fleer Showcase Legacy

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    Does anyone know of more than 5 copies of any diffractor pattern? I know there are 5 of McGwire pattern 1 (I have 3 and know 2 people that have one as well) so there are at least 5. Just curious if anyone has tracked more than 5 of any or if that's as high as we've gotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banjar View Post
    I don't think anyone has ever gotten a complete run of diffractors for any player have they? And there are collectors out there who are much more serious than me, who have many more connections in the hobby, and who have been working for 20 years on it! I mean, if Rich is still "only" at 62 for one player, then I don't stand a chance.
    There was a big time David Justice collector back in the day that I think had 70+ Justice diffractors - that was the highest I ever saw in any one particular collection. I only have 10-15 diffractors of each Rockies player in the set, however I never really aggressively chased them. Pattern 1 diffractors seem to be the most plentiful, yet that could just be from exposure since it's the first pattern.

    EDIT - found the Justice guy, looks like he still needs 24 patterns - http://www.justice1of1.com/justice/diffractors.html
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    Here are my 8 Heltons - 1, 3, 4, 32, 48, 67, 69, 74
    also have 13 Larry Walkers, 12 Vinny Castillas, 6 Dante Bichettes, and 5 Ellis Burks

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    Quote Originally Posted by corockies View Post




    Here are my 8 Heltons - 1, 3, 4, 32, 48, 67, 69, 74
    also have 13 Larry Walkers, 12 Vinny Castillas, 6 Dante Bichettes, and 5 Ellis Burks
    Nice team diffractor set!

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    Quote Originally Posted by onionring9 View Post
    Does anyone know of more than 5 copies of any diffractor pattern? I know there are 5 of McGwire pattern 1 (I have 3 and know 2 people that have one as well) so there are at least 5. Just curious if anyone has tracked more than 5 of any or if that's as high as we've gotten.
    Long time ago I tracked 6 of several patterns and 7 of one pattern, cards that I had and checked with just a couple of other people. I've since traded off most of my multi-duplicates, but still have 3 of 22 different patterns -- 1 for my collection and 2 extras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corockies View Post
    EDIT - found the Justice guy, looks like he still needs 24 patterns - http://www.justice1of1.com/justice/diffractors.html
    I've traded a fair amount with him. Stu Thomas of Oakville, Ont. He has 66 Justice patterns. I have 34, but there is no overlap. I traded him the patterns I had that he needed. As far as I know he has the largest single player diffractor collection out there. If you have one of the patterns he needs, contact Stu at smt@cogeco.ca. Good guy, easy to trade with.

    Rich

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