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    I enjoy hearing stories, especially from the veteran TEK collectors, on how they put together their larger collections back in the early days of Ebay. How much of your collection came from opening boxes? Did you use any of the Usenet forums way back in the late 90s? Ebay used to allow direct messages between sellers/buyers if I recall. These are fun stories to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian26 View Post
    I enjoy hearing stories, especially from the veteran TEK collectors, on how they put together their larger collections back in the early days of Ebay. How much of your collection came from opening boxes? Did you use any of the Usenet forums way back in the late 90s? Ebay used to allow direct messages between sellers/buyers if I recall. These are fun stories to read.
    Check out the second post on this thread. It was just 2012 when Griffey Diffractors were going for less than $40 on ebay.
    1998 Tek Diffractor Wantlist - Grace & Sosa
    1998 Tek Jay Buhner Wantlist - 41 and 57
    1998 Tek Griffey Wantlist - 1, 4, 19, 23, 27, 49, 53, 66, 72, 86
    Complete Want lists HERE

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGreerFan View Post
    Check out the second post on this thread. It was just 2012 when Griffey Diffractors were going for less than $40 on ebay.
    Haha so crazy


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    Bump for Tek collectors. Still need these 3 cards to finish my Thome set: 17,24,90

    Thanks for looking!

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    Updated post # 4464 October 28, 2018
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    Thanks to a seller on ebay for parting with one of the cards in his 1998 TEK lot that didn't sell for selling me a Moises Alou Card # 55 pattern# 55. I completed several extra sets of pattern# 1s and same Card#/pattern# 98 TEKs in addition to my completed 8100 cards. I did a ridiculously time consuming quality check a few years ago and have 20 1998 TEK Id like to improve the condition of as the remaining 8080 cards stored in 90 Ultra 10 sheet 90 card binders are mint/near mint with no scratches, water marks, black dots, peeling of the silver ovals on back containing the card #/pattern # or misalignment of the card #/pattern# within that silver oval. Its an OCD thing. In addition for the fun of it while building the 8100 card set I also started picking up player uniform # 1998 TEK cards and need one more card (a Mussina card # 80 pattern# 35) to complete a 90 card Player Uniform # set.

    Any help greatly appreciated. Haven't been doing much in past couple years with the 98 TEk other than occasionally cherry picking off any Pattern #1s and the same Card#/pattern #s . I do have 1400+ dupes


    I also have one diffractor to trade Dunwoody 36 pattern #63 (Odd in that I have 3 of that one specific Dunwoody at one time) I'd trade it for any on want list below. (Preferably for set # 2 which has 14 to go for all 90). I have been able to complete one mixed 90 card Diffractor set so far but the prices have been driven up so high the last 5 years that I stopped bidding a year or two ago
    1998
    Topps TEK Diffractor want list (Set # 2)
    14 to go out of 90 to complete set
    9,13,14,16,30,51,57,61,66,67,74,78,80,85

    1998 Topps TEK Diffractor want list (Set # 3)
    32 to go out of 90 to complete set
    1,3,6,7,9,10,13,14,15,16,17,23,26,27,39,43,44,45,4 7,50,51,56,57,60,61,66,67,74,78,80,85,87

    My 1998 TEK Condition Upgrade Want List (must be mint or near mint)

    Ivan Rodriguez...Card # 5 Pat # 47
    Dante Bichette….Card # 8 Pat # 36
    Derek Jeter........Card # 14 Pat # 44
    Brady Anderson..Card # 16 Pat # 34
    David Justice......Card # 18 Pat # 25
    Chipper Jones......Card # 19 Pat # 28
    Tino Martinez.......Card # 25 Pat # 38
    Curt Schilling........Card # 32 Pat # 7
    Todd Dunwoody...Card # 36 Pat # 36
    Paul O' Neill..........Card # 37 Pat # 24
    Randy Johnson......Card # 39 Pat #s 11,21,27
    Albert Belle...........Card # 47 Pat # 36
    Jeromy Burnitz......Card # 48 Pat # 36
    Ellis Burks.............Card # 53 Pat # 25
    Paul Konerko........Card # 63 Pat # 8
    Knoblauch............Card # 70 Pat # 36
    Kevin Brown.........Card # 71 Pat # 36
    Jeff Bagwell..........Card # 74 Pat # 78
    Mike Mussina...…..Card # 80 Pat# 35 (For card #/ Uniform #set)
    Ray Lankford...…...Card # 90 patter# 90 (Need 2)
    Pattern # 1 Want List (Set # 3) (78/90 so far)
    4(John Olerud), 8(Dante Bichette), 11(Derek Jeter), 37(Paul O’Neill), 45(Kenny Lofton), 50(Greg Maddux), 51(Cal Ripken, Jr), 56(Raul Mondesi), 58(Tony Clark),
    60(Juan Gonzalez), 62(Jose Cruz Jr), 67(Roberto Alomar)

    Pattern # 1 Want List (Set # 4) (46/90 so far)
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11,13,14,15,17,18,21,23,28,30,36,3 7,38,42,45,48,50,51,53,56,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,67, 69,70,71,72,78,84,85,90

    Same Card #/ Pattern # Want List (Set # 4)…..(86/90 so far)
    13p13(Mark McGwire), 21p21(Roger Clemens), 51p51(Cal Ripken, Jr), 63p63(Paul Konerko)

    Same Card #/ Pattern # Want List (Set # 5)….(69/90 so far)
    2,7,9,13,14,15,21,23,27,30,33,39,41,49,51,63,64,66 ,67,78,90
    Last edited by togaman; 11-10-2018 at 06:40 PM.
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    Thanks to a seller on ebay for parting with one of the cards in his 1998 TEK lot that didn't sell for selling me a Moises Alou Card # 55 pattern# 55. I completed several extra sets of pattern# 1s and same Card#/pattern# 98 TEKs in addition to my completed 8100 cards. I did a ridiculously time consuming quality check a few years ago and have 20 1998 TEK Id like to improve the condition of as the remaining 8080 cards stored in 90 Ultra 10 sheet 90 card binders are mint/near mint with no scratches, water marks, black dots, peeling of the silver ovals on back containing the card #/pattern # or misalignment of the card #/pattern# within that silver oval. Its an OCD thing. In addition for the fun of it while building the 8100 card set I also started picking up player uniform # and need one more card (a Mussina card # 80 pattern# 35) to complete a 90 card Player Uniform # set.

    Any help greatly appreciated. Haven't been doing much in past couple years with the 98 TEk other than occasionally cherry picking off any Pattern #1s and the same Card#/pattern #s . I do have 1400+ dupes


    I also have one diffractor to trade Dunwoody 36 pattern #63 (Odd in that I had 3 of that one specific Dunwoody Diffractor at one time) I'd trade it for any on Diffractor want lists below. (Preferably for set # 2 which has 14 to go for all 90). I have been able to complete one mixed 90 card Diffractor set so far but the prices have been driven up so high the last 5 years that I stopped bidding a year or two ago
    1998
    Topps TEK Diffractor want list (Set # 2)
    14 to go out of 90 to complete set
    9,13,14,16,30,51,57,61,66,67,74,78,80,85

    1998 Topps TEK Diffractor want list (Set # 3)
    32 to go out of 90 to complete set
    1,3,6,7,9,10,13,14,15,16,17,23,26,27,39,43,44,45,4 7,50,51,56,57,60,61,66,67,74,78,80,85,87

    My 1998 TEK Condition Upgrade Want List (must be mint or near mint)

    Ivan Rodriguez...Card # 5 Pat # 47
    Dante Bichette….Card # 8 Pat # 36
    Derek Jeter........Card # 14 Pat # 44
    Brady Anderson..Card # 16 Pat # 34
    David Justice......Card # 18 Pat # 25
    Chipper Jones......Card # 19 Pat # 28
    Tino Martinez.......Card # 25 Pat # 38
    Curt Schilling........Card # 32 Pat # 7
    Todd Dunwoody...Card # 36 Pat # 36
    Paul O' Neill..........Card # 37 Pat # 24
    Randy Johnson......Card # 39 Pat #s 11,21,27
    Albert Belle...........Card # 47 Pat # 36
    Jeromy Burnitz......Card # 48 Pat # 36
    Ellis Burks.............Card # 53 Pat # 25
    Paul Konerko........Card # 63 Pat # 8
    Knoblauch............Card # 70 Pat # 36
    Kevin Brown.........Card # 71 Pat # 36
    Jeff Bagwell..........Card # 74 Pat # 78
    Mike Mussina...…..Card # 80 Pat# 35 (For card #/ Uniform #set)
    Ray Lankford...…...Card # 90 pattern# 90 (Need 2)

    Pattern # 1 Want List (Set # 3) (78/90 so far)
    4(John Olerud), 8(Dante Bichette), 11(Derek Jeter), 37(Paul O’Neill), 45(Kenny Lofton), 50(Greg Maddux), 51(Cal Ripken, Jr), 56(Raul Mondesi), 58(Tony Clark),
    60(Juan Gonzalez), 62(Jose Cruz Jr), 67(Roberto Alomar)

    Pattern # 1 Want List (Set # 4) (46/90 so far)
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11,13,14,15,17,18,21,23,28,30,36,3 7,38,42,45,48,50,51,53,56,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,67, 69,70,71,72,78,84,85,90

    Same Card #/ Pattern # Want List (Set # 4)…..(86/90 so far)
    13p13(Mark McGwire), 21p21(Roger Clemens), 51p51(Cal Ripken, Jr), 63p63(Paul Konerko)

    Same Card #/ Pattern # Want List (Set # 5)….(69/90 so far)
    2,7,9,13,14,15,21,23,27,30,33,39,41,49,51,63,64,66 ,67,78,90
    Last edited by togaman; 11-10-2018 at 06:42 PM.
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    At a rate of one Belle diffractor added to the PC every one or two years, I might be able to get all of them before I die. Key word there is "might" haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by MansGame View Post
    At a rate of one Belle diffractor added to the PC every one or two years, I might be able to get all of them before I die. Key word there is "might" haha

    I haven’t added a Juan Gone diffractor in over a year... 😒

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    I won one last night.

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    Hi everybody,

    I’m hoping to get a little help here. I stumbled upon a 1998 Topps Tek Jeter #14 Pattern 56. I’m new to baseball collecting and can’t tell whether it is or is not a defractor. It shows rainbow reflection in the light like a Chrome refractor, but the semi-ovular photo background does not have a pattern to it that looks, to me, like cracked ice. Is there an easy way to know for sure whether this card is a defractor? I tried to attach a photo, but no dice. Thanks!

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    The 1998 Topps Tek Thread

    No cracked ice = no diffractor
    All base cards have the “rainbow reflection” like a modern chrome refractor


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer Andy View Post
    No cracked ice = no diffractor
    All base cards have the “rainbow reflection” like a modern chrome refractor


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    Extremely helpful. Thanks much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK_Kid View Post
    Extremely helpful. Thanks much.
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    @togaman - drat... I missed the Darin Erstad's.

    I'm still missing: 4, 29, 30, 33, 60, 68, 71, 81, 83, 86 + most diffractors.
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