I was looking through my Andruw Jones list today and came accross this. I decided to look it up on Beckett to see what the difference was. Here is Beckett's explanation:
Randomly inserted in retail packs at the rate of one in two and one in every HTA pack, this 275-card set is parallel to the base set only without the Finest Protector covering and features double-sided Finest technology.
So what I gather, retails packs carried cards without the protective covering that you can peel off? Is there something I am missing? This doesn't seem to be a parallel at all. Basically you can just peel off the protective covering and it is now a parallel? Oddly enough, the "No Protector" version is valued at $2 more than the regular version?
If someone could shed some light on this, I would greatly appreciate it.