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The 1998 Topps Tek Thread

caster513

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Jul 16, 2013
440
Cincinnati, OH
Finally landed my 1st Lofton Diffractor. I have only seen a handful for sale in the last 4-5 years, wish I would have bought into these 10-15 years ago.


 
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onionring9

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Aug 7, 2008
3,483
Thanks, yeah I’m basing my theory only on this Diffractor because it’s the only one I’ve got that went from pack to soft sleeve and then to me. It’s by far the worst condition 1998 Tek I’ve ever encountered with pretty major surface and structural issues. I’ve seen some other pretty shabby Diffractors but I haven’t been collecting nearly long enough to form a reliable opinion. I’m much more inclined to go with your theory and call this one an outlier.
Hmm this makes me want to go back through mine. I never really cared much about quality so haven't looked.
 

togaman

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Oct 27, 2008
1,220
Houston
So a TEK coillector on a different board sent me a Same Card# pattern # Ripken card # 51 pattern # 51 so down to
13p13 McGwire 21p21 Clemens, and 63p63 Konerko to complete a 90 card same Card #/Pattern # set

Will buy or trade for as well as these below. Anybody?

My 1998 TEK Condition Upgrade Want List
For some reason Pattern #36 for me seemed to have alot of blemishes. My completed 8100 card 98 TE master set is mint to near mint with none of the cards except these on condition upgrade want list below having any blemishes such as scratches, water marks, tiny black dots, peeling of the silver oval on back of card containing the card/pattern, and misalignment of the card/pattern within that silver oval

Condition Upgrade Want List
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

1998 Topps TEK 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)

1998 Topps TEK Same Card #/ Pattern # Want List (Set # 4)…..(87/90 so far)
13p13(Mark McGwire), 21p21(Roger Clemens), 63p63(Paul Konerko)
 
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chris19978

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Aug 30, 2011
966
Yeah and I am down to 5 cards left made 2 big purchases that knocked 18 off my list and 3 Diffractors I believe I know need 1, 4, 9, 17, and 85 but will have to double check. I am wondering how long till I find those 5.


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chris19978

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Aug 30, 2011
966
Well I made a huge jump on my Jeter co of his 1998 Topps Tek now I have 5 Diffractors and 85 of the 90 of the base set. Looking for 1, 4, 9, 17, and 85 now. Let me know if you have any of these I am willing to buy.


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togaman

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Oct 27, 2008
1,220
Houston
Well I made a huge jump on my Jeter co of his 1998 Topps Tek now I have 5 Diffractors and 85 of the 90 of the base set. Looking for 1, 4, 9, 17, and 85 now. Let me know if you have any of these I am willing to buy.


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Are you the guy from Stafford, Virginia selling a bunch of 1998 TEK Jeters on ebay one at a time?
 
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rinkrat38

Member
Oct 14, 2012
261
South Deerfield, Mass.
Yup, it was me. I needed all three. That will bring me to 40 Ripken diffractors. These were all available at BIN for 24 hrs plus. I made offers for all three that were accepted the next day. 2 of the 3 were from a collector in Japan, a nice fellow who I've dealt with before for diffractors.

Rich
 

nosterbor

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Jun 20, 2010
5,494
Sunny Florida
Yup, it was me. I needed all three. That will bring me to 40 Ripken diffractors. These were all available at BIN for 24 hrs plus. I made offers for all three that were accepted the next day. 2 of the 3 were from a collector in Japan, a nice fellow who I've dealt with before for diffractors.

Rich
Does he have any Juan Gonzalez diffractors?
 

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