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.
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.