Found October 10, 2012 on Mets360.com:
1999 TOPPS FINEST GOLD REFRACTOR AL LEITERI peeled Al Leiter tonight.OK, it might be helpful if I rewound a bit and explained.Back in the late ’90s, card manufacturers were dabbling in all manner of metallic printing.Collectors loved the shiny stuff, but balked at how easily these cards would get scratched or otherwise defaced.The Topps Finest issues were particularly vulnerable to outrageous fortune, so the company began applying plastic protective coating to cards like this 1999 Al Leiter gold refractor.This practice left collectors in a quandary: Remove the coating and greatly improve the presentation of the card, or leave the plastic sheet in place to maintain the card in its original state.It came to pass that the prevailing wisdom in collecting circles was to leave the coating intact. But as we all know, sometimes prevailing wisdom is just plain stupid.These 1999 gold refractors are pretty things. In addition to the mirrored gold surfaces, there is an elegant patterned printin...
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