Five questions on … Superfractors



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

They’ve been the source of some of the biggest sales of modern cardboard in hobby history that don’t include a cut signature or a piece of game-used memorabilia. They’re the most sought-after of all the colors in the Bowman Chrome rainbow.

They’re Superfractors.

With the arrival of 2015 Bowman today, we have a new batch of Supers that the Chromies are chasing — both signed and unsigned. That got us curious about your thoughts on Superfractors — tell us what you think below.

How important is the Bowman Chrome Superfractor to the hobby?

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Do you own any Superfractors?

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Have you owned any Superfractors?

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Do you want to own a Superfractor?

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In general, you feel like Superfractors are …

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Have anything else to add? Tell us in the comments below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.


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  1. Richard 29 April, 2015 at 15:57

    I have to qualify that I own a number of card with a production of just 1.
    Before they started to essentially be common, I had a “type” set going, but it became pointless
    to try after a while.

    A “1/1” is nice, but I’d rather have a “1/5” hard signed autograph when it comes down to it.

  2. Larry 29 April, 2015 at 16:45

    I think topps should take extra care in making sure every superfractor is in pristine condition, more so because it is the true 1/1. No matter what it takes, superfractors that grade below pristine should not be acceptable.

  3. Mike Pereira 29 April, 2015 at 17:50

    Only feel the superfractors are overrated when compared to other 1/1 that don’t come close to the prices on them. The thing that sets it off for me is that you can really tell the difference between the superfractor and other cards in the design of Topps. As compared to the just serial number 1/1 looks you get from other products.

  4. Steve-Dood 29 April, 2015 at 18:20

    What Larry stated, but if Topps does that Larry……..’How much will they have to raise the pack prices’ ? Cuz this ain’t the 70’s, the 80’s, nor the 90’s…..where they left printing presses running all night.
    This is now the 21st century-where a ‘case’ can hold just 8 packs/boxes & have anywhere from 2-12 cards a box/pack and have a ‘sticker price tag’ from $800.00 to $4250.00…..that’s quite a few paper route profits set aside for them there adults. It was only somewheres round 10 years go, when the powers that be (MLB, MLBPA, NFL, NFLPA, etc., etc.) were going to crackdown on ‘overproduced’ cards & control them manufacturers. I guess that only applied to existing companies and not ones just about to enter the fold and take over the NBA card market…..and more to follow !!!

    I’ve heard several collectors say that “Superfractors were awesome to pull……when that 1 / 1 meant so much more”

  5. Chris Joy 29 April, 2015 at 22:21

    I finally got my first Superfractor out of a 2014 Bowman Platinum retail box. I was amazing that of all the players superfractors out there, I got a Mike Trout Superfractor, not to mention it was from Retail.

  6. Ian 30 April, 2015 at 08:21

    I pulled a super auto last year. It really stressed me out, because I felt like it wasn’t something I could keep even though I wanted to. I ended up selling it and that process wasn’t fun and I regret it now.

  7. Robert Braxton 30 April, 2015 at 09:46

    I have a theory that no one really ‘collects’ Bowman; they just ‘buy-and-sell’ it.

  8. Paul Angilly 30 April, 2015 at 11:47

    @Robert Braxton …

    I collect Red Sox team sets for Bowman every year, going back to 1989. I have no interest in parallels, though, and do not buy packs – just the cards I need for the team set.

  9. phillies_joe 30 April, 2015 at 12:00

    I just hope that I’m lucky enough to once in my lifetime pull one as I will never buy one and probably not trade for one. I think they are awesome, but I’d rather spend my money elsewhere.

    Can’t answer #5 as I feel nutral about them……folks will buy / sell them for what THEY think they are worth, hence my nutrality. Chris…do they only allow you to list 2 answers to a question? 5 should have had a middle ground answer for us to choose.

    As always… the polls!!!!

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