What is a Superfractor?

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A superfractor is the rarest parallel of the refractor card, limited to only one copy per player card per set. Superfractors can be identified by their “1/1” serial numbered stamp on either the front or the back of the card, and their gold patterned finish and/or “spiral” design.

2005 Topps Draft Pick & Prospects - [Base] - Black Superfractor #51 - Jake Delhomme /1 - Courtesy of COMC.com

What Other Refractor Variants Are There?

A refractor is a chrome-finished card that displays a rainbow-like shine when held under light. There are a number of different refractor variants, including:

  • Xfractors, which feature a checker-like design with mini squares
  • Sepia refractors, which feature a reddish-brown refractor finish
  • Negative refractors, which feature a black and white color scheme
  • Refractors in Different Colors: pink, purple, etc.

The different-colored refractors like pink and purple mentioned above aren’t typically numbered, and thus are considered different types of refractors as opposed to variations of the base refractor. That is, Topps and Bowman cards typically follow the same number and color scheme across refractor products. For example:

  • Numbered purple refractors /250
  • Numbered blue refractors /150
  • Numbered green refractors /99
  • Numbered yellow refractors /75
  • Numbered gold refractors /50
  • Numbered orange refractors /25
  • Numbered red refractors /5

This has expanded over the years with the introduction of new types of refractors like mini-diamond, lava, and others, so take this as a general list of guidance for now.

Read More: How to Tell if 1993 Finest is a Refractor

Are All 1/1s Superfractors?

No, not all 1/1s are superfractors. In fact, most 1/1s probably aren’t superfractors when you think about all of the different types of 1/1s that are out there.

Are All Superfractors 1/1s?

On the flip side, yes, all superfractors are 1/1s. So, keep these two pieces of information in mind when searching for cards to buy and using certain keywords, along with when you might be selling one or the other and needing to accurately describe them.

Which 2022 Products Have Superfractors?

One way to think about it is, if the product has a refractor, it most likely has a superfractor. Looking at the 2022 Topps Release Schedule, here are the products that have superfractors so far or soon in 2022:

  • 2022 Topps Heritage
  • 2022 Topps Finest
  • 2022 Topps Gypsy Queen
  • 2022 Bowman Chrome
  • 2022 Topps Chrome
  • 2022 Topps Cosmic Chrome
  • 2022 Topps Pristine
  • 2022 Bowman Sterling
  • 2022 Topps Stadium Club

Does Panini Have Superfactors?

Just like the similar looking yet differently-named silver prizms and refractors, Panini doesn’t have “superfractors” but something very similar in their gold vinyl 1/1 cards. Here is a side by side of a Topps Chrome superfractor and a Panini Prizm Gold Vinyl.

2021 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition - [Base] - Superfractor #609 - Chris Sale /1 - Courtesy of COMC.com
2020 Panini Prizm - [Base] - Gold Vinyl Prizm #216 - Tier III - Christian Vazquez /1 - Courtesy of COMC.com