I have done it. 1000 refractors was the goal and here's what I ended up with:
First, I'd like to thank December's contributors, Wes of JayBarkerFan's Junk who sent me 33 and Michael from The Card Raven who sent the last 6 refractors I added to the project this year. Thanks guys!!
The support from the blogging community was overwhelming! This has been a really tough year for me personally, and blogging could easily have been one of the things that got cut. But the stream of cards coming in trades and just out of the blue, along with the comments, encouragement and even shout outs on some of your blogs was a breath of fresh air and a real motivator. I'm not one of the 'big' card blogs by any means, but I feel like a member of a community even though I've met only one other blogger in person. Anyway, it means something to me to be a part of this and it makes a difference in my life. So thanks for that.
On to the refractor talk!
Of the 1135 refractors:
-2011 Topps Chrome (baseball) had the most with 177. I thought about trying to put together the 220 card set, but after dupes came out, I only have 128 cards, 92 short. I might anyway...someday.
-I have 25 Uncirculated refractors (horrible pic, sorry!)
-If you lay them end to end, they would reach almost exactly from my house to my local card shop! OK, this one is obviously fake. I don't even have a local card shop! But they would reach 331 feet, longer than a football field!!
-About 165 are 'x-fractor' types ranging from simple X-fractors to Atomic refractors.
-I'd estimate that about 120-160 are serial #'d. The lowest I found in a quick search is this 2009 Bowman Chrome Bobby Abreu /25.
What will I do with them? This and that. Some will be liquidated to fund this year's project, still to be unveiled. Maybe some will make their way into your hands. I don't know for sure, but its been a fun ride.