I wasn't collecting baseball cards when Tek first came out around the turn of the century. However, I eventually decided that I'd build a full set of all the pattern variations for each of the original years. I'm not done with that yet - I haven't completed 1998. (I've more than started - I have more than half of the 90 different patterns from that set.) And I need most of the Tektonics insert set from 2000.
But Topps has been bringing back a lot of its gimmicky sets from the 1990s (somewhat thankfully), and I've been trying to keep up with the patterns for the most recent High Tek sets. I just finished 2014, and 2015 is in the bag. I need a bunch from 2016, but good news: my 2017 set is nearly complete!
Here are the patterns I have, in order:
Pattern 8 is the SpekTEKular Diffractor, and is numbered out of 15 copies each, meaning that it might take a good bit of effort to track an A and B type down.
And Pattern 9 is basically unobtainable - it's a 1/1 Gold Galactic Diffractor.
So, for about $10, I knocked out the entire "base" pattern set at a local Japanese card shop!
If you're interested, infielders and DHs get Pattern A, while pitchers, catchers, and outfielders use Pattern B. Players might have multiple positions, but they only appear in one type of pattern. Cody Bellinger is listed as "Outfield/First Base" but is a Pattern A player.
I must say, my black-background scanner certainly helps the patterns show through - light silver on a white background is tough to see.
My favorite pattern? That's a tough question. I do think that Pattern 1 and 2 aren't too interesting, with 2 having too many shapes making it really busy. Perhaps Pattern 7A is my favorite - I kind of like the gear concept. Or at least that's what it makes me think of. The waves on 5B are pretty cool, too!