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Topps Update includes All-Star variations, retired greats & plenty of Yasiel Puig

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s Topps Update baseball set officially arrives on Wednesday with some of the midsummer moments, vets who changed teams and rookies, too.

And it also includes the latest batch of short-printed photo variations to chase as well as a Boston Strong red-foil stamped subset, too.

Among the short-prints found so fare are cards for Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig. Not counting parallels or variations, the outfielder has 10 cards to chase in Update alone. One of his variations, for example, shows him trying out an oversized glove.

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Topps did not disclose which cards have variations in this series, but based on early online breaks it appears several All-Stars from the past — the likes of Cal Ripken Jr., Ken Griffey Jr. and Nomar Garciaparra, for example — have short-printed cards that carry the same card numbers as today’s All-Stars from their teams. It appears others have short-prints based on memorable moments this year such as Mariano Rivera at the All-Star Game and Puig’s walk-off home run trot against the Reds (above).

Topps Update variations … so far:

US1 — Matt Harvey (All-Star lineup with David Wright)

US1 — Tom Seaver (with David Wright)

US7 — Yoenis Cespedes (Home Run Derby AL lineup)

US7 — Yoenis Cespedes (with Robinson Cano)

US16 — Bo Jackson (All-Star)

US35 — Andrew McCutchen (with Pedro Alvarez at All-Star Game)

US53 — Chipper Jones (All-Star)

US53 — Hank Aaron (with Willie Mays)

US53 — Craig Kimbrel (with Braves at All-Star Game)

US73 — Will Clark (with Matt Williams)

US73 — Willie Mays (with Sandy Koufax)

US79 — Yu Darvish (with Hisashi Iwakuma)

US88 — Troy Tulowitzki (with other Rockies All-Stars)

US114 — Nomar Garciaparra (All-Star)

US114 — Wade Boggs (All-Star)

US119 — Ken Griffey Jr. (All-Star)

US119 — Ken Griffey Jr. (All-Star with trophy)

US134 — Justin Verlander (with David Wright)

US140 — Tony Gwynn (with Ken Griffey Jr.)

US142 — Yadier Molina (with Buster Posey)

US150 — Gerrit Cole (with towel)

US180 — Bryce Harper (NL Derby lineup)

US188 — John Kruk (All-Star moment)

US193 — Max Scherzer (with Miguel Cabrera)

US200 — Wil Myers (with Rays players)

US205 — Prince George of Cambridge

US216 — Cal Ripken Jr. (All-Star)

US216 — Cal Ripken Jr. (with trophy)

US218 – Miguel Cabrera (with Adam Jones and Mike Trout)

US250 — Yasiel Puig (big glove)

US250 — Yasiel Puig (horizontal pointing)

US250 — Yasiel Puig (sliding)

US268 — Joey Votto (with other Reds All-Stars)

US268 — Teddy Kremer (with Dusty Baker)

US276 — Torii Hunter (All-star lineup)

US285 — David Ortiz (with Yankees at All-Star Game)

US300 — Mike Trout (with Robinson Cano)

US313 — Mariano Rivera (entering All-Star Game horizontal)

US313 — Mariano Rivera (entering All-Star Game vertical)

US316 — David Wright (with other All-Stars)

US323 — Robinson Cano (celebrating All-Star moment)

US323 — Don Mattingly (with Bo Jackson)

US323 — Lou Gehrig

2 — Derek Jeter (past All-Star trophy)

270 — Manny Machado (horizontal)

286 — Jurickson Profar (no cap and with other Rangers)

305 — Shelby Miller (waist-up throwing)

589 — Jose Fernandez (horizontal)

661 — Hyun-Jin Ryu (batting)

661 — Hyun-Jin Ryu (no helmet)

This is a working list of variations noted so far. If you spot others, leave them in the comments below. (Another way for you to know if you have an SP? There typically are not parallels — Gold. Red, Blue, Pink etc. — made for the SPs.)

The Boston Strong parallels have red foil and are serial-numbered to 50 copies. It’s unclear at this time whether they only exist for Red Sox players or whether they are for all cards.

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

7 Comments

Chris- I pulled a “Reggie” Chasing History card. I thought you might like to have it for your collection, since it is a vintage 1973 picture-beard and all- of him……..

Posted October 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink
Richard

Looking forward to the Boston Strong parallels.Go Bosox!!!!!!

Posted October 16, 2013 at 5:35 am | Permalink
Lou

The only thing bigger than Puig’s glove in the top card is his ego. Isn’t Puigmania over yet?

Posted October 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
Jason K

Topps can’t seem to find the balance… They do a Super SP of the hottest rookie a couple years ago (Strasburg) and everybody (that I talked to at least) was ticked off because they couldn’t complete their sets. Now, this year, they give the hottest rookie so many cards that the market will be over saturated.

Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

Define balance? Reality is that there’s no right or wrong answer — and demand for cards (price-wise) showed that there was interest in past. Likely to be the case now, too, though historically Update has had the easiest chances at getting SPs.

Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
Jason K

I guess my question is why does Topps do anything other than a regular print run for the “super hot rookie” every year? If it is Topps base or update, it should have a standard print run. Period. Let the SPs be in the SP-centric sets (Heritage, A&G, Gypsy Queen, etc.). The Strasburg situation a couple years ago left a bunch of collectors with incomplete sets. The situation with Harper last year left a bunch of collectors with incomplete sets, AND no fewer than 8 “kinda” rookie cards.

Now, I have no problem with variations. They add value to a box and they make things fun. Personally, the “super rookie” SP that seems to happen with Topps every year is almost enough for me to give up on Topps base (and that is the ONLY set I complete every year, no matter what).

Posted October 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
RJ

Strasburg had a regular RC in Update, so they made up for it … but they completely screwed up Harper by SSPing his actual RC in Series 2 and then making two subset RCs in Update, which weren’t really rookie cards. I have no problem with variations (just pulled Puig sliding!) if they actually have a legit base RC to start with.

Posted October 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

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