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Postseason moments get short-print treatment in 2014 Topps baseball set — and sparkles are back, too

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Postseason celebrations — and a small selection of Series 2 cards — appear to be among the short-printed variations in 2014 Topps Series 1, according to a small selection of collectors who have posted their findings on Internet auction sites so far.

The first baseball card set of 2014 officially arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday.

Some of the cards found have numbers higher than 331, where Series 1 stops, while others have two photos. And some cards appear to have the return of the sparkle variations as well.

The list below contains cards that are confirmed as having two photos, having Series 2 numbers or having sparkles.

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The images below are of cards believed — but not necessarily yet confirmed as short-printed variations.

We’ll update this file in the coming days as we compile the list.

Let us know in the comments below if you pull any cards that are numbered higher than 331 or if you pull cards that have photos that do NOT match the player’s parallel cards.

Confirmed (updated on Feb. 1)

1-trout

No. 1 — Mike Trout (sparkle on toe; Walmart exclusive?)

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No. 14 — Yoenis Cespedes (celebration)

14-cespy

No. 14 — Yoenis Cespedes (sparkle on wrist)

15-goldy

No. 15 — Paul Goldschmidt (sparkle on bat)

18-profar

No. 18 — Jurickson Profar (sparkle on belt)

19-votto

No. 19 — Joey Votto (sparkle on helmet)

24-machado

No. 24 — Manny Machado (sparkle on glove)

25-tulo

No. 25 — Troy Tulowitzki (sparkle on wrist)

33-Harvey

No. 33 — Matt Harvey (sparkle on glove)

106-Hamilton

No. 36 — Billy Hamilton (sparkle on belt)

2014tRyu

No. 40 — Hyun-Jin Ryu (celebration)

40-ryu

No. 40 — Hyun-Jin Ryu (sparkle on ball)

42-rivera

No. 42 — Mariano Rivera (sparkle on shoulder)

44-carp

No. 44 — Matt Carpenter (sparkle on elbow)

50-posey

No. 50 — Buster Posey (sparkle on helmet)

56-walker

No. 56 — Taijuan Walker (sparkle on neck)

SP-molina

No. 57 — Yadier Molina (celebration)

57-molina

No. 57 — Yadier Molina (sparkle on shoulder)

71-rizzo

No. 71 — Anthony Rizzo (sparkle on neck)

77-chappy

No. 77 — Aroldis Chapman (sparkle on belt)

97-Gordon

No. 97 — Alex Gordon (sparkle on hand)

100-harper

No. 100 — Bryce Harper (sparkle on back of helmet)

106-Choo

No. 106 — Shin-Soo Choo (sparkle on helmet)

110myers

No. 110 — Wil Myers (sparkle on belt)

124-bruce

No. 124 — Jay Bruce (sparkle on foot)

125mauer

No. 125 — Joe Mauer (sparkle on helmet)

133-bogaerts

No. 133 — Xander Bogaerts (sparkle on ball)

148-sale

No. 148 — Chris Sale (sparkle on foot)

150-mccutch

No. 150 — Andrew McCutchen (sparkle on helmet/bat)

150-mccutchen

No. 150 — Andrew McCutchen (celebration; hand gesture)

161-beltre

No. 161 — Adrian Beltre (sparkle on teammate’s belt)

2014T-166Pedroia

No. 166 — Dustin Pedroia (World Series)

166-Pedroia

No. 166 — Dustin Pedroia (sparkle on hand)

179-cole

No. 179 — Gerrit Cole (sparkle on hand)

192-Alvarez

No. 192 — Pedro Alvarez (sparkle in crowd)

195-casty

No. 195 — Nick Castellanos (sparkle on arm)

196-hamels

No. 196 — Cole Hamels (sparkle on foot)

SwisherSP

No. 198 — Nick Swisher (celebration)

z204-gonzalez

No. 204 — Adrian Gonzalez (celebration)

204-gonzalez

No. 204 — Adrian Gonzalez (sparkle on helmet)

Heyward

No. 212 — Jason Heyward (celebration)

212-heyward

No. 212 — Jason Heyward (sparkle on foot)

217-stanton

No. 217 — Giancarlo Stanton (sparkle on bat)

Upton2014Tsp

No. 229 — Justin Upton (celebration)

229upton

No. 229 — Justin Upton (sparkle on wrist)

235-kipnis

No. 235 — Jason Kipnis (sparkle in upper-right corner)

250cabrera

No. 250 — Miguel Cabrera (celebration)

250-cabby

No. 250 — Miguel Cabrera (sparkle on fan’s watch in background)

251-romo

No. 251 — Sergio Romo (sparkle on glove)

266-wheeler

No. 266 — Zack Wheeler (sparkle on ball)

276-soriano

No. 276 — Alfonso Soriano (sparkle on helmet)

296-brown

No. 296 — Dominic Brown (sparkle on necklace)

2014T-sp-max

No. 297 — Max Scherzer (celebration)

297-scherzer

No. 297 — Max Scherzer (sparkle on belt)

300-darvish

No. 300 — Yu Darvish (sparkle on ball)

z314-ramirez

No. 314 — Hanley Ramirez (celebration)

314-ramirez

No. 314 — Hanley Ramirez (sparkle on wrist)

323-Bautista

No. 323 — Jose Bautista (sparkle on bat)

327-Sandoval

No. 327 — Pablo Sandoval (sparkle on ball)

330-longoria

No. 330 — Evan Longoria (celebration)

330-longo

No. 330 — Evan Longoria (sparkle on ball)

331-Puig-Horiz

No. 331 — Yasiel Puig (horizontal)

z331-Puig-FS

No. 331 — Yasiel Puig (vertical with Future Stars foil stamp; NOT the Rookie Cup card)

331-Puig

No. 331 — Yasiel Puig (sparkle on Rookie Cup card by right hand)

2014TWainwrightSP1

No. 375 — Adam Wainwright (Series 2 number; back to camera)

WainwrightSP2

No. 375 — Adam Wainwright (Series 2 number; hugging catcher)

2014T-400kershaw

No. 400 — Clayton Kershaw (Series 2 number; horizontal)

2014T-Kershaw400b

No. 400 — Clayton Kershaw (Series 2 number; vertical)

416-Reddick

No. 416 — Josh Reddick (Series 2 number; celebration)

Kimbrel2014Tsp

No. 425 — Craig Kimbrel (Series 2 number; fist pump)

Verlander

No. 450 — Justin Verlander (Series 2 number; celebration)

OrtizSP1

No. 475 — David Ortiz (Series 2 number; celebration with goggles on head)

2014TortizSP2

No. 475 — David Ortiz (Series 2 number; celebration with goggles on face)

2014T-550Fielder

No. 550 — Prince Fielder (Series 2 number; celebration)

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.

9 Comments

jt

i personally dont like these short-printed cards, but since my team pretty much sucks every year, they don’t get very many short-prints so its not so difficult to collect them..

Posted January 28, 2014 at 8:27 am | Permalink
rick

Agree with jt. Like I have said at least 20 times on this thing I am sick of so many SP or now I can’t stand the SSP stuff. How about two SP cards and NO MORE VETERAN VARIATION SP!

Posted January 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink
joe

Why is this a surprise at all every year its like this

Posted January 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
Jason K

I don’t dislike the SP and SSP craze. But, I think it has been done to death. I wish they didn’t do it with Topps Base Set. Leave it in SP driven sets like A&G, Heritage and Archives.

At least they didn’t photoshop a bunch of crooked politicians into the pictures. THOSE were the most annoying of the SP and “gimmick” cards Topps has ever done.

Posted January 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

Not sure what is better- Swishy on a card- or the Tribe in the playoffs!

Posted January 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
David Hollingsworth

The Sean doolittle is not a SP– I have seen parallels– Gold, red, green of it.

Posted January 28, 2014 at 11:29 pm | Permalink
Jeorge hibz

Went to Target n snagged a box b4 meeting up w/a buddy at Sweet River, the only sparkles were probably in my eyes after 6 red beers, aww lol I opened the box n got a real nice Klaw card( P Dodgers insert card) but now after reading this I must recheck, hey I had a small crowd checking the cards out as I opened each pk, we mite have a few new collectors today because of it

Posted January 30, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink
Wayne Martin, Jr.

The Topps set is really the true iconic baseball card set. It’s the one that I always make sure I get. I like the different Bowman sets with the prospects and autographs, but when it comes down to it the Topps set is what it means to collect baseball cards. These are great looking, clean cards with good photography and design. All that being said, I agree that I am sick of the SP variation cards. I don’t mind it so much in the Topps Heritage sets when they are paralleling the errors made in the original sets, but it’s too much already. Also, I try to collect all of the insert sets, but there are way too many. How about doing just a couple really nice ones rather than 25 different insert sets each with parallels? Maybe then they could ensure that there was an autograph or at least a relic in each box, not 1 in 3 unless you buy an HTA box.

Posted January 31, 2014 at 3:30 am | Permalink
Jason K

I really REALLY dislike the sparkle variations. The photo variations are enough (maybe even too much for a flagship brand). Is Topps out of ideas?

Posted February 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

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