2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations and SSPs: What You Need to Know

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The 2017 Topps Heritage High Number variations follow a similar path as those that were part of the main set from earlier in the season. That means they come in several varieties. It also means that some of the short prints are much tougher to pull than others.

Types of 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations and SSPs

Variations come in five themes: Action Image, Team Name Color Swap, Error, Traded and Throwback Uniform. Based on the hobby odds, Action Image are the easiest to pull at 1:31 2017 Topps Heritage High Number packs. They’re followed by Color Swap (1:110), Error (1:461), and Traded (1:461). 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Throwback Variations are by far the toughest to pull at 1:1,648 hobby packs.

Action Image Variations

Action Image Variations have different photos. Like the 1968 Topps set 2017 Heritage pays homage to, base photos are primarily portraits and close-ups of players’ faces.

Action Variations take a more traditional approach to photos. Players are shown in the process of playing.

Not only are these the most common 2017 Topps Heritage High Number variations, but they’re generally the easiest to spot as well.

Team Color Swap Variations

Team Color Swaps are somewhat subtle, but can be spotted on the front. Look to the circle. Regular base cards have  colorful background on the circle.

For Color Swaps, the background on that circle is switched to black. There are some switches with the lettering as well, but that can get tricky. Remember, black background for the circle and you’re good to go.

Error and Traded Variations

To a certain extent, the Error and Traded Variations are a nod to some of the quirks and mistakes found in 1968 Topps.

Error Variations are intentional. They’re not printing mistakes. Typically, they can be anything from a spelling mistake to a wrong stat on one line in the back, a switched up birthday, the wrong player on the front or any other or “snafu.” These are usually some of the hardest variations to find as they’re usually one small blip, often on the back of the card. Not this time.

For the Error Variations in this set, there’s a common theme of the wrong color for the team name on the front. But you don’t want to confuse them for the Color Swaps. This is where the 2017 Topps Heritage High Number codes can come in especially handy. And handily, they’re all below.

Traded Variations add a small line of text in the vital stats at the top of the card back. Regular base cards don’t note how players arrived on the team. Traded Variations do. On the third line under Height, they say, “Acquired…” along with the specifics of the transaction.

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Traded Variations

Throwback Variations

If you land one of the 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Throwback Variations you’re got some cardboard gold. Heritage is an extremely popular line for master set builders. Given the extreme rarity of the Throwbacks, they can create something of a frenzy particularly the first few copies of each.

Throwback Variations not only have a different photo from the base card, but there’s a very specific theme. Players are wearing old-time jerseys from Throwback the Clock-style games.

How to Spot 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations

Some variations can be extremely hard to spot, particularly when it comes to the Errors where only a small bit of text might be switched.

However, the codes on the backs of 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations do offer a quick way to either spot them when going through a large stack or confirm your suspicions.

Go to the fine print at the bottom and look at the small print. There’s a lot there, but the only thing you need to check is the code at the end of it all. These codes are intended for something else on the production side but sometimes they can be used to identify different types of cards — like variations.

Here are the important code endings to confirm if you have one of the 2017 Topps Heritage High Number variations:

• Base (#501-700) – 23
• Base Short Prints (#701-725) – 33
• Action Image Variations – 48
• Team Color Swap Variations – 49
• Errors Variations – 45
• Traded Variations – 46
• Throwback Variations – 47

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations Checklist

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Throwback

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Throwback Variations Gallery

Inserted: 1:1,648 hobby packs
Code on back ends in: 47

541 Yangervis Solarte, San Diego Padres


Throwback Variation SSP – wearing helmet


Base – wearing cap


572 Addison Reed, New York Mets


Throwback Variation SSP – gray jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


587 Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers


Throwback Variation SSP – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


593 Hyun-Soo Kim, Baltimore Orioles


Throwback Variation SSP – wearing elbow guard


Base – sky in background, wearing cap


604 Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants


Throwback Variation SSP – orange jersey


Base – white jersey


616 Whit Merrifield


Throwback Variation SSP – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


619 Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds


2017 Topps Heritage High Number Throwback Variation Raisel Iglesias SSP

Throwback Variation SSP – pitching


Base – kneeling


633 David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks


Throwback Variation SSP – wearing helmet


Base – swinging bat


640 Miguel Gonzalez, Chicago White Sox


Throwback Variation SSP – throwing


Base – striped jersey, sky in background


644 Chase Anderson, Milwaukee Brewers


Throwback Variation SSP – ball not visible


Base – ball visible in hand


649 Mike Clevinger, Cleveland Indians


Throwback Variation SSP – pitching


Base – kneeling


668 Steve Cishek, Seattle Mariners


Throwback Variation SSP – throwing


Base – standing, sky in background


705 Vince Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies


Throwback Variation SSP – striped cap, brown glove


Base – black glove


717 Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers


Throwback Variation SSP – gray jersey, swinging


Base – white jersey


723 Mike Leake, St. Louis Cardinals


Throwback Variation SSP – throwing


Base – standing, sky in background


Action

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Action Variations Gallery

Inserted: 1:31 hobby packs
Code on back ends in: 48

508 Christian Arroyo, San Francisco Giants


2017 Topps Heritage High Number Action Variations Christian Arroyo

Action Variation – wearing helmet


Base – bat on shoulder, wearing cap


517 Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds


Action Variation – red jersey


Base – white jersey


523 Antonio Senzatela, Colorado Rockies


Action Variation – knee up


Base – trees in background


534 Brandon Phillips, Atlanta Braves


Action Variation – swinging


Base – arms crossed


535 Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers


Action Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


568 Koda Glover, Washington Nationals


Action Variation – pitching


Base – white jersey


576 Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians


Action Variation – wearing helmet


Base – wearing sunglasses, cap


642 Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays


Action Variation – throwing


Base – trees in background


647 Matt Wieters, Washington Nationals


Action Variation – holding mask


Base – wearing sunglasses


660 Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs


Action Variation – wearing helmet, blue jersey


Base – wearing cap, pinstripe jersey


664 Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians


Action Variation – wearing sunglasses


Base – holding bat


676 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners


2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations - Mitch Haniger Action

Action Variation – high five


Base – white jersey


678 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Action Variation – batting


Base – wearing cap, bat on shoulder


686 Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees


Action Variation – crowd in background


Base – sky in background


706 Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals


Action Variation – throwing


Base – building in background


 

Traded

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Traded Variations Gallery

Inserted: 1:461 hobby packs
Code on back ends in: 46

510 Yovani Gallardo, Seattle Mariners




528 Logan Forsythe, Los Angeles Dodgers


2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations - 528 Logan Forsythe Traded



529 Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox




534 Brandon Phillips, Atlanta Braves




547 Dan Straily, Miami Marlins




589 Drew Smyly, Seattle Mariners




642 Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays




647 Matt Wieters, Washington Nationals




664 Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians




686 Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees




Error

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Error Variations Gallery

Inserted: 1:461 hobby packs
Code on back ends in: 45

Stay tuned in the days ahead as we start adding a comprehensive gallery for the Error Variations.

508 Christian Arroyo, San Francisco Giants


Error Variation – white team name on front


Base – yellow team name on front


513 Amir Garrett, Cincinnati Reds


Error Variation – yellow team name on front


Base – white team name on front


517 Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds


Error – yellow team name on front


Base – white team name on front


523 Antonio Senzatela, Colorado Rockies


2017 Topps Heritage High Number Error Variation Antonio Senzatela

Error Variation – white team name, Heritage and RC logo switched


Base – black team name on front


576 Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians


Error Variation – white team name on front


Base – red team name on front


642 Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays


Error Variation – white team name on front


Base – yellow team name on front


646 Jordan Montgomery, New York Yankees


Error Variation – white team name on front


Base – yellow team name on front


660 Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs


Error – yellow team name on front


Base – white team name on front


676 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners


Error Variation – white team name on front


Base – yellow team name on front


678 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Error Variation – white team name on front


Base – yellow team name on front


Team Color Swap

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Team Color Swap Variations Gallery

Inserted: 1:110 hobby packs
Code on back ends in: 49

Stay tuned in the days ahead as we start adding a comprehensive gallery for the Team Color Swap Variations.

508 Christian Arroyo, San Francisco Giants


Color Swap


Base


517 Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds


Color Swap


Base


529 Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox


Color Swap


Base


534 Brandon Phillips, Atlanta Braves


Color Swap


Base


568 Koda Glover, Washington Nationals


Color Swap


Base


576 Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians


Color Swap


Base


613 Dan Vogelbach, Seattle Mariners


Color Swap


Base


639 Jorge Alfaro, Philadelphia Phillies


Color Swap


Base


642 Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays


2017 Topps Heritage High Number Team Name Color Swap Variations Jose De Leon

Color Swap


Base


647 Matt Wieters, Washington Nationals


Color Swap


Base


651 Matt Hoffman, Colorado Rockies


Color Swap


Base


660 Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs


Color Swap


Base


664 Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians


Color Swap


Base


676 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners


Color Swap


Base


678 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Color Swap


Base


686 Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees


Color Swap


Base


706 Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals


Color Swap


Base


707 Steven Matz, New York Mets


Color Swap


Base


712 Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers


Color Swap


Base


713 Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles


Color Swap


Base


715 Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians


Color Swap


Base


716 Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants


Color Swap


Base


717 Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers


Color Swap


Base


719 Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros


Color Swap


Base


720 Lance McCullers, Houston Astros


Color Swap


Base


Comments? Questions? Have a 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variation that isn’t listed? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email at RCracknell@beckett.com.

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