2016 Topps High Tek Baseball Pattern Decoder


2016 Topps High Tek Pattern Variations Header

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Tek is back for a third year since the brand was revived in 2014. And like the previous two years, there is lots to keep track of. The 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball pattern variations offer different backgrounds for the same players. These aren’t just parallels (although, there are those, too). Rather, they offer a slightly different kind of chase that ties directly into the brand’s original run in the late 1990s.

Some of the pattern variations in 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball are new. Others were used in 2015, although not necessarily at the same rarity.

Sounds kind of tricky, doesn’t it? It is. And that’s probably by design.

And that’s why this piece is here to make sense of it all.


Not all pattern variations are available in equal numbers. Some are quite common, others are exceptionally tough. Keep that in mind as you’re sorting through your cards and deciding what to sell them for and what you’re willing to pay.

Player Groupings

Players aren’t featured on every background variation. Rather, the checklist is divided roughly in half. One half are the ‘A’ players and have one set of patterns. ‘B’ players have an entirely different set of backgrounds.

For a detailed list of who is in which group and how to figure it out, check out below the gallery.

2016 Topps High Tek Baseball Pattern Variations Gallery and Rarity

Here’s a breakdown of confirmed pattern for both the A and B groups. Pattern 1A and 1B are the most common. The higher the pattern number, the rarer it is.

Pattern 1 A/B

Pattern 1 cards are considered to be the most common. They make up the main base set.

2016 Topps High Tek 1A Spiral

Pattern 1A – Spiral

2016 Topps High Tek 1B Maze

Pattern 1B – Maze

Pattern 2 A/B

2016 Topps High Tek 2A Cubes

Pattern 2A – Cubes

2016 Topps High Tek 2B Buckle

Pattern 2B – Buckle

Pattern 3 A/B

2016 Topps High Tek 3A Grass

Pattern 3A – Grass

2016 Topps High Tek 3B Waves

Pattern 3B – Waves

Pattern 4 A/B

2016 Topps High Tek 4A Arrows

Pattern 4A – Arrows

2016 Topps High Tek 4B Peak

Pattern 4B – Peak

Pattern 5 A/B

2016 Topps High Tek 5A Lines

Pattern 5A – Lines

2016 Topps High Tek B Triangles

Group 5B – Triangles

Pattern 6 A/B?

2016 Topps High Tek 6A Diamonds

Pattern 6A – Diamonds

Other Patterns

A couple of background patterns have only shown up so far as parallels. It’s not yet known if these have base versions as well.

2016 Topps High Tek Baseball Flower

B – Flowers

2016 Topps High Tek Tire Tread

B- Tire Treads

2016 Topps High Tek Baseball – Who Is Group A? Who Is Group B?

Players in the 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball base set belong in one of two groups, A and B.

Players in Group A have one set of pattern variations while those in Group B have different ones.

For the most part, they’re divided up alphabetically by city names. So those in Arizona, Atlanta and Chicago are going to be in Group A. Players on Seattle, Texas and Toronto are going to be Group B. There are a couple of quirks, but for the most part, that’s how it works.

For full clarity, a detailed checklist for each group is below.

Group A (Starting with Spiral)

HT-AB, Aaron Blair Atlanta
HT-AG Andres Galarraga, Atlanta
HT-AJ Adam Jones, Baltimore
HT-AP A.J. Pollock, Arizona
HT-APU Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
HT-AR Anthony Rizzo, Chicago (NL)
HT-BW Billy Wagner, Houston
HT-CB Craig Biggio, Houston
HT-CC Carlos Correa, Houston
HT-CE Carl Edwards Jr., Chicago (NL)
HT-CJ Chipper Jones, Atlanta
HT-CR Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore
HT-CRO Carlos Rodon, Chicago (AL)
HT-CS Curt Schilling, Arizona
HT-CSA Chris Sale, Chicago (AL)
HT-DO David Ortiz, Boston
HT-DP David Price, Boston
HT-FL Francisco Lindor, Cleveland
HT-FT Frank Thomas, Chicago (AL)
HT-GM Greg Maddux, Atlanta
HT-GR Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
HT-HA Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves
HT-HO Henry Owens, Boston
HT-HOL Hector Olivera, Atlanta
HT-JAR Jake Arrieta, Chicago (NL)
HT-JB Johnny Bench, Cincinnati
HT-JD Johnny Damon, Kansas City
HT-JG Jon Gray, Colorado
HT-JH Jason Heyward, Chicago (NL)
HT-JM J.D. Martinez, Detroit
HT-JP Jose Peraza, Cincinnati
HT-JR Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn
HT-JS John Smoltz, Atlanta
HT-JV Jason Varitek, Boston
HT-KB Kris Bryant Chicago (NL)
HT-KS Kyle Schwarber, Chicago (NL)
HT-LG Luis Gonzalez, Arizona
HT-MC Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
HT-MF Michael Fulmer, Detroit
HT-MM Manny Machado, Baltimore
HT-MS Mallex Smith, Atlanta
HT-MT Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
HT-NA Nolan Arenado, Colorado
HT-NG Nomar Garciaparra, Boston
HT-OV Omar Vizquel, Cleveland
HT-PG Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
HT-RA Roberto Alomar, Cleveland
HT-RC Roger Clemens, Boston
HT-RJ Randy Johnson, Arizona
HT-RP Rafael Palmeiro, Baltimore
HT-RS Robert Stephenson, Cincinnati
HT-TG Tom Glavine, Atlanta
HT-TS Trevor Story, Colorado
HT-TW Ted Williams, Boston
HT-TYW Tyler White, Houston
HT-ZG Zack Greinke, Arizona

Group B (Starting with Maze)

HT-AC Aroldis Chapman, New York (AL)
HT-AM Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh
HT-AN Aaron Nola, Philadelphia
HT-APE Andy Pettitte, New York (AL)
HT-BH Bryce Harper, Washington
HT-BHP Byung-Ho Park, Minnesota
HT-BP Buster Posey, San Francisco
HT-BR Babe Ruth, New York (AL)
HT-BS Blake Snell, Tampa Bay
HT-BWI Bernie Williams, New York (AL)
HT-CK Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles (NL)
HT-CSE Corey Seager, Los Angeles (NL)
HT-DG Dee Gordon, Miami
HT-DW David Wright, New York (NL)
HT-ER Eddie Rosario, Minnesota
HT-FH Felix Hernandez, Seattle
HT-FM Frankie Montas, Los Angeles (NL)
HT-GS Giancarlo Stanton, Miami
HT-I Ichiro, Miami
HT-IR Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
HT-JBA Jose Bautista, Toronto
HT-JBE Jose Berrios, Minnesota
HT-JC Jose Canseco, Tampa Bay
HT-JDE Jacob deGrom, New York (NL)
HT-JDO Josh Donaldson, Toronto
HT-JG Juan Gonzalez, Texas
HT-KG Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle
HT-KM Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles (NL)
HT-KMA Ketel Marte, Seattle
HT-LS Luis Severino, New York (AL)
HT-MB Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco
HT-MCO Michael Conforto, New York (NL)
HT-MH Matt Harvey, New York (NL)
HT-MK Max Kepler, Minnesota
HT-MKE Matt Kemp, San Diego
HT-MMC Mark McGwire, St. Louis
HT-MP Mike Piazza, New York (NL)
HT-MS Miguel Sano, Minnesota
HT-MSC Max Scherzer, Washington
HT-MST Marcus Stroman, Toronto
HT-MTA Masahiro Tanaka, New York (AL)
HT-NC Nelson Cruz, Seattle
HT-NM Nomar Mazara, Texas
HT-NS Noah Syndergaard, New York (NL)
HT-RB Ryan Braun, Milwaukee
HT-SG Sonny Gray, Oakland
HT-SK Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles (NL)
HT-SM Sean Manaea, Oakland
HT-SP Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis
HT-TT Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto
HT-TTU Trea Turner, Washington
HT-VG Vladimir Guerrero, Montreal
HT-WB Wade Boggs, Tampa Bay
HT-YC Yoenis Cespedes, New York (NL)
HT-YD Yu Darvish, Texas

Unknown Group

HT-HA Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves (B?)
HT-JD Johnny Damon, Kansas City Royals

As more cards surface over the next day or two, hopefully we’ll get a clear picture for a set that has a lot going for it. So whether you’re busting some boxes or have a player you collect, tune in, bookmark this page and keep it handy.

If you are busting 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball and notice something to do with rarity patterns, missing patterns, corrections or have scans to share, please feel free to shoot me an email.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Gregory Janian 1 December, 2016 at 23:20

    I have an Ichiro with the triangles pattern (currently listed online for sale, but not sure if you want me to link it here). I only mention it because you have Ichiro listed in the “A” group, but you have the Triangles pattern listed as a “B” pattern. I love Hi Tek, but it seems like this year is especially hard to decode the patterns/short prints, etc. Sometimes, wish they would just number them to make it easier to identify just how short a print it may be.

  2. Don Schmitt 9 December, 2016 at 17:05

    I pulled an interesting card that I can’t find any info on. It’s a Jackie Robinson spiral pattern that also has bubbles. It’s orange but not #’d. I haven’t seen anything like it on ebay or in the above pattern guide. Any ideas?

  3. Lowell 11 December, 2016 at 07:56

    I have a Jason Heyward, not sure of pattern, but it says Anthony Rizzo above the stats line on back. New to tek so not sure if an error or what. Thanks!

  4. Brad Absher 27 December, 2016 at 23:47

    I pulled a Nelson Cruz the has a design I don’t see on here. It is like the Base 1B Maze version but has these holographic swirls in the maze portion. Has anyone else seen one of these variations and have any idea if it is actually a short print? It is not serial numbered so I’m stumped. Thanks and have a great day.

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