2016 Topps High Tek Baseball Pattern Decoder
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.
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.
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.
Pattern 2 A/B
Pattern 3 A/B
Pattern 4 A/B
Pattern 5 A/B
Pattern 6 A/B?
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 – 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
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.
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