2017 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Gallery and What to Look For


The 2017 Topps Archives variations are a bit of a change for the brand. While surprises are nothing new for the line, the variant spin hasn’t been used much.


But Topps gave the heads up they’d be coming as soon as the set was announced with a mention on the marketing material.

For the most part, the 2017 Topps Archives Baseball variation short prints take a familiar path, which generally requires a closer look at the card fronts (and backs). That said, some are easier to find than others.

The 2017 Topps Archives Baseball base set comes with three separate designs. The first 100 cards use the 1960 look while ensuing 100-card blocks skip forward to 1982 and 1992.

With the 1960-inspired cards, there are two photos on the front. Both of these are changed up with the variations. That means you can look to the main color photo or the smaller black and white one.

One thing to watch out for is on the variations using the 1982 design. The short prints not only have a different photo but the facsimile signature is also missing. That should make them easier to spot, right? Not necessarily. The base versions also have a Blackless/No Signature parallel that are exclusive to the 1982 cards. So stick with the photo.

But there’s also a way to confirm all 2017 Topps Archives variations with the card backs.

Confirming 2017 Topps Archives Variations Using Codes

Still not 100 percent certain you have a variation short print? You can check with the fine print on the back of the card. If you have a variation, the code ends in 799.

2017 TA Var 175 Sandy Koufax Reverse Arrow

2017 Topps Archives Variations Checklist

Looking for a specific card? Click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.

2017 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Gallery

We’re working to fill in the gaps and will continue to add new cards as they’re confirmed.

1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

2017 Topps Archives Variations 1 Mike Trout

Variation – bat on shoulder, B&W – swinging

2017 TA 1 Mike Trout

Base – holding bat at head, B&W – running

2 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

2017 TA Var 2 Buster Posey

Variation – white jersey, B&W – throwing

2017 TA 2 Posey

Base – black jersey

25 David Dahl, Colorado Rockies

2017 TA Var 25 David Dahl

Variation – wearing helmet, B&W – bat on shoulder

2017 TA 25 David Dahl RC

Base – wearing cap, B&W – swinging

50 Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves

2017 TA Var 50 Hank Aaron

Variation – sky in background, logo on shoulder, B&W- no feet showing

2017 TA 50 Hank Aaron

Base – bat on shoulder, B&W – batting stance

75 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers

2017 TA Var 75 Ty Cobb

Variation – with bat

2017 TA 75 Ty Cobb

Base – at dugout, B&W – catching

82 Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 TA Var 82 Mike Piazza

Variation – swinging, B&W – running

2017 TA 82 Mike Piazza

Base – portrait, B&W – catcher’s gear

100 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 TA Var 100 Corey Seager

Variation – swinging, B&W – running

2017 TA 100 Corey Seager

Base – bat on shoulder, B&W – fielding

101 Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves

2017 TA Var 101 Dansby Swanson

Variation – blue jersey, no signature

2017 TA Swanson

Base – white jersey

102 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros

2017 TA Var 102 Carlos Correa

Variation – wearing glove, no signature

2017 TA 102 Carlos Correa

Base – hands together, with signature

125 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

2017 TA Var 125 Jackie Robinson

Variation – kneeling, no signature

2017 TA 125 Jackie Robinson

Base – standing, holding bat up

134 Whitey Ford, New York Yankees

2017 TA Var 134 Whitey Ford Front

Variation – pitching

2017 TA Whitey Ford

Base – standing at dugout

138 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 TA Var 138 Clayton Kershaw

Variation – knee up, glove over head

2017 TA Clayton Kershaw

Base – ball visible

175 Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 TA Var 175 Sandy Koufax Front

Variation – pitching, no signature

2017 TA Koufax

Base – close-up with teeth showing, with signature

200 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps Archives Variations 200 Kris Bryant

Variation – grey jersey, no signature

2017 TA 200 Kris Bryant

Base – blue jersey, with signature

201 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

2017 TA Var 201 Roberto Clemente

Variation – with bat, white jersey

2017 TA Clemente

Base – grey jersey

225 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees

2017 TA Var 225 Babe Ruth

Variation – wearing jacket and cap

2017 TA 225 Babe Ruth

Base – grey jersey, no cap

227 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

2017 TA Var 227 Manny Machado

Variation – orange jersey, with glove

2017 TA Manny Machado

Base – batting, white jersey

250 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

2017 TA Var 250 Bryce Harper

Variation – Doughnut on bat, red sleeve

2017 TA 250 Bryce Harper

Base – blue sleeve, bat down

275 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

2017 TA Var 275 Alex Bregman

Variation – standing, vertical

2017 TA 275 Bregman

Base – sliding, horizontal

300 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

2017 TA Var 300 Derek Jeter

Variation – fielding, vertical

2017 TA Jeter

Base – sliding, horizontal

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. Tim Lindgren 2 June, 2017 at 14:17

    Any word on why Topps didn’t produce a regular version of his 2007 card in the Retrospective set?

  2. Bob C 6 June, 2017 at 09:41

    I have a Willson Contreras card that has a (facsimile)signature and one without a signature…same card…You don’t have it listed as a variation,,,,but I’m assuming it is…

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 June, 2017 at 10:10

      It’s not a variation, it’s one of the No Name/Blackless parallels mentioned in the article.

  3. Vincent DiCarlo 20 June, 2017 at 18:02

    Any chance of a Bellinger SSP in this product or will it be in the Topps Update product?

    • Ryan Cracknell 21 June, 2017 at 10:58

      There’s no Bellinger in Archives. Topps Update was confirmed, although it’s possible some might show up sooner.

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