2017 Topps High Tek Patterns Variations Gallery and Guide

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The 2017 Topps High Tek patterns variations are at the core of the release. Yes, there are plenty of other layers to the all-acetate product, but its hallmark are the background variations targeting team and player collectors. And ever since Tek returned in 2014, Topps hasn’t made it easy for collectors to figure out all the layers.

2017 Topps High Tek Patterns Variations

That hasn’t changed with the 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball and its pattern variations.

So let’s start breaking down what it known and build from it.

2017 Topps High Tek Patterns Variations Basics

With 40 cards per box, collectors will get exposed to the patterns in bulk. With so many backgrounds to see, some of the more common variations are easy to spot. But some of these patterns are quite scarce.

In case you’re wondering and want to look elsewhere for hints, the 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball patterns variations are different from the ones found in High Tek’s Bowman debut.

Split Checklist

Since Tek’s 2014 return, the checklist has seen players split into two groups, each with their own patterns. 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball is no different. In a nutshell, that means that Pattern 1 actually has two designs. So does Pattern 2, Pattern 3 and so on. But when you break it down into individual players, each only appears on one of the two pattern designs.

The easiest way to look at it is that each pattern is a tier and each tier has two designs. So base cards are Pattern 1A and Pattern 1B. Both are equally plentiful but the players don’t match up. Cody Bellinger has all the ‘A’ designs while Aaron Judge has ‘B’ designs. It all makes sense in the gallery below.

How do they split? Their position is the common denominator. 1B, 2B, 3B, SS and Designated Hitters have the ‘A’ patterns. Pitchers, catchers and outfielders have the ‘B’ patterns.

2017 Topps High Tek Patterns Variations Gallery

Here are the pattern variations that have been spotted thus far. In the interest of making things a little easier to identify, we’ve given the patterns names. Given the abstract nature of the patterns, some of the names may seem a little odd but they’re intended to reflect the look or things that repeat and are easy to spot.

Some of the patterns don’t have images just yet, but we did compile data watching multiple breaks. Pattern names are descriptive so even without an image, it should make sense if you have a card in front of you.

We’ll be adding lots more as soon as info becomes available. Consider this a work in progress you can come back to as you bust boxes and track down cards in the days and weeks ahead.

Pattern 1

Approximate total per box: 7-8 plus parallels and autographs

Pattern 1A – Baseball Grunge

Pattern 1B – Pixel Circle

Pattern 2

Approximate total per box: 8-9

Pattern 2A – Braids

Pattern 2B – Chainlink Hexagons

Pattern 3

Approximate total per box: 6

Pattern 3A – Camo Stripes

Pattern 3B – Lightning

Pattern 4

Approximate total per box: 4

Pattern 4A – Hexagons and Circles

Pattern 4B – Spiral Dots

Pattern 5

Approximate total per box: 2

Pattern 5A – Squiggles

Pattern 5B – Vertical Waves

Please note that from Pattern 6 on, the positions might change. No matter the case, consider the patterns below to be tough with each showing up at a rate of less than one per box.

Pattern 6

Approximate total per box: 1?

Pattern 6A – Stadium

Pattern 6B – Shatter

Pattern 7

Approximate total per box: less than 1

Pattern 7A – Spiral Grid

Pattern 7B – Diamond X

Pattern 8

Approximate total per box: case hit

Pattern 8A – Snowflake SpecTEKular Diffrator /15

Pattern 8B – Web SpecTEKular Diffrator /15

2017 Topps High Tek Patterns Variations Player Groups

In case you’re wondering which players have ‘A’ patterns and which have ‘B,’ here’s how they line up. The secret is that they’re sorted by position. Group A are all players at first, second, third base, shortstop and designated hitter. Group B players are pitchers catchers and outfielders.

Group A Players

HT-ABO Aaron Boone
HT-AR Addison Russell
HT-AB Adrian Beltre
HT-AP Albert Pujols
HT-AD Aledmys Diaz
HT-ABR Alex Bregman
HT-ARI Anthony Rizzo
HT-CRJ Cal Ripken Jr.
HT-CC Carlos Correa
HT-CP Chad Pinder
HT-CA Christian Arroyo
HT-CBE Cody Bellinger
HT-CS Corey Seager
HT-DV Dan Vogelbach
HT-DM Daniel Murphy
HT-DS Dansby Swanson
HT-DO David Ortiz
HT-DJ Derek Jeter
HT-DL Derrek Lee
HT-DG Didi Gregorius
HT-DP Dustin Pedroia
HT-ER Edgar Renteria
HT-ET Eric Thames
HT-FL Francisco Lindor
HT-FF Freddie Freeman
HT-JBA Javier Baez
HT-JB Jeff Bagwell
HT-JT Jim Thome
HT-JVO Joey Votto
HT-JV Jonathan Villar
HT-JAB Jose Abreu
HT-JA Jose Altuve
HT-JBE Josh Bell
HT-JD Josh Donaldson
HT-KB Kris Bryant
HT-KS Kyle Seager
HT-MF Maikel Franco
HT-MM Manny Machado
HT-MMC Mark McGwire
HT-MC Matt Carpenter
HT-MCA Miguel Cabrera
HT-NA Nolan Arenado
HT-NG Nomar Garciaparra
HT-OA Orlando Arcia
HT-PG Paul Goldschmidt
HT-PK Paul Konerko
HT-RA Roberto Alomar
HT-TF Todd Frazier
HT-TT Trea Turner
HT-TS Trevor Story
HT-TM Trey Mancini
HT-TA Tyler Austin
HT-WM Wil Myers
HT-XB Xander Bogaerts
HT-YM Yoan Moncada
HT-YG Yulieski Gurriel

Group B Players

HT-AJ Aaron Judge
HT-AG Amir Garrett
HT-ABE Andrew Benintendi
HT-ANP Andy Pettitte
HT-BA Bobby Abreu
HT-BH Bryce Harper
HT-BP Buster Posey
HT-BZ Ben Zobrist
HT-CC Carlos Carrasco
HT-CSA Chris Sale
HT-CK Clayton Kershaw
HT-CKL Corey Kluber
HT-DPR David Price
HT-GS Gary Sheffield
HT-GSP George Springer
HT-GST Giancarlo Stanton
HT-GM Greg Maddux
HT-HA Hank Aaron
HT-HO Henry Owens
HT-HR Hunter Renfroe
HT-IH Ian Happ
HT-I Ichiro
HT-IR Ivan Rodriguez
HT-JDE Jacob deGrom
HT-JW Jesse Winker
HT-JCO Jharel Cotton
HT-JE Jim Edmonds
HT-JJ Joe Jimenez
HT-JS John Smoltz
HT-JD Johnny Damon
HT-JDL Jose De Leon
HT-JU Julio Urias
HT-KH Kelvin Herrera
HT-KGJ Ken Griffey Jr.
HT-KSC Kyle Schwarber
HT-LG Lucas Giolito
HT-LS Luis Severino
HT-LW Luke Weaver
HT-MMA Manny Margot
HT-MAT Masahiro Tanaka
HT-MS Max Scherzer
HT-MFU Michael Fulmer
HT-MP Mike Piazza
HT-MT Mike Trout
HT-MH Mitch Haniger
HT-MB Mookie Betts
HT-NS Noah Syndergaard
HT-PM Pedro Martinez
HT-RT Raimel Tapia
HT-RC Roger Clemens
HT-SK Sandy Koufax
HT-SL Seth Lugo
HT-SS Stephen Strasburg
HT-TR Tim Raines
HT-TGL Tom Glavine
HT-TG Tyler Glasnow

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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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. Adam Jensen 7 January, 2018 at 00:16

    I noticed that you had the 2017 Topps High Tek Carlos Correa TwiliTek numbered to 50 on the price guide, but it is in fact only numbered to 25. I could send you the picture if you would like.

  2. Jeffrey Allen 7 February, 2018 at 22:53

    I pulled a blackout chainlink hexagon (pattern 2) Masahiro Tanaka. Is that the “normal” blackout or does Pattern 2 have a blackout?

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