2017 Topps Update Series Variations Bring Back Retired Legends, Rookies and All-Stars — See Them All

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Yes, 2017 Topps Update Series variations exist. Actually, there are a lot of them. And if you’re looking for info on how to spot the SP and SSP cards, you’ll find a ton of information here.

2017 Topps Update Series Variations

The 2017 Topps Update Series variation short prints include some familiar faces. Although rookies and All-Stars get the make up the majority of the massive checklist, retired legends are once again part of the SP mix once again.

This comes on the heels of the 2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball variations, which also had stars from the past. The theme was a popular one for short prints several years ago, but were gone for several years.

These cards have a retired superstar or hobby favorite appear on the same spot on the checklist as a current player from the same franchise.

All-Star and rookie image variations are also among the short prints. These 2017 Topps Update Series variations are more traditional photo swaps.

Several numbers have multiple variations as well. And then there’s Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger who have multiple cards in the 2017 Topps Update including appearances in All-Star and Rookie Debut subsets. That means a handful of variations for the same player on different parts of the checklist.

New Series 1 and Series 2 Variations

As you’re checking the numbers, you may notice 2017 Topps Update Series variations without the “US” prefix on the number. That’s because new variations exist for already-released cards in the main 2017 Topps Baseball set (pre-Update). For example, Kris has a variation in Update for card #1. The regular base card and a different variation are found in 2017 Topps Series 1.

The new Series 1 and Series 2 variations are limited to current players and rookies.

All told, there are 35 new 2017 Topps Baseball variations for Series 1 and Series 2 cards.

2017 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations – SP vs. SSP

2017 Topps Update Series variations come in two tiers. Most are fairly easy to pull and shouldn’t be too hard to come by, even after the initial rush settles.

Twenty-five rookie have SSP versions that are much more scarce. These are roughly a hobby case hit.

The two tiers can be identified in the fine print with the codes described below.

Using Codes to Confirm 2017 Topps Update Variations

Yes, you can use the code on the back of the card to confirm whether you have a 2017 Topps Update Series variation. To do this look in the fine print at the bottom. You’ll see a card at the end.

Regular base cards end in 17. Variations end in 57. SSP variations, which are the tougher pulls (about one per case), end in 04.

2017 Topps Update Series Variations Code

These codes are not supposed to be used by collectors as they’re part of the production process. Not all products use them the same. However, in instances like this, they are a handy back-up confirmation tool.

2017 Topps Update Series Variations Checklist

The following is a complete 2017 Topps Update Series variations checklist. First are cards in 2017 Topps Update followed by new variations for Series 1 and Series 2. Cards noted with SSP are the tougher variations (code ends with 04 on the back).

The detailed gallery that shows exactly what to look for follows.

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Update Series Variations

2017 Topps Update Series Variations Gallery

US9 George Springer, Houston Astros


Variation – wearing cap, walking out


Base – swinging


US10 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


Variation – Ernie Banks


Base – Ian Happ


US10 Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs


Variation – snarling in dugout


Base – holding bat


US10 Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs SSP


SSP Variation – throwing bat


Base – holding bat


US10 Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs


Variation – Ryne Sandberg


Base – Ian Happ


US18 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Variation – standing with George Springer


Base – throwing


US18 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Ted Williams


Base – Mookie Betts


US22 Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres


Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


US25 Christian Arroyo, San Francisco Giants


2017 Topps Update Series Variations Christian Arroyo
Variation – tossing ball in air, gray jersey


Base – black jersey


US25 Christian Arroyo, San Francisco Giants SSP


SSP Variation – orange jersey


Base – black jersey


US27 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Variation – with Bryce Harper, orange jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


US33 Bo Jackson, Kansas City Royals


Variation – Bo Jackson


Base – Salvador Perez


US33 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals


Variation – blue jersey


Base – catcher’s gear


US38 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – standing, ’35’ visible on jersey front


Base – swinging


US41 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners SSP


SSP Variation – Mariners


Base – Diamondbacks, Rookie Debut


US42 Eddie Murray, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – Eddie Murray


Base – Seth Smith


US43 Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – Johnny Bench


Base – Joey Votto


US43 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – orange jersey, close up


Base – white jersey, swinging


US47 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – holding glove


Base – pointing


US47 Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – Ozzie Smith


Base – Yadier Molina


US50 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – with teammates, crossing plate


Base – batting, white jersey


US50 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers SSP


SSP Variation – gray jersey, pointing up


Base – batting, white jersey


US50 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers


Variation – Jackie Robinson


Base – Cody Bellinger


US77 George Brett, Kansas City Royals


Variation – George Brett


Base – Mike Moustakas


US87 Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Roger Clemens


Base – Chris Sale


US87 Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox


Variation – towel on shoulder


Base – pitching, knee up


US90 Derek Fisher, Houston Astros


Variation – in dugout


Base – swinging


US90 Derek Fisher, Houston Astros SSP


SSP Variation – high five


Base – swinging


US91 Jordan Montgomery, New York Yankees


Variation – hand on heart


Base – gray jersey, leg up


US91 Jordan Montgomery, New York Yankees SSP


SSP Variation – pitching


Base – gray jersey, leg up


US96 Brett Phillips, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – dugout interview


Base – batting


US99 Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees


Variation – Reggie Jackson


Base – Aaron Judge


US99 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees SSP


SSP Variation – bat on shoulder


Base – Rookie Debut, batting stance


US110 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – orange jersey


Base – white jersey


US112 Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals


Variation – standing at batting cage


Base – throwing


US121 Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals


Variation – press conference


Base – fielding


US136 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – Roberto Clemente


Base – Josh Harrison


US141 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Variation – fist up


Base – batting


US150 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros SSP


SSP Variation – holding ball


Base – Rookie Debut, ball not visible


US152 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners


Variation – standing with car


Base – running, blowing bubble


US152 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners


Variation – Ken Griffey Jr.


Base – Robinson Cano


US156 Yu Darvish, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – Dodgers uniform


Base – arms in front, in player lineup, Rangers


US156 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers


Variation – press conference


Base – arms in front, in player lineup


US156 Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers


Variation – Nolan Ryan


Base – Yu Darvish


US162 Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves


Variation – Greg Maddux


Base – Sean Newcomb


US162 Sean Newcomb, Atlanta Braves


Variation


Base – pitching


US162 Sean Newcomb, Atlanta Braves SSP


SSP Variation – high five


Base – pitching


US166 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Variation – fist bumping All-Star teammates


Base – throwing


US166 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees


Variation – Babe Ruth


Base – Aaron Judge


US168 Michael Conforto, New York Mets


Variation – pinstripe jersey, batting


Base – orange jersey, back turned


US168 Mike Piazza, New York Mets


Variation – Mike Piazza


Base – Michael Conforto


US175 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Variation – blue jersey, swinging


Base – gray jersey


US182 John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves


Variation – John Smoltz


Base – Jaime Garcia


US200 Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox


Variation – wearing hoodie, mouth open


Base – fielding


US200 Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox SSP


SSP Variation – fielding, white wrist tape


Base – fielding, grass in background


US205 Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – Barry Larkin


Base – Zack Cozart


US223 Clayton Kerhsaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – press conference


Base – throwing, orange jersey


US223 Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – Sandy Koufax


Base – Clayton Kershaw


US225 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox


Variation – laughing


Base – Rookie Debut, batting


US225 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox SSP


SSP Variation – running


Base – Rookie Debut, batting


US226 Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – with fans at fence


Base – batting


US226 Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers SSP


SSP Variation – looking up


Base – batting


US227 Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – orange jersey


Base – Rookie Debut, white jersey


US227 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles


Variation – Cal Ripken Jr.


Base – Trey Mancini


US232 Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins


Variation – holding bat, with catcher


Base – sitting in front of coolers


US234 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Variation – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey, jumping


US236 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees


Variation – Derek Jeter


Base – Starlin Castro


US237 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


Variation – orange jersey


Base – catcher’s gear


US240 Jacob Faria, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation – white jersey


Base – gray jersey


US245 Mark McGwire, Oakland Athletics


Variation – Mark McGwire


Base – Yonder Alonso


US247 Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves


Variation – Hank Aaron


Base – Rookie Debut, white jersey


US247 Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves SSP


SSP Variation – dirty jersey, wearing helmet


Base – Rookie Debut, white jersey


US248 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves


Variation – Chipper Jones


Bsae – Ender Inciarte


US259 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees


Variation – Lou Gehrig


Base – Tyler Austin


US260 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Variation – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey, fielding


US261 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


Variation – ball not visible


Base – ball visible, grass in backgroun


US269 Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox


Variation – grabbing cap brim


Base – throwing


US269 Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Pedro Martinez


Base – Craig Kimbrel


US270 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees


Variation – Don Mattingly


Base – Gary Sanchez


US270 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees


Variation – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey, swinging


US271 Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds


Variation red jersey, catching


Base – white jersey, batting


US275 Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians


Variation


Base – running


US275 Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians SSP


SSP Variation – hand on waist


Base – running


US277 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks


Variation – thumb up


Base – swinging


US279 Franlin Barreto, Oakland Athletics


Variation


Base – swinging


US279 Franklin Barreto, Oakland Athletics SSP


SSP Variation – kneeling with bat


Base – swinging


US279 Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics


Variation – Rickey Henderson


Base – Franklin Barreto


US288 Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins


Variation – blue jersey, batting


Base – gray jersey, crouching


US292 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – Brooks Robinson


Base – Jonathan Schoop


US296 Giancarlo Stanton


Variation – orange jersey, bat over head


Base – white jersey, swinging


Series 1 and 2 Update Variations

2017 Topps Update Series Variations – Series 1 and 2 Cards

The following are variations found in 2017 Topps Update Series packs for base cards originally found in Series 1 and Series 2. Besides the new images, these cards don’t have the “US” prefix with the number.

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1 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Variation – wearing toque


Base – batting


20 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – gray and red shirt, holding bat


Base – running out of dugout


30 Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – white jersey, in dugout


Base – batting, black jersey


30 Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates SSP


SSP Variation – white jersey, at home plate


Base – black jersey, batting


53 Ryon Healy, Oakland Athletics


Variation – green jersey, no cap


Base – yellow jersey, fielding


53 Ryon Healy, Oakland Athletics SSP


SSP Variation – yellow jersey, throwing helmet in air


Base – yellow jersey, fielding


87 Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves


Variation – dirty jersey, no helmet


Base – running, wearing helmet


150 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers


Variation – wearing glove


Base – batting


234 Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – head bowed


Base – pitching


234 Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals SSP


SSP Variation – sunglasses, next to water cooler


Base – pitching


244 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves


Variation – no cap


Base – crouching


255 Orlando Arcia, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – fists out


Base – batting


255 Orlando Arcia, Milwaukke Brewers SSP


SSP Variation – eye black, in dugout


Base – batting


283 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox


Variation – gray jersey, holding bat in dugout


Base – white jersey, batting


287 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Variation – arms over railing


Variation – catching ball at wall


299 Yulieski Gurriel, Houston Astros


Variation – messy hair


Base – diving


299 Yulieski Gurriel, Houston Astros SSP


SSP Variation – orange jersey, holding bat


Base – diving


306 David Dahl, Colorado Rockies


Variation – hooded shirt, sunglasses


Base – swinging


306 David Dahl, Colorado Rockies SSP


SSP Variation – lowering bat, running


Base – swinging


335 Jeff Hoffman, Colorado Rockies


SSP Variation – high five


Base – pitching


341 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Variation – head pat


Base – batting, Rookie Cup trophy


349 Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – black jersey


Base – gray jersey


381 Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres SSP


SSP Variation – camo jersey


Base – white jersey


401 Manny Margot, San Diego Pades


Variation – sitting in dugout, brown jersey


Base – white jersey, batting


401 Manny Margot, San Diego Padres SSP


SSP Variation – gray jersey


Base – white jersey, batting


433 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners


Variation – gray jersey


Base – batting, green jersey


500 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Variation – running


Base – batting


536 Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles SSP


SSP Variation – gray jersey


Base – orange jersey, batting


539 Amir Garret, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – gray jersey


Base – red jersey, pitching


555 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

New variation for Series 2 card. Has Series 2 variation as well.


Variation – with bat


Base – pitching


570 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

New variation for Series 2 card. Has Series 2 variation as well.


Variation – white jersey, holding bat


Base – blue jersey, running


600 Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets

New variation for Series 2 card. Has Series 2 variation as well.


Variation – wearing hoodie, holding glove


Base – batting, gray jersey


603 Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – blue warm-up shirt


Base – white jersey


645 Trea Turner, Washington Nationals


Variation – red shorts


Base – black jersey, running


649 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – black hoodie


Base – orange jersey, batting


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7 comments

  1. Matt 31 October, 2017 at 15:12

    Just opened a hobby case of Jumbo, and a ton of retail for 2017 Topps Update. These variations are such a cluster —-. Some don’t have the US, some have the US but say either 1st Series or 2nd Series, others just say US and the number. Why do they have to put all this extra BS in the set. I would rather get all the Update SP’s out of Update instead of the 27 SP’s I did get from other series. Its frustrating especially since I don’t collect 1st & 2nd series SP’s. I buy a factory set of Topps every year and call it a day. But the Update Series you have to put it together, there are no factory Update sets. It just feels like Topps threw a bunch of extra BS in this series for no good reason…

  2. Stu 2 November, 2017 at 16:20

    Opened a hobby box and received 9 cards stamped as certified autograph, but none of them were signed. Wrote to Topps, they said they were error printings and not eligible to receive autographs. Does anyone know more about these cards. Am seeing some on ebay for $50.00 They are all coded as SP cards, have the autograph stamp front and back. Their photos match the SP variations shown in your guide. ie one was O Smith, another Jeter, a third was the rookie Winker but with the SP image.

  3. Clay Ellis 4 November, 2017 at 08:00

    Update has cards that appear to be foil matching that of the base card what are they considered. Also I have an Altuva, Judge, and Balenger with the fish hook logo on the card what may this be considered.

  4. Gerald katz 17 November, 2017 at 00:41

    Bought case of hobby looking for acetate cards , so far no luck, but didpull one in 6 previous I bought. WHY ALL THE THE COMPLAINTS AT LEAST THEIR CERTAINLY A GOOD VALUE.

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