2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variation Short Prints Guide


2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variations aren’t large in number. They’re not the most obvious of short prints either. But they’re out there.

2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variations

The SSP checklist features nine players. Sticking with the Archives theme, they’re a mix of generations. A few are all-time greats. Some are current superstars. A couple of rookies are sprinkled in as well for good measure.

The 2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variations take the common approach of switching photos out. Like the base set, they use three different Topps Baseball designs from the past: 1959, 1977 and 1981.

As far as odds go, variation short prints land 1:106 retail value packs. We haven’t confirmed regular retail odds. Variations aren’t listed on blasters. The hobby version of 2018 Topps Archives Baseball releases about a month after retail.

2018 Topps Archives Variations – Using the Code

You can use the fine print on the back to double-check for SSP codes. That said, there’s more to remember for this set because each of the base set designs has its own code. Variation short prints all have the same code, though.

Here’s a breakdown of the key codes you’ll need for variation hunting:


  • 1959 (#1-100) – 307
  • 1977 (#101-200) – 314
  • 1981 (#201-300) – 320


  • 1959 – 326
  • 1977 – 326
  • 1981 – 326

To find these codes, look at the block of small text on the back of the card. These codes are found at the end. The last three digits are the easiest way to check and what the above refers to.

2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick checklist of players with SSP variants in 2018 Topps Archives Baseball. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.

2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Gallery

Here’s where you’ll see the variations and their base counterparts side by side. We’ll be filling in the gaps in the days ahead. All base cards are pictured so if you get get something different from one of these players, you’ve likely got an SSP card.

31 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Variation – swinging

Base – bat on shoulder

50 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – swinging bat

Base – holding ball

100 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variations 100 Kris Bryant

Variation – smiling, with glove

Base – bat on shoulder

108 Amed Rosario, New York Mets

Variation – standing at bat, ’99’ in signature

Base – bat on shoulder

150 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

2018 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Clayton Kershaw

Variation – pitching, foot up

Base – sky in background

200 Derek Jeter, New York Yankess

Variation – white pinstripe jersey

Base – navy blue shirt

201 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

Variation – running

Base – holding bats

202 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs

Variation – hands on knees, white pinstripe jersey

Base – not wearing cap, gray jersey

300 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Variation – white jersey

Base – navy blue jersey


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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