2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Short Print Gallery


2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Refractors use different images to highlight ballpark fun. Of course, they’re a lot tougher to pull than regular Refractors and base cards as well, adding a chase for those who choose to undertake it.

2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations

Similar to the 2018 Topps Series 1 and Series 2 variations, images center on things happening before games and on the sidelines, usually out of view of TV cameras. Players getting ready, having fun and signing autographs are just some of the examples of the 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Refractors.

As with recent years, the variation short prints in 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball aren’t done for regular base cards. They’re all Refractors with a rainbow background.

And with Refractors usually comes rainbows. In this instance, variations have additional parallels in the colors Green (/99), Orange (/25), Red (/5), Superfractors (1/1). The main 2018 Topps Chrome variations are not serial numbered.

2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Code

Still not 100 percent sure you’ve got a Variation Refractor (or don’t want to memorize the images)? Look on the back. The code at the end of the fine print is similar to a fingerprint. In production, it helps identify card types. So collectors can use them as a tip-off.

Codes for regular base cards and Refractors end in 161. Variation short print codes end with 195.

2018 Topps Chrome Factory Set Variations

These aren’t the only variations to have the 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball logo and design. Select 2018 Topps Baseball factory sets sold at Walmart have some different Rookie Variations than the ones here. The easiest way to tell these is that the numbering matches the 2018 Topps flagship set. Also, below the number on the back, it reads “Complete Set.”

Of course, the images are different as well.

2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Checklist

1 Aaron Judge
8 Josh Donaldson
25 Rafael Devers
29 Buster Posey
49 Anthony Rizzo
50 Kris Bryant
52 Robinson Cano
60 Amed Rosario
70 Rhys Hoskins
72 Ozzie Albies
73 Francisco Lindor
94 Manny Machado
99 Noah Syndergaard

100 Mike Trout
121 Clayton Kershaw
139 Bryce Harper
147 Nick Williams
148 Clint Frazier
150 Shohei Ohtani
151 Andrew Benintendi
162 Dominic Smith
167 Alex Verdugo
175 Victor Robles
186 Giancarlo Stanton
200 Jose Altuve

2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Gallery

1 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations 1 Aaron Judge

Variation – handing back card

Base – batting

8 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

Variation – spraying bat

Base – batting

25 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox

Variation – walking out of dugout

Base – batting

29 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Variation – waving

Base – wearing catcher’s gear

49 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Variation – wearing jacket

Base – throwing, white pinstripe jersey

50 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

Variation – signing autographs

Base – batting

52 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Variation – throwing cap

Base – throwing ball

60 Amed Rosario, New York Mets

Variation – holding pen

Base – batting

70 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies

Variation – in dugout, in front of fence

Base – batting

72 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves

Variation – wearing headset

Base – running, white jersey

73 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

Variation – sitting in dugout

Base – holding bat

94 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

Variation – cap backwards

Base – orange jersey, blowing bubble

99 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

Variation – wearing toque

Base – pitching

100 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – signing autograph

Base – batting

121 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Variation – blowing bubble

Base – pitching

139 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Variation – cap backwards

Base – batting

147 Nick Williams, Philadelphia Phillies

Variation – wearing sunglasses

Base – catching ball, white jersey

148 Clint Frazier, New York Yankees

Variation – hands on hair

Base – batting

150 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – running

Base – pitching

151 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox

Variation – wearing sunglasses

Base – batting

162 Dominic Smith, New York Mets

Variation – thumbs up

Base – batting, white pinstripe jersey

167 Alex Verdugo, Los Angeles Dodgers

Variation – leaning on fence

Base – batting

175 Victor Robles, Washington Nationals

Variation – sliding

Base – swinging

186 Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees

Variation – warm-up jersey, looking at bat

Base – swinging

200 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

Variation – holding cap

Base – batting


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. Keith Schimke 2 August, 2018 at 11:12

    Any Information on the odd’s on the variations? I open 3 hobby boxes and got none so they must not be very common.

  2. RICH Erhart 4 August, 2018 at 11:49

    Hi Ryan, I pulled a Future Stars card but it is #F2, not FS2 like the others?
    Any insight on this?

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 August, 2018 at 20:25

      @RICH It looks like all of the Olson cards are numbered this way. Not sure why, but there shouldn’t be any sort of premium involved in the price.

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