2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations Guide

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2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball variations come in several forms. It’s just like the year’s initial Heritage release. That means there’s lots to keep track of and plenty to keep you busy looking. Some of these short prints are easy to spot. Others? Not so much.

Barring any additional surprises, there are six different types of 2018 Topps Heritage High Number variation short prints: Action Image, Error, Team Color Swap, Throwback Uniform, Nickname and Trade.

All have different twists, some of which are easy to find. Some are extremely subtle — until you know the new giveaway that Topps has given them all.

Backs of 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations Make Things Easier

A new addition has made 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball variations much, much easier to confirm. If you go to the top where the card number is, there’s a notation that not only says it’s a variation but exactly what type.

So even if you don’t recognize the error right away, you’ll know clearly that you have one.

This new note also makes scanning through cards fast and easy.

Here’s a breakdown of what to look for in the 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball variations so that finding them and knowing what you have is easy.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Action Image Variations

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Action Image Variations are only in hobby packs. These are essentially photo variations that swap the mundane portraits (like the photos were in the original 1969 Topps set) for something with a little more, well, action.

On Action Variation short prints, you’ll find players up to bat, pitchers throwing and other in-game activities.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Throwback Uniform Variations

Throwback Uniform Variations use images of players in old-time threads. Because they’re so rare, they’re often some of the most popular SSP cards in Heritage sets as set builders join the fray to chase them down for their master sets.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Throwback Variations Andrew McCutchen

Given the thematic photo approach, these are usually fairly easy to spot.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Error Variations

Typically, Topps Heritage Error Variations are some of the hardest to spot, at least initially. That’s because they don’t always follow a distinct pattern. And these “errors” — which are intentional for these cards — can be of just about anything.

In the main 2018 Topps Heritage set, there was a wrong photos, mixed up colors, intentional typos and reverse negatives. These are all themes once again.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Nickname Variations

Nickname Variations are a new addition in 2018 Topps Heritage. The team name at the bottom of the card is swapped out for a moniker the player is known for.

Because there’s not a change to the layout, these can blend in to a certain extent, but they shouldn’t be hard to notice if you get in the habit of looking at the team name.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Team Name Color Swap Variations

Color Swaps are just as they suggest. Take your eyes directly to the large team name on the bottom front of the card. Typically, these letters are all letters.

Unless you have a Team Name Color Swap Variation. Then the team’s letters are white.

These variation short prints are only available in hobby packs.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Trade Variations

Look to the back for Trade Variations. In the past, these were easy to miss. For regular base cards, the vitals on the back end with the player’s home.Trade Variations add an “Acquired” line below it, giving the details that brought them to their current team.

Not only is it on the back and a small addition, it blends right in.

 

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Trade Variations 716 Ichiro Arrow

Different Photos

Not all of the 2018 Topps Heritage High Number variations are rooted in different photos. That said, several do have alternate images for themes that don’t usually have them.

For example, there’s the Team Name Color Swaps. The main focus of those is the team name color on the front. However, several have different photos as well. There’s not a lot of added significance here, although it might make for more interesting cards to some as the differences are less subtle.

These instances appear to be limited to the high number short prints (#701-725).

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Variations – Confirmation Codes

While Topps has added notes to card numbers, out of habit, many collectors will likely be looking to the codes in the fine print on the back for variation confirmation. These codes aren’t intended for collectors but they do work.

Here are the codes that apply to the 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball variations:

  • Base – 575
  • Base SP (#701-725) – 585
  • Action Image Variations – 599
  • Error Variations – 597
  • Nickname Variations – 601
  • Team Name Color Swap Variations – 600
  • Throwback Uniform Variations – 598
  • Trade Variations – 477

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations Checklist

The following is a checklist of all the variation short prints. The gallery below shows you exactly what to look for. If you’re looking for a particular card, click on the link to see what’s currently listed on eBay.

510 Pablo Sandoval – Color Swap
511 Scott Kingery – Action | Color Swap | Throwback
517 Jonathan Lucroy – Action | Color Swap | Throwback
539 Jakob Junis – Throwback
549 Jose Martinez – Action
568 Austin Meadows – Throwback
580 Ronald Acuna Jr. – Action | Color Swap | Error

600 Shohei Ohtani – Action | Color Swap | Error | Nickname | Trade
603 Gleyber Torres – Action | Color Swap | Error
606 Bartolo Colon – Action
612 Tyler O’Neill – Action
620 Jordan Hicks – Action | Color Swap
628 Cameron Maybin – Throwback
636 JaCoby Jones – Action
655 Joey Lucchesi – Color Swap | Throwback
684 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – Action | Color Swap
689 Wade Davis – Color Swap
696 Tyler Austin – Action | Color Swap
697 Brad Boxberger – Throwback

701 Stephen Piscotty – Action | Color Swap | Throwback | Trade
705 Andrew McCutchen – ActionColor Swap | Error | Throwback | Trade
706 Lorenzo Cain – Action | Throwback
707 Yu Darvish – ActionColor Swap | Nickname
709 Eric Hosmer – Action | Color Swap | Throwback
710 J.D. Martinez – Action | Color Swap
711 Carlos Santana – Action
713 Matt Kemp –Action | Color SwapTrade
715 Gerrit Cole – Action | Color SwapTrade
716 Ichiro – Action | Color Swap | Error | Nickname | Throwback | Trade
718 Todd Frazier – Action | Color Swap | Nickname | Trade
719 Curtis Granderson – Color Swap
720 Christian Yelich – Action | Color Swap | Throwback | Trade
721 Jake Arrieta – Action | Color Swap Throwback | Trade
722 Lewis Brinson – Throwback
724 Brandon Morrow – Color Swap
725 Evan Longoria – Nickname | Color Swap | Trade

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations Gallery

Use the tab to easily navigate between variation types.

Throwback

Throwback Uniform Variations Gallery

Code on back ends in: 598

511 Scott Kingery, Philadelphia Phillies


Throwback – blue jersey


Base – white pinstripe jersey


517 Jonathan Lucroy, Oakland Athletics


Throwback – white jersey


Base – wearing catcher’s gear


539 Jakob Junis, Kansas City Royals


Throwback – throwing


Base – standing, brown glove


568 Austin Meadows, Pittsburgh Pirates


Throwback – yellow jersey


Base – white jersey


628 Cameron Maybin, Miami Marlins


Throwback Variation – pinstripe jersey, with glove


Base – white jersey, bat on shoulder


655 Joey Lucchesi, San Diego Padres


Throwback Variation – brown jersey


Base – white jersey


697 Brad Boxberger, Arizona Diamondbacks


Throwback Variation – pinstripe jersey


Base – black cap


701 Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics


Throwback Variation – green sleeves


Base – white sleeves


705 Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants


2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Throwback Variations Andrew McCutchen

Throwback Variation – Orange Jersey


Base – white jersey


706 Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers


Throwback Variation – striped jersey, wearing helmet


Base – wearing cap


709 Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres


Throwback Variation – pinstripe jersey, wearing helmet


Base – wearing cap


716 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


Throwback Variation – cream alternate “Sunday” jersey


Base – green jersey


720 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Throwback Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


721 Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies


Throwback Variation – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey


722 Lewis Brinson, Miami Marlins


Throwback Variation – pinstripe jersey, swinging


Base – white jersey, wearing cap


Error

Error Variations Gallery

Code on back ends in: 597

600 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Error Variation – last name in blue


Base – last name in white


600 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Error Variation – red last name


Base – white last name


603 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations - Gleyber Torres Error

Error Variation – blue last name


Base – yellow last name


705 Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants


Error Variation – “Cubs” in comic on back



716 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


Error Variation – reverse negative


Base – green jersey


Nickname

Nickname Variations Gallery

Code on the back ends in: 601

600 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Nickname Variation – Sho Time


Base


707 Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs


Nickname Variation – Yu-San


Base


716 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


Nickname Variation – Ichi


Base


718 Todd Frazier, New York Mets


Nickname Variation – Toddfather


Base


725 Evan Longoria, San Francisco Giants


Nickname Variation – Longo


Base


Trade

Trade Variations Gallery

Code on back ends in: 477

600 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Trade Variation Back



701 Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics


Trade Variation Back



705 Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants


Trade Variation Back



713 Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers


Trade Variation Back



715 Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros


Trade Variation Back



716 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


Trade Variation Back



718 Todd Frazier, New York Mets


Trade Variation Back



720 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Trade Variation Back



721 Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies


Trade Variation Back



725 Evan Longoria, San Francisco Giants


Trade Variation Back



Color Swap

Team Name Color Swap Variations

Code on back ends in: 600

510 Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants


Team Name Color Swap Variation – white letters


Base – yellow letters


511 Scott Kingery, Philadelphia Phillies


Color Swap Variation


Base


517 Jonathan Lucroy, Oakland Athletics


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


580 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


600 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Team Color Swap Variation

Base


603 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


620 Jordan Hicks, St. Louis Cardinals


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


655 Joey Lucchesi, San Diego Padres


Team Name Color Swap Variation

Base


684 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Toronto Blue Jays


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


689 Wade Davis, Colorado Rockies


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


696 Tyler Austin, New York Yankees


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


701 Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


705 Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants


Team Name Color Swap Variation

Base


707 Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs


Team Name Color Swap Variation

Base


709 Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


710 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


713 Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


715 Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


716 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


719 Curtis Granderson, Toronto Blue Jays


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


720 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Color Swap Variation – white letters


Base – yellow letters


721 Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


724 Brandon Morrow, Chicago Cubs


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


725 Evan Longoria, San Francisco Giants


Team Name Color Swap Variation


Base


Action

Action Image Variations Gallery

Code on back ends in: 599

511 Scott Kingery, Philadelphia Phillies


Action Variation – throwing


Base – bat on shoulder


517 Jonathan Lucroy, Oakland Athletics


Action Variation – crouching


Base – holding helmet


549 Jose Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals


Action Variation – red sleeves


Base – bat on shoulder


580 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Action Variation – swinging


Base – no bat


600 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Action Variation – throwing


Base – bat on shoulder


603 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Action Variation – holding bat


Base – hands behind back


606 Bartolo Colon, Texas Rangers


Action Variation – pitching, red jersey


Base – holding ball out, white jersey


612 Tyler O’Neil, St. Louis Cardinals


Action Variation – wearing helmet


Base – wearing cap


620 Jordan Hicks, St. Louis Cardinals


Action Variation – throwing


Base – ball in glove


636 JaCoby Jones, Detroit Tigers


Action Variation – running


Base – holding bat


684 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Toronto Blue Jays


Action Variation – swinging, gray jersey


Base – bat on shoulder, white jersey


696 Tyler Austin, New York Yankees


Action Variation – swinging, gray jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey, bat on shoulder


701 Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics


Action Variation – wearing helmet


Base – wearing cap


705 Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants


Action Variation – swinging


Base – bat on shoulder


706 Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers


Action Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


707 Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs


Action Variation – pitching


Base – holding out ball


709 Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres


Action Variation – gray jersey


Base – white jersey


710 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Action Variation – dropping bat


Base – bat in two hands, looking up


711 Carlos Santana, Philadelphia Phillies


Action Variation – with glove


Base – with bat


713 Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers


Action Variation – swinging


Base – bat on shoulder


715 Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros


Action Variation – orange jersey, throwing


Base – white jersey


716 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


Action Variation – white jersey


Base – green jersey


718 Todd Frazier, New York Mets


Action Variation – running


Base – holding bat


720 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Action Variation – with bat, gray jersey


Base – hands on hips, white jersey


721 Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies


Action Variation – pinstripe jersey


Base – gray jersey


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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.

7 comments

  1. Chris 12 September, 2018 at 09:37

    Has Topps mentioned the card backs that do not have the “old school” Topps logo up at the top with the name plate? I bought a blaster today and received (3) of these. The codes are the same as the base code but they differ from all the other card backs.

    • Ryan Cracknell 14 September, 2018 at 13:25

      @Chris — I’ve seen some but suspect it has to do with how long they’ve played and the adjustments needed for stats.

  2. fred 12 September, 2018 at 11:20

    Well I must say putting “error” or “trade” by the checklist number on the back of the card is a big step forward. Nobody this side of Sheldon Cooper could keep the necessary information in his head about what alternate photos or info should look like while sorting through hundreds of cards. Topps should continue this practice going forward to make it easier on all of us.

  3. Mark 13 September, 2018 at 00:50

    Are the chrome to 999 different photos? I have a JD Martinez chrome with a different photo than the SP. Both the SP and chrome are numbered 710. The SP seems to be basic with 85 code…

    • Ryan Cracknell 14 September, 2018 at 13:27

      @Mark – It looks like some inserts/variations have different photos when most don’t, probably from a photo switch after some cards were already done and signed off. While it may make things a little more confusing in some regards, there’s not really any added significance. That said, different photos for some could end up making them more appealing to some collectors.

  4. Matthew Anderson 15 September, 2018 at 15:30

    Have some that are missing the Topps Logo on the back in black around the number. Cards just have the number.
    Tyler Austin, Fernando Rodney, Chase Utley, Bartolo Colon. Is this correct?

    • Ryan Cracknell 17 September, 2018 at 14:55

      @Matthew — These don’t appear to be variations or parallels, just slightly adjusted backs to fit the stats in.

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