2018 Topps MLS Variations Gallery


2018 Topps MLS Variations are out there. They might not be as plentiful or generate as much buzz as their flagship baseball counterparts, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be watching for them when you’re busting packs.

These 2018 Topps MLS short prints carry the same design as the base set but have a different photo. So it’s pretty easy for one to slip by.

The checklist has a total of 14 cards highlighting some of the top MLS stars. A couple come from the 24 Under 24 subset. Variations for these don’t have the 24 Under 24 logo on the front like the base versions.

You can use the back of the card to confirm whether you have a 2018 Topps MLS Variation short print. At the end of the fine print, there’s a code. Regular base cards end in 615. Variation SSP cards end in 625.

2018 Topps MLS Variation Back Arrow

2018 Topps MLS Variations Checklist

Here is the full 2018 Topps MLS Variations checklist as confirmed by the card maker. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently listed on eBay.

2018 Topps MLS Variations Gallery

We’ll try to fill in the couple of image gaps ASAP.

1 David Villa, New York City FC

Variation – horizontal, yelling

Base – vertical, mouth closed

27 Nemanja Nikolić, Chicago Fire

Variation – holding water bottle over head

Base – hands on lips

36 Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact

Variation – blue and black jersey, hands at ears

Base – white jersey

50 Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC

Variation – horizontal, yelling

Base – vertical, ball visible

70 Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers

Variation – hands on hips, red and black jersey

Base – green jersey

74 Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders FC

2018 Topps MLS Clint Dempsey Variation Short Print

Variation – navy blue jersey

Base – green jersey

100 Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Variation – holding trophy, horizontal

Base – kicking, vertical

115 Josef Martínez, Atlanta United


122 Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls

Variation – gray jersey, vertical

Base – red jersey, horizontal

128 Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chicago Fire

Variation – turned to side

Base – facing forward

137 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls


153 Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids

Variation – holding ball

Base – yelling

154 Miguel Almirón, Atlanta United

Variation – high-five

Base – kicking

160 Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders FC

2018 Topps MLS Variations Jordan Morris

Variation – navy jersey

Base – white jersey

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


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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