2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Gallery


2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball variations are not that easy to find. The short prints take a standard approach to a lot of Topps SSP cards in that they offer a different photo than the main set and much longer odds.

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations

So how do you know if you pull one of the SSP cards? There are a couple of ways that make it easy.

Topps didn’t announce a full list of variations so it’s going to take a little bit of time for all of them to be found. The set’s sell sheet did say to expect more than 25 total.

The SSP 2018 Topps Opening Day Variations land 1:477 packs. That works out to every 13th box or so and less than two per case.

Spotting 2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball Varations: The Code Method

Memorizing images can be daunting. You might even find yourself with the SSP version of the card and not the base. Like a lot of Topps’ variations, you can go to the code method. This means flipping the card over and referring to the fine print on the back.

At the end of that block of small print is a long code. It’s meant for production use and tracking, not collectors but it has become a tip-off of sorts. For this set, base cards end in 77. If you have a 2018 Topps Opening Day variation SSP, it ends in 95.

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick reference of the cards with 2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball variations. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the individual links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Gallery

1 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Variation – tossing ball in air, in dugout

Base – pitching

3 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

Variation – wearing cap

Base – running, wearing sunglasses

4 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – sitting on steps

Base – batting

5 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Variation – wearing helmet

Base – holding helmet

7 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros

Variation – wearing helmet

Base – throwing

16 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

Variation – white jersey, standing

Base – blowing bubble, orange jersey

30 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

Variation – tugging jersey

Base – running

39 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

Variation – sitting

Base – batting

41 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Variation – pinstripe jersey

Base – batting

46 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Variation – wearing sunglasses

Base – wearing helmet

55 Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Variation – heart hands, white jersey

Base – batting

60 Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees

Variation – no helmet

Base – wearing helmet

63 Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers

Variation – in front of dugout

Base – fielding

64 Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

Variation – with glove

Base – with bat

70 Amed Rosario, New York Mets

Variation – no helmet

Base – batting

71 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Variation – pinstripe jersey, horizontal

Base – batting, Rookie Cup

82 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies

Variation – high-fiving teammates

Base – batting

83 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Variation – black jersey

Base – white jersey

87 Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres

Variation – diving

Base – standing to catch ball at wall

93 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Variation – holding box

Base – pitching

99 Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays

Variation – laughing

Base – throwback uniform, pitching

100 Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers

Variation – with glove

Base – running

107 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

Variation – no helmet

Base – batting, wearing sunglasses

112 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Variation – wearing ski mask, T-shirt

Base – pitching, white jersey

139 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

Variation – looking back over shoulder

Base – batting

142 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Variation – black cap, jersey

Base – batting, gray jersey

143 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Variation – looking over shoulder

Base – batting

150 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox

Variation – pointing up, navy jersey

Base – batting, white jersey

179 Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics

Variation – sitting in dugout

Base – batting

187 Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

Variation – high-fiving teammates

Base – batting

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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  1. paul hertel 27 March, 2018 at 18:42

    i found (2) 2018 opening day rcs of clint frazier…both show his drafted line on the back of the card as…Indians #1-june,but no draft year…since both cards are the exact same on the back,i presume this is a non-corrected error with no added value to the card(s)?

  2. Joe 8 March, 2019 at 11:56

    Is there any round about number as to how many copies there are of a ssp card. Was fortunate in pulling a #71 Aaron Judge out of a value pack. Only pack they had left on the shelf.

    • Ryan Cracknell 8 March, 2019 at 12:19

      @Joe – Print runs were never released. If you took all the pack types and analyzed the odds, you might be able to speculate how many there are.

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