2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Gallery, Checklist and All You Need to Know

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The 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations continue a longstanding tradition with the flagship set in recent years. The short prints offer a different look to select Series 1 base cards at longer odds. For some SSP cards, it means much longer odds.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations

With so much to keep track of, let’s help make it a little bit easier for you. Here’s a break down of all the things to look for when it comes to 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variation short prints.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations – SP vs. SSP Cards

2018 Topps Series 1 variations come in two levels. The more common ones are merely short prints. Although much more rare than regular base cards, you can expect these to pop up with some regularity.

But then there are the 2018 Topps Series 1 Super Short Print variations. These are extremely scarce. Even with the large Series 1 print run, don’t expect to find many of the SSP cards, especially after the initial rush of cards hitting the market dry up.

To get a sense of the differences in print runs, SP cards are 1:54 blaster packs. SSP cards are 1:1,618. SSP variations are tougher than 1:5 hobby jumbo cases.

2018 Topps Series 1 variations do have visual themes, although they may not jump out at you like retired legends or things like the pie cards from a few years ago.

All of the more common SP variations picture players in their warm-up gear. That means things like hoodies and batting practice jerseys.

SSP variations are more vague, but all involved hand gestures (not the 1972 Billy Martin, though).

Variation Codes

Topps cards have a large block of fine print on the back. It’s intended to be copyright info and the plain stuff you usually find in the fine print. And while it’s not intended to be used by collectors, the code at the end of this fine print can be an easy way to confirm whether or not you have a variation.

If you go through your base cards, you notice that the code at the end of the fine print ends in 87. Those are the common cards.

The 2018 Topps Series 1 SP variation code ends in 43. SSP variations end in 44.

Again, identifying variations has never been the intention of these codes but they have become a handy tool in those sets, like this one, where they do vary. And when you have a lot of cards to go through, they can speed up the process and confirm a variation easily.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Checklist

Below is a quick checklist of the confirmed variations. SSP cards are noted in both the checklist and in the gallery. This list is not yet complete and more cards will be added. Topps hasn’t released a full variation list.

If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.




2018 Topps Series 1 Variations Gallery

1 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations 1 Aaron Judge

Variation – dark blue jersey

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Aaron Judge SSP

SSP Variation – pointing, pinstripe jersey


Base – Future Stars, gray jersey


6 Dominic Smith, New York Mets


Variation – fielding

SSP Variation – celebrating with Amed Rosario


Base – batting


7 Clint Frazier, New York Yankees


Variation – dark blue jersey

SSP Variation – holding batting gloves


Base – batting


10 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Variation – no helmet

SSP Variation – white jersey


Base – gray jersey


11 Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – red shirt, close-up


Base – pinstripe jersey, throwing


18 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


Variation – red jersey

SSP Variation – pointing, dark blue jersey


Base – gray jersey, Rookie Cup


20 Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox


Variation – jacket, towel on shoulder

SSP Variation – grass in background


Base – ball in both hands


25 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – wearing hoodie,  sunglasses

SSP Variation – “You can’t see me!” hand gesture


Base – orange jersey


30 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Variation – blue shirt

SSP Variation – kissing hand


Base – gray jersey


33 Dexter Fowler, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – red shirt


Base – leaping at wall


42 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – blue shirt

SSP Variation – gray jersey


Base – Future Stars, Rookie Cup, white jersey


44 Trea Turner, Washington Nationals


Variation – red shirt


Base – throwing, white jersey


50 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Variation – blue T-shirt, throwing

SSP Variation – gray jersey, pointing


Base – pinstripe jersey, throwing


58 Ryan Zimmerman, Washinton Nationals


Variation – with glove


Base – running


63 Amed Rosario, New York Mets


Variation – with glove

SSP Variation – wearing helmet, no bat


Base – batting


68 Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – wearing red hoodie


Base – jumping at wall, white jersey


81 Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – wearing red hoodie


Base – pitching


82 Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays


Variation – blue shirt


Base – batting, gray jersey


86 Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals


Variation – holding bat


Base – flexing, horizontal


88 Michael Conforto, New York Mets


Variation – holding bat


Base – running


89 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – blue T-shirt


Base – hand on head, gray jersey


90 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers


Variation – bat on shoulder, hoodie


Base – white jersey


100 Giancarlos Stanton, Miami Marlins


Variation – stretching, orange shirt

SSP Variation – gray jersey, pointing


Base – black jersey


102 Wil Myers, San Diego Padres


Variation – blue and gray T-shirt


Base – crouching


105 Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals


Variation – fielding, red shirt


Base – gray jersey, holding bat


110 Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies


Variation – black shirt, holding bat


Baes – diving, horizontal


118 Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs


Variation – batting


Base – diving, Future Stars, Rookie Cup


125 Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets


Variation – blue shirt


Base – batting, pinstripe jersey


127 Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins


Variation – blue and gray sweatshirt, with glove


Base – pinstripe jersey


130 Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins


Variation – blue shirt


Base – diving, horizontal


132 Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins


Variation – black shirt, hands on hips


Base – orange jersey, catching


140 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Variation – blue hoodie

SSP Variation – holding shinguard, pinching


Base – white jersey


142 Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – black shirt, sunglasses


Base – white jersey, crouching


150 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Variation – black shirt

SSP Variation – white pinstripe jersey


Base – purple jersey, batting


157 Ichiro, Miami Marlins


Variation – wearing sunglasses

SSP Variation – smiling


Base – holding bat


160 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees


Variation – sunglasses, hands on hips


Base – pitching, horizontal


166 Victor Robles, Washington Nationals


Variation – MLB T-shirt


Base – batting, red jersey


172 Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs


Variation – blue shirt, holding bat


Base – pinstripe jersey, vertical


173 Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals


Variation – wearing hoodie


Base – batting


180 Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – with bat


Base – throwing


182 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Variation – blue shirt


Base – orange jersey, Future Stars


190 Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – doughnut on bat, horizontal


Base – dropping bat, vertical


191 Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation – dark blue shirt


Base – throwback jersey, pitching


196 Orlando Arcia, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – gray sleeves, batting cage


Base – bunting, Future Stars


200 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – black shirt, bat behind back

SSP Varaiation – gray jersey, waving


Base – white jersey, hand on helmet brim


220 Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners


Variation – blue shirt


Base – swinging, gray jersey


223 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation – kneeling


Base – no cap


225 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs


Variation – blue and gray shirt

SSP Variation – pointing


Base – swinging


226 Nick Williams, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – red shirt

SSP Variation – waving, pinstripe jersey


Base – gray jersey, catching ball


233 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals


Variation – red shirt, holding bat


Base – black jersey, pitching


238 Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays


Variation – throwing, blue shirt


Base – batting, white jersey


240 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners


Variation – wearing headband, holding bat

SSP Variation – white jersey, hand raised


Base – fielding, teal jersey


245 Willie Calhoun, Texas Rangers


Variation – red shirt


Base – white jersey


248 Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks


Variation – black jersey, in batting cage


Base – red jersey, red bat


250 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


Variation – black warmup shirt

SSP Variation – pointing, white jersey


Base – catcher’s gear


254 Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers


Variation – blue shirt, batting cage


Base – gray jersey, crouching


257 J.D. Martinez, Arizona Diamondbacks


Variation – black shirt, no bat


Base – swinging, red jersey


259 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – red shirt

SSP Variation – clapping


Base – pinstripe jersey


264 Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox


Variation – black warm-up shirt, alternate cap


Base – pitching


265 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


Variation – fielding, wearing hoodie

SSP Variation – holding batting helmet


Base – gray jersey, jumping


267 Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox


Variation – black shirt, touching cap


Base – batting, Future Stars


275 George Springer, Houston Astros


Variation – MLB T-shirt, with glove


Base – running, blue jersey


276 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


Variation – warmup shirt

SSP Variation – red batting glove up


Base – white jersey


280 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox


Variation – black shirt


Base – white pinstripe jersey


288 Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins


Variation – blue hoodie


Base – white jersey


290 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals


Variation – hoodie


Base – catcher’s gear


297 Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Ray


Variation – T-shirt, holding bat


Base – jumping at wall


300 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – gray and red shirt

SSP Variation – red jersey


Base – batting, white jersey


303 Luis Severino, New York Yankees


Variation – leaning at dugout


Base – pitching


306 Nicky Delmonico, Chicago White Sox


Variation – holding bat


Base – fielding


325 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics


Variation – green shirt


Base – batting, white jersey


326 Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers


Variation – blue shirt


Base – white jersey, running


330 Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers


Variation – black warm-up shirt


Base – fielding, gray jersey


340 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees


Variation – black shirt


Base – pinstripe jersey


350 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – T-shirt

SSP Variation – gray jersey, mouth open


Base – throwing


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34 comments

  1. John 28 January, 2018 at 07:26

    I’m getting really tired of all these variations. It makes building a set a chore I’ll stick with Topps Opening Day instead. Oh wait, those have variations now, too? Is there any simple set to build anymore?

  2. John Bateman 28 January, 2018 at 15:26

    I wish Topps would do an all vertical set and make the variations horizontal – thus no confusion

  3. Jonathan 28 January, 2018 at 19:14

    I’d like to second what John Bateman posted. I think it is a great idea — it keeps the set somewhat uniform and limits the number of SP, SSP, SSSP, S^4P, etc. I enjoy seeing the variations; however, I feel as those some of these ultra rare variations should just be a secondary variation (SP) because it’s the flagship set. In other products, especially those high end ones, go ahead an make all the S^xP’s. Just my 2¢.

  4. Chris Harris 29 January, 2018 at 09:45

    How are you supposed to know what it is you’re supposed to collect, when you don’t know what’s in the product before you buy it? And isn’t having to flip a card over and read a code in order to figure out what card you have a bit of an insult to our intelligence?

  5. Randy J. 29 January, 2018 at 17:42

    I personally like the SPs and SSPs, they make fantastic trade bait and also good adds to my PC guys.

  6. Stephen Osowski 29 January, 2018 at 18:03

    Looks like the common theme, so far anyway with the variations, is that the players are pictured in workout jackets or sweatshirts, rather than regular uniforms. Fun to pull, but don’t think i’ll go chasing them. Happy collecting all!

  7. Fred 30 January, 2018 at 10:47

    I have to agree that the SP situation is out of hand. As a setbuilder do you just worry about the cards minus the SP’s? What then if you do manage to pull a few? The most luck I’ve had with SP’s so far was with last year’s update set and three of the cards I pulled actually belonged to the BASE set. Imagine you managed to build a complete base set, SP’s and all, then another handful of SP’s come out? I would have been furious.

  8. Jason 30 January, 2018 at 10:51

    I gotta second what John (first comment) said. Topps is killing me with the SPs and SSPs. There are plenty of other products out there for people that like to chase impossible cards, but none for people that just want a comprehensive catalog of current players. It makes getting excited about the most exciting day of the year (Topps flagship release day) very difficult.

  9. Rick 30 January, 2018 at 17:51

    Ssp cards are out of hand. I build a master Yankee team set every year and this year judge and Frazier alone will probably cost me at least $300. I can’t afford this anymore, still looking for 2010 pie in face swisher and cervelli. I can’t win.

  10. Chris 31 January, 2018 at 09:23

    I’m trying to figure out why having SP’s or the even more rare SSP’s effects any set builder. That is why we have the term “base” set. You aren’t required to include the former in your set. I’m a set builder too, but I love the thrill of pulling one of these Easter eggs. And, as far as the laborious act of turning over the card to read a code, what happened to actually enjoying examining a card in the first place? I actually think Topps does a solid job in accommodating every type of collector, even within their flagship product.

  11. Kerry 31 January, 2018 at 13:35

    I cannot get excited about a photo of any player in the first place, let alone a different photo, and variations are just Topps way of getting us to spend more money chasing them. I miss inserts that have pizzazz!

  12. Richard 31 January, 2018 at 17:36

    Variations are fine, provided that they are “clear”.
    The pie in the face stuff was fun and obvious.
    The oh look, here’s a variant that you likely won’t notice and maybe you put it with your commons is not.

  13. Chris 31 January, 2018 at 19:28

    As a live group break host, it can be tedious, and takes more time as u can’t miss a $300 ‘pointing Aaron judge’ or whatever it may be. It’s one thing if it’s your box, but when u r breaking multiple cases a night with thousands of cards, it’s near impossible to know every single variation, sp, ssp and whatever else. As a collector, i love it. As a host, on air, and the thought of missing one, or having to have my employees spend time wit a magnifying glass to find them, adding time and cost to. The operation, not a fan. I won’t be breaking much of it because of this.

  14. Chris 2 February, 2018 at 21:01

    Sorry. It is loaded with gimmicks and garbage. Worst issue ever, in my book. I bought one jumbo (only because I had $100 in store credit) and got two foils, one /76, 5 RCs (no Judge, no Hoskins), two “relics,” one of them the usual worthless, pointless fake (false advertising?), and a junk autograph. The silver pack cards were no better. Judging by the plunging prices (already!) apparently a lot of folks agree with me.

    • Ryan Cracknell 5 February, 2018 at 13:23

      @Chris — Topps advertises up front that relics are both game-used and manufactured. So some may not like it, but it’s not false advertising. It has been this way with flagship for years.

  15. Mike Elliott 12 February, 2018 at 15:23

    I think Topps should do a tribute to MLB players who had past the previous year regardless of how much or how long they played

  16. Mike Elliott 12 February, 2018 at 15:28

    Getting SP or SSP in Target and Walmart packs are almost impossible to get for those that don’t have access to card shops in their area. Ever see those guys that “feel” every pack?

  17. Dave 14 February, 2018 at 14:37

    I think Topps is trying to be like Panini. Tops use to only have a few SP and SSP and they had value to all of them. Panini puts out variations and they overload you with them so there is no value to them Now Topps is over loading them I don’t see the value from them they once had.

  18. Ballgame88 15 February, 2018 at 07:51

    Just pulled a Benintendi SSP from a 14.99 Topps 2017 blaster and a Longoria SP from a 2018 blaster from Wal-Mart, so they do exist. I do agree that it’s a bit crazy with all these variations, especially when you are building sets. I also bought a 2018 Jumbo box and got garbage, waste of money ?

  19. Trevor J Dunevant 7 March, 2018 at 02:55

    Just pulled an SSP of Clint Frazier (card number 7) from a Walmart $19.99 blaster box. I’m super happy! I feel like I should never buy another pack again because I’ll never find a more rare card or one that is priced so high! … Don’t listen to the naysayers, Topps. Keep going with this concept. It makes you have to examine a card to see if it’s an SP or SSP or a vintage Topps logo before moving on. As a collector I love it!

  20. ianaadam@hotmail.ca 11 March, 2018 at 16:29

    I just pulled a Brett Gardiner #204 that has a subtle blue hue to it when held beside other #204s I have. Has anyone else seen or noticed this. Would this be considered an error card, or is this just a common inconsistency in printing that I haven’t noticed before.

  21. The.Penguin.Records@gmail.com 30 March, 2018 at 07:18

    Went to a LCS to pick up some storage boxes. Felt bad because he was only charging me $1. Crappy transaction for a shop owner. SO I asked if he had any GQ hobby. He said no, the only hobby he had was Topps. I reluctantly bought it to support the guy, because I wasn’t gonna do that set. Pulled a Judge SSP. w00t!! Good Karma comes back around!

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