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

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


  1. John
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    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. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    @John — Skip the parts you don’t like, build the things you do like?

  3. John Bateman
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

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

  4. Jonathan
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    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¢.

  5. Posted January 29, 2018 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    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?

  6. Stephen Osowski
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Just pulled a miguel cabrera sp ending in 43. Card number 90

  7. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    @Stephen — Thanks! Added it to the list.

  8. Randy J.
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

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

  9. Stephen Osowski
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    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!

  10. Gerald katz
    Posted January 30, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I love the VARIATIONS, the more extra quirks in each set the better.

  11. Fred
    Posted January 30, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    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.

  12. Jason
    Posted January 30, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    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.

  13. Rick
    Posted January 30, 2018 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    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.

  14. Chris
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    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.

  15. Kerry
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    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!

  16. Richard
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    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.

  17. Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    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.

  18. Ron S.
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I think the common cards end with 87 not 85!

  19. Chris
    Posted February 2, 2018 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    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.

  20. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted February 5, 2018 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    @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.

  21. Scott
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Is the Arcia sp an uncorrected error? Should not have a rookie card logo.

  22. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    @Scott — All are likely the same.

  23. Mike Elliott
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    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

  24. Mike Elliott
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    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?

  25. Dave
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    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.

  26. Ballgame88
    Posted February 15, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    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 😞

  27. David A. Coon
    Posted February 19, 2018 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Pulled 3 Rizzo SSP, 3 Judge SP,3 bergmen SP

  28. Yanksfan75
    Posted February 25, 2018 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I just pulled a Cody Bellinger SSP out of a Target blaster box. Very happy.

  29. Mike in KC
    Posted March 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I saw a 2018 Topps Series 1 Ohtani card on eBay, I am not sure if this is a custom made card or an insert in the product. Can you please advise. The seller claims to have more than 10 of these but there are no others like it on eBay…and no number listed in the description. Thanks.


  30. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted March 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    @Mike in KC – It’s from the blister pack team sets that just came out. It’s in the flagship design but numbered A-17. Details are here: https://www.beckett.com/news/2018-topps-baseball-team-sets-checklists/

  31. Trevor J Dunevant
    Posted March 7, 2018 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    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!

  32. ianaadam@hotmail.ca
    Posted March 11, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    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.

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