2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variation Short Prints: The Ultimate Guide

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The 2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball variations are taking a similar path to Series 1. First off, there’s lots of them. Secondly, they come in multiple tiers. That means SP and SSP variations.

2018 Topps Series 2 Variations But the 2018 Topps Series 2 variation short prints are doing something different as well — they have retired legends. And a couple of high-profile rookies get their first flagship cards, as well.

Warm-up gear is another theme for the Series 2 SP variations. Many of the cards in Series 1 went in the same direction. The more rare 2018 Topps Series 2 SSP Variations use more expressive photos for the most part.

The 2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball variations checklist has 102 total cards including SP and SSP. This is pretty much the same as Series 1. SP cards total 75 cards to go along with 25 scarce SSP cards.

On top of these are two late additions to the 2018 Topps Series 2 checklist, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Gleyber Torres. While they do have flagship cards, they’re variations, sharing a checklist spot with another player. This is similar to the situation with Shohei Ohtani in 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball where he is one of the Action Variations. Because the cards are variations, they’re essentially inserts. Many will treat them as Rookie Cards, however because of their insert standing, the 2018 Topps Series 2 Torres and Acuña variations will not have the RC tag in the Beckett database.

Exact odds on the two Rookie Variations isn’t known but it appears they’re about one per case.

2018 Topps Series 2 Variations Ronald Acuna

For a handful of cards, the number of the variation doesn’t match the base card. For example, Corey Seager is #550 in the main set. His variations are #556, overlapping with Andrew Benintendi. The impacted cards are noted in the gallery.

These Cards Are Not Variation Short Prints

The 2018 Topps Series 2 base set has a couple mix ups with its numbering. Cards 364 and 565 do not exist. Instead, both Mallex Smith and a Dodgers Combo Card share #365. Joey Rickard and the New York Mets Team Card are both #564.

It may seem like these point to variation short prints. They’re not.

How Hard Are 2018 Topps Series 2 Variations to Find?

Some of the variations won’t be too difficult to find, at least in the first while after the product releases. Regular SP cards are 1:30 2018 Topps Series 2 hobby packs and 1:6 hobby jumbo packs (retail odds are not yet known). That makes them about one or two per box. Even with the large checklist, these shouldn’t be too terribly hard to find, particularly if you’re just looking for one or two of a favorite player.

2018 Topps Series 2 SSP cards are much tougher, falling 1:886 hobby packs and 1:177 hobby jumbo packs. At the case level, that’s almost 1:3 cases for one of the SSP cards.

On the retail side, SP variations are 1:25 packs, 1:5 hanger boxes and 1:9 fat packs. SSP are 1:737 regular retail, 1:123 hanger boxes and 1:246 fat packs.

It’s not yet known where the Torres and Acuña cards fall, although they’re believed to be more in line with the SP cards than the SSP.

In addition to the variations, select cards also have autographed versions of their SP and SSP cards.

Using Card Backs to Spot 2018 Topps Series 2 Variation Short Prints

If you’re still not 100 percent sure you have a variation or not, you can use the back of the card to confirm it.

As is the case with most Topps sets, there’s a block of fine print. At the end of that is a code. The codes change depending on the type of card.

When it comes to variation hunting, here’s what you need to know when it comes to these code endings:

Base Cards – 359
SP Variations – 412
SSP Variations – 414
Rookie Variations (Torres and Acuña) – 249

2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Checklist

The following is a quick checklist of all the 2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball variation short prints. Known tougher cards are noted with SSP.

* notes retired legends.

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2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Gallery

351 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


SP Variation – wearing cap

SSP Variation – gray jersey, clapping


Base – wearing helmet


351 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers


SP Variation – Ty Cobb


Base – Bryce Harper


351 Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees


SP Variation – Reggie Jackson


Base – Bryce Harper


369 Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP Variation – standing at batting cage, blue t-shirt


Base – white jersey, batting


384 Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs


SP Variation – blue shirt, bat on shoulder

SSP Variation – pointing


Base – pinstripe jersey


384 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


SP Variation – Ernie Banks


Base – Addison Russell


392 Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays


SP Variation – leaning on fence


Base – back turned


393 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians


SP Variation – t-shirt

SSP Variation – clenched fist


Base – horizontal, wearing jersey


397 Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros


SP Variation – leaning on fence


Base – gray jersey, pitching


400 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


SP Variation – long-sleeve shirt

2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Jose Altuve

SSP Variation – clapping


Base – batting


400 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates


SP Variation – Honus Wagner


Base – Jose Altuve


413 Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians


SP Variation – wearing sweater, horizontal


Base – gray jersey, vertical


416 Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics


SP Variation – #416, wearing sweater


Base – #396 (Derek Fisher is #416 in base set), batting


418 Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians


SP Variation – wearing cap, leaning back

SSP Variation – pointing


Base – batting


430 Manny Margot, San Diego Padres


SP Variation – in dugout


Base – batting, Future Stars


431 Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies


SP Variation – doughnut on bat

SSP Variation – pinstripe jersey, hand out


Base – batting


431 Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics


SP Variation – Rickey Henderson


Base – Charlie Blackmon


436 Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs


SP Variation – blue shirt

SSP Variation – stretching leg


Base – pinstripe jersey


436 Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves


SP Variation – Greg Maddux


Base – Yu Darvish


439 Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox


SP Variation – holding bat

SSP Variation – gray jersey, hand up


Base – fielding


450 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds


SP Variation – red shirt

SSP Variation – crouching, horizontal


Base – batting, gray jersey


450 Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds


SP Variation – Johnny Bench


Base – Joey Votto


454 Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners


SP Variation – warmup shirt


Base – at bat, wearing jersey


462 Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals


SP Variation – carrying bag


Base – batting, with Future Stars/Rookie Cup


462 Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals


SP Variation – Ozzie Smith


Base – Paul DeJong


469 Sonny Gray, New York Yankees


SP Variation – press conference, horizontal

SSP Variation – pointing, wearing ribbon


Base – throwing


471 Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates


SP Variation



484 Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP Variation – t-shirt, horizontal


Base – gray jersey, vertical


499 Justin Bour, Miami Marlins


SP Variation – sunglasses on cap, warmup shirt


Base – batting


500 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


SP Variation – holding bat

SSP Variation – sliding


Base – running bases, white pinstripe jersey


500 Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs


SP Variation


Base – Kris Bryant


502 Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox


SP Variation – blue shirt


Base – batting, white jersey


503 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays


SP Variation – wearing headband

SSP Variation – blue jersey, running


Base – wearing sunglasses


503 George Brett, Kansas City Royals


SP Variation – George Brett


Base – Josh Donaldson


506 Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins


SP Variation – Take 17 hoodie, pointing down


Base – pitching, gray jersey


507 Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks


SP Variation – horizontal, black shirt


Base – pitching, gray jersey


510 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves


SP Variation – stretching

SSP Variation – waving


Base – batting


510 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves


SP Variation – Chipper Jones


Base – Freddie Freeman


515 Greg Bird, New York Yankees


SP Variation – navy warmup shirt


Base – white pinstripe jersey


515 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees


SP Variation – Don Mattingly


Base – Greg Bird


544 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals


SP Variation – at batting cage

SSP Variation – hands up


Base – batting, gray jersey


544 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates


SP Variation – Roberto Clemente


Base – Yadier Molina


545 Nicholas Castellanos, Detroit Tigers


SP Variation – sitting on bench


Base – white jersey, running


550 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles


SP Variation – Cal Ripken Jr.


2018 T S2 556 Corey Seager

Base – Corey Seager


550 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers


SP Variation – Jackie Robinson


2018 T S2 556 Corey Seager

Base – Corey Seager


555 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


SP Variation – blue shirt

SSP Variation – wearing helmet


Base – white pinstripe jersey, pitching


556 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox


SP Variation – sunglasses on cap, horizontal

SSP Variation – arm up, horizontal


Base – white jersey, with Future Stars


556 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP Variation – #556, holding bat

SSP Variation – #556, yelling, wearing helmet


Base – #550, sliding (regular #556 is Benintendi)


556 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox


SP Variation – Ted Williams


Base – Andrew Benintendi


567 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners


SP Variation – standing at batting cage

SSP Variation – pointing


Base – blue jersey


576 Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees


SP Variation – kneeling

SSP Variation – sunglasses


Base – swinging, white pinstripe jersey


576 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees


SP Variation – Derek Jeter


Base – Didi Gregorius


582 Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels


SP Variation – no helmet, warmups

SSP Variation – pointing up


Base – white jersey, wearing helmet


582 Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves


SP Variation – Hank Aaron


Base – Albert Pujols


585 Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants


SP Variation – bat on shoulder


Base – batting, gray jersey


585 Willie McCovey, San Francisco Giants


SP Variation – Willie McCovey


Base – Brandon Crawford


589 Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds


SP Variation – red jersey


Base – gray jersey


593 Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals


SP Variation – close-up


Base – pitching, with Future Stars


599 Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP Variation – blue warmup shirt


Base – white jersey, throwing


600 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets


SP Variation – leaning on fence, sweater

SSP Variation – clenched, vertical


Base – with ball, pinstripe jersey


600 Tom Seaver, New York Mets


SP Variation – Tom Seaver


Base – Noah Syndergaard


605 Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox


SP Variation – black vest


Base – white throwback jersey


605 Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox


SP Variation – Frank Thomas


Base – Lucas Giolito


611 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


SP Variation – #611 – red shirt, navy blue cap

SSP Variation – #611, fist pump


Base – #629 (Josh Bell is #611 in base set), white jersey


615 Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers


SP Variation – holding bat


Base – catching ball


618 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks


SP Variation – black warmup shirt with snake on front

SSP Variation – hands out, horizontal


Base – throwing ball


618 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees


SP Variation – Lou Gehrig


Base – Paul Goldschmidt


629 Sandy Koufax, Dodgers


SP Variation – Sandy Koufax


Base – Max Scherzer


632 Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians


SP Variation – kneeling at batting cage


Base – wearing helmet, running with bat


650 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros


SP Variation – wearing hoodie

SSP Variation – white jersey, hands up


Base – orange jersey, pitching


650 Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals


SP Variation – Bob Gibson


Base – Justin Verlander


652 Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals


SP Variation – red shirt, with glove


Base – gray jersey, batting


665 Tommy Pham, St. Louis Cardinals


SP Variation – red shirt, with bat


Base – white jersey, catching ball on knees


698 Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves


Rookie Variation – Ronald Acuña Jr.


Base – Ryan Sherriff


699 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Rookie Variation – Gleyber Torres


Base – Drew Smyly


700 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


SP Variation – with bat, red warmups

SSP Variation – hand on helmet


Base – pitching, white jersey


700 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees


SP Variation – Babe Ruth


Base – Shohei Ohtani


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6 comments

  1. Fred 13 June, 2018 at 11:31

    Jeez Topps… always screwing up the numbering. Somebody needs to make a note somewhere that the last thing you do before a set goes into production is make sure the cards are numbered correctly!

  2. Pete D 16 June, 2018 at 09:38

    Just finished opening a hobby box and going by the variations gallery I got a Derek Jeter SP and a Corey Kluber SSP. You show the code endings for such cards as 112 and 114 respectively but the card backs read 412 and 414. Also, according to the Topps promo for these cards, you are supposed to receive 1 silver pack with a hobby box and 2 silver packs with a hobby jumbo box. I did not receive a silver pack nor did I receive any with a hobby jumbo series 1 I ordered previously (but I eventually got them after writing to Amazon). My question is does the dealer have to honor the Topps promo if they are selling their products? Thanks for any advice.

    • Ryan Cracknell 18 June, 2018 at 10:56

      @Pete – You’ll need to check with the person you bought them off of for the promo packs. Just like all promotions, cards or not, it’s always good to check first if they’re participating in advance to avoid confusion.

  3. Leon Wilson 23 June, 2018 at 00:16

    Could Pete’s question, about the silver packs, be exampled better. I too bought two Hobby boxes and did not receive silver packs. I bought them directly from Topps after reading there advertisement and anticipating their release.

    I wrote Topps for an explanation, but that’s going to be a while. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • Ryan Cracknell 24 June, 2018 at 12:25

      @Leon — The Silver Pack promotion was designed for dealers and hobby shops as an incentive for people to buy from business owners.

  4. Duel 2 July, 2018 at 22:09

    Not only did Topps rush to add Acuna and Torres in an attempt to sell more, they “photo shopped” Torres onto a card that has a teammate in the background with a different uniform on. I am sure they will make another card of each with a RC logo in the update set. I also wouldn’t put it past Topps to add a different variation of each in the complete set.

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