2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Guide and Easy-to-Use Gallery

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2018 Topps Update Series Baseball variations offer a similar sort of continuity from the Series 1 and Series 2 SP cards  much like other parts of the product. These cards offer up a different mix of fresh photos for stars and rookies.

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Stanton

It also means the addition of more retired legends.

Topps also managed to work in some of the late-season trades. These put the likes of Andrew McCutchen and Josh Donaldson with their new teams.

Another piece of continuity comes from the cards’ two levels of rarity. Regular SP variations are 1:45 2018 Topps Update hobby packs. A total of 52 players are in this mix. Tougher SSP variations are 1:273 hobby packs. Combined, they’re a little tougher than one per box at this level. Overall, the more common versions shouldn’t be too tough to find, both at the time of the set’s release and further down the road the big wave of breaks happen. SSPs, though, could prove to be tough over time if past years are any indication.

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Code Confirmation

Once again, card backs offer a confirmation as to whether you’ve got a short print variation. At the end of the fine print is a code that’s used on the production side. They double as identifiers for collectors, even if that’s not the intent. Once you get past all of the copyright info, look to the last few digits of the code and they’ll tell you what you’ve got.

Here are the code endings that are applicable to identifying variations:

  • Base – 990
  • SP Variations – 030
  • SSP Variations – 032

Several of the 2018 Topps Update variations also have autographed versions. These were all revealed on the checklist put out by the company, but not the unsigned ones.

Variations

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Checklist

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US1 Shohei Ohtani – SP | SSP (batting) | SSP (pitching)
US1 Nolan Ryan – SP
US7 Babe Ruth – SP
US7 Giancarlo Stanton – SP
US9 Roberto Clemente – SP
US10 Ian Kinsler – SP
US12 Mike Mikolas – SP | SSP
US14 Scott Kingery – SP | SSP
US20 Don Mattingly – SP
US21 Sandy Koufax – SP
US23 Wade Boggs – SP
US23 Pedro Martinez – SP
US31 Chipper Jones – SP
US34 Austin Meadows – SP | SSP
US38 Torii Hunter – SP
US39 Freddy Peralta – SSP
US44 Hank Aaron – SP
US58 Jordan Hicks – SP | SSP
US64 Ted Williams – SP
US68 Michael Soroka – SP | SSP
US73 Marcell Ozuna – SP
US76 George Brett – SP
US83 Andrew McCutchen – SP (Giants) | SP (Yankees)
US88 Daniel Mengden – SSP
US95 Dustin Fowler – SP | SSP
US98 Randy Johnson – SP
US100 Ichiro – SP
US101 Roger Clemens – SP
US107 Rally Goose – SSP


US110 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – SP | SSP
US111 Bob Gibson – SP
US118 Evan Longoria – SP
US118 Bo Jackson – SP
US121 Rickey Henderson – SP
US151 Matt Kemp – SP
US157 Ernie Banks – SP
US174 Fernando Romero – SP | SSP
US175 Dylan Cozens – SSP
US177 Mike Piazza – SP
US195 J.D. Martinez – SP
US197 Will Clark – SP
US198 Shane Bieber – SSP
US200 Lou Gehrig – SP
US200 Gleyber Torres – SP | SSP (batting) | SSP (throwing)
US201 Nick Kingham – SP | SSP
US213 Todd Frazier – SP
US217 Trevor Hoffman – SP
US218 Tyler O’Neill – SP | SSP
US232 Josh Donaldson – SP
US242 Franmil Reyes – SSP
US248 Christian Yelich – SP
US250 Ronald Acuna Jr. – SP | SSP (batting) | SSP (with glove)
US250 Derek Jeter – SP
US253 Cal Ripken Jr. – SP
US257 Chris Stratton – SSP
US259 Mark McGwire – SP
US271 Joey Lucchesi – SP
US281 Willy Adames – SSP
US300 Juan Soto – SP | SSP


2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Gallery

US1 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – red warm-up shirt

SSP Variation – pitching (white jersey)

SSP Variation – batting


Base – pitching (red jersey)


US1 Nolan Ryan, California Angels


Base – Nolan Ryan


Base – Shohei Ohtani


US7 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees


Variation – Babe Ruth


Base – Giancarlo Stanton


US7 Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees


2018 Topps Update Baseball Variations Giancarlo Stanton

Variation – warm-up jersey, bat on shoulder


Base – pinstripe jersey


US9 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – Roberto Clemente


Base – Nick Kingham (Rookie Debut)


US10 Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox


Variation – with glove


Base – with bat


US12 Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – white jersey, tipping cap

SSP Variation – holding ball, vertical


Base – throwing, ball not in hand


US14 Scott Kingery, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – red jersey

SSP Variation – pinstripe jersey, throwing


Base – “Rookie Debut”, gray jersey


US20 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees


Variation


Base – Jeurys Familia


US21 Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – Sandy Koufax


Base – Kenley Jansen


US23 Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Wade Boggs


Base – J.D. Martinez


US23 Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Pedro Martinez


Base – J.D. Martinez


US31 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves


Variation – Chipper Jones


Base – Jose Ramirez


US34 Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation – blue jersey

SSP Variation – fielding, gray jersey


Base – gray jersey, sunglasses


US38 Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins


Variation – Torii Hunter


Base – Jose Berrios


US39 Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers


SSP Variation – facing forward, vertical


Base – leg stretched, horizontal


US44 Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves


Variation – Hank Aaron


Base – Freddie Freeman


US58 Jordan Hicks, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – sitting with team

SSP Variation – leg out, horizontal


Base – knee up


US64 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Ted Williams


Base – Mookie Betts


US68 Michael Soroka, Atlanta Braves


Variation – sitting in dugout

SSP Variation – pitching, turned to side, horizontal


Base – pitching, facing forward, vertical


US73 Marcell Ozuna, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – red jersey, with bat


Base – white jersey, catching ball


US76 George Brett, Kansas City Royals


Variation – George Brett


Base – Salvador Perez


US83 Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants/New York Yankees


Variation – black jersey

Variation – New York Yankees


Base – gray jersey


US88 Daniel Mengden, Oakland Athletics


SSP Variation – ball visible, horizontal


Base – ball in glove, vertical


US95 Dustin Fowler, Oakland Athletics


Variation – with team

SSP Variation – brown bat


Base – black bat


US98 Randy Johnson, Seattle Mariners


Variation


Base – Edwin Diaz


US100 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


Variation – at batting cage


Base – wearing helmet


US101 Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Roger Clemens


Base – Chris Sale


US107 Rally Goose, Detroit Tigers


SSP Variation – Rally Goose


Base – Craig Kimbrel


110 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Toronto Blue Jays


Variation – wearing headband, blue jersey

SSP Variation – fielding, blue jersey


Base – running, white jersey


US111 Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – Bob Gibson


Base – Jean Segura


US118 Bo Jackson, Kansas City Royals


Variation – Bo Jackson


Base – Evan Longoria


US118 Evan Longoria, San Francisco Giants


Variation – leaning on bat rack


Base – fielding


US121 Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics


Variation – Rickey Henderson


Base – George Springer


US151 Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – batting cage, no helmet


Base – wearing helmet


US157 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


Variation – Ernie Banks


Base – Francisco Lindor


US174 Fernando Romero, Minnesota Twins


Variation – looking up

SSP Variation – knee up


Base – throwing off mound


US175 Dylan Cozens, Philadelphia Phillies


SSP Variation – running


Base – batting


US177 Mike Piazza, New York Mets


Variation – Mike Piazza


Base – Jacob deGrom


US195 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Variation – standing, waist-up photo


Base – catching ball


US197 Will Clark, San Francisco Giants


Variation – Will Clark


Base – Joe Jimenez


US198 Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians


SSP Variation – ball over head


Base – ball at waist


US200 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees


Variation – Lou Gehrig


Base – Gleyber Torres


US200 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Variation – black jersey, throwing

SSP Variation – gray jersey, batting

SSP Variation – gray jersey, throwing


Base – pinstripe jersey, batting


US201 Nick Kingham, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – yellow jersey, blowing into hand

SSP Variation – yellow jersey, throwing


Base – black jersey


US213 Todd Frazier, New York Mets


Variation – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey


US217 Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres


Variation – Trevor Hoffman


Base – Justin Verlander


US218 Tyler O’Neill, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – at fence with team

SSP Variation – batting


Base – running


US232 Josh Donaldson, Cleveland Indians


Variation – Josh Donaldson


Base – Brad Hand


US242 Franmil Reyes, San Diego Padres – SSP


SSP Variation – batting


Base – pointing


US248 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – yellow jersey back, wearing cap


Base – pinstripe jersey, wearing helmet


US250 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Variation – red and blue shirt, standing at batting cage

SSP Variation – white jersey, with bat

SSP Variation – white jersey, with glove


Base – Batting


US250 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees


Variation – Derek Jeter


Base – Ronald Acuna Jr.


US253 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles


Variation – Cal Ripken Jr.


Base – Manny Machado


US257 Chris Stratton, San Francisco Giants


Base – black jersey


Base – white jersey


US259 Mark McGwire, Oakland Athletics


Variation – Mark McGwire


Base – Stephen Piscotty


US271 Joey Lucchesi, San Diego Padres


Variation – brown jersey


Base – white jersey


US281 Willy Adames, Tampa Bay Rays


SSP Variation – legs visible, verticle


Base – waist-up shot, horizontal


US300 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Variation – hands on hips

SSP Variation – Gatorade bath


Base – batting


 

Autograph Variations

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations – Autographs Checklist

This is the full list of SP and SSP Variation Autographs. Unlike the base card variations, Topps included them on the final checklist.

Short Print Variation Autographs

Current Players

BSPA-AC Andrew McCutchen
BSPA-AM Austin Meadows
BSPA-CY Christian Yelich
BSPA-DF Dustin Fowler
BSPA-DM Don Mattingly
BSPA-EL Evan Longoria
BSPA-FR Fernando Romero
BSPA-GT Gleyber Torres
BSPA-I Ichiro
BSPA-IK Ian Kinsler
BSPA-JS Juan Soto
BSPA-LG Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
BSPA-MM Miles Mikolas
BSPA-MO Marcell Ozuna
BSPA-MS Michael Soroka
BSPA-NK Nick Kingham
BSPA-RA Ronald Acuna Jr.
BSPA-SK Scott Kingery
BSPA-SO Shohei Ohtani
BSPA-TF Todd Frazier

Retired Legends

BSPA-BG Bob Gibson
BSPA-BJ Bo Jackson
BSPA-CJ Chipper Jones
BSPA-CR Cal Ripken Jr.
BSPA-MC Mark McGwire
BSPA-NR Nolan Ryan
BSPA-PM Pedro Martinez
BSPA-RH Rickey Henderson
BSPA-RJ Randy Johnson
BSPA-TH Torii Hunter
BSPA-WB Wade Boggs
BSPA-WC Will Clark

SSP Variation Autographs

BSRA-AM Austin Meadows
BSRA-CS Chris Stratton
BSRA-DF Dustin Fowler
BSRA-DM Daniel Mengden
BSRA-FE Franmil Reyes
BSRA-GO Gleyber Torres
BSRA-GT Gleyber Torres
BSRA-JS Juan Soto
BSRA-LG Lourdes Gurriel
BSRA-MM Miles Mikolas
BSRA-MS Michael Soroka
BSRA-NK Nick Kingham
BSRA-RA Ronald Acuna Jr.
BSRA-RC Ronald Acuna Jr.
BSRA-SH Shohei Ohtani
BSRA-SK Scott Kingery
BSRA-SO Shohei Ohtani

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