Pete Alonso, Fernando Tatis Jr., Eloy Jimenez Are Short Prints in 2019 Topps Big League Baseball


Three late rookie additions to 2019 Topps Big League Baseball are short prints. Pete Alonso, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eloy Jimenez are noticeably tougher to pull than other base cards. But at the same time, they’re not going to be super tough to find, either.

“They are short printed compared to the base set, but they aren’t difficult to find,” said Topps’ Susan Lulgjuraj.

This makes all three short print variations as they share checklist spots with other players. Tatis Jr. is #6 along with Kevin Gausman. Alonso and Matt Carpenter are both #20. Further down the checklist, Jimenez and Buster Posey share #74.

Although the base versions of the rookies’ 2019 Topps Big League cards are short prints, they still have parallels. This is similar to the 2019 Bowman Bryce Harper. The regular card is a short print but all of the parallels fall in line with the rest of the set.

So how tough are the 2019 Topps Big League Pete Alonso, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eloy Jimenez cards? Based on what’s being found thus far, it appears as though you’ll probably find at least a couple of copies of each in every case. So noticeably harder but not rare.

This is the first pack-based MLB set to have regular cards of all three players. The trio made their big league debuts at the start of the season.


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. John Donovan 13 May, 2019 at 16:22

    This is incredibly annoying for a set like Big League. I get that people want to chase variations and short prints in sets like Bowman, Heritage, and even the flagship set. But can’t they just make one set where the star of the set is the set itself?

    • Ryan Cracknell 13 May, 2019 at 19:40

      @John – Best-case scenario, you’re looking at two-three hobby boxes to finish the base set. Compare that to the rates the three SPs appear to be and they’re really not going to be that short. Tougher, yes, but they shouldn’t be by a lot.

  2. Cardboard Fan 13 May, 2019 at 23:07

    Ryan you’re talking 400 card base set or 400 + Alonso , Tatis & Jimenez

    • Ryan Cracknell 13 May, 2019 at 23:15

      @Cardboard – The base set will be considered by most to be complete with the main 400 cards.

  3. Chuck Kemp 30 May, 2019 at 16:12

    The Alonso, Tatis, and Jimenez Short Prints seem to be made of thinner, flimsier card stock than the base cards in this set. They don’t feel like real cards. Kind of a turn-off in my opinion.

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