2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations — All You Need to Know

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The 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball variations checklist is big and varied. But if you’ve been collecting the brand for a while, it won’t come as a surprise. This time around, there are six different types of short prints. These range from the relatively easy to pull — at least as a whole — to the downright scarce. Some you’ll be able to spot right away while others will require a bit of a closer look. Even then, Topps has made it easier to find 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations compared to past years.

2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations

Things start with Action Image Variations, which are basic photo variations. These, along with Team Color Name Variations are only in 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball hobby packs. Error, Trade, Nickname and Throwback Uniform Variations are all in both hobby and retail.

While there’s more to come, here’s a lot of 2019 Topps Baseball variations info to give you a head start on what to look for.

2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Breakdown

2019 Topps Heritage Action Image Variations

The 2019 Topps Heritage Action Image Variations are among the more common. The do have a couple of different types, though. For veterans, these use game photos. Mimicking the original 1970 Topps Baseball set, base images are a lot of posed shots and portraits. So Action Image Variations bring a more modern approach to photography as well as some additional excitement.

Five rookies are also part of the Action Image Variations checklist. On their base cards, these players are paired up with a rookie teammate as part of the Rookie Stars subset. For the Action Image Variations, they get a solo card. The card numbers on the variations aren’t the same as the base cards they appear on.

Action Image Variations are only in hobby packs.

Odds:

  • Hobby – 1:41

2019 Topps Heritage Throwback Uniform Variations

Throwback Uniform Variations are typically some of the most coveted cards each year that don’t have an autograph or are an ultra-hot Rookie Card. The reason? They’re extremely tough to pull and, therefore, exceptionally rare despite their lack of serial number.

The concept behind these is a simple one — players are pictured in retro uniforms.

Odds:

  • Hobby – 1:10,879
  • Retail – 1:11,132
  • Blaster – 1:11,254
  • Retail Fat Pack – 1:5,328
  • Retail Hanger Box – 1:2,787

2019 Topps Heritage Error Variations

Error Variations are intentional mistakes. In the past, these have looked to the set they’re based on for inspiration. In this case, it’s 1970 Topps Baseball. Things like small spelling mistakes, wrong photos and vital info snafus have all been in play.

These can also be extremely subtle and easy to miss, so using the tip-off from Topps by the card number may be the easiest way to find some of these.

Odds:

  • Hobby – 1:4,583
  • Retail – 1:4,536
  • Blaster – 1:4,738
  • Retail Fat Pack – 1:2,060
  • Retail Hanger Box – 1:1,187

2019 Topps Heritage Trade Variations

Topps Heritage Trade Variations note a recent transaction with an added line of text in the vitals on the back. For these, it’s an additional “Acquired” line that’s below “Home.” Like a lot of Error Variations, these can easily slip by.

Odds:

  • Hobby – 1:2,288
  • Retail – 1:2,268
  • Blaster – 1:2,301
  • Retail Fat Pack – 1:1,030
  • Retail Hanger Box – 1:558

2019 Topps Heritage Nickname Variations

Introduced as a new variation theme in 2018 Heritage, these are pretty straightforward and easily visible on the front. They simply highlight a name the player may also go by.

2019 Topps Heritage Nickname Variations 406 Anthony Rizzo

Odds:

  • Hobby – 1:2,288
  • Retail – 1:2,268
  • Blaster – 1:2,301
  • Retail Fat Pack – 1:1,030
  • Retail Hanger Box – 1:588

2019 Topps Heritage Team Name Color Variations

Also known as Color Swap cards, these play with the team name on the font. Team Name Color Variations are only in hobby packs.

Odds:

  • Hobby – 1:245

Two Ways to Spot 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations on the Back

Card backs offer a couple of different ways to spot and confirm 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball variations. As usual, you can look to the fine print and take note of the codes at the end. Base cards and variations (along with other parts of the product) have a different code at the end.

But, there’s a much easier way that takes away the need to squint closely. Like 2018 Heritage High Number, Topps has added the actual variation name clearly under the card number.

2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations - Backs

In case you want to use the small codes, here’s what we know so far (more to be added very shortly):

  • Base (#1-400) – 092
  • Base SP (#401-500) – 112
  • Action Variation – 124
  • Error Variation – 121
  • Nickname Variation – 126
  • Team Color Variation – 125
  • Throwback Uniform Variation – 123
  • Trade Variation – 122

2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a list of the confirmed 2018 Topps Heritage variation short prints. There are more to come. Beside each player’s name are the variation types they have. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.

The Action Image and Team Color Variation checklist are complete. All others are still in progress.

30 Gregory Polanco – Throwback
52 Chris Archer – Trade
78 Mookie Betts – Action | Color
83 Noah Syndergaard – Nickname
138 James Paxton – Trade
278 Josh Donaldson – Trade
322 Ivan Nova – Trade
323 Robinson Cano – Trade
384 Michael Kopech – Action (RC)
387 Luis Urias – Action (RC)
388 Carlos Santana – Trade
392 Danny Jansen – Action (RC)
393 Corbin Barnes – Action (RC)
394 Kyle Tucker – Action (RC)
401 Francisco Lindor – Action | Color
404 Kris Bryant – Action | Color | Nickname
406 Anthony Rizzo – Action | Color | Nickname
409 Jose Altuve – Action | Color | Nickname
410 Christian Yelich – Action | Color
411 Blake Snell – Throwback
413 Gleyber Torres – Action | Color | Error
415 Bryce Harper – Action | Color | Nickname
419 Jacob deGrom – Action | Color
423 Carlos Correa – Throwback

424 Alex Bregman – Action | Color | Throwback
426 Justin Verlander – Color
429 Gerrit Cole – Throwback
430 Shohei Ohtani – Action | Color | Error | Nickname | Throwback
432 Khris Davis – Color | Throwback
436 Ozzie Albies – Action | Color | Throwback
440 Javier Baez – Action | Color
441 Paul Goldschmidt – Trade
442 Zack Greinke – Color | Throwback
447 Edwin Encarnacion – Trade
450 Jean Segura – Trade
451 Edwin Diaz – Color | Trade
454 Max Scherzer – Color
458 Rhys Hoskins – Action | Color | Nickname | Throwback
468 Nolan Arenado – Action | Color
475 J.D. Martinez – Action | Color
477 Mitch Haniger – Throwback
481 Juan Soto – Action | Color | Error
483 Jose Abreu – Throwback
485 Mike Trout – Action | Color | Error | Nickname
489 Freddie Freeman – Throwback
499 Aaron Judge – Action | Color | Nickname
500 Ronald Acuna Jr. – Action | Color | ErrorNickname

2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Gallery

Use the tabs to navigate between variation types.

Throwback

2019 Topps Heritage Throwback Uniform Variations

Full list TBA.

30 Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates


Throwback Variation – pointing up


Base – holding bat


411 Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays


Throwback Variation – devil ray logo on cap


Base – TB logo on cap


423 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Throwback Variation – red and yellow jersey


Base – blue jersey


424 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Throwback Variation – red and yellow jersey


Base – white jersey


429 Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros


Throwback Variation – red and yellow jersey


Base – white jersey


430 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Throwback Variation – wearing helmet


Base – wearing cap


432 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics


Throwback Variation – green sleeves


Base – white sleeves


436 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


Throwback Variation -blue sleeves


Base – white sleeves


442 Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks


Throwback Variation – pinstripe jersey


Base – holding ball out


458 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Throwback Variation – blue jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


477 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners


Throwback Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


483 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox


2019 Topps Heritage Throwback Variations 483 Jose Abreu

Throwback Variation – blue jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


489 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves


Throwback Variation – white jersey


Base – gray jersey


Error

2019 Topps Heritage Error Variations

430 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Error – reverse negative


Base


481 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Error – yellow line at bottom


Base – white line at bottom


481 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


2019 Topps Heritage Error Variations 481 Juan Soto

Error – “Natoinals”


Base – “Nationals”


485 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Error – missing black plate


Base


500 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Error – white ‘OUTFIELD’


Base – red ‘OUTFIELD’


Nickname

2019 Topps Heritage Nickname Variations

83 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets


Nickname Variation – Thor


Base


404 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Nickname Variation – KB


Base


406 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


2019 Topps Heritage Nickname Variations 406 Anthony Rizzo

Nickname Variation – Tony


Base


409 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Nickname Variation – Tuve


Base


415 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Nickname Variation – Mondo


Base


430 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


2019 Topps Heritage Nickname Variations 430 Shohei Ohtani

Nickname Variation – Showtime


Base


458 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Nickname Variation – Big Fella


Base


485 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Nickname Variation – Kiiiiid


Base


499 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Nickname Variation – All Rise


Base


500 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Nickname Variation – Sabanero Soy


Base


Trade

2019 Topps Heritage Trade Variations

52 Chris Archer, Pittsburgh Pirates


Trade Variation



138 James Paxton, Seattle Mariners


Trade Variation



278 Josh Donaldson, Atlanta Braves


Trade Variation



322 Ivan Nova, Chicago White Sox


Trade Variation



323 Robinson Cano, New York Mets


Trade Variation



388 Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians


Trade Variation



441 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals


Trade Variation



447 Edwin Encarnacion, Seattle Mariners


Trade Variation



450 Jean Segura, Philadelphia Phillies


Trade Variation



451 Edwin Diaz, New York Mets


Trade Variation



Action Image

2019 Topps Heritage Action Image Variations

This is the full gallery of Action Image Variations.

For rookies with solo variations, the card numbers do not match up with their base Rookie Stars card.

78 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Action – running


Base – fielding glove


384 Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox

Kopech appears on base card #7.


Action


Base – Keone Kela


387 Luis Urias, San Diego Padres

Urias appears on base card #262.


Action


Base – Brent Suter


392 Danny Jansen, Toronto Blue Jays

Jansen appears on base card #376.


Action


Base – Ryne Stanek


393 Corbin Barnes, Milwaukee Brewers

Burnes appears on base card #88.


Action


Base – Wade LeBlanc


394 Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros

Tucker appears on base card #227.


Action


Base – Joakim Soria


401 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Action – fielding


Base – holding bat


404 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Action – wearing helmet


Base – wearing glove


406 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Action – running


Base – wearing glove


409 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Action – dropping bat


Base – holding bat


410 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Action – batting


Base – white jersey


413 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Action – fielding


Base – batting


415 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Action – swinging


Base – red cap


419 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Action – gray jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


424 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Action – swinging


Base – bat on shoulder


430 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Action – swinging


Base – batting stance


436 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


Action – fielding


Base – holding bat


440 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


Action – running


Base – bat on shoulder


458 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Action – swinging


Base – pinstripe jersey


468 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Action – holding ball


Base – holding bat


475 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Action – gray jersey


Base – white jersey


481 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Action – throwing


Base – holding bat


485 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Action – catching


Base – holding bat


499 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Action – swinging bat


Base – batting stance, sky in background


500 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Action – running


Base – holding bat


Color

2019 Topps Heritage Team Name Color Variations

This is the full gallery of Team Color Name Variations.

78 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Team Name Variation – red


Base Team Name – yellow


401 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Team Name Variation – black


Base Team Name – Red


404 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Team Name Variation – Red


Base Team Name – Yellow


406 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Team Name Variation – white


Base Team Name – black


409 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Team Name Variation – red


Base Team Name – yellow


410 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Team Name Variation – red


Base Team Name – yellow


413 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Team Name Variation – white


Base Team Name – red


415 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Team Name Variation – yellow


Base Team Name – black


419 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Team Name Variation – yellow


Base Team Name – red


424 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Team Name Variation – red


Base Team Name – yellow


426 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros


Team Name Variation – red


Base Team Name – yellow


430 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Team Name Variation – red


Base Team Name – yellow


432 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics


Team Name Variation – black


Base Team Name – yellow


436 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


Team Name Variation – yellow


Base Team Name – black


440 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


Team Name Variation – white


Base Team Name – black


442 Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks


Team Name Variation – black


Base Team Name – red


451 Edwin Diaz, New York Mets


Team Name Variation – yellow


Base Team Name – red


454 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


Team Name Variation – red


Base Team Name – black


458 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Team Name Variation – black


Base Team Name – yellow


468 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Team Name Variation – yellow


Base Team Name – red


475 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Team Name Variation – yellow


Base Team Name – black


481 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Team Name Variation – white


Base Team Name – yellow


485 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Team Name Variation – white


Base Team Name – Yellow


499 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Team Name Variation – black


Base


500 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Team Name Variation – red


Base


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14 comments

  1. A 27 February, 2019 at 02:37

    I have always loved this set, but I wish they would go back to some of the earlier years and limit the variations so it is possible to put together a complete set.

  2. Strofan 28 February, 2019 at 20:57

    French variation has no text under back number. Serial number ends in 093.
    AFA checklist I’ve pulled 421 Upton & 430 Ohtani thus far.

    • Ryan Cracknell 28 February, 2019 at 22:22

      @Strofan – We’re treating the French text like a parallel. Still figuring if it’s all cards or partial parallel like Minis and Silver.

  3. N 1 March, 2019 at 23:18

    Recently purchased box at LCS yielded every pack in which first (2) cards were noticeably a different shade of gray…much lighter, slash better player name and position barely noticeable (nearly white). Every pack contained two and sequence seemed odd. Not purple, silver or flip…anyone reported a difference in front of cards? Or tint? Is it possible just print error? Thanks

  4. Chuck Pfeiffer 26 March, 2019 at 07:24

    In. Response to N about the different shades of gray the same thing was apparent last year in heritage as well if u fan the cards just enough to expose the “white” of every card in the pack usually the high number and or variations are noticeably a darker tinge of white. I looked at this years when I got my first box and the same trend continues for 2019 the darker shades (or lighter not sure of the top of my head) are SPs, ie high number/variations. Hope this helped anyone…

  5. James Mitchell 2 June, 2019 at 17:23

    I pulled card for 66 of scooter gennett with a 120 code on the card. The border is shiny almost like a chrome card but the picture is a regular base Set photo with him standing holding the bat. There’s no serial number or identification under the number. Can anybody help me identify this card and what it is

    • Ryan Cracknell 3 June, 2019 at 12:13

      @James – What color is the border? If it’s purple, it sounds like the Chrome Purple Refractor.

  6. James Mitchel 8 June, 2019 at 04:19

    Ryan, in answer to your comment the border is the same as the chrome cards, just s little dimmer but still has the chrome look

  7. James Mitchell 9 June, 2019 at 07:01

    Thanks for the info. My card is 466 and the border is a shiney silver. Its looks chrome but the picture is a regular base photo which is not chrome. The card code is 120…..Have you heard of any cards looking like this and can you help me identify it…
    Thanks for your time Ryan

  8. Jered W Ott 11 November, 2019 at 10:18

    James Mitchell, 120 variation code is a silver metal variation. I got a Khris Davis silver metal the other day.

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