2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations – Here’s What You’re Looking For

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The 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations offer up a tough chase in the entry-level product. The approach for the SSP cards is simple — different photos and much tougher odds.

2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations

Like recent variation short prints in Topps Series 1, the 2019 Topps Opening Day variation SSPs use the same design as the base set. At first glance, you might not even know you have one. Landing 1:669 regular packs the chances of finding one in a pack or two is unlikely. Retail hanger boxes are tough, too, at 1:117. But they are out there. And there are a couple of ways to find them.

Get the full 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball checklist, team set lists and more.

The first is with the photo. There’s no set pattern among the 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations. But a lot of them take a more personal approach to the featured players. Portraits are on several of them. Following with a running theme in a lot of the product’s inserts, sights from around the ballpark outside of game action are also in play.

Topps did not release a checklist for the 2019 Topps Opening Day SSP variations, opting instead for collectors to discover them. That said, according to the set’s original promotional materials, there are 30 variations.

Confirming Variations: Codes on the Back

While the photos on the base cards and their variation counterparts are distinct and easy to tell apart, remembering them all is a tougher. This is especially true as time goes by. But like most modern Topps variations, you can use the card backs to confirm them.

As usual, go to the block of fine print on the back. At the end is a code that is different for base cards and variations.

When it comes to 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations, here are the two endings you need to know:

  • Base Cards – 853
  • Variation Short Prints – 871

This image shows you exactly where to look.

2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variation Autographs

Fifteen variations also have tough autograph versions. Topps did release a checklist for these:


24 Mike Trout
34 Trevor Story
41 Jose Altuve
44 Trey Mancini
45 Kris Bryant
51 Ronald Acuna Jr.
67 Max Muncy
69 Alex Bregman


84 Francisco Lindor
107 Rhys Hoskins
128 Juan Soto
138 Luis Urias
150 Jacob deGrom
185 Khris Davis
196 Blake Snell


This list could also offer a hint at what cards to be on the lookout for as far as variations go.

2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a list of confirmed 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations. We’ll continue to add to it until it’s complete. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s available on eBay.

2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Gallery

3 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros


Variation – throwing off bullpen mound


Base – ‘Houston’ visible on front of jersey


15 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations 15 Aaron Judge

Variation – black jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


22 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Bryce Harper

Variation – close-up portrait


Base – batting


24 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations 24 Mike Trout

Variation – holding bat


Base – leaping at wall


31 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Variation – white jersey, throwing


Base – purple jersey, batting


33 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Variation – World Series cap


Base – batting


34 Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies


Variation – looking at bat, white batting gloves


Base – swinging, purple batting gloves


39 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – tipping cap


Base – batting


41 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Variation – sitting in front of net


Base – batting


44 Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – catching, gray jersey


Base – running, white jersey


45 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Variation – wearing sunglasses


Base – batting


46 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – overhead view


Base – face visible


51 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Variation – leaping at wall


Base – batting


53 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Variation – in dugout


Base – batting


67 Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – running


Base – wearing helmet


84 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Variation – saluting


Base – white jersey


86 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Variation – close-up, pinstripe jersey


Base – batting, gray jersey


95 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


98 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


Variation – holding bat


Base – sliding


102 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – pointing


Base – throwing


105 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


Variation – catcher’s gear


Base – batting


106 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Variation – wearing helmet


Base – fielding


107 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – pointing


Base – swinging


128 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Variation – holding bat at dugout, no helmet


Base – wearing helmet


138 Luis Urias, San Diego Padres


Variation – black jersey


Base – pinstripe throwback jersey


150 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Variation – wearing yellow jacket


Base – pitching


183 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


Variation – sunglasses


Base – pitching


185 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics


Variation – no helmet


Base – swinging bat


196 Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation – signing autograph


Base – pitching


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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.

3 comments

  1. david 16 March, 2019 at 02:06

    Hey Ryan,
    Here are a few more…

    # 31 Nolan Arenado- Throwing a ball
    -#98 Ozzie Albies- Holding a bat

    Please add those to your list

  2. Richard 19 March, 2019 at 14:11

    nice looking cards. Way to many duplicates. Felt like I was opening a Upper Deck product.

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