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


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. You’ll find all 30 of them below.

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 the full 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations checklist. 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

69 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

Variation – fielding

Base – batting

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


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. 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.

  3. Chris Nesci 3 June, 2019 at 15:50

    I have yet to see a Dugout Peeks Aaron Judge standard card. All I can find is the 5×7… Are these that tough of a pull?

  4. david westpy 11 March, 2020 at 00:18

    How hard is the Christian Yelich Variation? I got one but seem unable to find it anywhere listed outside of Becket’s value of n/a

    • Ryan Cracknell 11 March, 2020 at 11:23

      @david – The odds for variations are in the second paragraph. Multiply that by the number of variations and that’s how many packs you’d have to theoretically open to get one.

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