2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Short Prints and SSP Guide

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As the first 2019 Topps Baseball cards surface, so too follow the short prints. Once again, the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations add alternate photos to select base cards. And there are lots of them.

But it’s not just active players that are in on the variations. Several legends are part of the tough Super Short Print checklist as well.

As per usual, variations take on the same design as the base set. Because they look so similar, you might not even notice that you’ve pulled something special and, potentially, much more rare. So here’s where some help comes in. We’ve made it easy for you to not only spot the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations, but how you can identify one with a simple glance.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations: The Short Prints

The Short Print Variations, or SP, are all veterans and rookies. As a whole, these are more common than the legends. But even then, there are 75 total. So making a full run or set is challenging. But finding a card or two of your favorite player or team should be pretty easy and not overly expensive.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Mookie Betts

Here are the 2019 Topps Series 1 SP odds for most pack types:

Short Print Variations Odds

  • Hobby – 1:15
  • Hobby Jumbo – 1:17
  • Blaster – 1:39
  • Hanger – 1:20

Basic Short Print Variations are listed as 1:17 hobby jumbo packs. But widespread issues have been reported with them not showing up. And we’re not talking one or two missing here and there. Several breakers have opened cases of jumbo boxes and not received any. Only hobby jumbo box appear to have been impacted.

2019 Topps Series 1 SSP Variations

Retired stars aren’t new to Topps variations. In fact, they have been used most years since Topps starting doing extensive intentional variations. However, the approach this year is a little different. They provide a theme for the scarce Super Short Print cards. Players cover generations of Hall of Famers and future Cooperstown inductees.

And while they have baseball in common, not all of the images are baseball images. Some show players more candidly. For instance, an older Babe Ruth is golfing. Ted Williams is shown as a pilot from his days serving in the Marines.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball SSP Variations 50 Ted Williams

In addition to those, there is Nolan Ryan who is going full cowboy.

2019 Topps Series 1 SSP Variations are extremely tough to pull.

Super Short Prints Odds

  • Hobby – 1:444
  • Hobby Jumbo – 1:495
  • Blaster – 1:1,160
  • Hanger – 1:574

It does not appear the issue of SP cards not showing up in hobby jumbo packs is a problem with the SSP legends.

Sharp Dressed Cards

The 2019 Topps Baseball variations don’t have a theme that threads all the photos together. But there’s definitely something about what a lot of players are wearing. Some are in throwbacks, which, while interesting, isn’t a novel concept. They’re among the most coveted variations in Topps Heritage every year.

Other outfits stand out much more.

Seven players are shown in their dapper duds from the 2018 All-Star Game Red Carpet event last summer. Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor and Aaron Judge are among them. It’s part of a growing number of special event surrounding the Midsummer Classic and ties in nicely to the annual parade. It’s also an excuse for fans to see another side of players outside of their usual uniforms.

A couple of other SP clothing choices have even deeper stories. For example, there’s Javier Baez. His SP variation¬† stands out for the suit jacket he’s shown wearing. But it’s not just something he picked up at the store. It’s actually a jacket that once belonged to Roberto Clemente. Baez borrowed it from the Roberto Clemente Museum and wore it last season at the Home Run Derby. Now the jacket makes its way onto a baseball card.

The 2019 Topps Series 1 Variations also act as a reminder of one of 2018’s most touching stories. Last August, Khris Davis worked with the Make-a-Wish-Foundation to honor Anthony Slocumb, a young boy who had been battling cancer, which went into remission. After that, Davis flipped the script and asked Anthony to sign his jersey. Following that, the slugger then went out and hit a home run that same night while wearing the signed jersey.

Besides these, Corey Kluber’s variation shows him in his Player’s Weekend gear. Meanwhile, Justus Sheffield is wearing his USA jersey from the Futures Game.

How to Use Card Backs to Confirm 2019 Topps Series 1 Variations

Looking for an easy way to confirm if you have a variation short print before you even look at the front of the card? Once again, the fine print on the back has a bit of a cheat code. As part of the production process, Topps assigns a CMP code to different card types. However, it’s not meant for collector use. But over the past few years, it has become a telltale sign for variations in a lot of sets.

2019 Topps Series 1 is one of them.

To find this code, look to the string of numbers at the end of the fine print. If you have a base card, they all end in 910. However, if you have a card with a code that ends in 967 or 968, it’s a variation.

Codes of note for variation hunting:

  • Base – 910
  • Short Print Variations (SP) – 967
  • Super Short Print Variations (SSP) – 968

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variation Short Prints Checklist

Here’s a quick list of all the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Short Print Variations. A SSP checklist follows as well as a massive gallery of what the cards look like.

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2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Legends SSP Variations Checklist

In addition to the regular SP variations, here’s a list of the 2019 Topps Series 1 Legend Super Short Print Variations.

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10 Sandy Koufax
21 Ozzie Smith
32 Cal Ripken Jr.
46 Frank Thomas
50 Ted Williams
57 Nolan Ryan
100 Hank Aaron
150 Don Mattingly
172 Mike Piazza
176 Ty Cobb
178 Jackie Robinson
215 Derek Jeter
230 Lou Gehrig
238 Rickey Henderson
250 Babe Ruth
253 Roberto Clemente
260 Reggie Jackson
262 Wade Boggs
276 Brooks Robinson
280 Bob Gibson
289 Mark McGwire
292 Ichiro
330 Bo Jackson
344 Pedro Martinez
350 Carl Yastrzemski

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Gallery

1 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variation Short Prints Ronald Acuna Jr.

Variation – hand sign


Base – batting


7 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Variation – warm-up shirt


Base – pinstripe uniform


10 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – crouching


Base – pitching


10 Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers


SSP Variation – Sandy Koufax


Base – Clayton Kershaw


16 Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies


Variation – Red Carpet Show


Base – purple jersey


21 Ozzie Smith, San Diego Padres


SSP Variation – Ozzie Smith


Base – Jean Segura


32 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Variation – leg up


Base – batting


32 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles


SSP Variation – Cal Ripken Jr. juggling soccer ball


Base – Carlos Correa


34 Josh Donaldson, Cleveland Indians


Variation – cap off


Base – batting


37 Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays


Variation – sitting with warm-ups, white cap


Base – pitching, blue cap


41 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – warm-up shirt


Base – batting


46 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox


Variation – sunglasses, covered face


Base – batting


46 Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox


SSP Variation – Frank Thomas


Base – Jose Abreu


49 Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox


Variation – Vienna Beef sign


Base – face showing


50 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Variation – crouching


Base – batting


50 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox


SSP Variation – Ted Williams (pilot)


Base – Mookie Betts


52. J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins


Variation – ’25’ patch on sleeve


Base – mask on head


53 Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants


Variation – holding bat


Base – fielding


57 Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros


SSP Variation – Nolan Ryan


Base – Justin Verlander


57 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros


Variation – Red Carpet Show, suit


Base – pitching


60 Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations 60 Kyle Tucker

Variation – sitting in dugout


Base – running


62 Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers


Variation – blue jersey


Base – red jersey


77 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Variation – red jersey, bat on shoulder


Base – white jersey


84 Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – sitting on bench


Base – black helmet, batting


100 Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Brewers


SSP Variation – Hank Aaron


Base – Mike Trout


100 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – Red Carpet Show, suit


Base – leaping at wall


107 Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – red jersey, fielding


Base – gray jersey, running


109 Michael Conforto, New York Mets


Variation – hands on waist, blue jersey


Base – batting, pinstripe jersey


110 Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians


Variation – wearing GoPro camera


Base – pitching


112 Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers


Variation – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey


119 Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs


Variation – wearing batting helmet


Base – wearing catcher’s gear


125 Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – fielding ball


Base – throwing


128 Yoenis Cespedes, New York Yankees


Variation – sunglasses, blue shirt


Base – batting, pinstripe jersey


130 Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation -Red Carpet Show, suit


Base – pitching


133 Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals


Variation – pointing up, white jersey


Base – batting, gray jersey


137 Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox


Variation – throwback jersey, high-five


Base – black jersey, pitching


139 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners


Variation – diving into stands


Base – running


149 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics


Variation – Anthony Slocumb autograph on jersey


Base – swinging, ‘2’ visible on jersey front


150 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Variation – Red Carpet Show, suit


Base – batting


150 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees


SSP Variation – Don Mattingly


Base – Aaron Judge


157 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


Variation – stars and stripes gear


Base – batting


161 Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres


Variation – backwards cap


Base – batting


163 Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – ball not visible


Base – ball visible


166 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics


Variation – hand out


Base – throwing ball


168 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals


Variation – touching cap


Base – batting


172 Mike Piazza, New York Mets


SSP Variation – Mike Piazza


Base – Brandon Nimmo


176 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers


SSP Variation – Ty Cobb


Base – Trea Turner


176 Trea Turner, Washington Nationals


Variation – holding helmet


Base – leaping


178 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Variation – warm-up shirt, bat on shoulder


Base – batting, wearing helmet


178 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers


SSP Variation – Jackie Robinson


Base – Jose Altuve


180 Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – Gatorade bath


Base – batting


183 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves


Variation – high-fives


Base – batting


200 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Variation – batting


Base – pitching


209 Nicholas Castellanos, Detroit Tigers


Variation – sitting on Gatorade cooler


Base – catching ball


210 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Variation – sitting on bench pondering the end of Inception


Base – batting


213 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Variation – sunglasses


Base – batting


215 Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees


Variation – wearing goggles on head


Base – leaping slide


215 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees


SSP Variation – Derek Jeter


Base – Didi Gregorius


221 Luis Severino, New York Yankees


Variation – pinstripe jersey


Base – gray jersey


222 Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks


Variation – ball in two hands


Base – pitching, ball in one hand


223 Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians


Variation – sitting at batting cage


Base – batting


225 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – mask close-up


Base – throwing


228 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


Variation – sitting in dugout


Base – fielding


230 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers


Variation – gray jersey, wearing cap


Base – batting, white jersey


230 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees


SSP Variation – Lou Gehrig


Base – Miguel Cabrera


238 Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics


SSP Variation – Rickey Henderson


Base – Whit Merrifield


238 Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals


Variation – wearing helmet


Base – fielding


250 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – bat on shoulder


Base – swinging


250 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees


SSP Variation – Babe Ruth golfing


Base – Shohei Ohtani


253 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates


SSP Variation – Roberto Clemente


Base – Starling Marte


253 Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – warm-ups with teammates


Base – batting


258 Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins


Variation – spraying bat


Base – leading off base


260 Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees


SSP Variation – Reggie Jackson


Base – Aaron Hicks


262 Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox


SSP Variation – Wade Boggs


Base – Mitch Moreland


262 Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

Mitch Moreland is #262 in the base set.


Variation – black jersey (#262)


Base – orange jersey (#8)


269 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Francisco Lindor

Variation – Red Carpet Show


Base – running


276 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Variation – doughnut on bat


Base – one hand on bat


276 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles


SSP Variation – Brooks Robinson


Base – Nolan Arenado


279 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – peace sign


Base – batting


280 Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals


SSP Variation – Bob Gibson


Base – Miles Mikolas


284 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – Red Carpet Show, suit


Base – kneeling


287 Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – throwback jersey, hands up


Base – looking up, gray jersey


289 Mark McGwire, Oakland Athletics


SSP Variation – Mark McGwire


Base – Matt Olson


292 Dee Gordon, Seattle Mariners


Variation – arms out


Base – dropping bat


292 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


SSP Variation – Ichiro


Base – Dee Gordon


297 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks


Variation – purple jersey


Base – red jersey


300 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation in front of netting, bat in one hand


Base – bat in two hands


302 Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins


Variation – pointing


Base – pitching, red jersey


306 Justus Sheffield, New York Yankees


Variation – USA jersey


Base – Yankees jersey


310 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


Variation – suit jacket


Base – fielding, wearing sunglasses


311 Jake Bauers, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation – sitting, holding cup


Base – batting


313 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners


Variation – sitting in dugout


Base – wearing glove


323 George Springer, Houston Astros


Variation – clapping


Base – leaping slide


330 Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – kneeling at base


Base – holding helmet


330 Bo Jackson, Kansas City Royals


SSP Variation – Bo Jackson


Base – Lorenzo Cain


336 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians


Variation – black Players Weekend socks


Base – gray jersey


344 Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox


SSP Variation – Pedro Martinez


Base – Max Scherzer


344 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations 344 Max Scherzer

Variation – black shirt


Base – white jersey


349 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs


Variation – sunglasses


Base – batting


350 Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox


SSP Variation – Carl Yastrzemski


Base – Nick Markakis


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14 comments

    • Ryan Cracknell 24 January, 2019 at 14:49

      @david – I’ve seen images of live Ronald Acuna Highlights so that points to Walmart packs.

  1. Eric D Lussier 30 January, 2019 at 07:57

    Justus Sheffield went to the Mariners in November 19th and Topps still has him as a Yankee? Anyone know how far ahead are cards generally planned and printed?

    • Ryan Cracknell 30 January, 2019 at 10:31

      @Eric – It can vary from product to product, but from what I’ve been told in the past, something like a set like this, the main checklist is pretty much set several months out. Historically, if they’ve done last-second additions, the cards are short prints or variations like Acuna and Torres in Series 2 last year.

  2. Harvey Winfred Miller 31 January, 2019 at 20:30

    Just wondering if anyone knows if the Josh Hader card is an error card? My nephew bought the cards today and for his 2018 Stats his WHIP stats show 0.00 but his 2018 WHIP Stats are .811. Does anyone else have the same stats on their card?

  3. Keith Schimke 2 February, 2019 at 12:37

    Ryan,
    You have the Hobby odd wrong in the article. They are not 1 in 5 they are 1 in 15 according to the wrappers and that is the rate they seem to be from what I have opened.

  4. Tim Ownbey 2 February, 2019 at 14:00

    Is Topps *ever* going to care enough to fix the errors on the back of the SSP Jackie Robinson variations cards? Every time they print these the stats on the back say that he led the league in Slugging Percentage in 1947 and 1949 (which he did not) and they don’t indicate that he did lead the league in Stolen Bases in those years. Such carelessness when it comes to not only a baseball hero but a true American hero! Come on, Topps, get it right!

  5. Chris 3 February, 2019 at 17:32

    Anyone else notice the stinginess of this product? In prior years one could find an entire set in every jumbo plus dozens of doubles. This year, not. I came up 82 short in just one box, and it too did not have a short print, and only two gold parallels AND was missing one of the guaranteed relics. Fewer cards for more money…thanks for nothing, Topps.

  6. Steve 13 February, 2019 at 01:13

    Has anyone noticed certain cards specifically #196 Adam Engel on back all black and white (and grey) Is that done bc team colors or is it a variation? Thanks

  7. Greg 25 February, 2019 at 19:30

    I noticed what looks to be a statistical error for Ross Stripling’s career ERA on the back of card #267. I can not figure out how they came up with his career ERA of 5.99, when in his 3 years of MLB service he has had ERA’s of 3.96, 3.75 and 3.02. Even in the minor leagues, his highest ERA was 3.88. He has pitched a total of 296.1 innings and given up a total of 116 earned runs, which comes out to about 3.53. I also noticed a lot of mistakes on career WHIP for a number of pitchers but don’t have any of the cards in front of me to cite. Has anyone else noticed these types of errors?

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