2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Guide

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The 2020 Topps Archives Baseball variations checklist is a big one. As in “110 cards” big. Similar to the base set that they emanate from they do take on a few different forms. But no matter the type, it’s going to take a close look to spot most of them.

2020 Topps Archives 1955 Full Body Variations

The vast majority of the 2020 Topps Archives Baseball variations are found in the 1955 portion of the set, which accounts for the first 100 cards. All of them, which use the 1955 Topps Baseball design, have a Full Body Variation.

What this means is pretty simple. The smaller action shot on the card is swapped out for a different one.

2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Nolan Ryan

For the most part, it’s easy to tell the difference — if they’re side-by-side. Things like jersey colors and batting versus fielding are usually enough. But there’s no running theme in the variations and they all look normal enough from the front.

We’ll get into using the backs as an easy (at least, easier) way to tell in a bit. Of course, there’s a massive gallery to help you out as well.

2020 Topps Archives 1955 Full Body Variations are 1:100 packs for both hobby and blasters. In retail fat packs, they’re 1:44.

2020 Topps Archives 1955 Full Body Black and White Variations

If the 100 image swaps weren’t enough, five of the 1955-style cards in 2020 Topps Archives Baseball also have a second SP card. However, these are some of the easiest to spot.

The premise is a simple one: the smaller full-body photo is in black and white.

2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Hank Aaron

Odds for these are 1:265 hobby and blaster packs, and 1:118 fat packs.

2020 Topps Archives 1974 Topps Variations

Four 1974-style 2020 Topps Archives Baseball variations are Heritage-esque. They’re a play on some variations found in 1974 Topps Baseball. At the time, the Padres were rumored to be making a move to Washington. Some cards noted the possible city change, although they were corrected.

For these variations, four Padres and Nationals players have the city switched in the top ribbon and “Nat’l Lea.” in the spot reserved for the team name.

2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Fernando Tatis Jr.

Don’t be surprised to see more of these sorts of variations again in a couple of years as a part of 2023 Topps Heritage Baseball. That’s when it’s 1974’s turn with the other throwback brand.

Like the Black and White Variations, the stated odds for the 1974 SPs is 1:265 hobby and blaster packs, and 1:118 fat packs.

2020 Topps Archives 2002 Topps Variations

Rounding out the 2020 Topps Archives Baseball variations checklist is one card from the 2002 subset. More specifically, it’s Yadier Molina (#234). To spot it, the front of the card isn’t going to be much help.

Instead, it’s the photo on the back that’s different. It’s a nod to an Albert Pujols variation from 2002.

2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Yadier Molina

This one has the same odds as the 1955 Black and White and 1974 variations.

Another Way to Tell 2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations

Card backs offer a relatively easy way to confirm whether you have one of the 2020 Topps Archives Baseball variations.

Like a lot of the company’s SSPs over the past few years, the code at the end of the fine print is like a code unto itself. Crack it and you’ve unlocked what type of card it is, whether you recognize that it’s a variation right away or not. It’s intended for production purposes, but it can be helped in situations like these — particularly when you have more than 100 possible short prints.

For the code method, focus on the final three digits and ignore the rest.

Each of the different base card designs has its own code. And each variation style has its own code. Here’s what you need to know based on the different card styles:

1955 Topps (#1-100)

  • Base – 468
  • Full Body Variations – 489
  • Full Body Black and White Variations – 490

1974 Topps (#101-200)

  • Base – 475
  • 1974 Variations – 491

2002 Topps (#201-300)

  • Base – 492
  • 2002 Variation – 482
2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Code Comparisons

2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Gallery

Please use the tabs to navigate the different variation types.

1955 Full Body

2020 Topps Archives 1955 Full Body Variations

Missing images will be added ASAP.

1 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Babe Ruth
Full Body – legs to side


Base – legs facing front


2 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals


Full Body – front of jersey visible, red wristband


Base – back of jersey visible


3 Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies


Full Body – bat barrel pointing down


Base – bat barrel pointing up


4 Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds


Full Body – running


Base – running


5 Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies


Full Body – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


6 Aristides Aquino, Cincinnati Reds


Full Body – red jersey


Base – white jersey


7 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Full Body – swinging


Base – dropping bat


8 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs


Full Body – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey


9 Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers


Full Body – white jersey


Base – blue jersey


10 Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees


Full Body – facing straight ahead


Base – turned to side


11 Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics


Full Body – batting


Base – running


12 Marcus Stroman, New York Mets


Full Body – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


13 Seth Brown, Oakland Athletics


Variation – gray jersey


Base – green jersey


14 Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins


Full Body – bat barrel at head


Base – bat barrel at waist


15 Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Albert Pujols
Full Body – one hand on bat


Base – two hands on bat


16 Willi Castro, Detroit Tigers


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Willi Castro
Full Body – batting


Base – fielding


17 Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals


Full Body – white jersey


Base – blue jersey


18 Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Dylan Cease
Full Body – white jersey


Base – black jersey


19 Pete Alonso, New York Mets


Full Body – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


20 Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals


Full Body – white jersey


Base – blue jersey


21 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees


Full Body – bat barrel pointing up


Base – bat barrel pointing down


22 Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics


Full Body – number not visible on jersey front


Base – 10 visible on jersey front


23 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Francisco Lindor
Full Body – fielding


Base – batting


24 Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox


Full Body – red jersey


Base


25 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers


Full Body – ball in hand


Base – no ball in hand


26 Keston Hiura, Milwaukee Brewers


Full Body – batting, white jersey


Base – running, blue jersey


27 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers


2020 Topps Archives Variations Mookie Betts
Full Body – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey


28 Aaron Hicks, New York Yankees


Full Body – pinstripe uniform


Base – gray uniform


29 Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers


Full Body – white pinstripe jersey


Base blue jersey


30 George Brett, Kansas City Royals


Full Body – batting


Base – running


31 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Full Body – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


32 Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers


Full Body – looking forward


Base – turned to side


33 Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Will Smith
Full Body – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey


34 Brusdar Graterol, Los Angeles Dodgers


Full Body – light glove


Base – dark glove


35 Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants


Full Body – white jersey


Base – gray jersey


36 Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians


Full Body – navy blue jersey


Base – red jersey


37 Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners


Full Body – white jersey


Base – blue jersey


38 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Full Body – batting


Base – fielding


39 Michael Brantley, Houston Astros


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Michael Brantley
Full Body – batting


Base – running


40 Sam Hilliard, Colorado Rockies


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Sam Hilliard
Full Body – two hands on bat


Base – bat in one hand


41 Deion Sanders, Cincinnati Reds


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Deion Sanders
Full Body – with bat


Base – running


42 Jeff McNeil, New York Mets


Base


43 Aaron Civale, Cleveland Indians


Base


44 Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Lucas Giolito
Full Body – gray jersey


Base – black jersey


45 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Bo Bichette
Full Body – batting


Base – throwing


46 Gary Carter, New York Mets


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Gary Carter
Full Body – batting


Base – catcher’s geaar


47 Goose Gossage, New York Yankees


Base


48 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


Full Body – red jersey


Base – white jersey


49 George Kell, Detroit Tigers


Full Body – batting


Base – throwing


50 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Base


51 Brock Burke, Texas Rangers


Full Body – front knee bent


Base – straight front leg


52 Catfish Hunter, Oakland Athletics


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Catfish Hunter
Full Body – glove at waist


Base – glove over head


53 Lou Boudreau, Cleveland Indians


Base


54 Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers


Base


55 Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins


Base


56 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays


Full Body – gray jersey


Base – blue jersey


57 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Ozzie Albies
Full Body – gray jersey


Base – navy blue jersey


58 Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox


Base


59 Will Clark, San Francisco Giants


Full Body – gray jersey


Base – white jersey


60 Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox


Base


61 Alex Young, Arizona Diamondbacks


Full Body – white jersey, leg up


Base – gray jersey


62 Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox


Full Body – batting


Base – throwing


63 Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates


Base


64 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds


Base


65 Sean Murphy, Oakland Athletics


Base


66 J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations JT Realmuto
Full Body – batting


Base – catcher’s gear


67 Kenta Maeda, Minnesota Twins


Base


68 Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals


Full Body – ball over head


Base – ball by glove


69 Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Trevor Bauer
Full Body – white jersey


Base – red jersey


70 Jim Thome, Cleveland Indians


Base


71 Zack Greinke, Houston Astros


Base


72 Isan Diaz, Miami Marlins


Base


73 Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs


Full Body – white pinstripe uniform


Base – blue jersey


74 Ralph Kiner, Pittsburgh Pirates


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Ralph Kiner
Full Body – swinging


Base – batting stance


75 Mike Mussina, Baltimore Orioles


Base


76 Larry Doby, Cleveland Indians


Full Body – white jersey


Base – gray jersey


77 Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals


Full Body – throwing


Base – batting


78 Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers


Full Body – throwing


Base – batting


79 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Matt Chapman
Full Body – swinging


Base – running


80 Ramon Laureano, Oakland Athletics


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Ramon Laureano
Full Body – green jersey, fielding


Base – batting, gray jersey


81 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers


Base


82 Luis Aparicio, Chicago White Sox


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Luis Aparicio
Full Body – batting


Base


83 Tom Glavine, Atlanta Braves


Base


84 Amed Rosario, New York Mets


Base


85 Jake Fraley, Seattle Mariners


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Jake Fraley
Full Body – blue jersey


Base – gray jersey


86 Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds


Base


87 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Juan Soto
Full Body – red helmet, white jersey


Base – black helmet, gray jersey


88 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees


Full Body – facing forward


Base – turned to side


89 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Full Body – black jersey


Base – gray jersey


90 Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers


Full Body – facing forward


Base – turned to side


91 Jordan Yamamoto, Miami Marlins


Base


92 Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals


Full Body – bat in one hand


Base – bat in two hands


93 Mallex Smith, Seattle Mariners


Base


94 Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay Rays


Base


95 A.J. Puk, Oakland Athletics


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations AJ Puk
Full Body – turned to side


Base – facing forward


96 DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees


Base


97 Monte Irvin, New York Giants


Base


98 Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox


Base


99 Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers


Base


100 Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves


2020 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Hank Aaron
Full Body – swinging


Base – batting stance, bat pointing up


1955 Black and White

2020 Topps Archives 1955 Black and White Variations

6 Aristides Aquino, Cincinnati Reds

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Black and White


Base


7 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Buy on:


Black and White


Base


56 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

Buy on:


Black and White


Base


78 Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers

Buy on:


Black and White


Base


100 Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves

Buy on:


Black and White


Base


1974

2020 Topps Archives 1974 Variations

105 Chris Paddack, San Diego Padres

Buy on:


Variation – Washington, “Nat’l Lea.”


Base – San Diego Padres


163 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Buy on:


Variation – San Diego, “Nat’l Lea.”


Base – Washington Nationals


185 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

Buy on:


Variation – Washington, “Nat’L Lea.”


Base – San Diego Padres


194 Victor Robles, Washington Nationals

Buy on:


Base – Washington Nationals


2002

2020 Topps Archives 2002 Variations

234 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Buy on:


Variation – dugout in background


Base – sky in background


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Ryan Cracknell

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4 comments

  1. Billy 27 November, 2021 at 08:51

    Does the Hank Aaron swinging variation actually exist? I’ve seen the black and white all over, but never the seining one.

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