2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations and SSP Guide

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If you’re busting packs, be on the lookout for 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball variations. Like most of Topps’ other short prints, they offer up different photos of base-style cards. But like the past few years, it’s only the Refractors that get the image variations.

A total of 20 cards have regular variations. New to 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball are SSP variations with even tougher odds. There are just five of these, though. Retired legends have been popular in the flagship Topps variation lineups for years. While not nearly as extensive, Derek Jeter, Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson appear on the SSP checklist.

Besides the regular Refractors, 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball variations have a small rainbow to accompany them:

  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

SSP cards do not have additional parallels.

How Rare Are the 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations?

Outside of the parallels, exact print runs for the SPs and SSPs haven’t been announced. But there are the pack odds to look at.

Image Variations are definitely on the tough side, landing 1:406 retail blaster packs, 1:407 individual cello value packs and 1:407 hanger boxes. For hobby, they’re 1:406 packs and 1:125 hobby jumbo.

The 2020 Topps Chrome SSP Variations are exceptionally rare. You could bust more than 13,000 retail packs and not find one. Exact retail odds for the five cards are 1:13,813 blaster packs, 1:13,944 value packs and 1:14,245 hanger boxes. They’re still tough in both hobby configurations. SSP are 1:13,868 regular hobby packs and 1:4,252 hobby jumbo.

Confirming 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Using Card Backs

Card backs can be used a couple of ways to determine whether you have a variation Refractor or just a regular one. For starters, there’s the CMP code at the end of the fine print. The last three digits change depending on the card type. The ones you need to know for short print purposes are:

  • Base – 595
  • Variation – 635
  • SSP Variations – 641

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Codes

So if you have a card where the code ends in 635 or 641, you have a variation. If it’s 595, it’s not.

The second possible way is to look at the card number at the top of the card back. Regular non-variant Refractors say “REFRACTOR” under the number. Variations do not. It’s important to note that this trick only works with the base variations, not the colored parallels. Only regular Refractors have the label in 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball, not the many other colors.

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Checklist

Below is a 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball variations checklist so that you can see who has them at a glance. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.

1 Mike Trout
1 Mike Trout – SSP
12 Juan Soto
50 Aaron Judge
50 Derek Jeter – SSP
60 Luis Robert
60 Luis Robert – SSP
77 Cody Bellinger
77 Jackie Robinson – SSP
80 Pete Alonso
81 Jacob deGrom
84 Fernando Tatis Jr.
97 Bryce Harper
111 Aristides Aquino
112 Ronald Acuña Jr.
125 Jose Berrios
138 Christian Yelich
148 Gavin Lux
150 Bo Bichette
157 Willie Mays – SSP
161 Nico Hoerner
174 Nolan Arenado
186 Kyle Lewis
198 Javier Baez
200 Yordan Alvarez

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Gallery

Missing images will be added ASAP.

1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Mike Trout

Variation – diving, black uniform

SSP Variation – cap backwards


Base – batting


12 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Variation – running


Base – holding bat


50 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Aaron Judge

Variation – catching


Base – batting


50 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees


2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Derek Jeter SSP

SSP Variation – Derek Jeter


Base – Aaron Judge


60 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox


Variation – throwing

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Luis Robert SSP

SSP Variation – standing in t-shirt


Base – batting


77 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – sliding


Base – batting


77 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers


SSP Variation – Jackie Robinson


Base – Cody Bellinger


80 Pete Alonso, New York Mets


Variation – back of jersey


Base – front of jersey


81 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Variation – blue jersey, face in glove


Base – throwing


84 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres


Variation – clapping


Base – fielding


97 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – bunting


Base – batting stance


111 Aristides Aquino, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – throwing


Base – batting


112 Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves


2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Ronald Acuna Jr.

Variation – throwing


Base – running


125 Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins


Variation – locker room, October Reign shirt


Base – pitching


138 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


148 Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – fielding


Base – wearing helmet


150 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays


Variation – blue shirt


Base – white jersey, throwing


157 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants


SSP Variation – Willie Mays


Base – Buster Posey


161 Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs


Variation – white pinstripe jersey, no cap


Base – blue jersey


174 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Variation – purple jersey


Base – white pinstripe jersey


186 Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners


Variation – blue jersey


Base – white jersey


198 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


Variation – with bat


Base – running


200 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros


2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Yordan Alvarez

Variation – sliding, white uniform


Base – batting, orange jersey


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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.

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2 comments

  1. Brandon M. Verley 7 August, 2020 at 11:37

    Why does Aristides Aquino still have RC on his cards in 2020? He has Rookie cards from 2014? Ty for your time. Brandon Verley

    • Ryan Cracknell 7 August, 2020 at 12:20

      @Brandon – His earlier cards are either inserts or part of prospect sets. Rookie Cards are considered to be part of base sets.

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