2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations and SSP Guide


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


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. 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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