2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations Guide

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2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball variations come in several forms. Carrying on from where the earlier main release started several months ago, the High Number variations aren’t just your standard photo switches. Those are a big part of many of them, but there are also things like color changes and other subtleties. 2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball has six total variation types.

Action Image Variations are among the easiest to find. They’re also fairly easy to notice. In a nod to the 1971 Topps Baseball set it’s based on, portraits and posed photos dominate the base set. Action Image cards bring things like bat swings and fielding.

Luis Robert, Mookie Betts and Gerrit Cole are the only three players with Error Variations. Instead of a different photo, these have an “intentional mistake.” What exactly these are isn’t known yet, but things like spelling mistakes, stats flubs and color mix-ups have all been used in recent years.

Missing Signature and Silver Team Name Variations both make adjustments to the card’s layout. If you’re not looking for it, but are easy to miss. However, both of these SSP types are simple to spot. Base cards should have a facsimile autograph on the front. Missing Signature cards don’t. For the Silver Team Name variations, the usual colors used in the headline team name are, well, silver.

Nickname Variations replace the player’s name on the front with something else that they’re called by.

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Nickname Gerrit Cole

Finally, there’s the Throwback Uniform Variations. These are another photo swap style with players wearing retro jerseys from the past. These are the rarest 2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball variations and typically fetch big prices.

No Codes Required

Usually, with Topps variations you need to bring a good squint or magnifying glass to the party to confirm variations with the small fine print codes on the back. You could do that with 2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball, but you don’t have to.

Keeping in line with the earlier 2020 Topps Heritage variations and others for the brand in recent year, variations are clearly labelled on the card backs. That means no codes are needed. You also don’t have to worry about missing a subtle difference like a switched up letter, number or color.

All of the variations are clearly named on the card backs. Just look above the reverse player photo and slightly across from the card number. If it’s an SSP, the label will be there.

2020 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations - Label

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s the full 2020 Topps Heritage High Number variations checklist. At a glance, it shows all the various types of variations players have. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

501 Gerrit Cole – Error | Missing Signature | Nickname | Silver Team
502 Mookie Betts – Action | Error | Missing Signature | Silver Team
503 Josh Donaldson – Action | Missing Signature | Nickname | Silver Team
505 Anthony Rizzo – Action
512 Luis Robert – Action | Error | Missing Signature | Nickname | Silver Team
513 Freddy Galvis – Throwback
520 Dallas Keuchel – Action | Silver Team
523 Danny Mendick – Action | Silver Team | Throwback
525 Rangel Ravelo – Throwback
526 Willi Castro – Action | Silver Team
527 Shogo Akiyama – Action | Missing Signature | Silver Team
530 Edwin Rios – Action | Missing Signature | Silver Team
541 Kean Wong – Silver Team
542 Zack Wheeler – Silver Team
543 Garrett Stubbs – Action | Silver Team

544 Kwang-Hyun Kim – Action | Missing Signature | Silver Team
548 Yoshi Tsutsugo – Action | Missing Signature | Silver Team
549 Shun Yamaguchi – Action | Missing Signature | Silver Team
553 Anthony Rendon – Action | Missing Signature | Nickname
554 Yandy Diaz – Throwback
555 Nick Castellanos – Action | Silver Team
556 Cole Hamels – Silver Team
557 Yasiel Puig – Action | Silver Team
558 Stephen Strasburg – Action | Missing Signature | Silver Team
559 Salvador Perez – Action | Silver Team
565 David Price – Action | Missing Signature | Silver Team
568 Robel Garcia – Throwback
574 Joey Wendle – Throwback
579 Yadier Molina – Action
588 Carlos Rodon – Throwback

601 Brusdar Graterol – Action | Silver Team
603 Tyrone Taylor – Silver Team | Throwback
643 Tyler Mahle – Throwback
663 Walker Buehler – Action
672 Johan Camargo – Throwback
673 Howie Kendrick – Throwback
691 Roman Quinn – Throwback
702 Jacob deGrom – Action
702 Rick Porcello – Silver Team
704 Miguel Cabrera – Throwback
706 Yordan Alvarez – Throwback
723 Marcell Ozuna – Action | Nickname | Silver Team

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Variations Gallery

Please use the tabs to look at specific variation types as well as the pack odds. Missing images will be filled in as soon as possible.

Action

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Action Image Variations

24 cards.
1:53 hobby packs.
Odds per card: 1:1,272 packs.

502 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers


Action


Base


503 Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins


Action


Base


505 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Action (Anthony Rizzo)


Base (Ben Zobrist)


512 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox


Action


Base


520 Dallas Keuchel, Chicago White Sox


Action


Base


523 Danny Mendick, Chicago White Sox


Action


Base


526 Willi Castro, Detroit Tigers


Action


Base


527 Shogo Akiyama, Cincinnati Reds


Action


Base


530 Edwin Rios, Los Angeles Dodgers


Action


Base


543 Garrett Stubbs, Houston Astros


Action


Base


544 Kwang-Hyun Kim, St. Louis Cardinals


Action


Base


548 Yoshi Tsutsugo, Tampa Bay Rays


Action


Base


549 Shun Yamaguchi, Toronto Blue Jays


Action


Base


553 Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels


Action


Base


555 Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds


Action


Base


557 Yasiel Puig, Cleveland Indians


Action


Base


558 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals


Action


Base


559 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals


Action


Base


565 David Price, Los Angeles Dodgers


Action


Base


579 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals


Action (Yadier Molina)


Base – Austin Dean


601 Brusdar Graterol, Los Angeles Dodgers


Action


Base


663 Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers


Action – Walker Buehler


Base – Alex Wood


702 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Action – Jacob deGrom


Base – Emmanuel Clase


723 Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves


Action


Base


Error

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Error Variations

3 cards.
1:2,516 hobby packs.
Odds per card: 1:7,548 packs.

501 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees


Error – reverse negative


Base


502 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers


Error – no card number on back


Base


512 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox


Error – missing team name


Base


Missing Signature

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Missing Signature Variations

12 cards.
1:628 hobby packs.
Odds per card: 1:7,536 packs.

501 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees


Missing Signature


Base


502 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers


Missing Signature


Base


503 Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins


Missing Signature


Base


512 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox


Missing Signature


Base


527 Shogo Akiyama, Cincinnati Reds


Missing Signature


Base


530 Edwin Rios, Los Angeles Dodgers


Missing Signature


Base


544 Kwang-Hyun Kim, St. Louis Cardinals


Missing Signature


Base


548 Yoshi Tsutsugo, Tampa Bay Rays


Missing Signature


Base


549 Shun Yamaguchi, Toronto Blue Jays


Missing Signature


Base


553 Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels


Missing Signature


Base


558 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals


Missing Signature


Base


565 David Price, Los Angeles Dodgers


Missing Signature


Base


Nickname

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Nickname Variations

5 cards.
1:1,508 hobby packs.
Odds per card: 1:7,540 packs.

501 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees


Nickname – Cole Train


Base


502 Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins


Nickname – Bringer of Rain


Base


512 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox


Nickname – La Pantera


Base


553 Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels


Nickname – Tony Two Bags


Base


723 Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves


Nickname – The Big Bear


Base


Silver

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Silver Team Name Variations

25 cards.
1:302 hobby packs.
Odds per card: 1:7,550 packs.

501 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees



Base


502 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers



Base


503 Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins


Silver Team Name


Base


512 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox


Silver Team Name


Base


520 Dallas Keuchel, Chicago White Sox


Silver Team Name


Base


523 Danny Mendick, Chicago White Sox


Silver Team Name


Base


526 Willi Castro, Detroit Tigers


Silver Team Name


Base


527 Shogo Akiyama, Cincinnati Reds


Silver Team Name


Base


530 Edwin Rios, Los Angeles Dodgers


Silver Team Name


Base


541 Kean Wong, San Francisco Giants


Silver Team Name


Base


542 Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies



Base


543 Garrett Stubbs, Houston Astros


Silver Team Name


Base


544 Kwang-Hyun Kim, St. Louis Cardinals


Silver Team Name


Base


548 Yoshi Tsutsugo, Tampa Bay Rays


Silver Team Name


Base


549 Shun Yamaguchi, Toronto Blue Jays


Silver Team Name


Base


555 Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds



Base


556 Cole Hamels, Atlanta Braves



Base


557 Yasiel Puig, Cleveland Indians


Silver Team Name


Base


558 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals


Silver Team Name


Base


559 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals


Silver Team Name


Base


565 David Price, Los Angeles Dodgers


Silver Team Name


Base


601 Brusdar Graterol, Los Angeles Dodgers



Base


603 Tyrone Taylor, Milwaukee Brewers



Base


702 Rick Porcello, New York Mets


Silver Team Name


Base


723 Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves


Silver Team Name


Base


Throwback

2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Throwback Uniform Variations

15 cards.
1:3,591 hobby packs.
Odds per card: 1:53,865 packs.

513 Freddy Galvis, Cincinnati Reds



Base


523 Danny Mendick, Chicago White Sox



Base


525 Rangel Ravelo, St. Louis Cardinals


Throwback


Base


554 Yandy Diaz, Tampa Bay Rays


Throwback


Base


568 Robel Garcia, Chicago Cubs


Throwback


Base


574 Joey Wendle, Tampa Bay Rays



Base


588 Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox


Throwback


Base


603 Tyrone Taylor, Milwaukee Brewers


Throwback


Base


606 Tim Lopes, Seattle Mariners


Throwback


Base


643 Tyler Mahle, Cincinnati Reds


Throwback


Base


672 Johan Camargo, Atlanta Braves


Throwback


Base


673 Howie Kendrick, Washington Nationals



Base


691 Roman Quinn, Philadelphia Phillies



Base


704 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers


Throwback – Miguel Cabrera


Base – Ivan Nova


706 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros


Throwback


Base – Lance McCullers Jr.


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3 comments

  1. fred 30 December, 2020 at 18:06

    Err this set is based on 1971 Topps not 1972. Again, I can never say enough that Topps should always be notating its variations somewhere on the card and not leaving its rapidly aging base of collectors to rely either on their photographic memories or seeing a tiny little serial number on the back of the card to spot them.

  2. PetrK 6 January, 2021 at 14:22

    It seems that there are photo variations for the Red Ink autos. At least there are 2 different Sotos listed / sold on eBay. Any information about that?

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