2020 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Guide

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There are variations and then there are the 2020 Topps Holiday Baseball variations. Instead of the usual Gatorade baths, slick suits and other ballpark hijinks, it’s festive Photoshop fun. Candy canes, snowballs and Santa hats are among the additions.

Variations are available in three tiers of rarity. There’s no connection between them other than the pack odds. SP Variations are the most common, landing 1:7 2020 Topps Walmart Holiday Baseball packs. Rare Variations are 1:20 packs, or every other blaster box. Super Rare Variations are the toughest to pull, falling 1:161 packs.

The lineup is a big one. The product has 100 total variations between all three levels. SP cards account for half of that. Rare and Super Rare Variations have 25 cards each.

This is the second consecutive year that the Walmart Holiday set has gone over-the-top with variations. The 2019 set also has a similar set-up and variation themes.

How to Spot a Short Print from a Super Rare Variation

Although the 2020 Topps Holiday Baseball variations come in three different levels of rarity, there’s no obvious tell as far as differentiating them. That means the codes in the fine print have an added level of importance.

To do this, flip the card over and go to the very end of the legal text on the bottom. There you’ll see a long code. The last few digits different card types. So while on the small side, it is an easy way to know right away if you’ve got a variation or a base card. Here, the code also differentiates an SP from both Rare and Super Rare Variations.

These are the code endings you need to tell 2020 Topps Holiday Baseball variations:

  • Base Cards – 465
  • Short Print Variations – 471
  • Rare Variations – 472
  • Super Rare Variations – 473

2020 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Codes

2020 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a full breakdown of all the players who have 2020 Topps Holiday Baseball variations as well as specific tiers you’ll find them in. SP are the most common variations, then Rare and, finally, Super Rare.

HW2 Luis Robert – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW13 Josh Bell – SP
HW26 Shohei Ohtani – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW35 Jesus Luzardo – SP
HW37 Max Scherzer – SP
HW38 Aaron Judge – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW40 Blake Snell – SP
HW43 Justin Verlander – SP
HW48 Nolan Arenado – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW49 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – SP
HW50 Alex Bregman – SP | Rare | Super Rare

HW56 Rhys Hoskins – SP
HW58 Shogo Akiyama – SP
HW59 Fernando Tatis Jr. – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW62 Dustin May – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW63 Kris Bryant – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW65 Gerrit Cole – SP
HW66 Cody Bellinger – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW67 Javier Baez – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW76 Anthony Rendon – SP
HW82 Clayton Kershaw – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW89 Mookie Betts – SP
HW90 Rafael Devers – SP
HW91 Brendan McKay – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW93 Shun Yamaguchi – SP
HW94 Bo Bichette – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW96 Ronald Acuna Jr. – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW98 Aristides Aquino – SP | Rare | Super Rare

HW105 Yordan Alvarez – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW111 Nico Hoerner – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW113 Kwang-Hyun Kim – SP
HW114 Walker Buehler – SP
HW122 Pete Alonso – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW123 Mike Trout – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW129 Miguel Cabrera – SP
HW131 Carlos Correa – SP
HW133 Trevor Story – SP
HW138 Jose Altuve – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW142 Eloy Jimenez – SP
HW152 Francisco Lindor – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW155 Christian Yelich – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW156 Paul Goldschmidt – SP
HW164 Manny Machado – SP
HW169 Kyle Lewis – SP
HW178 Matt Chapman – SP
HW180 Gleyber Torres – SP
HW190 Bryce Harper – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HG194 Josh Donaldson – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW196 Juan Soto – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW199 Jose Berrios – SP

2020 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Gallery

Missing images will be added ASAP.

HW2 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox


SP – candy cane bat, black belt

Rare – candy cane bat, candy cane belt

Super Rare – lights necklace


Base


HW13 Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates


SP – red mittens


Base


HW26 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


SP – holding small candy canes

Rare – red and white gloves

Super Rare – candy cane bat


Base


HW35 Jesus Luzardo, Oakland Athletics


SP – throwing snowball


Base


HW37 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


SP – lights necklace, snowball


Base


HW38 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


SP – two candy cane sleeves

Rare – one candy cane sleeve

Super Rare – lights in belt


Base


HW40 Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays


SP – Santa hat


Base


HW43 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros


SP – ornament hanging from glove


Base


HW48 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


SP – scarf

Rare – skates

Super Rare – candy cane bat


Base


HW49 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays


SP – Santa belt


Base


HW50 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


SP – ornament hanging from hand

Rare – snowball

Super Rare – candy cane socks



HW56 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


SP – scarf


Base


HW58 Shogo Akiyama, Cincinnati Reds


SP – Santa hat


Base


HW59 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres


SP – candy cane socks

Rare – ice skate

Super Rare – lights necklace


Base


HW62 Dustin May, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – Santa hat

Rare – elf shoes

Super Rare – Santa in background


Base


HW63 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


SP – scarf

Rare – throwing snowball

Super Rare – lights in background


Base


HW65 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees


SP – scarf


Base


HW66 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – ornament hanging off of bat

Rare – Santa in background

Super Rare – Santa belt


Base


HW67 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


SP – snow on ground

Rare – with presents

Super Rare – lights necklace


Base


HW76 Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals


SP – candy cane sleeve


Base


HW82 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – wearing skate

Rare – candy canes in back pocket

Super Rare – snowing, no skate


Base


HW89 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – scarf


Base


HW90 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


SP – ornament hanging from batting glove


Base


HW91 Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays


SP – scarf

Rare – throwing snowball

Super Rare – throwing snowball


Base


HW93 Shun Yamaguchi, Toronto Blue Jays


SP – holding red sack


Base


HW94 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays


SP – Santa hat

Rare – candy cane sleeves

Super Rare – lights necklace


Base


HW96 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


SP – snowing, light blue in background

Rare – wreath and lights on necklace

2020 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Ronald Acuna Jr. Super Rare

Super Rare – Santa belt


Base


HW98 Aristides Aquino, Cincinnati Reds


SP – scarf

Rare – elf shoes

Super Rare – candy cane bat


Base


HW105 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros


SP – Santa in background with hand slightly visible

Rare – Santa in background with no hand visible

Super Rare – Santa belt


Base


HW111 Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs


SP – candy canes on sleeve

Rare – presents in background

Super Rare – lights necklace



HW113 Kwang Hyun- Kim, St. Louis Cardinals


SP – Santa in background


Base


HW114 Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – Santa hat


Base


HW122 Pete Alonso, New York Mets


SP – ornament hanging from batting glove

Rare – gifts on dugout

Super Rare – Santa belt


Base


HW123 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


SP – garland in background

Rare – candy cane bat

2020 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Mike Trout Super Rare

Super Rare – Santa belt


Base


HW129 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers


SP – candy cane bat


Base


HW131 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


SP – snowing


Base


HW133 Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies


SP – snow on ground


Base


HW138 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


SP – candy cane socks

Rare – ornament hanging off of bat

Super Rare – red and green eye black


Base


HW142 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox


SP – scarf


Base


HW152 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


SP – scarf

Rare – Santa on stirrup

Super Rare – throwing snowball


Base


HW155 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


SP – ornament hanging from batting glove

Rare – candy cane bat and eye black

Super Rare – Santa in background


Base


HW156 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals


SP – candy cane belt


Base


HW164 Manny Machado, San Diego Padres


SP – candy cane bat


Base


HW169 Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners


SP – candy cane bat


Base


HW178 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics


SP – lights necklace


Base


HW180 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


SP – Santa belt


Base


HW190 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies


SP – Santa hat

Rare – lights necklace

Super Rare – candy cane sleeve


Base


HW194 Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins


SP – gifts in background

Rare – scarf

Super Rare – Santa in background



HW196 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


SP – candy cane

Rare – mittens

Super Rare – ornament hanging off bat


Base


HW199 Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins


SP – throwing snowball



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9 comments

  1. David R 7 January, 2021 at 15:03

    I have a Kris Bryant Super Rare variation -73 in a pack today. I see it not listed on this page yet. How do I go and try to add it or have someone add it for me?

  2. Ronald Harth 8 January, 2021 at 13:43

    It would be nice if I could actually find a box at Walmart & not pay 3X the price on Ebay.

  3. Will 13 January, 2021 at 14:09

    I have an Aaron Nola #HW73 that has icy blue letters for his name, and I can’t find anything about that. Any insights?

    • Ryan Cracknell 14 January, 2021 at 21:12

      @Will – Does it have sparkles in other parts of the card? If so, it’s likely a metallic parallel. If you want to email me an image (rcracknell@beckett.com), I can check it out.

  4. Jeff H 18 January, 2021 at 23:55

    I happened to find a box at Walmart and it was odd that it was the only one on the shelf. I managed to hit the Super Rare Luis Robert with the lights necklace. Anybody know how many of these were actually produced?? Only seen 2 on Ebay

    • Ryan Cracknell 19 January, 2021 at 10:59

      @Jeff – If it’s not serial numbered, print runs haven’t been announced. You might be able to get a ballpark number by running the odds in several areas and comparing to the variations.

  5. Victor Rivera 19 January, 2021 at 11:28

    Jeff H, according to the odds it looks like there are only about 420 Made of the Necklace Variation for the 25 Super Rare Luis Robert Cards. 3,374 of the Rare Luis Robert.

  6. Brenda Nolan 19 January, 2021 at 11:47

    Pulled an Acuna JR Auto #/10. someone is selling this card #/65 on ebay. Are the cards different?

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