2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Short Prints Guide and Gallery


2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations stay the course of recent years. Similar to flagship Series 1, the theme behind them is that there is no theme. They come with dynamic shots, like those often found in Stadium Club. Things like casual ballpark antics, celebrations and in-game action. The 2020 Topps Opening Day base set has a lot of these sorts of shots as well.

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations

In all, there are 30 different 2020 Topps Opening Day Image Variations. The checklist is a mix of stars and rookies. And while there are plenty of big-name veterans, there are some hobby heavyweights who don’t appear like Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge and Max Scherzer.

The short prints are tough, landing 1:615 for both hobby and retail packs. Combine that with the large checklist and it’s safe to expect them to dry up after the initial rush that comes when a set first comes out.

Besides the basic SSPs, 15 of the cards also have Image Variation Autographs. These are scarce, falling 1:30,391.

Confirming 2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations with the Codes on the Back

If you’re unsure as to whether you have an SSP, you can use the fine print production codes on the back. Simply go to the end of the block of the text at the bottom with all the copyright info. You’ll see a CMP code. These are the endings that matter when it comes to Image Variations in this set:

  • Base – end in 579
  • Image Variations – end in 601

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Codes

Luis Robert Short Print “Variation”

It’s worth noting that Topps lists #201 Luis Robert as a “Short-Print Variation” on the checklist they released. Short print — yes. Variation — not really, at least not how we’re breaking them down here. The late addition to the set is in much shorter supply than other base cards. It also seems to be printed on different card stock. However, there is no other card that’s #201 in the product, so it’s not really a variation.

2020 Topps Opening Day Luis Robert RC

Early reports suggest the Rookie Card lands about 1:10 boxes. So it’s tough. The card has been strong on eBay in the early going.

Besides the regular Image Variations, there are also six Canada Variations. These land one per Canadian blister pack and feature six Toronto Blue Jays players. Besides having different images, these have a maple leaf pattern in the nameplate.

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick list of players with variations in 2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

1 Brendan McKay
24 Willson Contreras
27 Juan Soto
33 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
38 Nolan Arenado
39 Carter Kieboom
43 Shohei Ohtani
61 Keston Hiura
63 Yordan Alvarez
67 Ronald Acuña Jr.
78 Matt Chapman
79 DJ LeMahieu
105 Jesus Luzardo
107 Max Muncy
116 Dansby Swanson
117 Kris Bryant
138 Eloy Jimenez
147 Aristides Aquino
156 Rhys Hoskins
157 Pete Alonso
161 Ketel Marte
163 Christian Yelich
165 Brandon Lowe
169 Rafael Devers
172 Walker Buehler
173 Bo Bichette
186 Gleyber Torres
187 Jacob deGrom
188 Bryce Harper
199 Jose Berrios

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Gallery

We’ll continue to fill the image gaps until the gallery is full.

1 Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Brendan McKay

Variation – running

Base – pitching

24 Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs

Variation – catching

Base – batting

27 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Juan Soto

Variation – dropping bat

Base – holding bat

33 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

Variation – sliding

Base – batting

38 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Nolan Arenado

Image Variation – looking up

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Nolan Arenado

Base – batting

39 Carter Kieboom, Washington Nationals

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Carter Kieboom

Variation – red shirt

Base – white jersey

43 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – wearing cap, warm-up jersey


61 Keston Hiura, Milwaukee Brewers

Variation – gray shirt, holding glove

Base – white pinstripe jersey, holding bat

63 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

Variation – running

Base – batting

67 Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

Variation – throwback uniform

Base – wearing sunglasses

78 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics

Variation – wearing hoodie, toque

Base – swinging

79 DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees

Variation – sliding catch

Base – throwing

105 Jesus Luzardo, Oakland Athletics

Variation – sitting on bench

Base – pitching

107 Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Max Muncy

Variation – wearing t-shirt

Base – swinging

116 Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves

Variation – running


117 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

Variation – on ground

Base – throwing

138 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox

Variation – pointing up

Base – white pinstripe jersey

147 Aristides Aquino, Cincinnati Reds

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Aristides Aquino

Variation – catching

Base – batting

156 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies

Variation – running out of dugout

Base – batting

157 Pete Alonso, New York Mets

Variation – tipping cap

Base – swinging

161 Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks

Variation – fielding

Base – batting

163 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

Variation – running with arms out

Base – batting

165 Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

Variation – reaching out to Linares

Base – batting

169 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox

Variation – with glove

Base – swinging

172 Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers

Variation – sitting on bench

Base – pitching

173 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays

Variation – at dugout fence

Base – throwing

186 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees

Variation – pinstripe jersey

Base – batting

187 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

Variation – running

Base – pitching

188 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

Variation – with mascot

Base – wearing headband

199 Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins

Variation – view from behind, knee up

Base – face visible


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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