2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Short Prints Guide, Gallery and All You Need

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The 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations bring together several familiar elements. You’ve got players having fun with fans at the ballpark, additional action shots, celebrations and some legends making cameos. There’s even Max Scherzer taking a cut wearing the baby blues of the Montreal Expos.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Max Scherzer

As the exact details start to emerge, collectors can expect a large lineup of both SP and SSP variations.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations: SP Vs. SSP

Variation short prints come in two levels in 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball.

SP Variations are the more common of the two. But even they’re pretty tough this year, landing 1:43 hobby packs and 1:13 hobby jumbo. Retail odds include 1:43 blaster packs and 1:9 hanger boxes.

The 2020 Topps Series 1 SSP Variations are rare. Most of these, but not all, use close-up portraits. That said, there are some SP that take this approach as well so it’s not a full-on theme. And the difference is a big one. These are 1:1,272 hobby and 1:387 hobby jumbo packs. Retail blaster packs have SSPs 1:1,274 packs. Hanger boxes are 1:267.

It’s worth noting that the Gerrit Cole variation (#68) appears to be more common than other SP Variations. It also has slightly different card stock.

Of Polar Bears, Reverse Negatives and Other Oddities

Outside of the regular SSP cards, but still very tough, is a Pete Alonso “Polar Bear” variation. It also has a different code on the back. Odds and print run info for the Alonso are not known.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Pete Alonso Polar Bear

There’s also a Mike Trout reverse negative “error.”

In a callback to the 2007 Topps Derek Jeter, there’s an extremely rare Aaron Judge variation that has Babe Ruth sitting in the stands.

And similar to the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in 2019 Topps Series 2, MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, gets the no-number treatment.

2020 Topps Series 1 Variations Rob Manfred

These all have a different production code on the back confirming a third tier of variations.

How to Spot and Confirm 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations with Codes

The most obvious way to tell whether you have a variation is with the image on the front. However, it’s not the only way.

Remembering dozens of different photos isn’t the easiest thing, especially over the long-term. Thankfully, the codes in the fine print on the back offer a cheat sheet of sorts. As has been the case for several years, if you look to the very end at the CMP Code, this switch up depending on the card type. It’s a production thing not meant for the collector, but it works.

When it comes to 2020 Topps Series 1 variations, these are the code endings to know:

  • Base – 269
  • SP Variation – 284
  • SSP Variation – 285
  • Aaron Judge “Babe Ruth,” Mike Trout “Reverse Negative,” Pete Alonso “Polar Bear”, Rob Manfred – 578

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Codes

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick look at the cards that have variations. There’s still lots more to come in the days ahead as Topps did not put out a checklist for these. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

1 Mike Trout – SP | SSP
7 Aaron Judge – SP | SSP
8 Cal Ripken Jr. – SSP
13 Stan Musial – SSP
14 Anthony Rendon – SP
20 Aristides Aquino – SP | SSP
35 George Brett – SP
46 Gary Sanchez – SP
47 Chipper Jones – SP
49 Eloy Jimenez – SP
50 Cody Bellinger – SP | SSP
51 Anthony Rizzo – SP
52 Mike Piazza – SP
55 Ozzie Smith – SP
60 Roger Clemens – SP
64 Kyle Lewis – SP
68 Gerrit Cole – SP
69 Brendan McKay – SP | SSP
70 Nico Hoerner – SP
78 Bo Bichette – SP | SSP
94 Brooks Robinson – SP
100 Alex Bregman – SP | SSP

110 Jesus Luzardo – SP
111 Buster Posey – SP
117 Max Kepler – SP
118 Clayton Kershaw – SP
119 Kyle Schwarber – SP
120 Sandy Koufax – SSP
121 Lou Gehrig – SSP
124 Randy Johnson – SP
125 Shohei Ohtani – SP
127 Matt Chapman – SP
129 Jackie Robinson – SSP
138 Ty Cobb – SSP
140 Trevor Bauer – SP
145 Paul Goldschmidt – SP
149 Robin Yount – SP
150 Ronald Acuna Jr. – SP | SSP
156 Hank Aaron – SSP
161 Mariano Rivera – SP
168 Fernando Tatis Jr. – SP | SSP
170 Roberto Clemente – SSP
173 Yadier Molina – SP
175 Frank Thomas – SP
179 Ramon Laureano – SP
180 Max Scherzer – SP
182 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – SP | SSP
183 Vladimir Guerrero – SP
186 Johnny Bench – SP
188 Manny Machado – SP
192 Ichiro – SP
196 Ted Williams – SSP
200 Christian Yelich – SP | SSP

201 Franciso Lindor – SP
206 Reggie Jackson – SP
219 Honus Wagner – SP
224 Juan Soto – SP
230 Nolan Arenado – SP
235 Dustin May – SP
248 Tony Gwynn – SP
250 Bryce Harper – SP | SSP
252 Roger Maris – SP
253 Ernie Banks – SP
260 Nolan Ryan – SP
267 Joey Votto – SP
269 J.D. Martinez – SP
271 Josh Bell – SP
276 Yordan Alvarez – SP | SSP
279 Masahiro Tanaka – SP
289 Mark McGwire – SP
292 Gavin Lux – SP | SSP
296 Whit Merrifield – SP
299 Pedro Martinez – SP
300 Javier Baez – SP | SSP

303 Ken Griffey Jr. – SSP
306 Ryne Sandberg – SP
309 Rickey Henderson – SP
314 Rafael Devers – SP
317 Sean Murphy – SP
330 George Springer – SP
332 Jacob deGrom – SP
334 Willie Mays – SSP
335 Don Mattingly – SP
335 Babe Ruth – SSP
341 Frank Robinson – SP
345 Justin Verlander – SP
349 Carlos Correa – SP
350 Pete Alonso – SP | SSP
No# Rob ManfredSSP

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Gallery

More to come as they’re confirmed.

1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


SP – signing autographs

SSP – reverse negative


Base – batting


7 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


SP – thumb up, wearing t-shirt

SSP – Babe Ruth in stands


Base – swinging


8 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles


SSP – Cal Ripken Jr.


Base – Jonathan Villar


13 Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals


SSP – Stan Musial


Base – Miles Mikolas


14 Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals


SP – Expos uniform


Base – red jersey


20 Aristides Aquino, Cincinnati Reds


SP – flexing arm

SSP – close-up


Base – batting


35 George Brett, Kansas City Royals


SP – George Brett


Base – Adalberto Mondesi


46 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees


SP – doing up shin guard


Base – batting


47 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves


SP- Chipper Jones


Base – Dansby Swanson


49 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox


SP – holding ball


Base – dropping bat


50 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – overhead photo

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – swinging, face visible


51 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


SP – overhead photo


Base – white jersey


52 Mike Piazza, New York Mets


SP – Mike Piazza


Base – Yasmani Grandal


55 Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals


SP – Ozzie Smith


Base – Jose Martinez


60 Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox


SP – Roger Clemens


Base – Matt Barnes


64 Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners


SP – with teammate


Base – batting


68 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees


SP – Gerrit Cole (Yankees)


Base – James Paxton


69 Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays


SP – gray jersey

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – dark blue jersey


70 Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs


SP – high ten with Schwarber


Base – blue jersey


78 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays


SP – Players Weekend uniform

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – throwing


94 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles


SP – Brooks Robinson


Base – Marwin Gonzalez


100 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


SP – camera viewfinder

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – throwing


110 Jesus Luzardo, Oakland Athletics


SP – mound visible


Base – mound not visible


111 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


SP – signed chest protector


Base – throwing


117 Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins


SP – diving


Base – running


118 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – holding bat


Base – pitching windup


119 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs


SP – diving, pink sleeves


Base – batting


120 Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers


SSP – Sandy Koufax


Base – Kenta Maeda


121 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees


SSP – Lou Gehrig


Base – DJ LeMahieu


124 Randy Johnson, Seattle Mariners


SP – Randy Johnson


Base – Jose Berrios


125 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


SP – warmup jersey


Base – batting


127 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics


SP – Players Weekend uniform


Base – batting, green jersey


129 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers


SSP – Jackie Robinson


Base – Yoan Moncada


138 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers


SSP – Ty Cobb


Base – Jackie Bradley Jr.


140 Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds


SP – camo cap, sock


Base – red cap


145 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals


SP – diving


Base – batting


149 Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers


SP – Robin Yount


Base – Orlando Arcia


150 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


SP – signing autographs

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – running


156 Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves


SSP – Hank Aaron


Base – Nick Markakis


161 Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees


SP – Mariano Rivera


Base – Aroldis Chapman


168 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres


SP – crouching

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – fielding


170 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates


SSP – Roberto Clemente


Base – Gregory Polanco


173 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals


SP – blue chest protector


Base – holding bat


175 Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox


SP – Frank Thomas


Base – Lucas Giolito


179 Ramon Laureano, Oakland Athletics


SP – arms crossed


Base – leaping at wall, Future Stars


180 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


SP – batting, Expos uniform


Bae – navy blue jersey


182 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays


SP – red cap

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – batting


183 Vladimir Guerrero, Montreal Expos


SP – Vladimir Guerrero


Base – Starling Marte


186 Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds


SP – Johnny Bench


Base – Roberto Perez


188 Manny Machado, San Diego Padres


SP – finger horns


Base – batting


192 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners


SP – Ichiro


Base – Yusei Kikuchi


196 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox


SSP – Ted Williams


Base – Andrew Benintendi


200 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


SP – throwback jersey

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – batting


201 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


SP – Red Carpet Show


Base – fielding


206 Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees


SP – Reggie Jackson


Base – Tommy Pham


219 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates


SP – Honus Wagner


Base – Jean Segura


224 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


SP – Expos uniform


Base – navy blue jersey


230 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


SP – turtleneck


Base – white pinstripe jersey


235 Dustin May, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – sunglasses


Base – pitching


248 Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres


SP – Tony Gwynn


Base – Hunter Renfroe


250 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies


SP – Gatorade bath

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – blue jersey


252 Roger Maris, New York Yankees


SP – Roger Maris


Base – Aaron Hicks


253 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


SP – Ernie Banks


Base – Brandon Drury


260 Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros


SP – Nolan Ryan


Base – Zack Greinke


267 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds


SP – sleeveless jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


269 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox


SP – close-up portrait


Base – batting


271 Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates


SP – wearing suit


Base – black jersey


276 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros


SP – walking with bat

SSP – close-up


Base – orange jersey


279 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees


SP – towel around neck


Base – gray jersey


289 Mark McGwire, Oakland Athletics


SP – Mark McGwire


Base – Yuli Gurriel


292 Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers


SP – jumping

SSP – close-up


Base – wearing helmet


296 Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals


SP – Players Weekend uniform


Base – throwing


299 Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox


SP – Pedro Martinez


Base – David Price


300 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


SP – leaping

SSP – close-up portrait


Base – running


303 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners


SSP – Ken Griffey Jr.


Base – Mallex Smtih


306 Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs


SP – Ryne Sandberg


Base – Jon Lester


309 Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics


SP – Rickey Henderson


Base – Robbie Grossman


314 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


SP – lifting weights


Base – batting


317 Sean Murphy, Oakland Athletics


SP – sunglasses


Base – throwing


330 George Springer, Houston Astros


SP – leaping catch


Base – thumbs up


332 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


SP – batting


Base – pitching


334 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants


SSP – Willie Mays


Base – Kevin Pillar


335 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees


SP – Don Mattingly


Base – Luke Voit


335 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees


SSP – Babe Ruth


Base – Luke Voit


341 Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles


SP – Frank Robinson


Base – Hanser Alberto


345 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros


SP – celebrating with teammates


Base – pitching


349 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


SP – catching


Base – gray jersey


350 Pete Alonso, New York Mets


SP – no shirt

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Pete Alonso Polar Bear

SSP – polar bear


Base – batting


Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner


2020 Topps Series 1 Variations Rob Manfred



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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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6 comments

  1. Jackie Robinson fan 8 February, 2020 at 14:06

    Every SSP of Jackie Robinson says that he led the NL in slugging percentage in 1947 and 1949. Is Topps ever going to realize that this is wrong? Jackie led the NL in *stolen bases* during those years.

  2. Sean McFeeley 15 February, 2020 at 15:40

    I found a handful of base cards with no Topps logo on the front. Is this an intentional error?

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