2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Guide

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The 2021 Topps Chrome Baseball variations are sticking with Refractors. While the SP and SSP cards still switch the photos around from the regular ones, all are done as Refractors. This has been the case for the brand for a few years now. It makes the inserts stealth, but a little less so than other brands.

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball has two levels of variations. Short Prints (SP) are the more common of the two. That doesn’t mean they’re easy, though. SP Variations land 1:529 hobby and 1:680 blaster packs. Super Short Print Variations (SSP) are extremely tough, falling 1:18,362 hobby and 1:23,141 in blasters.

SP Variations also have five levels of colored Refractors:

  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Codes

Want to use codes to speed up the variation-spotting process? It works here. Like most other Topps variations, look at the CMP code on the back in the fine print. These are the code endings to look for to tell base from SP and SSP cards:

  • Base – 310
  • SP – 350
  • SSP – 356

Perhaps an easier way is in the social media area next to the player’s name. Refractors say “Refractor” underneath. Variations, which are done on Refractor stock, do not.

It’s also worth noting that a special version of the 2021 Topps Baseball factory set has exclusive Chrome variations. The easy way to tell those from the ones inserted in 2021 Topps Chrome Baseball packs is on the back. Above the card number at the top the factory set versions say “Complete Set.” 2021 Topps Chrome Baseball variations say “Chrome.”

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick list of all the 2021 Topps Chrome Baseball SP and SSP cards (SSPs are noted). If you’re look a particular card, click on the link to see what’s available on eBay.

1 Fernando Tatis Jr.
10 Jarred Kelenic – SSP
11 Pete Alonso
18 Christian Yelich
27 Mike Trout
27 Mike Trout
– SSP
50 Ronald Acuña Jr.
63 Ryan Mountcastle
79 Nick Madrigal
84 Nolan Arenado
95 Ted Williams – SSP
99 Aaron Judge
99 Babe Ruth – SSP
100 Mookie Betts
100 Mookie Betts – SSP
109 Joey Bart
119 Alec Bohm
134 Bryce Harper
140 Dylan Carlson
142 Jo Adell
142 Jo Adell
– SSP
150 Juan Soto
170 Alex Kirilloff
178 Cristian Pache
191 Ke’Bryan Hayes
200 Cody Bellinger

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Gallery

Missing images will be added as they become available.

1 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Fernando Tatis Jr.
SP – diving
Base – pointing

10 Jarred Kelenic, Seattle Mariners

Base – Miguel Cabrera

11 Pete Alonso, New York Mets

SP – pointing
Base – batting

18 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Christian Yelich
SP – sliding
Base – batting

27 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

SP – sunglasses on cap
2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Mike Trout SSP
SSP – pitching
Base – batting

50 Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Ronald Acuna Jr.
SP – sleeveless shirt
Base – diving

63 Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Ryan Mountcastle
SP – throwing
Base – orange jersey

79 Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox

SP – white throwback jersey
Base – black jersey

84 Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – St. Louis Cardinals
Base – Colorado Rockies

95 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

Base – J.D. Martinez

99 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Aaron Judge
SP – elbow bump
Base – batting

99 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees

SSP – Babe Ruth
Base – Aaron Judge

100 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Mookie Betts
SP – running
SSP – celebrating with Bellinger
Base – batting

109 Joey Bart, San Francisco Giants

SP – holding bat
Base – holding mask

119 Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Phillies

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Alec Bohm
SP – catching ball
Base – batting

134 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Bryce Harper
SP – fist bump
Base – batting

140 Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Dylan Carlson
SP – holding bat down
Base – swinging, bat in two hands

142 Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels

SP – swigning
SSP – close-up, 7 on jersey front
Base – batting stance, 59 on jersey front

150 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

SP – bag on shoulder, back of jersey
Base – batting

170 Alex Kirilloff, Minnesota Twins

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Alex Kirilloff
SP – hand up
Base – batting

178 Cristian Pache, Atlanta Braves

SP – wearing helmet
Base – wearing cap

191 Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Ke'Bryan Hayes
SP – pointing fingers together
Base – with glove

200 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Cody Bellinger
SP – dropping bat
Base – batting

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