2021 Topps Holiday Baseball variations embrace the season. In fact, one could argue that the set’s SP and SSP cards wear it proudly, kind of like parents wearing ugly sweaters to their kids’ school recital. They might not carry a lot of traditional beauty but they’re fun — and that’s the point.
In all cases, the photos don’t change. Rather they’re given festive embellishments. Batters might be carrying a candy cane bat. There might be a Christmas light necklace. You can even find elves in the stands in the background.
All told, there are 100 total 2021 Topps Holiday Baseball variations. Half of those are Short Prints. Rare and Super Rare cards each have the same 25 players.
How to Tell the Rarity of 2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations
You’ve come across a card with Jacob deGrom wearing a Santa hat or a big belt buckled Bo Bichette. You know you’ve got a variation so now it’s time to figure out what tier it falls under. There has to be an easy way to tell an SP from a Rare from a Super Rare Variation, right?
The cards themselves don’t have a notation that makes it clear — unless you have excellent vision or a magnifying glass nearby. It’s off to the fine print on the back.
Like most Topps variations, the code at the end of the copyright block on the back has a tell. Specifically look to the end of this code as the digits change for different card types. When it comes to spotting 2021 Topps Holiday Baseball variations, these are the code endings you need to know:
Base Cards – 420
Short Print Variations – 426
Rare Variations – 427
Super Rare Variations – 428
2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Checklist
The following is a quick checklist of all the 2021 Topps Holiday Baseball variations. If you’re looking for a specific player’s cards, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.
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