2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Guide

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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.

Like the past couple of years for the Walmart-exclusive release, variations in 2021 Topps Holiday Baseball come in three levels of rarity:

  • Short Prints – 1:7 packs
  • Rare – 1:20 packs
  • Super Rare – 1:160 packs

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?

Not really.

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 Codes

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.

HW1 Fernando Tatis Jr. – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW6 Bo Bichette – SP
HW11 Francisco Lindor – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW17 Miguel Cabrera – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW18 Casey Mize – SP
HW20 Cristian Pache – SP
HW22 Jacob deGrom – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW27 Mike Trout – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW29 Joey Gallo – SP
HW31 Yadier Molina – SP
HW35 Cody Bellinger – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW36 Xander Bogaerts – SP
HW37 Jose Altuve – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW38 Sixto Sanchez – SP
HW50 Bryce Harper – SP | Rare | Super Rare

HW56 DJ LeMahieu – SP
HW61 Christian Yelich – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW62 Freddie Freeman – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW73 Javier Baez – SP
HW76 Alex Kirilloff – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW97 Whit Merrifield – SP
HW99 Aaron Judge – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW100 Juan Soto – SP | Rare | Super Rare

HW105 Joey Bart – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW106 Dylan Carlson – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW113 Matt Chapman – SP
HW115 Pete Alonso – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW117 Kyle Lewis – SP
HW125 Max Kepler – SP
HW126 Joey Votto – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW128 Luis Robert – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW129 Paul Goldschmidt – SP
HW130 Shane Bieber – SP
HW135 Jo Adell – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW148 Ketel Marte – SP
HW150 Mookie Betts – SP | Rare | Super Rare

HW153 Manny Machado – SP
HW167 Kris Bryant – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW171 Max Scherzer – SP
HW174 Ryan Mountcastle – SP
HW183 Eloy Jimenez – SP
HW184 Corey Seager – SP
HW185 Ke’Bryan Hayes – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW195 Alex Bregman – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW196 Trevor Story – SP
HW200 Ronald Acuna Jr. – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW205 Jose Ramirez – SP
HW206 Randy Arozarena – SP
HW212 Alec Bohm – SP | Rare | Super Rare
HW220 Gerrit Cole – SP

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Gallery

HW1 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

SP – Santa belt
Rare – ornament hanging from hand
Super Rare – snow in background
Base

HW6 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Bo Bichette SP
SP – Santa belt
Base

HW11 Francisco Lindor, New York Mets

SP – carrying stocking
Rare – wreath
Super Rare – garland on wall
Base

HW17 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

SP – Santa belt
Rare – stockings and candy canes on sleeve
Super Rare – garland in background
Base

HW18 Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers

SP – snowball, candy cane sleeve
Base

HW20 Cristian Pache, Atlanta Braves

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Cristian Pache
SP – Santa hat
Base

HW22 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Jacob deGrom SP
SP – Santa hat
Rare – scarf
Super Rare – wreath buttons
Base

HW27 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Mike Trout SP
SP – Santa belt
2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Mike Trout Rare
Rare – wrapped in lights
Super Rare – elves in stands
Base

HW29 Joey Gallo, New York Yankees

SP – candy cane sleeve
Base

HW31 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – candy cane sleeve
Base

HW35 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – Santa belt
Rare – candy cane bat
Super Rare – lights in background
Base

HW36 Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Xander Bogaerts SP
SP – Santa hat
Base

HW37 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

SP – Santa belt
Rare – candy cane bat
Super Rare – elves in stands
Base

HW38 Sixto Sanchez, Miami Marlins

SP – Santa hat
Base

HW50 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

SP – black Santa belt
Rare – Santa sack
Super Rare – holding stocking
Base

HW56 DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations DJ Lemahieu SP
SP – Christmas lights necklace
Base

HW61 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

SP – Santa belt
Rare – candy cane bat
Super Rare – snow in background
Base

HW62 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Freddie Freeman SP
SP – Santa belt
Rare – elves in stands
Super Rare – stocking and candy cane sleeve
Base

HW73 Javier Baez, New York Mets

SP – Santa belt
Base

HW76 Alex Kirilloff, Minnesota Twins

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Alex Kirilloff SP
SP – Santa sack
Rare – candy can bat
Super Rare – candy canes in back pocket
Base

HW97 Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals

SP – candy canes and stockings on sleeve
Base

HW99 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Aaron Judge SP
SP – Santa belt
Rare – candy cane bat
Super Rare – ice skates
Base

HW100 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Juan Soto SP
SP – Santa belt
Rare – garland on wall
Super Rare – snow on ground
Base

HW105 Joey Bart, San Francisco Giants

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Joey Bart SP
SP – Santa belt
Rare – lights hanging from mask
Super Rare – bow on chest protector
Base

HW106 Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – scarf
Rare – candy cane bat
Super Rare – Christmas lights sleeve
Base

HW113 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Matt Chapman SP
SP – Santa hat
Base

HW115 Pete Alonso, New York Mets

SP – red scarf
Rare – lights on bat
Super Rare – blue scarf
Base

HW117 Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners

SP – Santa belt
Base

HW125 Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins

SP – Santa belt
Base

HW126 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

SP – Santa hat
2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Joey Votto Rare
Rare – lights on bat
Super Rare – snowman in background
Base

HW128 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Luis Robert SP
SP – Christmas lights in background
Rare – holding presents
Super Rare – throwing candy
Base

HW129 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – Santa hat
Base

HW130 Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians

SP – Santa hat
Base

HW135 Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels

SP – scarf
2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Jo Adell Rare
Rare – candy cane bat
Super Rare – Santa sack
Base

HW148 Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks

SP – candy cane bat
Base

HW150 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – candy cane sleeve
Rare – Christmas lights on bat
Super Rare – blue scarf
Base

HW153 Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

SP – candy cane sleeve
Base

HW167 Kris Bryant, San Francisco Giants

SP – candy canes and stockings on sleeve
Rare – candy in glove
Super Rare – snowball
Base

HW171 Max Scherzer, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – scarf
Base

HW174 Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Ryan Mountcastle SP
SP – Christmas lights necklace
Base

HW183 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox

SP – candy cane sleeve
Base

HW184 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Angels

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Corey Seager SP
SP – Santa belt
Base

HW185 Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates

SP – Santa hat
Rare – candy canes and stockings on sleeve
Super Rare – ice skates
Base

HW195 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

SP – candy canes and stockings on sleeve

Rare – throwing snowball
Super Rare – snow on ground
Base

HW196 Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies

SP – Santa hat
Base

HW200 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Ronald Acuna Jr. SP
SP- Christmas lights necklace
2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Ronald Acuna Jr. Rare
Rare – snowman
Super Rare – sledding
Base

HW205 Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

SP – candy canes and stockings on sleeve
Base

HW206 Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays

SP – candy canes and stockings on sleeve
Base

HW212 Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Phillies

SP – Santa belt
Rare – candy cane bat
Super Rare – trees in background
Base

HW220 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

2021 Topps Holiday Baseball Variations Gerrit Cole SP
SP – Santa hat
Base

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15 comments

  1. Aaron Newcombe 30 November, 2021 at 09:00

    I opened 4 mega boxes and Alex Bregman (HW195) has a Rare variation where he is throwing a snowball.

  2. Rick S. 4 December, 2021 at 15:45

    Rare Joey Bart (Card HW105, Code #427) has a string of colored Christmas lights hanging from the catchers mask in his right hand.

  3. Casey St Henry 9 December, 2021 at 13:48

    Pulled an HW37 Jose Altuve card. the card has a base 420 code, but the embellishments are raised and glittery. any insight on this variation?

  4. Jim Fletcher 11 December, 2021 at 13:10

    I got a 1/10 Corey Seager SANTA HAT AUTo…a game used jersey snowman mike moustaskas/25 and Brailyn Marquez RC auto snowman jersey relic 5/10.Good day yesterday

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