2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Guide


It might be one of the more affordable breaks in baseball, but Topps Opening Day has some tough chase elements. That includes a sizeable crop of 2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations.

Typical for SSP variations, they can be easy to miss as they look like regular base cards at first glance.

But the images are different and the odds are long. In hobby, they’re 1:531 packs.

There is a couple of ways to look for them. The most apparent is the images on the front. In a handful of instances, the players on the base card and SSP are different as well.

For variations that have a vertical image, another giveaway appears to be with the nameplate. Instead of being on the bottom like base cards, it’s in the middle. This doesn’t appear to. be the case for horizontal variations, though. The gallery below makes it clear and easy.

If you’d rather, backs also unlock the code.

Back Talk: Using Codes to Confirm Variations

Still wondering if you have one of the SSP variations from 2021 Topps Opening Day? Yes, you can look at the codes on the back.

Scan right to the end of the fine print and look for the CMP code. To tell a base card from a variation, the codes are different:

  • Base – 312
  • Variations – 334

Other card types in the product have different codes as well. However, they’re part of insert sets that should be named on the front and have different numbers, so they’re not really needed otherwise.

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Checklist

Want to quickly know who is on the 2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations checklist? Here you go. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’ currently available on eBay.

1 Fernando Tatis Jr.
14 Nate Pearson
29 Yordan Alvarez
34 Shin-Soo Choo
45 Whit Merrifield
59 Luis Robert
73 Stephen Strasburg
82 Casey Mize
85 Jo Adell
86 Paul DeJong
91 Jackie Bradley Jr.
96 Manny Machado
99 Aaron Judge
117 Brandon Lowe
121 Starling Marte
144 Gary Sanchez
150 Ronald Acuña Jr.
152 Dylan Carlson
161 Jorge Polanco
162 Anthony Rendon
186 Mark Canha
187 Danny Jansen
196 George Springer
197 Max Muncy
200 Matt Chapman
205 Tommy Pham
212 Eloy Jimenez
213 Juan Soto
216 Mike Clevinger
220 Anthony Rizzo

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Gallery

1 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

Variation – wearing hood, fielding
Base – pointing up

14 Nate Pearson, Toronto Blue Jays

Variation – blue jersey
Base – white jersey

29 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

Variation – batting cage
Base – wearing helmet

34 Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers

Variation – Shin-Soo Choo
Base – Leody Taveras

45 Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals

Variation – holding up glove, blue jersey
Base – batting, white jersey

59 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox

Variation – sliding, white jersey
Base – throwing, black jersey

73 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Variation – red shirt, sitting in dugout
Base – pitching, white jersey

82 Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers

Variation – bag on shoulder, t-shirt
Base – throwing

85 Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – holding helmet
Base – batting

86 Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals

Variation – Paul DeJong
Base – Kolten Wong

91 Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox

Variation – Jackie Bradley Jr.
Base – Alex Verdugo

96 Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

Variation – tossing helmet
Base – swinging

99 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Variation – walking out of dugout
Base – batting

117 Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

Variation – Brandon Lowe
Base – Willy Adames

121 Starling Marte, Miami Marlins

Variation – black shirt, with bat
Base – with glove

144 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees

Variation – batting cage, sunglasses
Base – dropping bat, pinstripe jersey

150 Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

Variation – throwing
Base – sliding

152 Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals

Variation – throwing, blue jersey
Base – batting, grey jersey

161 Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins

Variation – Jorge Polanco
Base – Josh Donaldson

162 Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – towel on head
Base – throwing

186 Mark Canha, Oakland Athletics


187 Danny Jansen, Toronto Blue Jays

Variation – Danny Jansen
Base – Bobby Dalbec

196 George Springer, Houston Astros

Variation – sunglasses
Base – with glove, grey jersey

197 Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers

Variation – wearing helmet
Base – fielding

200 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics

Variation – #1EFFECT t-shirt
Base – green jersey

205 Tommy Pham, San Diego Padres

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Tommy Pham
Variation – Tommy Pham
Base – Trent Grisham

212 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox

Variation – wearing headset, sunglasses
Base – batting

213 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

Variation – flexing, red jersey
Base – batting, white jersey

216 Mike Clevinger, San Diego Padres

Variation – pinstripe jersey
Base – brown jersey

220 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Variation – backwards cap
Base – batting


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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1 comment

  1. Ross 8 May, 2021 at 19:29

    Hi Ryan –

    I have the “#186 Mark Canha, Oakland Athletics” variaition. Shoot me an email if you want me to send a pic your way. Thanks for your hard work.

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