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.
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