2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Guide

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2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations come in three levels. This is in line with last year’s flagship SP and SSP cards. This time around, though, Topps has included the rarest of the three among the pack odds. They’ve given them a name, too — Ultra Short Prints (which is less confusing that SSSP).

As for what to look for, there are multiple things going on.

On some cards, it’s a basic photo switch. These cover lots of rookies and stars.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Mike Trout

We Are Family: 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Themes

For fans of the legends-themed variations, they’re back as well. These replace current players with superstars from the past. The vast majority of these are in the most common level of Short Prints.

They’re joined on the checklist by some top veteran stars and rookies.

The 25 Super Short Prints follow suit with rookies and stars. For the most part, the player selection in the SSP cards is limited to the most collectible players.

One standout theme is also the toughest. The five 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Ultra Short Print Variations all focus on a single thing — family. Players are pictured with their dads (or in Mike Yastrzemski’s case, his grandfather), all of whom were major leaguers themselves.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations: Codes to Know

Looking for the fastest way to know whether you have a 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball variation? Flip the card over to the back (and maybe grab some glasses if your eyes aren’t as good as they used to be).

That block of text at the bottom with all the copyright info and legal stuff? There’s something helpful. The CMP code at the end changes based on the card type. Think of it like a tag. Use the last digits of the string to tell different types of cards apart.

When it comes to telling base, SP, SSP and Ultra card types, these are what you need:

  • Base – 213
  • Short Print (SP) – 230
  • Super Short Print (SSP) – 231
  • Ultra Short Print (Ultra) – 232

Other inserts have different codes, but they’re not important here.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Odds

So just how tough are the variations in 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball? That depends. Basic Short Prints are tough but not exceptionally. SSP cards are going to be tough to come by, but not impossible. Ultra Short Prints are like the mountain gorillas of Series 1 — exceptionally scarce.

Odds vary depend on the pack type. Here’s a look at the odds across hobby and retail:

Short Print Variations Odds

  • Hobby – 1:79
  • Hobby Jumbo – 1:24
  • Retail Gravity Feed – 1:69
  • Blaster Packs – 1:79
  • Hanger Boxes – 1:17
  • Fat Packs – 1:33

Super Short Print Variations Odds

  • Hobby – 1:2,348
  • Hobby Jumbo – 1:715
  • Retail Gravity Feed – 1:2,049
  • Blaster Packs – 1:2,347
  • Hanger Boxes – 1:492
  • Fat Packs – 1:966

Ultra Short Print Variations Odds

  • Hobby – 1:88,187
  • Hobby Jumbo – 1:27,242
  • Retail Gravity Feed – 1:74,986
  • Blaster Packs – 1:88,945
  • Hanger Boxes – 1:18,510
  • Fat Packs – 1:35,457

Specific print runs have not been announced.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Checklist

If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

Short Print (SP)

Super Short Print (SSP)

1 Fernando Tatis Jr.
12 Joey Bart
13 Mookie Betts
27 Mike Trout
43 Jo Adell
84 Pete Alonso
92 Tarik Skubal
99 Aaron Judge
100 Christian Yelich
112 Nate Pearson
143 Ryan Mountcastle
187 Cristian Pache
197 Nick Madrigal
223 Luis Robert
239 Ian Anderson
250 Bryce Harper
263 Ronald Acuna Jr.
277 Alec Bohm
285 Dylan Carlson
297 Alex Bregman
298 Luis Garcia
319 Triston McKenzie
321 Casey Mize
322 Javier Baez
330 Juan Soto

Ultra Short Print (Ultra)

224 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
227 Mike Yastrzemski
246 Cavan Biggio
247 Ken Griffey Jr.
266 Roberto Alomar

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Gallery

Here’s a side-by-side look at variations and their base card counterparts. Easy peasy. Missing images will be added ASAP.

1 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

SP Variation – sliding
Base – hand raised
SSP – with team

3 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics

SP Variation – wearing t-shirt, standing by bucket
Base – fielding

4 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs

SP Variation – Ernie Banks
Base – David Bote

10 Daulton Varsho, Arizona Diamondbacks

SP Variation – grey jersey
Base – red jersey

12 Joey Bart, San Francisco Giants

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Joey Bart
SP Variation – orange jersey, wearing mask
Base – cream jersey, holding mask
SSP – taking mask off, close-up

13 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP Variation – pointing
Base – batting
SSP – wearing headset

24 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

SP Variation – black jersey
Base – pinstripe jersey

25 Sixto Sanchez, Miami Marlins

SP Variation – white jersey
Base – black jersey

26 Bobby Dalbec, Boston Red Sox

SP Variation – black shirt
Base white jersey, swinging

27 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

SP Variation – swinging, back of jersey visible
Base – batting stance
SSP – wearing mask

Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles

SP Variation – Cal Ripken Jr.
Base – Chris Davis

41 Deivi Garcia, New York Yankees

SP Variation – grey jersey
Base – pinstripe jersey

42 Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners

SP Variation – finger signs
Base – catching

43 Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels

SP Variation – wearing sunglasses
Base – batting
SSP – diving

50 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP Variation – cap on side of head
Base – batting

53 Andres Gimenez, New York Mets

SP Variation – pointing up
Base – throwing

65 Isaac Paredes, Detroit Tigers

SP Variation – glove on head
Base – throwing

67 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP Variation – overhead photo
Base – face visible, white jersey

81 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees

SP Variaton – Babe Ruth
Base – Brett Gardner

84 Pete Alonso, New York Mets

SP Variation – taking off helmet
Base – batting
SSP- team celebration

92 Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers

SP Variation – leg up, number on jersey back visible
Base – number on jersey front visible
SSP – sitting in dugout

95 Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

SP Variation – overhead photo
Base – grey jersey, face visible

99 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

SP Variation – wearing hooded shirt
Base – batting
SSP – no cap

100 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

SP Variation – no helmet
Base – wearing helmet
SSP – white jersey

112 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

SP Variation – hat backwards
Base – pitching

113 Nate Pearson, Toronto Blue Jays

SP Variation – back of jersey visible
Base – front of jersey visible
SSP – blue jersey

120 Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves

SP Variation – Hank Aaron
Base – Freddie Freeman

130 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

SP Variation – Roberto Clemente
Base – Josh Bell

143 Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles

SP Variation – black jersey
Base – running, orange jersey
SSP – touching helmet, smiling

150 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

SP Variation – batting
Base – pitching

151 Evan White, Seattle Mariners

SP Variation – blue jersey
Base – white jersey

153 Tyler Stephenson, Cincinnati Reds

SP Variation – batting
Base – blowing bubble, catching

154 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

SP Variation – Ted Williams
Base – Andrew Benintendi

169 Brady Singer, Kansas City Royals

SP Variation – feet visible
Base – no ball in hand

186 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees

SP Variation – Lou Gehrig
Base – Luke Voit

187 Cristian Pache, Atlanta Braves

SP Variation – red jersey, batting
Base – white jersey, wearing cap
SSP – arms out, red jersey

192 Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

SP Variation – shorts and tank top
Base – batting

197 Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox

SP Variation – white pinstripe jersey
Base – black jersey
SSP – wearing sunglasses

200 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

SP Variation – NYPD cap
Base – blue cap

205 Luis Patino, San Diego Padres

SP Variation – grey jersey
Base – white jersey

207 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

SP Variation – catcher’s gear
Base – sliding

223 Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox

SP Variation – no cap
Base – black jersey
SSP – wearing helmet

224 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

SP Variation – blue warm-up shirt
Base – white jersey
Ultra – as child, with Vladimir Guerrero Sr.

226 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox

SP Variation – black shirt
Base – white jersey

227 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants

SP Variation – Willie Mays
Base – Mike Yastrzemski

227 Mike Yastrzemski, San Francisco Giants

Ultra – with Carl Yastrzemski
Base – catching ball

229 Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals

SP Variation – Stan Musial
Base – Paul Goldschmidt

231 Dane Dunning, Chicago White Sox

SP Variation – throwback jersey
Base – black cap

239 Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves

SP Variation – back leg up
Base – ball visible in hand
SSP – no cap, with teammates

240 Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros

SP Variation – Nolan Ryan
Base – Jose Urquidy

241 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

SP Variation – standing in dugout
Base – batting

242 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

SP Variation – Derek Jeter
Base – Gleyber Torres

244 Spencer Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

SP Variation – white pinstripe jersey
Base – blue jersey

246 Cavan Biggio, Toronto Blue Jays

Ultra – with Craig Biggio
Base – fielding

247 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners

SP Variation – Ken Griffey Jr.
Base – Mallex Smith
2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Ultra Rare Ken Griffey Jr.
Ultra – with Ken Griffey Sr.

250 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

SP Variation – white headband
Base – batting
SSP – head back, blue headband

256 Keibert Ruiz, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP Variation – taking off helmet
Base – wearing helmet

263 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves

SP Variation – jumping at wall
Base – sliding
SSP – white jersey

265 Mike Clevinger, San Diego Padres

SP Variation – holding skateboard
Base – pitching

266 Roberto Alomar, San Diego Padres

Ultra – with father and brother
Base – Jurickson Profar

266 Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres

SP Variation – Tony Gwynn
Base – Jurickson Profar

269 Jesus Sanchez, Miami Marlins

SP Variation – black t-shirt, sitting
Base – swinging

275 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

SP Variation – warm-up shirt
Base – white jersey

277 Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Phillies

SP Variation – catching, no Rookie Cup
Base – batting, Rookie Cup
SSP – sitting in dugout

285 Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals

SP Variation – blue jersey
Base – grey jersey
SSP – jumping at wall

291 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

SP Variation – black t-shirt
Base – batting

297 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

SP Variation – black t-shirt
Base – white jersey, fielding
SSP – looking in camera

298 Luis Garcia, Washington Nationals

SP Variation – red t-shirt
Base – throwing
SSP – cleats on net

301 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

SP Variation – catcher’s gear
Base – batting

302 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

SP Variation – Jackie Robinson
Base – Max Muncy

309 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

SP Variation – black shirt
Base – red jersey

310 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays

SP Variation – knee up
Base – wearing helmet

319 Triston McKenzie, Cleveland Indians

SP Variation – batting cage in background
Base – throwing
SSP – wearing mask

321 Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers

SP Variation – navy blue jersey
Base – white jersey
SSP – with camera

322 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

SP Variation – jumping
Base – batting
SSP – blue t-shirt

325 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

SP Variation – sitting
Base – pitching

327 George Brett, Kansas City Royals

SP Variation – George Brett
Base – Whit Merrifield

330 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

SP Variation – holding cutout
Base – batting
SSP – wearing mask, balancing

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20 comments

  1. Arthur Kinney 10 February, 2021 at 15:37

    Are the cards with no base version shown only available as variations or is there just not an image available for the base card?

    • Ryan Cracknell 11 February, 2021 at 18:51

      @Arthur – All have base. It takes a lot of time to pull everything together and post it. We give the variation images priority usually because they’re what’s different. But the empty spots are filled in.

  2. Alex Livingstone 10 February, 2021 at 19:15

    Hiya! Thanks for the guide! I have a question for you. A friend pulled a Mookie Betts 2 Double (kind of looks like a playing card) from a 2021 Topps Series 1 Jumbo and we are trying to figure out its value. On the front it says No1 of 1 and has a Blue backing. Would you have an idea of the card I am referring too? Thanks

  3. John V Giacchino 11 February, 2021 at 11:45

    I got.a card i can’t find a list for: Luminaries auto on the card of Hank Aaron 5/5. Bottom of card has: through the years. TTY 15. Are these hard to find and what’s the vaule of this card?.

  4. BD 11 February, 2021 at 23:49

    Any idea of what variation ending in 233 would be worth? I found it in the Topps 2021 series one hanger box pack? I can’t find info on the variation code 233 anywhere. It’s a numbered 264/300 Will Smith 57 card. Thanks so much for your help with this.

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