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The 2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations are filling in some of the major gaps in the checklist. One of the first things collectors noticed was the absence of Opening Day debuts like Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt Jr. and Spencer Torkelson in the base set. It turns out they’re in the product, only as SP variations.
The Series 1 variations also have the usual mix of star and rookie photo swaps as well as some retired legends.
Mascot Ultra Short Prints
While the SP and SSP variations don’t follow a single theme, the Ultra Short Prints do. Although odds were not acknowledged on any wrappers, these cards are believed to be the scarcest of the tiers — a surprise on top of the surprises.
For Series 2, mascots are used as variations for superstars. Their heads are places onto earlier cards like Tampa Bay’s Raymond on Wander Franco’s body. Mr. Redlegs is at the plate, taking the spot of Joey Votto. These Ultra Variations also have the same card number as the player.
2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variation Codes
Codes on the card backs offer a shortcut to spotting not only variations but confirming short prints from SSP cards.
To use the codes, direct your attention to the fine print on the card back. Specifically, go right to the last digits of the CMP code at the end. These three numbers will change based on the different card types. Yes, it’s small but collectors aren’t the main audience for these. They’re part of the production process. It just works out nicely for those with strong eyes or a magnifying glass handy.
For variations, here’s what’s known:
Base Cards – 847
Short Print (SP) Variations – 865
Super Short Print (SSP) Variations – 866
Ultra Short Print (Ultra) Variations – 867
2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Checklist
The following is a list of confirmed variations. We will have more as they surface. If you’re looking for a particular card, click on the links to see what’s available on eBay.
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