2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Guide

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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.

As expected, 2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball has a full slate of SP, SSP and Ultra Short Print Variations.

For the debuts, they are among the more common Short Print Variations.

Retired greats are also back, switching out current players from the base set.

This isn’t the first time that late-addition rookies have been added to Series 2. For example, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Gleyber Torres were both left off the main 2018 Series 2 checklist but ended up with short print variations. The following year, there was the no-number Vladimir Guerrero Jr. While it didn’t replace anyone, it too was an SP.

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.

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Gallery

We will add missing images ASAP.

215 Raymond, Tampa Bay Rays

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Ultra Raymond Wander Franco
Ultra – Raymond on Wander Franco’s body
Base – Wander Franco

250 Phillie Phanatic, Philadelphia Phillies

Ultra – Phillie Phanatic on Bryce Harper’s body
Base – Bryce Harper

290 Mr. Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds

Ultra – Mr. Redlegs on Joey Votto’s body
Base – Joey Votto

300 Swinging Friar, San Diego Padres

Ultra – Swinging Friar on Fernando Tatis’ body
Base – Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

315 Mr. Met, New York Mets

Ultra – Mr. Met on Pete Alonso’s body
Base – Pete Alonso

331 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Rafael Devers
SP – throwing
SSP – bat toss
Base – pointing

337 Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Aaron Nola
SP – ball in front, glove at chest
Base – on mound, legs showing

343 Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics

SSP – Rickey Henderson
Base – Jed Lowrie

345 Seth Beer, Arizona Diamondbacks

SP – black shirt
Base – red jersey

349 Mark McGwire, Oakland Athletics

SSP – Mark McGwire
Base – Stephen Piscotty

350 Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Justin Verlander
SP – smiling
Base – throwing on mound

354 Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Mike Schmidt
SP – Mike Schmidt
Base – Ronald Torreyes

355 Teoscar Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Teoscar Hernandez
SP – with teammates
Base – batting

356 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

SSP – Ted Williams
Base – Alex Verdugo

356 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

SP – Carl Yastrzemski
Base – Alex Verdugo

361 George Springer, Toronto Blue Jays

SP – blue t-shirt
Base – batting

364 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners

SSP – Ken Griffey Jr.
Base – Taylor Trammell

364 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners

SP – Ichiro
Base – Taylor Trammell

370 Jake McCarthy, Arizona Diamondbacks

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Jake McCarthy
SP – black t-shirt
Base – red jersey

372 Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Frank Thomas
SP – Frank Thomas
Base – Yoan Moncada

375 Mike Piazza, New York Mets

SP – Mike Piazza
Base – J.D. Davis

390 Joe Ryan, Minnesota Twins

SP – white jersey
Base – blue jersey

396 Kenley Jansen, Atlanta Braves

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Kenley Jansen
SP – Atlanta Braves
Base – Los Angeles Dodgers

397 Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals

SSP – Stan Musial
Base – Tyler O’Neill

397 Tyler O’Neill, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – signing autographs
Base – diving in field

400 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

SP – holding trophy
Base – orange jersey

401 Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves

SSP – Hank Aaron
Base – Ozzie Albies

401 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves

SP – with World Series trophy
Base – batting

405 Carlos Correa, Minnesota Twins

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Carlos Correa
SP – Minnesota Twins
Base – Houston Astros

409 Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox

SSP – Pedro Martinez
Base – Chris Sale

409 Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

SP – yellow jersey
Base – white jersey

411 Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Nolan Ryan SSP
SSP – Nolan Ryan
Base – Dane Dunning

415 Eddie Murray, Baltimore Orioles

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Eddie Murray
SP – Eddie Murray
Base – Austin Hays

415 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles

SSP – Cal Ripken Jr.
Base – Austin Hays

421 Shane Baz, Tampa Bay Rays

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Shane Baz
SP – walking, low angle
SSP – pitching, belt not visible
Base – pitching, belt visible

422 Otto Lopez, Toronto Blue Jays

SP – blue t-shirt
Base – batting

429 Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers

SP – red jersey
Base – blue jersey

431 Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Casey Mize
SP – wearing sunglasses
Base – pitching

438 Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Walker Buehler
SP – looking down
Base – pitching

440 Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Tony Gwynn
SP – Tony Gwynn
Base – Trent Grisham

442 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

SSP – Jackie Robinson
Base – Lorenzo Cain

443 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Cody Bellinger
SP – celebrating
Base – batting

444 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees

SSP – Lou Gehrig
Base – Justin Upton

445 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Don Mattingly
SP – Don Mattingly
Base – Luke Voit

445 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees

2022 Topps Series 2 SSP Variations Babe Ruth
SSP – Babe Ruth
Base – Luke Voit

448 Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Frank Robinson
SP – Frank Robinson
Base – Nick Castellanos

450 Francisco Lindor, New York Mets

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Francisco Lindor
SP – orange shirt
Base – pinstripe jersey

453 Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Kirby Puckett
SP – Kirby Puckett
Base – Luis Arraez

466 Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs

SP – Ryne Sandberg
Base – Nick Madrigal

479 Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Josh Lowe
SP – wearing sunglasses
Base – kneeling

483 Bo Jackson, Kansas City Royals

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Bo Jackson
SP – Bo Jackson
Base – Michael Taylor

485 Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Johnny Bench
SP – Johnny Bench
Base – Jose Barrero

490 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs

SP – Ernie Banks
Base – Nico Hoerner

492 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Stephen Strasburg
SP – dark t-shirt
Base – pitching on mound

497 Roger Maris, New York Yankees

SP – Roger Maris
Base – Aaron Hicks

499 Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

SP – hand up
Base – batting

500 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox

SP – blowing bubble
Base – batting

506 Juan Yepez, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – fielding
Base – sliding

507 Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves

SP – with World Series trophy
Base – fielding

509 Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

SP – batting
Base – pitching

523 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies

SP – high-fiving
Base – batting

530 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

SSP – Roberto Clemente
Base – Bryan Reynolds

530 Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates

SP – yellow t-shirt
Base – batting

531 Randy Johnson, Seattle Mariners

SP – Randy Johnson
Base – Yusei Kikuchi

533 Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

SSP – Mariano Rivera
Base – Luis Severino

535 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – gray jersey
Base – blue jersey

537 Oneil Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates

SP – sitting on bucket
SSP – close-up
Base – batting

543 Roansy Contreras, Pittsburgh Pirates

Side – facing forward
Base – turned to side

550 Trea Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – with teammates
SSP
Base – fielding

557 Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds

SP – Barry Larkin
Base – Kyle Farmer

563 Jonathan India, Cincinnati Reds

SP – hand on helmet
Base – throwing

565 Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – Ozzie Smith
Base – Edmundo Sosa

566 Edward Cabrera, Miami Marlins

SP – standing and smiling
Base – pitching

571 Javier Baez, Detroit Tigers

SP – close-up of face
SSP – sliding into home
Base – batting

572 Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – pointing up
Base – dropping bat

576 Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

SP – celebrating with teammate
Base – diving

578 Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – leaping at wall
Base – batting

579 Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles

SP – fist out, black gloves
Base – batting

582 Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Wade Boggs
SP – Wade Boggs with Reggie Jackson
Base – Christian Arroyo

584 Noah Syndergaard, Los Angeles Angels

SP – wearing headband
Base – pitching

586 Ryan Vilade, Colorado Rockies

SP – pinstripe jersey
Base – black jersey

588 Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – white jersey
Base – blue jersey

589 George Brett, Kansas City Royals

SP – George Brett
Base – Adalberto Mondesi

595 Romy Gonzalez, Chicago White Sox

SP – running
Base – holding bat

599 Jose Siri, Houston Astros

SP – orange jersey
Base – white jersey

600 Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

SP – throwing
SSP – wearing t-shirt and sunglasses
Base – batting

615 Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves

SSP – Greg Maddux
Base – Ian Anderson

625 Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees

SP – Reggie Jackson
Base – Gary Sanchez

629 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves

SP – Chipper Jones with banner
Base – William Contreras

632 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants

SSP – Willie Mays
Base – Brandon Belt

632 Will Clark, San Francisco Giants

SP – Will Clark
Base – Brandon Belt

636 Kevin Smith, Toronto Blue Jays

SP – fielding
Base – batting

639 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

SSP- Derek Jeter
Base – Gleyber Torres

650 Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees

SP – sitting in dugout
SSP
Base – batting

652 Adolis Garcia, Texas Rangers

SP – cap backwards
Base – running, red jersey

655 Andrew McCutchen, Milwaukee Brewers

SP – Milwaukee Brewers
Base – Philadelphia Phillies

658 Spencer Torkelson, Detroit Tigers

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Spencer Torkelson
SP – Spencer Torkelson
Base – Justin Bruihl

659 Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Julio Rodriguez
SP – Julio Rodriguez
Base – LaMonte Wade Jr.

660 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Shohei Ohtani
SP – flag in background
SSP – clenching fist
Base – pitching

660 Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals

2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Bobby Witt Jr.
SP – Bobby Witt Jr.
Base – Shohei Ohtani

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10 comments

  1. Linda minto 9 June, 2022 at 16:35

    I have numerous cards, baseball, hockey, and they are of roger Staubach, terry Bradshaw, coaches. How much if any are worth anything

  2. Brett Comincioli 10 June, 2022 at 13:48

    Hobby Legends just pulled a Mark McGwire SSP card 349. He’s in an As uniform.

  3. Brian Haines 10 June, 2022 at 20:41

    Carl Yastrzemski is a legend short print as well. Can’t remember the number off hand

  4. Rich 14 June, 2022 at 12:39

    Looks like there may not be any Ultra SSPs for series 2. I guess Topps is showing us some mercy since they put the more coveted rookies in the set as SPs.

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