Looking Back at Some Key 2018 Topps Variations – Beckett Pricing Insider


Here we are, just a month before players start to report for Spring Training. Collectors have even less to wait with 2019 Topps Series 1 coming out on January 30.

One thing that we are sure to see in Series 1 is the Photo Variations, something that has been a part of the Topps flagship set over the last few years. Last year there were almost 100 variations in Series 1 (not including variations inserted in the Factory Box Sets).

Last year, there are both variation short prints (75) and super short prints (20). The short prints are 1:54 blaster packs while the super short prints are 1:1,618.

The variations also had somewhat of a visual theme last year, with the regular short prints mostly showing the players pre-game during warm-ups wearing their pullovers or batting in the cage. The super short prints mostly show the players making a hand-gesture while many times showing them on the bases.

Here are a few key recent sales from a few of the variations:

Mike Trout #300 – $180

This variation for Trout shows him in a red jersey and making some sort of hand gesture to the right.

Mookie Betts #140 – $125

The American League MVP’s SSP variation shows him standing on a base, holding his shinguard in one hand and is making a pinching gesture with his other hand.

Rafael Devers #18 – $85

This one shows Devers pointing, wearing one of the Red Sox alternative jerseys that is dark blue with red sleeves.


Sam Zimmer

A University of Oregon grad and Oklahoma native, Sam is a diehard baseball fan who has been lucky enough to attend games at 25 current MLB stadiums, all alongside his dad. He collects mainly baseball cards but also dabbles in SGA bobbleheads and poker chips from various casinos. His collections revolve around the San Francisco Giants, the New York Giants, his Oregon Ducks and any of his fellow Oklahomans. You can reach him by email and on Twitter.

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