Do You Have Any 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Short Prints?
Variations have been around the for a long time. So has Topps Chrome. Somehow, the two hobby staples managed to avoid each other's company. But like cheese and pizza, the meeting was inevitable. The 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation short prints mark the first time alternate versions of base cards have been a part of the brand.
2012 Topps Chrome Baseball has 20 total base set variations. These do not include the 32 rookie autographs, which are considered a separate insert set. Many of the hobby's biggest names are a part of the checklist, such as Derek Jeter, Stephen Strasburg, Albert Pujols and Ichiro. High-profile rookies Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Moore and Jesus Montero also have variation short prints.
The 2012 Topps Chrome Chrome Baseball Variation short prints fall 1:912 packs. This translates into 1:38 boxes or more than 1:3 cases. Needless to say, they're tough to find.
Base on the few that have shown up so far, there doesn't seem to be a common thread running throughout them. They do not appear to overlap with the variations from 2012 Topps Baseball Series 1 and Series 2. Many of these focused on celebrations and ballpark fun.
Below is a complete 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball variation short prints checklist. These are the names to be watching for. We've also added available images and short variation descriptions.
2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Short Prints
1 Tim Lincecum - glove over head
10 Justin Upton - blowing bubble
28 Roy Halladay - batting
30 Josh Hamilton - batting
49 Alex Rodriguez - fielding
70 Stephen Strasburg - leg up, facing side
75 Jose Reyes - running
80 Albert Pujols - facing right
84 Derek Jeter - standing
87 Jacoby Ellsbury - vertical, face showing
93 Justin Verlander - hand over head
100 Ichiro - batting
110 Troy Tulowitzki - gray jersey
120 Matt Kemp
151 Yu Darvish - ball behind leg
160 Matt Moore - vertical
170 Jesus Montero - white jersey
173 Brett Lawrie - facing forward
180 Yoenis Cespedes - white jersey
196 Bryce Harper - horizontal, sliding into base
Harper has both a regular and a Refractor version.