2012 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations and Short Prints Guide
A big part of 2012 Topps Update Series Baseball is capturing traded players in their new uniforms. But sometimes last-minute blockbusters prevent every trade from being included, at least in the regular base set.
2012 saw a few major deals happen. So while these players don't appear in the regular set, they do have 2012 Topps Update Series variation short prints. Topps has confirmed seven 2012 Topps Update Baseball variation short prints, most of whom were a part of the blockbuster deal that saw Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett head to the Dodgers and James Loney to the Red Sox. These seven short print variations replace other players on the checklist.
Ichiro is an eighth variation. However he has two different cards showing him on the Yankees. The card of him swinging is the regular version while a "bowing" version is the short print variation.
The 2012 Topps Update Series short print variations don't stop there. The All Star Game has several as well. Many players are shown in casual clothes from the 2012 MLB All-Stars parade in Kansas City.
Bryce Harper (card US299) has two variations. One shows him in his casual clothes. The second is a horizontal card.
It appears as though the traded player variations are much rarer than the All-Star variations and are comparable to the Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes short prints from 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball as far as rarity goes.
Reports indicate that 2012 Topps Update Series variations fall about three or four per case.
Below, we've compiled a list of confirmed short prints and variations. We've included descriptions and, wherever possible, images to help you easily identify these cards.
2012 Topps Update Series Baseball Short Prints and Variations Checklist
US1 Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers
US2 Carl Crawford - Los Angeles Dodgers
US3 Josh Beckett - Los Angeles Dodgers
US4 Nick Punto - Los Angeles Dodgers
US5 James Loney - Boston Red Sox
US6 Kevin Youkilis - Chicago White Sox
US7 Jim Thome - Baltimore Orioles
US10 Mark Trumbo - Horizontal
US15 Justin Verlander - Horizontal
US37 Billy Butler - Horizontal
US37 George Brett
US52 Clayton Kershaw - Horizontal
US62 CC Sabathia - Horizontal
US87 Andrew McCutchen - Suit
US120 Robinson Cano - Suit
US133 Matt Kemp - Suit
US137 Josh Hamilton - Horizontal
US144 Mike Trout - Horizontal
US162 Yu Darvish - Dress Shirt
US166 Chipper Jones - Horizontal
US241 Curtis Granderson - Suit
US255 Joey Votto - Horizontal
US259 Carlos Gonzalez - Horizontal, Parade
US268 Craig Kimbrel - Horizontal
US271 Ryan Braun - Horizontal
US272 Ichiro - Bowing
US280 David Wright - Horizontal
US289 Prince Fielder - Suit Jacket
US292 David Ortiz - Horizontal
US299 Bryce Harper - Shirt and Jacket
US299 Bryce Harper - Horizontal
US327 Chris Sale - Horizontal