2013 Topps Update Series Baseball Variation Short Prints Guide

2013 Topps Update Series Baseball Variation Short Prints Guide

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Who's ready for some 2013 Topps Update Series Baseball variation short prints?

Over the last decade, Topps has evolved the old boxed Topps Traded set into the current, and more expansive, Topps Update Series. Whereas the original Topps Traded sets focused almost exclusively on rookies and veterans on new teams, Update Series expands beyond that. A big part of that is an extended look at the All-Star Game and its surrounding festivities. That's definitely the case with the 2013 Topps Update Series variations, most of which pay tribute to the Midsummer Classic.

Shop for 2013 Topps Update Series variations on eBay.

The vast majority of variations picture a big-name player alongside one or more of their All-Star teammates. It's definitely a case of "Where's Cano?" on a lot of them as the Yankees second baseman makes multiple appearances throughout the set.

2013 Topps Update Series also marks the return of retired player variations, albeit in a limited number. Ken Griffey Jr, Cal Ripken Jr, Bo Jackson, Chipper Jones and Nomar Garciaparra all appear on short prints, but not in the base set. Ripken and Jackson actually have two variations.

Although he wasn't an All-Star, Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig has two three variations. The first has him raising his arms in triumph, presumably after a home run (although, it being the charismatic Puig, it could have been a single). The second Yasiel Puig variation has him joining the "Big Glove card" ranks made famous by the 1986 Fleer Mickey Hatcher. Collector's can also find him sliding on a third variant version.

Puig, Ripken and Jackson aren't the only players who have two variations. Yoenis Cespedes and Hyun-jin Ryu also take double-duty on the checklist.

Ryu's cards are actually spins on his Series 2 661 card. Derek Jeter has a variation based on his Series 1 base card.

Shortly after his birth, Topps teased a short print of Prince George of Cambridge soon after his birth. It has surfaced, acting as a variation for Prince Fielder.

After opening more than 40 cases, case breaker brentandbecca reports that the most common variations fall about eight per 2013 Topps Update hobby case and six per jumbo case. Rarer SSPs are landing 1:2 cases. We've highlighted what are believed to be the SSPs on the checklist that can be found on the tab above.

Below is a detailed look at the known 2013 Topps Update Series Baseball variations. It includes (wherever available) a picture of the variation, a base card image to compare it to and a short note so you know exactly what to look for. Topps did not provide a checklist and did not confirm the final number of cards. We'll continue to add to this list if more emerge. If you pulled a variation not on our list, please let us know in the comments below.

2013 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations

Please note this is a work in progress. We'll add to it as required and continue to work to fill in the missing images.

Click on the player's name to shop for specific variations on eBay.

US1 Matt Harvey, New York Mets

Base: Mets jersey, vertical
Variation: All-Star jersey, horizontal

Base

Variation

US1 Tom Seaver, New York Mets

Base: Matt Harvey - pitching
Variation: Tom Seaver

Base

Variation

US7 Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics

Base: swinging
Variation 1: arms up
Variation 2: with Fielder, Davis, Cano

Base

Variation 1

Variations 2


US16 Bo Jackson, Kansas City Royals

Base: Alex Gordon
Variation 1: Bo Jackson - tipping cap

Base

Variation 1

US35 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base: holding helmet, vertical
Variation: with Pedro Alvarez, horizontal

Base

Variation

US53 Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

Base: pitching
Variation: with teammates

Base

Variation

US53 Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves

Base: Craig Kimbrel
Variation: Hank Aaron

Base

Variation

US53 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves

Base: Craig Kimbrel
Variation: Chipper Jones

Base

Variation

US73 Will Clark, San Francisco Giants

Base: Buster Posey
Variation: Will Clark

Base

Variation

US73 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants

Base: Buster Posey
Variation: Willie Mays

Base

Variation

US79 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Base: blue All-Star jersey, vertical
Variation: with Hisashi Iwakuma, horizontal

Base

Variation

US88 Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Base: fielding, vertical
Variation: with teammates, horizontal

Base

Variation

US114 Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox

Base: Dustin Pedroia
Variation: Nomar Garciaparra

Base

Variation

US114 Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox

Base: Dustin Pedroia
Variation: Wade Boggs

Base

Variation

US119 Ken Griffey Jr, Seattle Mariners

Base: Felix Hernandez
Variation 1: Ken Griffey Jr. - batting
Variation 2: Ken Griffey Jr. - with trophy

Base

Variation 1

2013 Topps Update Series Variations US119 Ken Griffey Jr

Variation 2

US134 Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

Base: Tigers jersey, vertical
Variation: All-Star jersey, horizontal

Base

Variation

US140 Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres

Base: Justin Upton
Variation: Tony Gwynn

Base

Variation

US142 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Base: batting
Variation: with Buster Posey

Base

Variation

US150 Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base: yellow hat, horizontal
Variation: black jacket, vertical

Base

Variation

US180 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Base: fielding, vertical
Variation: with NL HR Derby squad, horizontal

Base

Variation

US188 John Kruk, Philadelphia Phillies

Base: Cliff Lee
Variation: John Kruk

Base

Variation

US193 Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

Base: pitching
Variation: with Miguel Cabrera

Base

Variation

US200 Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

Base: swinging
Variation: with teammates

Base

Variation

US205 Prince George of Cambridge

Base: Prince Fielder
Variation: Prince George of Cambridge

Base

Variation

US216 Cal Ripken Jr, Baltimore Orioles

Base: Manny Machado
Variation 1: with trophy
Variation 2: signing autographs, horizontal

Base

Variation 1

Variation 2

2013 Topps Update Series Variations US216 Cal Ripken Jr

US218 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Base: fielding, vertical
Variation: with Adam Jones, Mike Trout, horizontal

Base

Variation

US250 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: vertical, running in field
Variation 1: horizontal, arms out
Variation 2: big glove
Variation 3: sliding

Base

Variation 1

2013 Topps Update Series Variations US250 Yasiel Puig

Variation 2

Variation 3

US268 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

Base: at bat
Variation: with teammates

Base

Variation

US268 Teddy Kremer, Cincinnati Reds

Base: Joey Votto
Variation: Teddy Kremer

Base

Variation

US276 Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers

Base: batting, vertical
Variation: in crowd, horizontal

Base

Variation

US285 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Base: batting, vertical
Variation: with Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano, horizontal

Base

Variation

US300 Mike Trout, Anaheim Angels

Base: batting
Variation: with Robinson Cano

Base

Variation

US313 Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

Base: tipping cap, vertical
Variation 1: running, horizontal
Variation 2: at bullpen, vertical

Base

Variation 1

Variation 2

US316 David Wright, New York Mets

Base: batting, vertical
Variation: All-Star jersey, horizontal

Base

Variation

US323 Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

Base: throwing
Variation: sunglasses

Base

Variation

US323 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees

Base: Robinson Cano
Variation: Lou Gehrig

Base

Variation

US323 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees

Base: Robinson Cano
Variation: Don Mattingly

Base

Variation

2 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Base: swinging (from Series 1)
Variation: with trophy

Base

Variation

270 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

Base: orange jersey, vertical (from Series 1)
Variation: black jersey, horizontal

This card also has a retail factory set variation.

Base

2013 Topps Manny Machado RC

Variation

286 Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers

Base: fielding, grey jersey (from Series 1)
Variation: in dugout, blue jersey

This card also has a retail factory set variation.

Base

2013 Topps Jurickson Profar RC

Variation

305 Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals

Base: shows feet (from Series 1)
Variation: no feet

This card also has a retail factory set variation.

Base

2013 Topps Shelby Miller RC

Variation

589 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

Base: pitching (from Series 2), vertical
Variation: with Miguel Cabrera, horizontal

Base

2013 Topps Jose Fernandez RC

Variation

661 Hyun-jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: pitching (from Series 2)
Variation 1: no hat
Variation 2: batting

This card also has a Series 2 variation and a retail factory set variation.

Base

Variation 1

Variation 2

See also:

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2013 Topps Update Short Print SSP Variation US250 YASIEL PUIG "Arms in the Air"
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2013 Topps Update Short Print SP Variation BRYCE HARPER, US180, Nationals
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2013 Topps Update Short Print Variation ROBINSON CANO US323 NY Yankees
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2013 Topps Update Short Print Variation YADIER MOLINA US142 St Louis Cardinals
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2013 Topps Update Short Print SP Variation KEN GRIFFEY JR, US119, Mariners
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2013 Topps Update Short Print SP Variation TROY TULOWITZKI, US88, Rockies
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2013 Topps Update Short Print Variation ANDREW McCUTCHEN US35 Pirates
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2013 Topps Update Short Print SP Variation US250 YASIEL PUIG "Big Glove"
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2013 Topps Update Short Print SP Variation JUSTIN VERLANDER, US134, Tigers
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2013 Topps Update Short Print SP Variation MIKE TROUT US300 Angels
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Checklist

2013 Topps Update Series Variations Checklist

In case you don't want to comb through all of the images, here's a simplified checklist of 2013 Topps Update Series Variations arranged by number. Variations for Series 1- and Series 2-issued cards are at the end.

We have also highlighted the ones that are believed to be SSPs. While not confirmed, designations are based on breaks and availability, and these cards seem to have a much smaller supply.

SSP = super short print

Please note, this is a work in progress.

US1 Matt Harvey - AS Jersey
US1 Tom Seaver SSP
US7 Yoenis Cespedes - Arms Up
US7 Yoenis Cespedes - with Fielder, Davis, Cano
US16 Bo Jackson
US35 Andrew McCutchen - with Pedro Alvarez
US53 Craig Kimbrel - with Teammates
US53 Hank Aaron SSP
US53 Chipper Jones
US73 Will Clark SSP
US73 Willie Mays SSP
US79 Yu Darvish - with Hiashi Iwakuma
US88 Troy Tulowitzki - with Teammates
US114 Wade Boggs SSP
US114 Nomar Garciaparra
US119 Ken Griffey Jr - Black Jersey
US119 Ken Griffey Jr - with Trophy SSP
US134 Justin Verlander - with David Wright
US140 Tony Gwynn
US142 Yadier Molina - with Buster Posey
US150 Gerrit Cole - black jacket SSP
US180 Bryce Harper - NL HR Derby
US188 John Kruk SSP
US193 Max Scherzer - with Miguel Cabrera
US200 Wil Myers - with Teammates SSP
US205 Price George of Cambridge SSP
US216 Cal Ripken Jr - with Trophy SSP
US216 Cal Ripken Jr - Signing Autographs
US218 Miguel Cabrera - with Adam Jones, Mike Trout
US250 Yasiel Puig - Big Glove
US250 Yasiel Puig - Arms Up SSP
US250 Yasiel Puig - Sliding SSP
US268 Joey Votto - with Teammates
US268 Teddy Kremer SSP
US276 Torii Hunter - in Crowd
US285 David Ortiz - with Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano
US300 Mike Trout - with Robinson Cano
US313 Mariano Rivera - Running
US313 Mariano Rivera - at Bullpen SSP
US316 David Wright - AS Jersey
US323 Robinson Cano - Sunglasses
US323 Lou Gehrig SSP
US323 Don Mattingly SSP

2 Derek Jeter - with trophy SSP
270 Manny Machado - black jersey SSP
286 Jurickson Profar - blue jersey SSP
323 Shelby Miller - no feet showing SSP
589 Jose Fernandez - with Miguel Cabrera SSP
661 Hyun-jin Ryu - no hat SSP
661 Hyun-jin Ryu - batting SSP

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2013 Topps Update Short Print Variation ROBINSON CANO US323 NY Yankees
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User Comments

  1. I’ve seen one with Puig sliding into home, a closer shot of Rivera coming out of the bullpen door(horizontal), and Prince George of Cambridge US-205(asking price on eBay is $999). The Puig sliding into is no longer on eBay but the other two are. I wonder if there are some ssp’s in this series.

  2. Add another Griffey card to the list

  3. Ryan,
    Here’s the Prince George Topps Update card! It’s true!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Topps-Update-Prince-George-Of-Cambridge-RC-US-205-Royal-Baby-SSP-SP-/141092195973?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item20d9c00e85

  4. Pulled the Prince George card. So it is indeed live. Here’s some pics if photobucket links work on here:

    [IMG]http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/t582/blegit07/null_zps77b8079d.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/t582/blegit07/null_zps1f3f7e25.jpg[/IMG]

    Otherwise I have it listed on eBay if that doesn’t work

  5. Congrats!

  6. Done.

  7. Thanks! Do you know if those were variations or different card numbers (subset cards)?

  8. What an awesome hit!! I hit lots of good cards. Saberhagen CH auto, Kershaw AS Stich and Ruth wraught iron 26/50 Cespedes SP at HR Derby, Posey,Harper Golds, 1 plat. RC common, 1 sapphire AJ Ellis but has Kershaw in pic 2/25, 4 diff. Puigs, 7 total. I love the ’71 minis. Would like to ’70 in minis (89’s next year). I have 2 boxes coming in Monday…wahoo!!Is there a wrapper redemption for the updates out of curiousity?

  9. Stuish » No wrapper redemption has been announced at this point.

  10. What are the general odds on pulling a short print?

  11. I’m not sure about Hobby boxes, but in Jumbo boxes you are guaranteed one short print or super short print. The jumbo box I bought I received the Chipper Jones short print.

    I also bought a $19.99 blaster box from Wal-Mart and actually pulled the super short print of Cal Ripken Jr. holding a trophy.

    Jumbo seems to be the best bet. This was the first time I ever got any type of short print from a blaster box so I’m not sure of the odds of pulling one with those.

  12. Thank you so much for this information, it’s very helpful and I’ve used this post and ones like it an awful lot.

    I’d pulled the Ortiz variation from a loose wax pack from Target, and I didn’t realize what I had until I checks this post.

  13. just pulled a “Boston Strong” variation of Jon Lester #541, has Boston Strong written in red toward the bottom of the picture, Topps logo and Lester’s name also are in red and it is numbered to 50 on back

  14. pulled a PUIG # 250 with big glove and the emerald green regular card from same pack

  15. I pulled a Bryce Harper #us100 gold with no name on front. Are there many of this type, and is there a premium on this card ?

  16. mike » Most concerned these to be printing errors. That said, because it’s Harper, you might be able to find someone who might pay a premium for it.

  17. I was wondering maybe you can help me out. I’ve pulled 3 cards from topps update, us165 has no name, us147 has half of the last name missing, and the last one us81 has just a tad bit of his last name. Are they worth anything. Thank you for your time

  18. Roger Ugaitafa » They’re printing errors. Any value would be as novelty. In the past I’ve sent them back for replacements.

  19. RE: 2013 TOPPS UPDATE VARIATION
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  20. Thanks for being the “go to” source for all this info Ryan. First site I visit when I open a new product.

    Is there a list somewhere that differentiates between SP and SSP with this product? I’m in the middle of opening a Jumbo case and have pulled quite a few.

    Thanks again!

  21. soxfanintx69 » Click on the checklist tab at the top of this article. We noted what are believed to have been the SSP versions.

  22. I haven’t seen any Teddy Kremer cards on ebay in a couple months. I bought one last year for $175. What are they going for these days?

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