Spotting the 2015 Topps Baseball Sparkle Variations Made Easy

Spotting the 2015 Topps Baseball Sparkle Variations Made Easy

Having a hard time spotting the 2015 Topps Baseball Sparkle Variations? You're not alone. The added shimmer is small and hard to see. Not helping matters is the fact that the white spot is often cast against a naturally light background adding little contrast.

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Yes, there is the code in the fine print on the back (Sparkles end in 903, regular base cards end in 861). But it's also small and tough to read for many. With that in mind, we've highlighted exactly where you can find the Sparkles in the gallery below.

Sparkle Variations are tough to pull this year. While official odds haven't been released, it appears as though they're inserted every other case in 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball. Besides the Sparkles, the set also has more traditional Photo Variations. This is the third time Topps has used sparkles. They debuted in 2011 in conjunction with the brand's 60th anniversary. Sparkles returned in 2014 with a huge number of variations across Series 1, Series 2 and Update Series.

It's also worth noting that while Rene Rivera, card #3, has a sparkle on his helmet, it's not a variation. That's the way the photo turned. The card doesn't have any other versions.

Sparkles returned for 2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball, following a similar pattern. Photo Variations are also included in the product.

Use the gallery below to easily see all of the 2015 Topps Sparkle Variations. You can click on the tabs to easily navigate between Series 1 and Series 2

Series 1

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Sparkle Variations

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5 Josh Donaldson

6 Jayson Werth

15 Joey Votto

20 Madison Bumgarner

25 Jose Bautista

34 Charlie Blackmon

42 Todd Frazier

43 Starlin Castro

47 Anthony Rizzo

50 Yu Darvish

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 50 Yu Darvish

60 Michael Wacha

62 Nolan Arenado

67 Hunter Pence

73 Freddie Freeman

75 Dustin Pedroia

80 Adam Wainwright

83 David Wright

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 83 David Wright

92 Ian Kinsler

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 92 Ian Kinsler copy

100 Clayton Kershaw

109 Doug Fister

120 Yoenis Cespedes

125 Troy Tulowitzki

136 Manny Machado

144 Rusney Castillo

149 Daniel Murphy

150 Giancarlo Stanton

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 150 Giancarlo Stanton

163 Chase Utley

169 Adam Jones

175 Adrian Beltre

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 175 Adrian Beltre

181 Jason Heyward

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 181 Jason Heyward

192 Joc Pederson

200 Miguel Cabrera

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 200 Miguel Cabrera

203 Paul Goldschmidt

205 Josh Harrison

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 205 Josh Harrison

207 Bryce Harper

225 Jacoby Ellsbury

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 225 Jacoby Ellsbury

242 Edwin Encarnacion

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 242 Edwin Encarnacion

250 Evan Longoria

251 Anthony Rendon

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 251 Anthony Rendon

262 Ryan Braun

272 Matt Kemp

275 Buster Posey

300 Mike Trout

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 300 Mike Trout

315 Javier Baez

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 315 Javier Baez

320 Shin-Soo Choo

321 Josh Hamilton

325 Felix Hernandez

336 Matt Carpenter

348 Carlos Santana

350 Yasiel Puig

2015 Topps Sparkle Spotter 350 Yasiel Puig copy

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2015 Topps Update Series BLAKE SWIHART Sparkle Variation SP RC
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2015 TOPPS #100 CLAYTON KERSHAW PITCHING-NO SPARKLE PSA 10 B2370675-420
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2015 Topps Update Sparkle #US203 Jesse Hahn - NM-MT
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2015 Topps Javier Baez Sparkle Short Print Variation RC RARE Cubs
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2015 Topps Jose Altuve Sparkle SP Variation BGS 9.5
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2015 Topps #336.2 Matt Carpenter (Sparkle on Glove-Side Elbow) Baseball Card
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2015 Topps #336.2 Matt Carpenter (Sparkle on Glove-Side Elbow) Baseball Card
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2015 Topps #445.2 Christian Vazquez (Sparkle on Top of Helmet) Boston Red Sox RC
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2015 Topps #445.2 Christian Vazquez (Sparkle on Top of Helmet) Boston Red Sox RC
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2015 Topps Chrome Update #286 Francisco Lindor Sparkle RC Rookie NM-MT
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2015 Topps Update Series #US35.2 Justin Bour (Sparkle: Glove) Miami Marlins RC
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2015 Topps Update Series #US35.2 Justin Bour (Sparkle: Glove) Miami Marlins RC
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2015 Topps Chrome Update Carlos Correa Sparkle BGS 9.5 Gem!
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2015 Topps Chrome"" Kris Bryant"" Update Sparkle"" PSA 10"" Sweet Look""
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2015 TOPPS # 300 MIKE TROUT PSA 10 GEM MINT #26294570 NO SPARKLE ON HELMET
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Series 2

2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Sparkle Variations

360 Adam Laroche

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 360 Adam LaRoche copy

361 Matt Holliday

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 361 Matt Holliday

363 Avisail Garcia

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 363 Avisail Garcia

372 Matt Adams

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 372 Adams

383 Delmon Young

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 383 Delmon Young

386 Ben Zobrist

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 386 Ben Zobrist

391 Hisashi Iwakuma

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 391 Iwakuma

393 Danny Salazar

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 393 Salazar

407 Jed Lowrie

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 407 Lowrie

411 Nelson Cruz

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 411 Cruz

415 Ervin Santana

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 415 Santana

421 Joe Kelly

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 421 Kelly

422 Prince Fielder

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 422 Prince Fielder

436 Russell Martin

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 436 Russell Martin

438 DJ LeMahieu

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 438 DJ LeMahieu

445 Christian Vazquez

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 445 Christian Vazquez

452 Drew Smyly

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 452 Drew Smyly

461 Mike Moustakas

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 461 Moustakas

463 Justin Verlander

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 463 Justin Verlander

468 CC Sabathia

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 468 Sabathia

469 James Shields

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 469 Shields

470 Mark Trumbo

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 470 Trumbo

475 Juan Perez

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 475 Perez

493 Alex Rodriguez

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 493 Alex Rodriguez

497 Hunter Strickland

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 497 Hunter Strickland

507 A.J. Pierzynski

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 507 AJ Pierzynski

513 Michael Cuddyer

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 513 Cuddyer

526 Will Middlebrooks

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 526 Will Middlebrooks

555 Jake Arrieta

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 555 Arrieta

557 Nick Markakis

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 557 Markakis

568 Chris Tillman

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 568 Tillman

579 Jason Hammel

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 579 Hammel

586 Max Scherzer

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 586 Scherzer

590 Torii Hunter

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 590 Torii Hunter

596 Bronson Arroyo

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 596 Arroyo

606 Ian Desmond

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 606 Ian Desmond

610 David Freese

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 610 David Freese

618 Billy Butler

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 618 Butler

620 Jose Altuve

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 620 Altuve

624 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 624 Gonzalez

638 Jimmy Rollins

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 638 Jimmy Rollins

645 Neftali Feliz

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 645 Perez

657 Justin Morneau

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 657 Morneau

664 Hector Santiago

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 664 Hector Santiago

665 Stephen Strasburg

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 665 Stephen Strasburg

671 Gerrit Cole

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 673 Cole

674 Desmond Jennings

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 674 Desmond Jennings copy

684 Wil Myers

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 684 Wil Myers

690 Brett Bochy

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 690 Brett Bochy

691 Lisalverto Bonilla

2015 Topps S2 Spark Spot 691 Lisalverto Bonilla copy

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2015 Topps Series 2 #671 Gerrit Cole SP SSP Sparkle Variation
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2015 Topps Series 2 #422 Prince Fielder SP SSP Sparkle Variation
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Jason Hammel 2015 Topps Series 2 Sparkle Var. Short Print #579 SP SSP Cubs
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2015 Topps Update Series #US237.3 Craig Kimbrel (Sparkle: Sleeve) Baseball Card
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2015 Topps Series 2 MATT ADAMS Sparkle Short Print #372 SP CARDINALS
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2015 Topps Series 2 DREW SMLYLY Sparkle Short Print #452 RAYS
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2015 Topps Series 2 TRAVIS IWAKUMA Sparkle Short Print #391 MARINERS
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2015 Topps Series 2 AVISAIL GARCIA Sparkle Short Print #363 White Sox
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2015 Topps Update Series #US190.3 Shelby Miller (Sparkle: Back of Neck) Card
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2015 Topps Series 2 #665 Stephen Strasburg SP SSP Sparkle Variation
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2015 Topps Update Series #US51.2 Yasmani Grandal (Sparkle: Shoulder Pad) Card
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2015 Topps Series 2 Neftali Feliz SP SSP sparkle variation var Rangers #645
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2015 Topps Series 2 Ervin Santana SP SSP sparkle variation var Twins #415
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2015 Topps Series 2 Adam LaRoche SP SSP sparkle variation var White Sox #360
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2015 Topps Series 2 Ian Desmond SP SSP sparkle variation var Nationals #606
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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

  1. pulled edwin encarnacion #242 *SPARKLE* helmet brim

  2. 36 Charlie Blackmonis actually #34.

  3. Hi Ryan :)
    I just got a box of Topps Series 2 baseball and I believe I have two sparkles that you don’t have listed. Can I send you pics of these and can you check them out? They are of RC of Matt Szczur card #637 on the helmet and Matt Holiday card #361 on his shoulder The Holliday I am most positive it is a sparkle, Szczur I’m pretty sure but because it’s on his helmet sometimes it is but other times it’s just a glare spot. This way you can update this list if need be :) Thank you!
    Dave

  4. Djdavyb » Holliday is one and is listed. Szczur is not a variation. All have the glare on top that looks like one. Sparkles can be confirmed in the fine print on the back. The code ends in 3810.

  5. I have the Matt Szczur card too. It looks like a glare then they enhanced it with a sparkle. Can someone give an opinion?

  6. Nick » As we’ve mentioned in the comments, Szczur is not a variation. The glare is there naturally and the code on the back doesn’t match the Sparkles.

  7. Does anyone have any new info on the ratio of Sparkles or how many of each player there are? Any inside information? I pulled a Mike Trout sparkle that I’m pretty happy with.

  8. Hi I have a question

    I noticed that whenever I get a variation of a card (sparkle or photo) I get two cards of that player in the same package. So for example I will get two Mike Trouts in a pack and one is usually the base and the other the variant.

    Are variants always packaged this way or should I be checking each and every card for the variation

  9. Anyone know where I can find the print run or ratios for the sparkle variations?

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