2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variation Short Prints - Here's What to Look For!

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variation Short Prints – Here’s What to Look For!

Overview

Ballpark hijinks and sparkles -- those are once again the themes of the 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball variation short prints. Some use different photos while others have a small twinkle added to the regular card.

Shop for 2015 Topps Baseball variations on eBay.

2015 Topps Baseball Photo Variations offer pictures that are something out of the ordinary. Many are celebrations, like post-game Gatorade showers. For Paul Konerko, it shows him saying goodbye to some fans with his son snapping pictures.

Sparkles are back for a third year. They debuted in 2011, Topps' 60th anniversary. They returned in 2014 Topps and continue on. As in the past, these can be tricky to see as many are cast against white backdrops or near something they can easily blend into.

If the sparkles are too small or you're unsure as to whether you have an alternate photo, the fine print on the back, once again, offers a hint for the 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations. These are the codes to look for:

  • Base Cards end in 861
  • Photo Variations end in 901
  • Sparkle Variations end in 903

Although unannounced, these variations have become an expected part of the set in recent years. But even with the expectation, there is some mystery as to how many total variations there are. We're busy compiling the data and expect to have full details in the days ahead. In the meantime, here's what we know so far. Below is a checklist of confirmed variations as well as the category they fall under. The tabs above have visual guides showing exactly what to look for.

See Also: 2015 Topps Baseball Retail Factory Set Rookie Variations

These cover intentional variations and not production hiccups that might unintentionally create different versions of cards. The most common is cards that lack foil on the front. These are production errors that, generally, aren't highly sought after except by dedicated player collectors.

Last year, there were variations with sabermetric stats on the back. We haven't heard of any yet, but it's possible they may return as well so you may want to look at your card backs as well.

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Checklist

The following is a master checklist of all the 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations. Please use the tab above to get specifics and visuals for specific types.

Because Topps has not confirmed all the variations, this is a work in progress.

1 Derek Jeter - Photo
5 Josh Donaldson - Photo
5 Josh Donaldson - Sparkle
6 Jayson Werth - Sparkle
15 Joey Votto - Sparkle
20 Madison Bumgarner - Photo
20 Madison Bumgarner - Sparkle
25 Jose Bautista - Photo
25 Jose Bautista - Sparkle
34 Charlie Blackmon - Sparkle
39 Salvador Perez - Photo
42 Todd Frazier - Sparkle
43 Starlin Castro - Sparkle
46 Wilson Ramos - Photo
47 Anthony Rizzo - Sparkle
50 Yu Darvish - Photo
50 Yu Darvish - Sparkle
60 Michael Wacha - Sparkle
62 Nolan Arenado - Sparkle
67 Hunter Pence - Sparkle
73 Freddie Freeman - Sparkle
75 Dustin Pedroia - Sparkle
80 Adam Wainwright - Sparkle
83 David Wright - Sparkle
92 Ian Kinsler - Photo
92 Ian Kinsler - Sparkle
100 Clayton Kershaw - Photo
100 Clayton Kershaw - Sparkle
109 Doug Fister - Sparkle
120 Yoenis Cespedes - Sparkle
125 Troy Tulowitzki - Sparkle
135 Brett Lawrie - Photo
136 Manny Machado - Photo
136 Manny Machado - Sparkle
144 Rusney Castillo - Sparkle
149 Daniel Murphy - Sparkle
150 Giancarlo Stanton - Photo
150 Giancarlo Stanton - Sparkle
163 Chase Utley - Photo
163 Chase Utley - Sparkle
169 Adam Jones - Photo
169 Adam Jones - Sparkle
175 Adrian Beltre - Sparkle
177 Paul Konerko - Photo
181 Jason Heyward - Photo
181 Jason Heyward - Sparkle
192 Joc Pederson - Sparkle
200 Miguel Cabrera - Photo
200 Miguel Cabrera - Sparkle
203 Paul Goldschmidt - Sparkle
205 Josh Harrison - Sparkle
207 Bryce Harper - Photo
207 Bryce Harper - Sparkle
216 Greg Holland - Photo
219 Kennys Vargas - Photo
221 Jason Kipnis - Photo
225 Jacoby Ellsbury - Sparkle
242 Edwin Encarnacion - Sparkle
250 Evan Longoria - Photo
250 Evan Longoria - Sparkle
251 Anthony Rendon - Sparkle
262 Ryan Braun - Sparkle
272 Matt Kemp - Sparkle
275 Buster Posey - Sparkle
281 Elvis Andrus - Photo
300 Mike Trout - Sparkle
302 Martin Prado - Photo
315 Javier Baez - Sparkle
318 George Springer - Photo
320 Shin-Soo Choo - Sparkle
321 Josh Hamilton - Sparkle
325 Felix Hernandez - Sparkle
336 Matt Carpenter - Sparkle
348 Carlos Santana - Sparkle
350 Yasiel Puig - Sparkle

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2015 Topps Baseball Miguel Cabrera Variation #200 Hat on Backward SSP?
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Photo Variations

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Photo Variations Visual Guide

1 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Base: two hands up
Variation: tipping cap

Base

2015 Topps 1 Derek Jeter

Variation

2015 Topps Variation 1 Derek Jeter

5 Josh Donaldson, Oakland Atheltics

Base: batting
Variation: Gatorade bath

Base

Variation

20 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Base: pitching
Variation: batting

Base

Variation

25 Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Base: running
Variation: looking over shoulder

Base

Variation

39 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

Base: batting
Variation: catcher's gear

Base

2015 Topps 39 Salvador Perez

Variation

46 Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals

Base: fielding
Variation: Gatorade bath

Base

Variation

50 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Base: pitching
Variation: batting

Base

Variation

92 Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

Base: running
Variation: with bat

Base

Variation

100 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: pitching
Variation: blowing bubble

Base

Variation

2015 Topps Variation 100 Clayton Kershaw

135 Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays

Base: fielding
Variation: juggling baseballs

Base

2015 Topps 135 Brett Lawrie

Variation

2015 Topps Variation 135 Brett Lawrie

136 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

Base: fielding
Variation: with Mike Trout

Base

Variation

150 Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Base: batting
Variation: jumping with teammates

Base

Variation

163 Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

Base: fielding
Variation: walking from dugout

Base

Variation

169 Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

Base: batting
Variation: blowing bubble

Base

Variation

177 Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

Base: tipping cap
Variation: in stands with fans

Base

Variation

181 Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves

Base: batting
Variation: waving

Base

Variation

200 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Base: batting
Variation: hat backwards

Base

Variation

207 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Base: batting
Variation: yelling

Base

Variation

216 Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals

Base: pitching
Variation: Gatorade bath

Base

Variation

219 Kennys Vargas, Minnesota Twins

Base: running
Variation: in dugout

Base

Variation

221 Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

Base: sliding into base
Variation: sliding on tarp

Base

Variation

2015 Topps Variation 221 Jason Kipnis

250 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Base: fielding
Variation: no hat

Base

Variation

2015 Topps Variation 250 Evan Longoria

281 Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

Base: batting
Variation: with Derek Jeter

Base

Variation

302 Martin Prado, New York Yankees

Base: batting
Variation: Gatorade bath

Base

Variation

318 George Springer, Houston Astros

Base: Future Stars
Variation: Gatorade bath

Base

2015 Topps 319 George Springer

Variation

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2015 Topps CHICAGO CUBS Throwback Variation #47 Anthony Rizzo SP Wrigley Series
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Sparkle

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Sparkle Variations Visual Guide

More variations will be added as they're confirmed.

Still having troubles seeing the sparkles? We've created a Sparkle Spotter cheat sheet to make it even easier.

5 Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics

Sparkle Spot: bat tip

6 Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: chest

15 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

Sparkle Spot: bat knob

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation Joey Votto

20 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: glove

25 Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Sparkle Spot: heel

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 25 Jose Bautista

34 Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

Sparkle Spot: left wrist

42 Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

Sparkle Spot: right elbow

43 Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Sparkle Spot: ball

47 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Sparkle Spot: back of helmet

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 47 Anthony Rizzo

50 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: glove

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 50 Yu Darvish

60 Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

Sparkle Spot: necklace

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 60 Michael Wacha

62 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Sparkle Spot: thumb

67 Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: top of hand

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 67 Hunter Pence

73 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Sparkle Spot: belt

75 Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

Sparkle Spot: bottom of hand

80 Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

Sparkle Spot: glove, at wrist

83 David Wright, New York Mets

Sparkle Spot: end of bat

92 Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

Sparkle Spot: belt

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 92 Ian Kinsler

100 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Sparkle Spot: glove-side forearm

2015 Topps Variation 100 Clayton Kershaw

109 Doug Fister, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: top of hat

120 Yoenis Cespedes, Boston Red Sox

Sparkle Spot: top of right wrist

125 Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Sparkle Spot: shoulder under chin

136 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

Sparkle Spot: corner of base

144 Rusney Castillo, Boston Red Sox

Sparkle Spot: left wrist

149 Daniel Murphy, New York Mets

Sparkle Spot: back of helmet

150 Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Sparkle Spot: elbow

163 Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

Sparkle Spot: ball

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation Chase Utley

169 Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

Sparkle Spot: middle of bat

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 169 Adam Jones

175 Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: under letters on back of jersey

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 175 Adrian Beltre

181 Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves

Sparkle Spot: jaw guard

192 Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers

Sparkle Spot: bottom wrist

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation Joc Pederson

200 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Sparkle Spot: edge of wrist guard

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 200 Miguel Cabrera

203 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Sparkle Spot: top of knuckle (top hand)

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 203 Paul Goldschmidt

205 Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

Sparkle Spot: knuckle

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 205 Josh Harrison

207 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: helmet brim

225 Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees

Sparkle Spot: elbow sleeve

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation Jacoby Ellsbury

242 Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

Sparkle Spot: helmet

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 242 Edwin Encarnacion

250 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Sparkle Spot: ball

251 Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: hat brim

262 Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

Sparkle Spot: elbow

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation Ryan Braun

272 Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

Sparkle Spot: fingertip

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 272 Matt Kemp

275 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: shoulder (glove-side)

300 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Sparkle Spot: top of helmet

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 300 Mike Trout

315 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

Sparkle Spot: top of helmet

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 315 Javier Baez

320 Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: shoulder

321 Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels

Sparkle Spot: wrist with bat

325 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Sparkle Spot: glove

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 325 Felix Hernandez

336 Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

Sparkle Spot: glove-side elbow

348 Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

Sparkle Spot: batting glove

350 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

Sparkle Spot: wrist at waist

2015 Topps Sparkle Variation 350 Yasiel Puig

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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. Please Topps STOP the nonsense with All these variations..And why put a retired players in your new set (2015)?

  2. I just finished opening 9 out of 10 packs from a jumbo box. Absolutely LOVED it! These cards are sharp, fun inserts. Question: What is the hit ratio on these variants? I got a photo variant- should there be 2 in a jumbo box?

    Cardboard Connection does great work, keep it up!

  3. Brian » No official ratio has been announced but we heard from breakers that they seem to be 2 per case for the photo variations.

  4. Thank you for the reply, Ryan. Can’t wait for Series 2!

  5. My first 2015 Topps baseball purchase was a $10 Target hanger box (72 cards). I found a Miguel Cabrera photo variation (backward hat) and also received a Babe Ruth Call Your Shot coupon card for $10 off of a complete set of 2015 Topps Baseball.

  6. Bought ma jumbo box, got nothing of any value, tho the cards do look pretty

  7. Any idea who the photo on Highlight card H 11 is? It’s supposed to be Roger Maris, but I’m pretty sure he never wore a batting glove. I think Hawk Harrelson was the first to wear one.

  8. Is there any way to find out how many Mike Trout #300 commons were issued. It’s the most insane card I have seen in years. I would love to get a limited edition photo of it.

  9. Jumbo box. No variations, no SP’s, no Camo’s, pink’s etc…Oh well.

  10. Anyone else notice color variations on the reverse side? I have 22, 304, & 322.

  11. Do you know how many jeter 1b sp cards topps produced? Pulled the short print and base version along with buster Posey sparkle in same pack! If you know plz let me know. Ty

  12. James » Topps does not release print run info for things that aren’t serial numbered.

  13. OK thank you. I have seen reports that this card is a super short print? And would it be worth getting this card graded through BGS grading services?

  14. I’m hoping someone can help me with a question. I’m closing in on a full series one set, and I’ve come across one pink (rookie) card. From what I’ve been able to find (ebay, etc.) there are several more pink variations. My question is; does anyone know how many pink variant cards were released (by “how many”, “I mean how many players have a pink variation”?)

    As a side note, I personally love the different variations. When building sets, duplicates can get really boring, but with the added variations, it gives me something to look for in every pack.

  15. Keith » You mean with the Pink border? Those are parallels and should be serial numbered to 50 on the back.

  16. Thanks Ryan! That’s what I was wondering.

  17. What group do the “Topps Original 2015” reprints go into. Is there a listing of them. There are all sorts of years. How do you classify them? Thanks.

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