Sorting Out the 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations

Sorting Out the 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations

Compared to some other recent releases, there aren't a ton of 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball variations. However, they are extremely hard to pull.

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They land 1:1,400 hobby packs. That's just under 1:60 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball hobby boxes or 1:5 cases. Spread that over 25 different cards and it's easy to understand their rarity.

The variations have a couple of different themes. The first is somewhat loose, showing players with high-fiving teammates, pointing to crowds and such.

Topps has confirmed that rookies Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka and Xander Bogaerts have variation backs. These are written in their native languages that can be spotted on the card backs.

Other variations just use strong photos, like the one showing the back of Andrew McCutchen's jersey.

Unlike some other sets, the code in the fine print on the back does not appear to tip-off base cards and variations.

Below you'll find a visual guide for the 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball variations. We've got shots of all the base cards and are adding variation images as they become available. For now, please consider it a work in progress.

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Visual Guide

Some base cards use Refractors as exemplars. These have the same images.

1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Base: sliding
Variation: high-ten

Base

2014 Topps Chrome BB 1 Mike Trout

Variation

10 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

Base: pitching, English back
Variation 1: at dugout
Variation 2: Japanese back

Base

2014 Topps Chrome BB 10 Masahiro Tanaka RC

Variation 2

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Masahiro Tanaka Japanese

Variation 1

25 Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

Base: English back
Variation: Dutch back

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Xander Bogaerts Dutch

31 Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox

Base: pitching
Variation: playing guitar

Base

Variation

56 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Base: running
Variation: walking out

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Derek Jeter

61 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Base: pitching
Variation: pointing

Base

Variation

75 Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

Base: running
Variation: jumping at wall

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Billy Hamilton

80 Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

Base: running
Variation: with plaque

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Wil Myers

90 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: running
Variation: with fans

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Yasiel Puig

93 Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

Base: sliding
Variation: throwback jersey

Base

Variation

103 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

Base: pitching
Variation: poking Phillie Phanatic

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Jose Fernandez

105 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base: swinging
Variation: back of jersey

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Andrew McCutchen

107 Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: pitching
Variation: "knighting" Puig with bat

Base

Variation

116 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Base: fielding
Variation: blowing bubble

Base

Variation

125 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Base: batting
Variation: sunglasses

Base

Variation

150 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Base: batting
Variation: portrait

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Bryce Harper

165 Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Base: batting
Variation: wearing toque

Base

Variation

170 David Wright, New York Mets

Base: batting
Variation: with teammates, horizontal

Base
Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations David Wright

189 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Base: pitching
Variation: batting

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Madison Bumgarner

193 Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics

Base: with glove
Variation: eye wash

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Josh Donaldson

199 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

Base: English back
Variation: Spanish back

Base

2014 Topps Chrome BB 199 Jose Abreu RC

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Jose Abreu Spanish

201 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Base: batting
Variation: World Series rings

Base

Variation

204 Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

Base: running
Variation: fielding

Base

Variation

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Dustin Pedroia

220 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers

Base: both arms raised
Variation: high-five

Base

Variation

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2014 Topps Chrome Base Variation Shortprint #56 Derek Jeter with crowd SP
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2014 Topps Chrome XANDER BOGAERTS Dutch Back SSP Variation Card #25
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2014 Topps Chrome Derek Jeter SP Crowd Variation #56 - YANKEES
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2014 Topps Chrome Xander Bogaerts DUTCH Variation Ultra RARE SP Missing RC
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2014 Topps Chrome Robinson Cano SSP Gum Variation
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User Comments

  1. While I’m not a collector of Topps Chrome this is how I think variations should be done. Only a handful and rare. Maybe not as difficult to pull as 1:1,400 packs but they should be tough to pull. There is an oversaturation with variations throughout Topps products. Would love to see Topps flagship scale back on the variations and only go with one or two themes, themes that can be easily recognized, i.e. not sparkles. Same goes for all products.

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