Do You Have Any 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Short Prints?

Do You Have Any 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Short Prints?

Variations have been around the for a long time. So has Topps Chrome. Somehow, the two hobby staples managed to avoid each other's company. But like cheese and pizza, the meeting was inevitable. The 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation short prints mark the first time alternate versions of base cards have been a part of the brand.

2012 Topps Chrome Baseball has 20 total base set variations. These do not include the 32 rookie autographs, which are considered a separate insert set. Many of the hobby's biggest names are a part of the checklist, such as Derek Jeter, Stephen Strasburg, Albert Pujols and Ichiro. High-profile rookies Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Moore and Jesus Montero also have variation short prints.

The 2012 Topps Chrome Chrome Baseball Variation short prints fall 1:912 packs. This translates into 1:38 boxes or more than 1:3 cases. Needless to say, they're tough to find.

Base on the few that have shown up so far, there doesn't seem to be a common thread running throughout them. They do not appear to overlap with the variations from 2012 Topps Baseball Series 1 and Series 2. Many of these focused on celebrations and ballpark fun.

Below is a complete 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball variation short prints checklist. These are the names to be watching for. We've also added available images and short variation descriptions.

2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Variation Short Prints

1 Tim Lincecum - glove over head

10 Justin Upton - blowing bubble

28 Roy Halladay - batting

30 Josh Hamilton - batting

49 Alex Rodriguez - fielding

70 Stephen Strasburg - leg up, facing side

75 Jose Reyes - running

80 Albert Pujols - facing right

84 Derek Jeter - standing

87 Jacoby Ellsbury - vertical, face showing

2012 Topps Chrome Variation Jacoby Ellsbury

93 Justin Verlander - hand over head

100 Ichiro - batting

110 Troy Tulowitzki - gray jersey

120 Matt Kemp

151 Yu Darvish - ball behind leg

160 Matt Moore - vertical

170 Jesus Montero - white jersey

173 Brett Lawrie - facing forward

180 Yoenis Cespedes - white jersey

196 Bryce Harper - horizontal, sliding into base

Harper has both a regular and a Refractor version.

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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. Hey Ryan, I have Wily Peralta from 2012 Topps Chrome and I noticed there is no card # on the back. Instead it has a WP in the corner of the card, do you know if this is an error or a late addition into the set?

  2. Mike (ID 64563) Not 100% sure, but I believe late addition. Pretty sure Trevor Bauer is the same.

  3. I could nott resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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