Love them or pretend like they don't exist, variations are here to stay. And judging by the number of 2012 Topps Football variations short prints, they're getting bigger. The set has 29 veteran variations and 26 rookies including two separate Andrew Luck cards.
This year's crop includes both rookie and veteran players. And falling less than one per case, individual cards are going to be tough to come by once 2012 Topps Football starts to dry up. Players include most of the hobby's biggest stars heading into the season.
On the rookie side, Andrew Luck has two variations. The first has a rabbits foot and a horseshoe replacing the "U" in his last name. The other pictures the first overall pick with two hands on the football. Other first-year standouts with variations include Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson and Justin Blackmon.
Veterans on the 2012 Topps Football variation short prints checklist include quarterbacks Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady and Cam Newton. The final Topps checklist sorts them into three groups: Breakout Performance, Ultimate Achievement and Postseason Heroics.
2012 Topps Football short print variations are usually pretty easy to spot. Most have a very different action shot or jersey. Many of the rookies can be discerned by distinct portrait poses. These cards can be found in both hobby and retail packs.
Below is the complete list of 2012 Topps Football variation short prints. We've included images and brief descriptions of what to look for. We'll continue to update as images become available.
2012 Topps Football Variations
Cards pictured are the variations short prints. Click on card names to shop for specific singles on eBay.
3 Brandon Weeden - turned to side
18 Alshon Jeffery - holding football
58 Dwayne Allen - no helmet
70 Rob Gronkowski - dark jersey, no All-Pro foil
77 Ryan Broyles - leaning forward
82 DeMarco Murray - versus Rams
91 Michael Floyd - turned to side, glove blocking corner of 5 on jersey
112 A.J. Jenkins- no helmet
115 Stephen Hill - facing forward
120 Maurice Jones-Drew - blue jersey, vertical
130 Hakeem Nicks - catching ball, versus Packers
132 Coby Fleener - crouched, looking forward
150 Larry Fitzgerald - leaning over to catch ball
151 Mohamed Sanu - no helmet
164 Vernon Davis - holding ball, versus Saints
165 Russell Wilson - field in background, "waiter hand"
180 Ray Rice -white jersey, running
186 Nick Foles - two hands on ball
204 Doug Martin - running
210 LeSean McCoy - catching ball, standing up
214 Bernard Pierce - crouching
220 Wes Welker - facing forward, no All-Pro foil
223 Antonio Brown - vertical, black helmet
225 Matthew Stafford - hand on ball
237 Demaryius Thomas - tighter shot, getting grabbed
265 Reggie Bush - leaping, facing forward
279 Brian Quick -crouched, feet on ground
280 Jimmy Graham - dunking ball at posts
289 David Wilson - two hands on ball
314 Rueben Randle - posing, arms up
320 A.J. Green - orange jersey, catching ball in end zone
360 Arian Foster - dark jersey
365 Brock Osweiler - throwing arm up, jersey number in full view
372 Marshawn Lynch - dark jersey, vertical card
374 Steve Smith - dark jersey, catching ball
376 Darren Sproles - catching ball, versus 49ers
378 Kendall Wright - no ball
399 Isiah Pead - leaping
400 Calvin Johnson -white jersey, catching ball
420 Jared Allen - reaching for tackle
430 Victor Cruz - white jersey, reaching for ball