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.
E-Mail Author | 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.
&I JUST PULLED 1 OF HIM A FEW DAYS AGO!!,WOW,(HES STILL NOT ADDED TO LIST!),THATS MY 5TH THAT IM AWARE OF BUT HOPE TO COME ACROSS SOME MORE IN MY TONS OF 2012 TOPPS I’VE ACQUIRED,+IM SURE I PULLED SOME FROM 2011 BUT HAVENT CHECKED FOR EM..,MY ’12 SP PULLS: LUCK RABBIT’S FOOT,A.RODGERS,MEGATRON,B.WEEDEN &ALEX S.,PRETTY NICE,MOVED 3 OF EM ON EBAY SO FAR