2012 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations and Short Prints Guide

2012 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations and Short Prints Guide

A big part of 2012 Topps Update Series Baseball is capturing traded players in their new uniforms. But sometimes last-minute blockbusters prevent every trade from being included, at least in the regular base set.

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2012 saw a few major deals happen. So while these players don't appear in the regular set, they do have 2012 Topps Update Series variation short prints. Topps has confirmed seven 2012 Topps Update Baseball variation short prints, most of whom were a part of the blockbuster deal that saw Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett head to the Dodgers and James Loney to the Red Sox. These seven short print variations replace other players on the checklist.

Ichiro is an eighth variation. However he has two different cards showing him on the Yankees. The card of him swinging is the regular version while a "bowing" version is the short print variation.

The 2012 Topps Update Series short print variations don't stop there. The All Star Game has several as well. Many players are shown in casual clothes from the 2012 MLB All-Stars parade in Kansas City.

Bryce Harper (card US299) has two variations. One shows him in his casual clothes. The second is a horizontal card.

It appears as though the traded player variations are much rarer than the All-Star variations and are comparable to the Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes short prints from 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball as far as rarity goes.

Reports indicate that 2012 Topps Update Series variations fall about three or four per case.

Below, we've compiled a list of confirmed short prints and variations. We've included descriptions and, wherever possible, images to help you easily identify these cards.

2012 Topps Update Series Baseball Short Prints and Variations Checklist

US1 Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers

US2 Carl Crawford - Los Angeles Dodgers

US3 Josh Beckett - Los Angeles Dodgers

US4 Nick Punto - Los Angeles Dodgers

US5 James Loney - Boston Red Sox

US6 Kevin Youkilis - Chicago White Sox

US7 Jim Thome - Baltimore Orioles

US10 Mark Trumbo - Horizontal

US15 Justin Verlander - Horizontal

US37 Billy Butler - Horizontal

US37 George Brett

2012 Topps Update Series Variation Short Print 37 George Brett

US52 Clayton Kershaw - Horizontal

US62 CC Sabathia - Horizontal

US87 Andrew McCutchen - Suit

US120 Robinson Cano - Suit

US133 Matt Kemp - Suit

US137 Josh Hamilton - Horizontal

US144 Mike Trout - Horizontal

US162 Yu Darvish - Dress Shirt

US166 Chipper Jones - Horizontal

US241 Curtis Granderson - Suit

US255 Joey Votto - Horizontal

US259 Carlos Gonzalez - Horizontal, Parade

US268 Craig Kimbrel - Horizontal

US271 Ryan Braun - Horizontal

US272 Ichiro - Bowing

2012 Topps Update Series Variations 272 Ichiro

US280 David Wright - Horizontal

US289 Prince Fielder - Suit Jacket

US292 David Ortiz - Horizontal

US299 Bryce Harper - Shirt and Jacket

US299 Bryce Harper - Horizontal

US327 Chris Sale - Horizontal

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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. I really hope the Ichiro SP isn’t part of the US1-US330 base set. If so, that has the potential to screw over those of us that have pre-sold sets.

  2. The card you show of Kevin youk is that the short print version ? I have that card but the price guide say after the number of the card there’s a b . So would the card number be us6b ?

  3. ayyjay718 There is no “B” on the actual card. Some use A and B to differentiate variations in a database. In this instance, both the regular and variation are number US6.

  4. Hello. Anyone know how many 2012 US1 Adrian Gonzalez cards were printed. looks like one guy has 9 available on ebay and I am holding one.

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