2014 Topps Update Series Baseball Variation Short Prints Guide

2014 Topps Update Series Baseball Variation Short Prints Guide

Overview

Much like Series 2, 2014 Topps Update Series Baseball variations fall under three categories: Photo Variations, Sabermetric Stats and Sparkles.

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Photo Variations are your basic image swaps. These don't follow a defined theme like some other sets do, although most show the player celebrating in some fashion or sharing a moment with another player.

Sabermetric Stat variations require you to look on the back. These have a different set of stats than traditional cards.

Perhaps the toughest variations to spot are the Sparkles. These have a little twinkle added to the card somewhere. Because this sparkle is small and white, they often blend into the image and aren't very noticeable.

Also, some autographed versions, numbered to five, have emerged for several of the variation cards

Using Card Codes to Spot Variations

Card backs offer a hint as to whether you have a variation as well. If you look in the fine print at the bottom, you'll find a numeric code. These identify different types of cards.

  • Base Cards end in 480.
  • Photo Variations end in 540.
  • Sabermetric Variations end in 542
  • Sparkle Variations end in 543.

The one exception to the code rule is Mookie Betts' Photo Variation. It ends in 480 like his base card.

To help make sure you don't miss any 2014 Topps Update Series Baseball variations, we've compiled a detailed guide that not only has a simple cheat sheet checklist but visual comparisons as well.

2014 Topps Update Series Variations Checklist

The following is a master checklist of all confirmed 2014 Topps Update Series Baseball variations. Click on the tabs above for visual guides to specific variation types.

US-6 Jose Molina - Photo
US-10 George Springer - Photo
US-10 George Springer - Sparkle
US-12 Brian McCann - Photo
US-12 Brian McCann - Sabermetric
US-15 Joba Chamberlain - Photo
US-15 Joba Chamberlain - Sabermetric
US-17 Yangervis Solarte - Photo
US-19 Bronson Arroyo - Sabermetric
US-22 Kendrys Morales - Sabermetric
US-23 Ubaldo Jimenez - Sabermetric
US-23 Ubaldo Jimenez - Sparkle
US-26 Mookie Betts - Photo
US-27 Shin-Soo Choo - Photo
US-27 Shin-Soo Choo - Sabermetric
US-28 David Freese - Sabermetric
US-32 Mark Trumbo - Sabermetric
US-37 Leury Garcia - Sparkle
US-38 Jason Giambi - Photo
US-38 Jason Giambi - Sabermetric
US-41 Drew Stubbs - Sabermetric
US-45 Pedro Ciriaco - Sparkle
US-48 Scott Hairston - Photo
US-50 Jacob deGrom - Photo
US-56 Huston Street - Sabermetric
US-59 Brand McCarthy - Sparkle
US-62 Adam Eaton - Photo
US-62 Adam Eaton - Sabermetric
US-63 David Murphy - Sabermetric
US-63 David Murphy - Sparkle
US-64 LaTroy Hawkins - Sparkle
US-69 Dellin Betances - Sabermetric
US-70 Jarrod Saltalmacchia - Photo
US-70 Jarrod Saltalmacchia - Sabermetric
US-70 Jarrod Saltalmacchia - Sparkle
US-72 Chris Young - Sabermetric
US-73 Francisco Cervelli - Sabermetric
US-80 Josh Harrison - Sabermetric
US-82 Joaquin Arias - Sabermetric
US-91 Nate McClouth - Photo
US-95 Vidal Nuno - Sparkle
US-106 Collin Cowgill - Sabermetric
US-106 Collin Cowgill - Sparkle
US-107 Josh Collmenter - Sabermetric
US-107 Josh Collmenter - Sparkle
US-109 David Lough - Sparkle
US-111 Emilio Bonifacio - Sabermetric
US-114 Jeff Francis - Sparkle
US-115 Nyjer Morgan - Sparkle
US-116 Brett Anderson - Sparkle
US-117 John Lackey - Sabermetric
US-120 Randy Wolf - Sparkle
US-122 Jeff Baker - Sparkle
US-124 Nick Tepesch - Sparkle
US-132 Tyler Colvin - Sabermetric
US-135 Jake Odorizzi - Sabermetric
US-137 Doug Fister - Sabermetric
US-137 Doug Fister - Sparkle
US-142 Jon Lester - Sparkle
US-143 Jake Peavy - Sabermetric
US-148 Kyle Parker - Sparkle
US-150 Jon Singleton - Photo
US-157 Joe Smith - Sparkle
US-158 Eric Chavez - Sabermetric
US-160 Delmon Young - Sabermetric
US-161 Edward Mujica - Sparkle
US-163 Ramon Santiago - Sparkle
US-164 Joe Kelly - Sabermetric
US-165 Justin Morneau - Sabermetric
US-166 Andrew Romine - Sparkle
US-169 Chone Figgins - Sabermetric
US-169 Chone Figgins - Sparkle
US-170 Matt Davidson - Sparkle
US-171 Chase Whitley - Photo
US-175 Oscar Taveras - Sparkle
US-181 Tony Gwynn Jr. - Sabermetric
US-185 Juan Francisco - Sabermetric
US-188 Paul Maholm - Sparkle
US-194 Hector Santiago - Sabermetric
US-194 Hector Santiago - Sparkle
US-195 Gerald Laird - Sabermetric
US-196 Erisbel Arruebarrena - Photo
US-197 Marcus Stroman - Photo
US-203 Cole Figueroa - Sparkle
US-204 Chris Capuano - Sabermetric
US-205 Sam Fuld - Sparkle
US-206 Chris Perez - Sparkle
US-207 Rajai Davis - Sabermetric
US-213 Stefen Romero - Photo
US-214 Tommy La Stella - Sparkle
US-219 Mike Olt - Sabermetric
US-220 Roenis Elias - Photo
US-221 Gregory Polanco - Photo
US-225 Luis Avilan - Sabermetric
US-226 Chris Coghlan - Sparkle
US-229 Sam Fuld - Sabermetric
US-235 Tommy Hunter - Sabermetric
US-237 Jorge Polanco - Sparkle
US-241 Michael Choice - Photo
US-244 Daisuke Matsuzaka - Photo
US-244 Daisuke Matsuzaka - Sabermetric
US-245 Andrew Heaney - Photo
US-260 Jhonny Peralta- Sabermetric
US-271 Juan Perez - Sparkle
US-272 Mark Ellis - Sabermetric
US-275 Boone Logan - Sparkle
US-276 Rougned Odor - Sparkle
US-278 Rafael Montero - Photo
US-278 Rafael Montero - Sparkle
US-281 David Buchanan - Sparkle
US-284 Robbie Ray - Sparkle
US-287 Mike Bolsinger - Sparkle
US-290 Cam Bedrosian - Sparkle
US-291 Jake McGee - Sparkle
US-298 Bobby Abreu - Photo
US-302 Tom Gorzelanny - Sparkle
US-316 Ian Krol - Sparkle
US-317 Marwin Gonzalez - Sparkle
US-319 Ricky Nolasco - Sabermetric
US-322 Drew Pomeranz- Sabermetric
US-323 Chase Headley - Sabermetric
US-326 Joaquin Benoit- Sabermetric
US-328 Dustin Ackley - Sabermetric
US-328 Dustin Ackley - Sparkle
US-330 Daniel Webb - Sparkle

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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. Doug Fister #US-137 has a sabermetric variation. I just pulled it.

  2. Also, #US-70 Jarrod Saltalamacchia is mismatched on the site. The catcher’s gear card is the base card.

  3. Sean Siffel Thanks! Just made the update.

  4. I pulled a photo variation of Erisbel Arruebarrena, card number US-196, and it is autographed and serial numbered 4/5! Can you provide any more information on this parallel?

  5. I pulled two cards #’d US-117 John Lackey and Bryan Holaday. Both of them have the code on the back ending in 480…. Has anyone else found these?

  6. Ryan They’re both base cards. There are a couple of duplicate numbers and a couple of missing numbers.

  7. I also pulled two cards #’d 117 for Lackey and Holaday with the code ending in 480
    Any value?

  8. Rich S As mentioned in the previous comment, they’re both base cards. There was a mess up with a couple of the numbers.

  9. Ryan-thanks for the clarification. I did not see your previous information. Do you have any particulars on the missing numbers?

  10. Rich S They’re noted on the checklist found here: https://www.cardboardconnection.com/2014-topps-update-series-baseball-cards

  11. I see lots of cards on eBay that are not on your master-list. Such as #6 and #12 Can you offer any more help?

  12. john cleveland What are the missing variations? We confirmed our checklist with Topps and were told it was complete.

  13. I have a camo card with the code 7287 but my other camos all end in 480?

  14. Ryan,
    Sparkle variation for US-205, Sam Fuld, has him in an Atheletic’s uniform, and the card is horizontal. The base card appears to be vertical and he is in a Marlins uniform. Can you check on this?

    Paul

  15. paulb His base card has the same image. If I remember correctly, there was something funny with some of the numbers where the players didn’t match up exactly the same.

  16. HELLO SIR, I WAS SORTING MY 2014 TOPPS UPDATE CARDS WHEN I NOTICED A
    MISTAKE ON CARD NUMBER US-237 JORGE POLANCO BLUE(WALMART) CARD.ON THE BACK IT SHOWS HIS CAREER STATS LIKE 77 GAMES PLAYED ,347 HITS,166 3B,154 HR SON ON WITH A BATTING AVERAGE SHOWN AS 3.99 LIKE ERA.AN I NUTS OR IS THIS AN ERROR CARD.
    PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS AND I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.
    HAVE A GREAT DAY,
    MICHAEL

  17. MICHAEL PEEKE Even if it is an error, it was not corrected.

  18. Jacob degrom has a debut card that is horizontal. Whats the word With that variation?

  19. marie Different card number. It’s considered a subset card for his first game and is totally different than his regular card.

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