2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Guide

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Guide

Checklist

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball isn't shy about variations. Collectors have five different types to watch for as they're going through their packs and boxes. Some of the 2015 Topps Heritage variations are nods to the 1966 set the product revolves around. Others themes have been used with the retro brand before. And then there are the new Traded Player variations that will have you looking closely at the vital stats to see if one small line of text has been changed.

The five short print variation themes in 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball are: Errors, Traded Player, Action Image, Color Swap and Throwback Uniform.

While the 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball variations master checklist might not be the biggest on record, that doesn't mean that it's any less daunting. So we're going to do our best to break it all down and make finding them as easy as possible.

Code Cracking

For starters, the easiest way to spot some of the variation short prints is on the back of the card in the fine print. Like a lot of other sets from Topps, there's a small code at the end that connects to different types of cards. The last two digits in this code are the key. Here's what to look for in the base cards and the various types of variations:

  • Base - end in 53
  • Base SP (#426-500) - end in 58
  • Errors - end in 59
  • Traded Player - end in 60
  • Action Image - end in 62
  • Color Swap - end in 63
  • Throwback Uniform - end in 61

Error Variations

1966 Topps Baseball has plenty of quirks to draw from to act as inspiration for Error Variations. These weren't mentioned on the final sell sheet, so it will take a bit of time to build a complete list. But they do exist. Everything from wrong birthdays to misspelled names to wrong photos are among the possibilities.

2015 Topps Heritage Error Variations are inserted 1:840 hobby packs.

Traded Player Variations

Landing 1:2,310 hobby packs, Traded Player Variations are among the toughest to pull. And they're not the easiest cards to see either. 1966 Topps Heritage Baseball has versions of a couple of cards that mention players, such as Bob Uecker, being swapped in the write-up portion of the card. These original cards also have versions that don't mention the trade. The same sort or idea is used here, but you need to check the vital stats.

Traded Player Variations switch out the bottom line of text ("Home" for regular versions) for a new "Acquired" line.

2015 Topps Heritage Traded Player Variation Jason Heyward Back Arrow

Action Image

Action Images are some of the easiest to spot. First off, you don't need to look on the back to see them. Many base card images use player portraits. And those that don't have players sitting around, so they're almost portraits.

Action Images use an in-game shot instead.

 

These are also the most common of the 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball variations, falling approximately one per hobby box.

Color Swap

The old color switch-er-oo returns in 2015 Topps Heritage. Look to the top and bottom banners to see that the colors are correct. Color Swap versions have black banners.

2015 Topps Heritage 25 Jose Abreu 2015 Topps Heritage Color Swap 25 Jose Abreu

While they're relatively tough to pull at 1:140 hobby packs, they're on the easier to find side compared to most of the others. That said, with 25 in the set, getting them all is more challenging.

Throwback Variations

Along with Action Images, Throwbacks can be spotted from the card front. They show players in "Turn Back the Clock" Night jerseys that are replicas from the past. As with past years, these are extremely tough to pull at 1:3,310 hobby packs. Combine that with a 20-card checklist and it's easy to see that individual cards are going to be very tough.

2015 Topps Heritage 442 Robinson Cano 2015 Topps Heritage Throwback Variation 442 Robinson Cano

Here's a detailed master checklist of all the confirmed variations. Click on the tabs at the top to get a detailed look at each type.

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Master Checklist

1 Buster Posey - Action
1 Buster Posey - Color Swap
10 Julio Teheran - Throwback
25 Jose Abreu - Action
25 Jose Abreu - Color Swap
30 Brandon Phillips - Error
36 Sean Doolittle - Error
68 George Springer - Throwback
70 Yoenis Cespedes - Traded
74 Jarrod Parker - Error
86 Norichika Aoki - Throwback
90 Jonathan Schoop - Throwback
100 Clayton Kershaw - Action
100 Clayton Kershaw - Color Swap
110 Anthony Rizzo - Throwback
126 Chris Tillman - Error
175 Josh Donaldson - Traded
192 Kole Calhoun - Error
200 Freddie Freeman - Color Swap
201 Jason Heyward - Traded
212 Matt Carpenter - Throwback
250 Johnny Cueto - Color Swap
260 Madison Bumgarner - Action
260 Madison Bumgarner - Throwback
266 Lonnie Chisenhall - Error
268 Nick Castellanos - Throwback
300 Andrew McCutchen - Action
300 Andrew McCutchen - Color Swap
310 Adam Jones - Action
310 Adam Jones - Color Swap
325 Michael Bourn - Throwback
331 Henderson Alvarez - Throwback
350 Masahiro Tanaka - Action
350 Masahiro Tanaka - Color Swap
365 Brett Gardner - Error
389 Shin-Soo Choo - Throwback
400 Joe Mauer - Throwback
426 Giancarlo Stanton - Action
426 Giancarlo Stanton - Color Swap
428 Evan Longoria - Action
428 Evan Longoria - Color Swap
436 Justin Upton - Color Swap
440 Bryce Harper - Action
440 Bryce Harper - Color Swap
442 Robinson Cano - Color Swap
442 Robinson Cano - Throwback
444 Jose Bautista - Action
444 Jose Bautista - Color Swap
445 Jonathan Lucroy - Color Swap
447 Chris Sale - Action
447 Chris Sale - Color Swap
447 Chris Sale - Wrong Photo
450 Yasiel Puig - Action
453 Troy Tulowitzki - Color Swap
455 Jose Altuve - Action
455 Jose Altuve - Color Swap
455 Jose Altuve - Throwback
459 David Wright - Color Swap
462 Felix Hernandez - Action
462 Felix Hernandez - Color Swap
467 Paul Goldschmidt - Action
471 Alex Gordon - Throwback
472 Craig Kimbrel - Action
473 Adrian Gonzalez - Action
475 Miguel Cabrera - Action
475 Miguel Cabrera - Color Swap
475 Miguel Cabrera - Throwback
480 David Ortiz - Action
480 David Ortiz - Color Swap
483 Adam Wainwright - Action
484 Corey Kluber - Color Swap
491 Victor Martinez - Action
491 Victor Martinez - Throwback
492 Jeff Samardzija - Color Swap
494 Starlin Castro - Throwback
497 Yu Darvish - Action
497 Yu Darvish - Throwback
498 Stephen Strasburg - Action
500 Mike Trout - Action
500 Mike Trout - Color Swap
500 Mike Trout - Throwback

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Error

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Error Variations

While Topps hasn't confirmed the exact number of Error Variations, we suspect this list is complete.

30 Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds

Base: 158 hits in 2013, "2B'man records..." on back

2015 Topps Heritage Brandon Phillips Correct

Error: 163 hits in 2013, "2B records..." on back

2015 Topps Heritage Brandon Phillips Error Arrows

36 Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics

Base: stats on back end in 2014
Error: stats on back end in 2013

2015 Topps Heritage 36 Sean Doolittle Arrow

74 Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics

Base: born in 1988
Error Variation: born in 1989

2015 Topps Heritage Jarrod Parker ErrorArrow

126 Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

Base: "The 26-year-old was a key..."

2015 Topps Heritage Chris Tillman

Error: "The left-hander was a key..."

2015 Topps Heritage Error Chris Tillman Arrow

192 Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels

Base: born in 1987
Error Variation: born in 1991

2015 Topps Heritage Kole Calhoun Error Arrow

266 Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians

Base: Last named spelled correctly (Chisenhall) on back.
Error Variation: Last name spelled "Chisenhal" on back.

2015 Topps Heritage Error 266 Lonnie

365 Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

Base: born in 1983
Error Variation: born in 1980

2015 Topps Heritage Bret Gardener ErrorB

447 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Base: photo of Chris Sale
Error: photo of Jose Quintana

2015 Topps Heritage Chris Sale Quintana Error

It appears that card #62 Lance Lynn is an error (wrong photo) but it is not an intentional variation short print. It should be considered a base card.

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Traded Player

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Traded Player Variations

While Topps hasn't confirmed the exact number of Traded Player Variations, we suspect this list is complete.

2015 Topps Heritage Traded Player Variation Jason Heyward Back ArrowB

70 Yoenis Cespedes, Detroit Tigers

201 Jason Heyward, St. Louis Cardinals

175 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

387 Shelby Miller, Atlanta Braves

Action

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Action Image Variations

1 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Base

Action Image

25 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

Base

2015 Topps Heritage 25 Jose Abreu

Action Image

100 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base

Action Image

260 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Base

Action Image

300 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base

Action Image

310 Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

Base

Action Image

350 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

Base

Action Image

426 Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Base

Action Image

428 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Base

Action Image

440 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Base

Action Image

444 Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Base

Action Image

447 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Base

Action Image

450 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base

Action Image

455 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

Base

Action Image

462 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Base

Action Image

467 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Base

Action Image

472 Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

Base

Action Image

473 Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base

Action Image

475 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Base

Action Image

480 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Base

Action Image

483 Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

Base

Action Image

491 Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

Base

Action Image

497 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Base

Action Image

498 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Base

2015 Topps Heritage 498 Stephen Strasburg

Action Image

500 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Base

Action Image

2015 Topps Heritage Action Photo 500 Mike Trout

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Color Swap

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Color Swap Variations

1 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Base

Color Swap

2015 Topps Heritage Color Swap 1 Buster Posey

25 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

Base

2015 Topps Heritage 25 Jose Abreu

Color Swap

2015 Topps Heritage Color Swap 25 Jose Abreu

100 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base

Color Swap

200 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Base

Color Swap

2015 Topps Heritage Color Swap 200 Freddie Freeman

250 Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Base

2015 Topps Heritage 250 Johnny Cueto

Color Swap

300 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base

Color Swap

310 Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

Base

Color Swap

350 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

Base

Color Swap

2015 Topps Heritage Color Swap 350 Mashiro Tanaka

426 Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Base

Color Swap

428 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Base

Color Swap

436 Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

Base

Color Swap

440 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Base

Color Swap

442 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Base

2015 Topps Heritage 442 Robinson Cano

Color Swap

444 Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Base

Color Swap

445 Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

Base

Color Swap

447 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Base

Color Swap

453 Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Base

2015 Topps Heritage 453 Tulowitzki

Color Swap

455 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

Base

Color Swap

459 David Wright, New York Mets

Base

Color Swap

2015 Topps Heritage Color Swap 459 David Wright

462 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Base

Color Swap

475 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Base

Color Swap

480 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Base

Color Swap

484 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

Base

Color Swap

492 Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox

Base

Color Swap

500 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Base

Color Swap

2015 Topps Heritage Color Swap 500 Mike Trout

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Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Throwback Uniform Variations

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10 Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

Base

Throwback

68 George Springer, Houston Astros

Base

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback 68 George Springer

86 Norichika Aoki, Kansas City Royals

Base

Throwback

90 Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles

Base

Throwback

110 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Base

Throwback

212 Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

Base

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback 212 Matt Carpenter

260 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Base

Throwback

268 Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers

Base

Throwback

325 Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians

Base

Throwback

331 Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins

Base

Throwback

389 Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers

Base

Throwback

400 Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Base

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback Variation Joe Mauer

442 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Base

2015 Topps Heritage 442 Robinson Cano

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback Variation 442 Robinson Cano

455 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

Base

Throwback

471 Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

Base

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback Variation Alex Gordon

475 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Base

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback 475 Miguel Cabrera

491 Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

Base

Throwback

494 Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Base

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback 494 Starlin Castro

497 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Base

Throwback

500 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Base

Throwback

2015 Topps Heritage Throwback Variation 500 Mike Trout

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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 was wondering if there is an Ornage Stain Variation as well.
    I cracked open 2 boxes one of them was a hot box and it had a Felix Hernandez with a large Orange Spill Stain on the back with no other indication of orange anywhere on the card.

  2. Kyle Furuuchi Sounds more like a printing defect.

  3. I believe #358 Shane Greene is a Traded Player? As wasn’t he traded from NY to Detroit? Mine says nothing of a trade but has NY in the stats & Tigers as the team. Hope this helps and I’m right!

  4. The Traded player variations have the traded line on the back. All have a regular version as well with their hometown listed in place of the traded line.

  5. So those are not considered SP or errors? Cause I’ve got a Donaldson as well, that same way! Thanks

  6. Sorry dumb question. I misread what you wrote. So the Donaldson is a base.

  7. Just opened a box and each pack had a purple chrome card…is this a hot box?

  8. Bought a retail hanger pack today- Snake Eyes!!! All cards were a bust. Heritage is too large of a set considering Topps Series 1 just came out 5 weeks ago. There should be an insert card, “Better Luck Next Time Sucker!”

  9. There is also another base short print you are missing. I pulled a Zack Greinke card number 468 that has the code at the bottom ending in 63. Thanks so much for that little hint. Helped so much!

  10. Just bought 1 retail pack to get a feel for the design. Pulled a Hank Aaron/Jason Heyward Dual Relic /66 and a high number SP. I win.

  11. Aroldis Chapman’s Home is: N/A???

    Error, or he has no official home?

  12. I pulled a Strasburg Bazooka Mini out of a 2015 Topps Heritage Target blaster box. The bottom left corner is defective. It looks like s grater sheared off the corner. Not much, maybe a couple of milimeters. Distinct scalloped grater marks on both sides that bevel down to a point. Anyone else seen this?

  13. I bought retail before I could get my hobby case. The retails SUCKED. The best card I got was a Bumgardner Chrome Ref #/566. $180 for the 8 blaster boxes and really nothing to show for it.
    But I did get my hobby case and have gone through the first 4 boxes. Got a Maris/Jeter bat card #/66 and a Miguel Cabrera Throw Back Uniform SSP. So Im doing really good on the hobby side of the house so far. No ink yet, hoping for something really good…

  14. I used to put the entire set together years back, but it became too cumbersome. Now I just dabble and sell the SP’s. Thanks for the information, it has helped, year in and year out.

  15. The Evan Longoria SP listed as an action variation shows his position as outfield on the front. Is this a variation of the Action SP, or an actual topps error?

  16. Take a look at card #226. There is no “Heritage” logo on the front of the card. This may be another unintentional error.

  17. so what is considered as the case hits in this set?

  18. What are codes:

    CMP012286 & CMP012287 ?

  19. I was looking up the sp for the 2015 topps heritage variations an the site showed me master checklist an i have one i just got its the first packs I’ve bought of the topps heritage an i found one that’s not on your list its ian kinsler number 457 code cmp012258 now u can add it to the list thanks for all the information on this site without it i wounldnt even know how for find the variations thanks

  20. I opened a 2015 topps heritage pack and pulled a Ryan Zimmerman card that has two small white spots on the back – almost like paint specs – and a small black line that looks like a pen mark. Are these likely to be printing defects? Thank you!

  21. Ben Yes, sounds like it.

  22. I pulled a Trout/Cabrera Power Plus #52 card which has a small gray stain on the back that is in the shape of a hat. Anyone seen these? Probably a printing defect by it’s so perfectly shaped and distinct – just thought I’d ask.

  23. I popped a numbered card with the players jersey number, ie: 28/199. Regular player not a superstar. Traditionally how much more will a numbered card bring if it matches the players jersey number or is the 1st or last 1 in the run. Ie: 1/199 or 199/199. Appx: Double, triple 10% more ect.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Fat Pappy

  24. please let me know what the error is on the 2015 topps series one base ball card jose Abreu 176

  25. Why doesn’t Topps put numbers on the ad panel box loaders so one can build a set easier?

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