How to Spot the 2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variation Short Prints

How to Spot the 2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variation Short Prints

Compared to the past couple of years, the 2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball variations appear to be taking a more simple approach. While there are still photo swaps and Sparkle Variations, the Saber Stats Variations have been left out of the mix.

There isn't much of a theme to the Photo Variations other than being interesting, not-the-norm shots. This is similar to the Series 1 variations. Stretching, celebrating, sunglasses and hanging out with other players are all in there.

As with past years, the Sparkles (or Hidden Gems) are the toughest to spot just by looking at the photo. These have a small twinkle added to the original photo.

To spot 2015 Topps Series 2 variation short prints, you can use the codes at the end of the fine print on the back. Regular base cards end in 3764. Photo Variations finish with 3808. Sparkles are 3810. A couple of the base set subsets have different codes. These are not variations. 3808 and 3810 are the codes to look for.

See Also: 2015 Topps Baseball Retail Factory Set Rookie Variations

Below is a look at confirmed variations. You can use the tabs to easily switch between the Photo and Sparkle Variations. For an even easier way to spot the Sparkles, we've added Series 2 to our Sparkle Spotter guide, which highlights exactly where the twinks are with arrows.

Photo Variations

2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Photo Variations

Code on back ends in 3808.

364 Travis Ishikawa, San Francisco Giants

Base: batting
Variation: in dugout

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 364 Ishikawa

375 Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Base: pitching
Variation: batting

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 375 Johnny Cueto

376 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Base: pitching
Variation: wearing jacket

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 376 Chris Sale

387 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

Base: pitching, Rookie of the Year
Variation: sunglasses

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 387 Jacob deGrom

389 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

Base: batting, Future Stars
Variation: sliding

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 389 Betts

400 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base: batting
Variation: holding picture

Base

2015 Topps 400 Andrew McCutchen

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 400 Andrew McCutchen

450 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Base: fielding
Variation: signing autographs

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 450 Robinson Cano

461 Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Base: falling over railing
Variation: celebrating with fans

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 461 Mike Moustakas

468 CC Sabathia, New York Yankees

Base: pitching
Variation: with Derek Jeter

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 468 CC Sabathia

479 Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

Base: running
Variation: sunglasses

Base

2015 Topps Carlos Gonzalez

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 479 Carlos Gonzalez

487 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

Base: pitching, Cy Young
Variation: high-fives

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 487 Corey Kluber

503 Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants

Base: fielding, Future Stars
Variation: batting cage portrait

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 503 Joe Panik

516 Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals

Base: diving
Variation: high-fives

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 516 Cain

586 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Base: grey jersey
Variation: red jersey

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 586 Max Scherzer

588 Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals

Base: fielding, Future Stars
Variation: waving

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 588 Kolten Wong

595 Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

Base: pitching
Variation: walking from bullpen

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 595 Craig Kimbrel

599 Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

Base: batting
Variation: kicking

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 599 Michael Brantley

600 Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

Base: batting
Variation: hugging

Base

2015 Topps Albert Pujols

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 600 Albert Pujols

603 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

Base: pitching, Future Stars
Variation: cap at chest

Base

2015 Topps 603 Jose Fernandez

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 603 Jose Fernandez

622 Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians

Base: throwing
Variation: in dugout

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 622 Yan Gomes

645 Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers

Base: pointing
Variation: hugging

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 645 Neftali Feliz

647 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Base: throwing
Variation: celebrating

Base

2015 Topps 647 Molina

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 647 Yadier Molina

651 Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves

Base: diving
Variation: red carpet

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 651 Andrelton Simmons

675 Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

Base: batting
Variation: sunglasses

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 675 Lucroy

700 Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Base: batting
Variation: in dugout

Base

Variation

2015 T S2 Var 700 Joe Mauer

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Sparkle Variations

2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Hidden Gems Sparkle Variations

Code on back ends in 3810.

360 Adam Laroche, Chicago White Sox

Sparkle Spot: helmet brim

2015 Topps S2 Spark 360 Adam LaRoche

361 Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

Sparkle Spot: left shoulder

2015 Topps S2 Spark 361 Matt Holliday

363 Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox

Sparkle Spot: back by shoulder

2015 Topps S2 Spark 363 Avisail Garcia

372 Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals

Sparkle Spot: top of helmet

2015 Topps S2 Spark 372 Adams

383 Delmon Young, Baltimore Orioles

Sparkle Spot: sleeve

2015 Topps S2 Spark 383 Delmon Young

386 Ben Zobrist, Oakland Athletics

Sparkle Spot: back of batting helmet

2015 Topps S2 Spark 386 Ben Zobrist

391 Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners

Sparkle Spot: glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 391 Iwakuma

393 Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

Sparkle Spot: stirrup

2015 Topps S2 Spark 393 Salazar

407 Jed Lowrie, Houston Astros

Sparkle Spot: end of glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 407 Lowrie

411 Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

Sparkle Spot: top wristband

2015 Topps S2 Spark 411 Cruz

415 Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins

Sparkle Spot: tip of glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 415 Santana

421 Joe Kelly, Boston Red Sox

Sparkle Spot: bottom of cleat

2015 Topps S2 Spark 421 Kelly

422 Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: bat shaft

2015 Topps S2 Spark 422 Prince Fielder

436 Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays

Sparkle Spot: elbow pad

2015 Topps S2 Spark 436 Russell Martin

438 DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

Sparkle Spot: glove-side elbow

2015 Topps S2 Spark 438 DJ LeMahieu

445 Christian Vazquez, Boston Red Sox

Sparkle Spot: top of helmet

2015 Topps S2 Spark 445 Christian Vazquez

452 Drew Smyly, Tampa Bay Rays

Sparkle Spot: glove-side sleeve

2015 Topps S2 Spark 452 Drew Smyly

461 Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Sparkle Spot: glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 461 Moustakas

463 Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

Sparkle Spot: baseball

2015 Topps S2 Spark 463 Justin Verlander

468 CC Sabathia, New York Yankees

Sparkle Spot: bottom of baseball

2015 Topps S2 Spark 468 Sabathia

469 James Shields, San Diego Padres

Sparkle Spot: throwing hand

2015 Topps S2 Spark 469 Shields

470 Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks

Sparkle Spot: shoulder

2015 Topps S2 Spark 470 Trumbo

475 Juan Perez, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: bat shaft

2015 Topps S2 Spark 475 Perez

493 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Sparkle Spot: finger

2015 Topps S2 Spark 493 Alex Rodriguez

497 Hunter Strickland, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: glove lace

2015 Topps S2 Spark 497 Hunter Strickland

507 A.J. Pierzynski, Atlanta Braves

Sparkle Spot: wrist

2015 Topps S2 Spark 507 AJ Pierzynski

513 Michael Cuddyer, New York Mets

Sparkle Spot: left wrist

2015 Topps S2 Spark 513 Cuddyer

526 Will Middlebrooks, San Diego Padres

Sparkle Spot: back of helmet

2015 Topps S2 Spark 526 Will Middlebrooks

555 Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

Sparkle Spot: glove lace

2015 Topps S2 Spark 555 Arrieta

557 Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

Sparkle Spot: top batting glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 557 Markakis

568 Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

Sparkle Spot: waist

2015 Topps S2 Spark 568 Tillman

579 Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs

Sparkle Spot: cap button

2015 Topps S2 Spark 579 Hammel

586 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: bottom of glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 586 Scherzer

590 Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins

Sparkle Spot: batting glove in back pocket

2015 Topps S2 Spark 590 Torii Hunter

596 Bronson Arroyo, Arizona Diamondbacks

Sparkle Spot: top of baseball

2015 Topps S2 Spark 596 Arroyo

606 Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: throwing arm shoulder

2015 Topps S2 Spark 606 Ian Desmond

610 David Freese, Los Angeles Angels

Sparkle Spot: bottom of baseball

2015 Topps S2 Spark 610 David Freese

618 Billy Butler, Oakland Athletics

Sparkle Spot: side of helmet

2015 Topps S2 Spark 618 Butler

620 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

Sparkle Spot: bat knob

2015 Topps S2 Spark 620 Altuve

624 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Philadelphia Phillies

Sparkle Spot: cap brim

2015 Topps S2 Spark 624 Gonzalez

638 Jimmy Rollins, Los Angeles Dodgers

Sparkle Spot: cap

2015 Topps S2 Spark 638 Jimmy Rollins

645 Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: belt

2015 Topps S2 Spark 645 Perez

657 Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies

Sparkle Spot: batting glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 657 Morneau

664 Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels

Sparkle Spot: top of cap

2015 Topps S2 Spark 664 Hector Santiago

665 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: bottom of cleat

2015 Topps S2 Spark 665 Stephen Strasburg

671 Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates

Sparkle Spot: glove-side sleeve

2015 Topps S2 Spark 673 Cole

674 Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays

Sparkle Spot: bottom of baseball

2015 Topps S2 Spark 674 Desmond Jennings

684 Wil Myers, San Diego Padres

Sparkle Spot: glove in back pocket

2015 Topps S2 Spark 684 Wil Myers

690 Brett Bochy, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: glove

2015 Topps S2 Spark 690 Brett Bochy

691 Lisalverto Bonilla, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: throwing arm sleeve

2015 Topps S2 Spark 691 Lisalverto Bonilla

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User Comments

  1. Hello there Ryan, after opening my jumbo box of 2015 Topps Series 2 I put them in numerical order then looked up your short print list. While going through them I found something interesting. I found a card with the last four digits of the code being 1861. The card is #659 Jimmy Rollins and the photo is of him celebrating with Mike Schmidt when he broke the Phillies all time hits record. Since it is a celebration type card I would think it to be a photo variation SP, but don’t have another card to compare it to and there doesn’t seem to be a different photo on ebay. Thoughts?

    I have found other cards with this code of 1861. They are cards #613 – Josh Beckett, #449 – Joe Panik, #444 – Lonnie Chisenhall, #398 – Jordan Zimmerman. However, after closer inspection it appears that all of these are ‘Baseball ‘Highlights’ cards and that must be the reason for the different coding…Thanks.

  2. As mentioned in the articles, some of the subsets have different codes on the back but they’re still base cards. The only variations are of the two codes listed for the Photos and Sparkles. We’re probably not intended to be looking at the codes but it has become a handy identifier so when things get like this, especially with photos we’ve become accustomed to being the variations, it can definitely cause some confusion.

  3. I was just looking at the list of 2015 Topps Series 2 variants and noticed a slight error. You have Hector Santiago listed as #661 but his card is actually #664. Grant Balfour is #661.

  4. I hate how the Jon Lester teased me thinking it was a short print as he is not in action on the field.

  5. On the 2015 Topps Series 2 list it has Gerrit Cole’s number as 673 when it is 671

  6. Looks like there is a photo variant for Kris Bryant #616.

  7. Yes, it’s from the retail factory sets. We did a post outlining them yesterday: https://www.cardboardconnection.com/2015-topps-baseball-retail-factory-set-rookie

  8. There is a corrected error card in the 2015 Topps series 2 that no one has mentioned yet.
    It’s card #558 of Patrick Corbin. In packs the photo on the card is the same photo as #116 Vidal Nuno. In the factory sets the photo has been changed to (I’m assuming) the correct photo)
    I can send pictures if it would help.

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