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

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375 Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Base: pitching
Variation: batting

Base

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376 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Base: pitching
Variation: wearing jacket

Base

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387 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

Base: pitching, Rookie of the Year
Variation: sunglasses

Base

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389 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

Base: batting, Future Stars
Variation: sliding

Base

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400 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base: batting
Variation: holding picture

Base

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450 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Base: fielding
Variation: signing autographs

Base

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Variation

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461 Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Base: falling over railing
Variation: celebrating with fans

Base

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Variation

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468 CC Sabathia, New York Yankees

Base: pitching
Variation: with Derek Jeter

Base

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Variation

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479 Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

Base: running
Variation: sunglasses

Base

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487 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

Base: pitching, Cy Young
Variation: high-fives

Base

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503 Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants

Base: fielding, Future Stars
Variation: batting cage portrait

Base

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516 Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals

Base: diving
Variation: high-fives

Base

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Variation

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586 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Base: grey jersey
Variation: red jersey

Base

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Variation

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588 Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals

Base: fielding, Future Stars
Variation: waving

Base

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Variation

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595 Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

Base: pitching
Variation: walking from bullpen

Base

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Variation

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599 Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

Base: batting
Variation: kicking

Base

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Variation

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600 Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

Base: batting
Variation: hugging

Base

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Variation

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603 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

Base: pitching, Future Stars
Variation: cap at chest

Base

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622 Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians

Base: throwing
Variation: in dugout

Base

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645 Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers

Base: pointing
Variation: hugging

Base

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647 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Base: throwing
Variation: celebrating

Base

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Variation

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651 Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves

Base: diving
Variation: red carpet

Base

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Variation

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675 Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

Base: batting
Variation: sunglasses

Base

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Variation

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700 Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Base: batting
Variation: in dugout

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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

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361 Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

Sparkle Spot: left shoulder

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363 Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox

Sparkle Spot: back by shoulder

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372 Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals

Sparkle Spot: top of helmet

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383 Delmon Young, Baltimore Orioles

Sparkle Spot: sleeve

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386 Ben Zobrist, Oakland Athletics

Sparkle Spot: back of batting helmet

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391 Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners

Sparkle Spot: glove

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393 Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

Sparkle Spot: stirrup

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407 Jed Lowrie, Houston Astros

Sparkle Spot: end of glove

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411 Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

Sparkle Spot: top wristband

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415 Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins

Sparkle Spot: tip of glove

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421 Joe Kelly, Boston Red Sox

Sparkle Spot: bottom of cleat

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422 Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: bat shaft

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436 Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays

Sparkle Spot: elbow pad

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438 DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

Sparkle Spot: glove-side elbow

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445 Christian Vazquez, Boston Red Sox

Sparkle Spot: top of helmet

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452 Drew Smyly, Tampa Bay Rays

Sparkle Spot: glove-side sleeve

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461 Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Sparkle Spot: glove

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463 Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

Sparkle Spot: baseball

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468 CC Sabathia, New York Yankees

Sparkle Spot: bottom of baseball

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469 James Shields, San Diego Padres

Sparkle Spot: throwing hand

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470 Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks

Sparkle Spot: shoulder

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475 Juan Perez, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: bat shaft

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493 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Sparkle Spot: finger

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497 Hunter Strickland, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: glove lace

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507 A.J. Pierzynski, Atlanta Braves

Sparkle Spot: wrist

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513 Michael Cuddyer, New York Mets

Sparkle Spot: left wrist

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526 Will Middlebrooks, San Diego Padres

Sparkle Spot: back of helmet

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555 Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

Sparkle Spot: glove lace

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557 Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

Sparkle Spot: top batting glove

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568 Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

Sparkle Spot: waist

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579 Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs

Sparkle Spot: cap button

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586 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: bottom of glove

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590 Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins

Sparkle Spot: batting glove in back pocket

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596 Bronson Arroyo, Arizona Diamondbacks

Sparkle Spot: top of baseball

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606 Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: throwing arm shoulder

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610 David Freese, Los Angeles Angels

Sparkle Spot: bottom of baseball

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618 Billy Butler, Oakland Athletics

Sparkle Spot: side of helmet

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620 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

Sparkle Spot: bat knob

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624 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Philadelphia Phillies

Sparkle Spot: cap brim

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638 Jimmy Rollins, Los Angeles Dodgers

Sparkle Spot: cap

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645 Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: belt

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657 Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies

Sparkle Spot: batting glove

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664 Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels

Sparkle Spot: top of cap

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665 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Sparkle Spot: bottom of cleat

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671 Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates

Sparkle Spot: glove-side sleeve

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674 Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays

Sparkle Spot: bottom of baseball

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684 Wil Myers, San Diego Padres

Sparkle Spot: glove in back pocket

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690 Brett Bochy, San Francisco Giants

Sparkle Spot: glove

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691 Lisalverto Bonilla, Texas Rangers

Sparkle Spot: throwing arm sleeve

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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. Author

    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. Author

    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. Author

    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. Author

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

  5. Author

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

  6. Author

    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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