2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Guide

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Guide

Maintaining the yearly chase for the flagship MLB set, the 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations provide collectors a second (and even third) image of many top players. Broken into two short-printed tiers, the main short prints are more accessible to the average collector, while there are also the super short print versions, which are much more rare.

Part of the typical process, Topps left the variations off the final 2018 Series 1 checklist, meaning it's on collectors to be prepared to identify them. Luckily, we are here to help with that!

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Although there is not normally a hard-and-fast rule for the short print theme, it does appear that most 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball SP variation cards utilize player images with them wearing batting practice jerseys or other pre-game gear. SSP cards seem to primarily offer photos with an assortment of hand gestures.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variation Odds

Courtesy of popular breaker brentandbecca, we also have details about the rarity for the 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations. While the standard short prints (SP) come around one in every two boxes (specifically 1:57 hobby / 1:11 jumbo packs), the SSP cards are much tougher at odds greater than 1:5 jumbo cases (1:324 packs, to be precise) or 1:3 hobby cases (1:1,619 packs). For retail Blaster boxes (Players Weekend Patch version), it's 1:54 packs for the SPs and 1:1,618 for the SSPs, so very similar to hobby.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variation Codes

In addition, the #CMP code that has proven helpful in past sets as far as indicating short prints is again an option to figure out if you have a 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variation. Be sure to check the code in small print on the back of the card.

  • SP Variations end in #43
  • SSP Variations end in #44

Please send us an email with images if you come across anything different.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Checklist

Short Prints (SP)
1 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
6 Dominic Smith - New York Mets RC
7 Clint Frazier - New York Yankees RC
10 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
11 Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies
18 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox RC
20 Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox
25 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
30 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
33 Dexter Fowler - St. Louis Cardinals
42 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
44 Trea Turner - Washington Nationals
50 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
58 Ryan Zimmerman - Washington Nationals
63 Amed Rosario - New York Mets RC
68 Billy Hamilton - Cincinnati Reds
81 Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals
82 Justin Smoak - Toronto Blue Jays
86 Eric Hosmer - Kansas City Royals
88 Michael Conforto - New York Mets
89 Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers
90 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
100 Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins
102 Wil Myers - San Diego Padres
105 Daniel Murphy - Washington Nationals
110 Carlos Gonzalez - Colorado Rockies
118 Ian Happ - Chicago Cubs
125 Yoenis Cespedes - New York Mets
127 Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
130 Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins
132 Marcell Ozuna - Miami Marlins
140 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
142 Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
150 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
157 Ichiro - Miami Marlins
160 Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees
166 Victor Robles - Washington Nationals RC
172 Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
173 Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals
180 Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
182 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
190 Justin Upton - Los Angeles Angels
191 Chris Archer - Tampa Bay Rays
196 Orlando Arcia - Milwaukee Brewers
200 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
220 Nelson Cruz - Seattle Mariners
223 Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays
225 Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
226 Nick Williams - Philadelphia Phillies RC
233 Stephen Strasburg - Washington Nationals
238 Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays
240 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
245 Willie Calhoun - Texas Rangers RC
248 Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks
250 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
254 Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
257 J.D. Martinez - Arizona Diamondbacks
259 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies RC
264 Carlos Rodon - Chicago White Sox
265 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
267 Yoan Moncada - Chicago White Sox
275 George Springer - Houston Astros
276 Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves RC
280 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
288 Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
290 Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
297 Kevin Kiermaier - Tampa Bay Rays
300 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
303 Luis Severino - New York Yankees
306 Nicky Delmonico - Chicago White Sox RC
325 Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics
326 Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
330 Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers
340 Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
350 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
Super Short Prints (SSP)
1 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
6 Dominic Smith - New York Mets RC
7 Clint Frazier - New York Yankees RC
10 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
18 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox RC
20 Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox
25 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
30 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
42 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
50 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
63 Amed Rosario - New York Mets RC
100 Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins
140 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
150 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
157 Ichiro - Miami Marlins
200 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
225 Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
226 Nick Williams - Philadelphia Phillies RC
240 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
250 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
259 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies RC
265 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
276 Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves RC
300 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
350 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers

In addition to the checklist above for easy reference, we have a visual guide to the 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations below. These will showcase the base versions alongside their more limited counterparts.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Gallery

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1 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees

Base: Future Stars, batting in gray uniform
Variation SP: Dark batting practice jersey
Variation SSP: Pinstripes, pointing

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

6 Dominic Smith - New York Mets

Base: Batting
Variation SP: Blue/gray shirt
Variation SSP: Celebration with Rosario

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

7 Clint Frazier - New York Yankees

Base: Pinstripes, batting
Variation SP: Dark batting practice jersey
Variation SSP: Pinstripes, pointing

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

10 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

Base: Gray uniform, dropping bat
Variation SP: Navy/gray shirt
Variation SSP: White uniform

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

11 Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies

Base: Pinstripes, pitching
Variation: Close-up in dugout

Base

Variation

18 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox

Base: Batting (vertical)
Variation SP: Red batting practice jersey (horizontal)
Variation SSP: Blue jersey, pointing (horizontal)

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

20 Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox

Base: Glove under arm (vertical)
Variation SP: Red jacket (horizontal)
Variation SSP: On mound, mouth open (vertical)

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

25 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles

Base: Orange jersey, blowing bubble
Variation SP: Black hoodie
Variation SSP: White uniform, hand in front of face

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

30 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros

Base: Gray uniform
Variation SP: Blue batting practice jersey
Variation SSP: Kissing hand

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

33 Dexter Fowler - St. Louis Cardinals

Base: White uniform, catching
Variation: Red batting practice jersey

Base

Variation

42 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: Future Stars
Variation SP: Blue/gray shirt
Variation SSP: Gray uniform, hands near head

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

44 Trea Turner - Washington Nationals

Base: White uniform
Variation: Red shirt

Base

Variation

50 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

Base: Pinstripes, throwing
Variation SP: Blue batting practice jersey
Variation SSP: Gray uniform, pointing

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

58 Ryan Zimmerman - Washington Nationals

Base: Yelling, jogging
Variation: Standing with glove

Base

Variation

63 Amed Rosario - New York Mets

Base: Batting
Variation SP: Blue batting practice jersey
Variation SSP: Gray uniform, hand near head

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

68 Billy Hamilton - Cincinnati Reds

Base: Catch against wall
Variation: Red hoodie

Base

Variation

81 Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals

Base: White uniform, pitching
Variation: Red hoodie

Base

Variation

82 Justin Smoak - Toronto Blue Jays

Base: Batting (vertical)
Variation: Throwing (horizontal)

Base

Variation

86 Eric Hosmer - Kansas City Royals

Base: Muscle pose (horizontal)
Variation: Laughing with bat (vertical)

Base

Variation

88 Michael Conforto - New York Mets

Base: Running (horizontal)
Variation: Standing with bat (vertical)

Base

Variation

89 Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: Gray uniform, hand on head
Variation: Blue LA t-shirt

Base

Variation

90 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers

Base: White uniform, dropping bat
Variation: Batting practice

Base

Variation

100 Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins

Base: Black jersey (vertical)
Variation SP: Stretching (horizontal)
Variation SSP: Pointing (vertical)

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

102 Wil Myers - San Diego Padres

Base: Gray uniform, catching
Variation: Blue shirt, holding bat

Base

Variation

105 Daniel Murphy - Washington Nationals

Base: Gray uniform, bat on shoulder
Variation: Fielding in red shirt

Base

Variation

110 Carlos Gonzalez - Colorado Rockies

Base: Diving (horizontal)
Variation: Standing with bat (vertical)

Base

Variation

118 Ian Happ - Chicago Cubs

Base: Future Stars, diving catch
Variation: Batting practice

Base

Variation

125 Yoenis Cespedes - New York Mets

Base: Pinstripes, batting
Variation: Blue shirt, standing

Base

Variation

127 Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins

Base: Pinstripes, with bat
Variation: Blue/gray shirt, with glove and ball

Base

Variation

130 Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins

Base: Diving (horizontal)
Variation: Standing (vertical)

Base

Variation

132 Marcell Ozuna - Miami Marlins

Base: Jumping against fence
Variation: Standing

Base

Variation

140 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox

Base: Running
Variation SP: Hoodie with bat
Variation SSP: On base with fist up

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

142 Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles

Base: White uniform
Variation: Sunglasses

Base

Variation

150 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies

Base: Batting
Variation SP: Hunched
Variation SSP: Pinstripes

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

157 Ichiro - Miami Marlins

Base: Bat behind head
Variation SP: Batting practice jersey with glove
Variation SSP: Smiling

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

160 Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees

Base: Pitching (horizontal)
Variation: Standing with sunglasses (vertical)

Base

Variation

166 Victor Robles - Washington Nationals

Base: Batting (horizontal)
Variation: T-shirt (vertical)

Base

Variation

172 Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs

Base: Pinstripes (vertical)
Variation: Blue batting practice jersey (horizontal)

Base

Variation

173 Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals

Base: Batting
Variation: Hoodie

Base

Variation

180 Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers

Base: Throwing
Variation: Batting practice

Base

Variation

182 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros

Base: Future Stars, orange jersey
Variation: Blue batting practice jersey

Base

Variation

190 Justin Upton - Los Angeles Angels

Base: Dropping bat (vertical)
Variation: Close-up, bat near head (horizontal)

Base

Variation

191 Chris Archer - Tampa Bay Rays

Base: Throwback uniform
Variation: Sleeveless shirt

Base

Variation

196 Orlando Arcia - Milwaukee Brewers

Base: Future Stars, bunting (vertical)
Variation: Batting practice (horizontal)

Base

Variation

200 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base: White uniform
Variation SP: Black batting practice jersey
Variation SSP: Gray uniform, waving

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

220 Nelson Cruz - Seattle Mariners

Base: Gray uniform
Variation: Blue shirt

Base

Variation

223 Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays

Base: Shaved head
Variation: Kneeling

Base

Variation

225 Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs

Base: Pinstripes, swinging
Variation SP: Blue/gray shirt
Variation SSP: Pinstripes, pointing

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

226 Nick Williams - Philadelphia Phillies

Base: Diving catch (horizontal)
Variation SP: Red shirt (vertical)
Variation SSP: Pinstripes, waving (vertical)

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

233 Stephen Strasburg - Washington Nationals

Base: Pitching
Variation: Standing with bat

Base

Variation

238 Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays

Base: Batting (vertical)
Variation: Throwing (horizontal)

Base

Variation

240 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners

Base: Throwing
Variation SP: Holding bat
Variation SSP: "Two outs" gesture

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

245 Willie Calhoun - Texas Rangers

Base: White uniform (vertical)
Variation: Red shirt (horizontal)

Base

Variation

248 Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks

Base: Red jersey
Variation: Black batting practice jersey

Base

Variation

250 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

Base: Catcher gear (vertical)
Variation SP: Black batting practice jersey (horizontal)
Variation SSP: White uniform, pointing (vertical)

Base

Variation

Variation SSP

254 Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers

Base: Gray uniform
Variation: Batting practice

Base

Variation

257 J.D. Martinez - Arizona Diamondbacks

Base: Batting
Variation: Close-up

Base

Variation

259 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies

Base: Batting, pinstripes
Variation SP: Red batting practice jersey
Variation SSP: Red jersey, clapping

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

264 Carlos Rodon - Chicago White Sox

Base: Pitching
Variation: Standing

Base

Variation

265 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs

Base: Jumping throw
Variation SP: Blue hoodie (horizontal)
Variation SSP: Pinstripes, hands on hips (vertical)

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

267 Yoan Moncada - Chicago White Sox

Base: Future Stars
Variation: Adjusting hat

Base

Variation

275 George Springer - Houston Astros

Base: Blue jersey (vertical)
Variation: T-shirt (horizontal)

Base

Variation

276 Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves

Base: White uniform (vertical)
Variation SP: Gold chain and blue hat (vertical)
Variation SSP: Hand up (horizontal)

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

280 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox

Base: Pinstripes
Variation: Black zipper top

Base

Variation

288 Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins

Base: White uniform
Variation: Hoodie and sunglasses

Base

Variation

290 Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals

Base: Catcher gear (vertical)
Variation: Hoodie with sunglasses on hat (horizontal)

Base

Variation

297 Kevin Kiermaier - Tampa Bay Rays

Base: Catch against wall
Variation: Rays t-shirt

Base

Variation

300 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

Base: White uniform
Variation SP: Gray/red t-shirt
Variation SSP: Red jersey, hands extended

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

303 Luis Severino - New York Yankees

Base: Pitching (vertical)
Variation: Leaning on fence (horizontal)

Base

Variation

306 Nicky Delmonico - Chicago White Sox

Base: Pinstripes
Variation: Sunglasses on hat

Base

Variation

325 Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics

Base: White uniform
Variation: Green batting practice jersey

Base

Variation

326 Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers

Base: White uniform
Variation: Blue batting practice jersey

Base

Variation

330 Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers

Base: Fielding, gray unifom
Variation: Navy batting practice jersey

Base

Variation

340 Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees

Base: Pinstripes, hands up
Variation: Sunglasses on hat

Base

Variation

350 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: Pitching
Variation SP: Blue LA t-shirt
Variation SSP: Laughing

Base

Variation SP

Variation SSP

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User Comments

  1. What, no variation photo of the Oakland A’s Maxwell taking a knee? Only player in MLB to do so… C’mon Topps, A’s fans want a variation photo too…

  2. What is 1 in every 5 box? I can only afford a few $5 packs a month, so what are the odds of getting a sp in $5 packs?

  3. All the usual suspects, Cabrera and Kinsler for the Tigers and Topps took the easy way out with Davis for the A’s, no Maxwell.

  4. Glad they didn’t put Maxwell. This is about baseball, not political/social arguments. Plus, SP should be about best players. Nice guy maybe, but he’s not special cause he took a knee.

  5. I am very upset that Topps would increase these variation cards in 2018 to their flag ship product. everyone knows you can’t collect all variation in any set let alone the up coming 2018 Topps set; Topps just killed set builders who are master builders.

  6. Well boo-hoo to master set builders. They just waste their money. I enjoy the fact that i can buy a pack and have a good chance to have a special card in it instead of only the high and mighty getting the cool cards.

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