Sorting Out the 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations

Sorting Out the 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations

Compared to some other recent releases, there aren't a ton of 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball variations. However, they are extremely hard to pull.

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They land 1:1,400 hobby packs. That's just under 1:60 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball hobby boxes or 1:5 cases. Spread that over 25 different cards and it's easy to understand their rarity.

The variations have a couple of different themes. The first is somewhat loose, showing players with high-fiving teammates, pointing to crowds and such.

Topps has confirmed that rookies Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka and Xander Bogaerts have variation backs. These are written in their native languages that can be spotted on the card backs.

Other variations just use strong photos, like the one showing the back of Andrew McCutchen's jersey.

Unlike some other sets, the code in the fine print on the back does not appear to tip-off base cards and variations.

Below you'll find a visual guide for the 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball variations. We've got shots of all the base cards and are adding variation images as they become available. For now, please consider it a work in progress.

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Visual Guide

Some base cards use Refractors as exemplars. These have the same images.

1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Base: sliding
Variation: high-ten

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10 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

Base: pitching, English back
Variation 1: at dugout
Variation 2: Japanese back

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25 Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

Base: English back
Variation: Dutch back

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31 Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox

Base: pitching
Variation: playing guitar

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56 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Base: running
Variation: walking out

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Variation

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61 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Base: pitching
Variation: pointing

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75 Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

Base: running
Variation: jumping at wall

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80 Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

Base: running
Variation: with plaque

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90 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: running
Variation: with fans

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93 Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

Base: sliding
Variation: throwback jersey

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Variation

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103 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

Base: pitching
Variation: poking Phillie Phanatic

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105 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Base: swinging
Variation: back of jersey

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107 Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

Base: pitching
Variation: "knighting" Puig with bat

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Variation

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116 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Base: fielding
Variation: blowing bubble

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125 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Base: batting
Variation: sunglasses

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Variation

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150 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Base: batting
Variation: portrait

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Variation

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165 Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Base: batting
Variation: wearing toque

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Variation

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170 David Wright, New York Mets

Base: batting
Variation: with teammates, horizontal

Base
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189 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Base: pitching
Variation: batting

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193 Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics

Base: with glove
Variation: eye wash

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199 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

Base: English back
Variation: Spanish back

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Variation

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201 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Base: batting
Variation: World Series rings

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204 Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

Base: running
Variation: fielding

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220 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers

Base: both arms raised
Variation: high-five

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Ryan Cracknell

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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

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    While I’m not a collector of Topps Chrome this is how I think variations should be done. Only a handful and rare. Maybe not as difficult to pull as 1:1,400 packs but they should be tough to pull. There is an oversaturation with variations throughout Topps products. Would love to see Topps flagship scale back on the variations and only go with one or two themes, themes that can be easily recognized, i.e. not sparkles. Same goes for all products.

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