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2020 Guide to Baseball Card Variations

Variation vs Parallel??

First thing to clear up is, what’s the difference? A parallel is a card that is identical to the base but with a different color border, refractor, or other patterns. A lot of these can be serial numbered. Parallels are always easy to spot. A variation will always contain something different from the base card. Usually it’s a different image, nickname, or error. These also can be serial numbered, but usually a variation is just a “new version” of the base and are tougher to spot than parallels.

2020 Baseball Variations

Topps Series 1

Heritage

reference: Cardboard Connection

2020 Topps Series 1 

- Purple - Meijer

- Yellow - Walgreens

- Gold Foil (1:2 jumbo packs)

- Rainbow Foil (1:10 packs)

- Gold (#/2,020)

- Vintage Stock (#/99)

- Independence Day (#/76)

- Black (#/69 - Hobby/Jumbo only)

- Mother's Day Hot Pink (#/50)

- Father's Day Blue (#/50)

- Memorial Day Camo (#/25)

- Clear Variation (#/10 Hobby only)

- Platinum (1/1)

- Printing Plates (1/1)

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Variations

What to look for?

- Rob Manfred NN

- SSSP's?

- Legend Variation

- Aaron Judge with Babe Ruth Photoshop SSSP

- Mike Trout Reverse Image

Codes

- BASE CARDS END IN - 269

- ADVANCED STATS PARALLEL ENDS IN - 283

- SP VARIATIONS END IN - 284

- SSP VARIATIONS END IN - 285

- SSSP? VARIATIONS END IN - 578

Odds

- SP 1:43 packs for Hobby

- SP 1:13 packs for Jumbo

- SSP 1:1,272 packs for Hobby

- SSP 1:387 packs for Jumbo

- SP 1:43 packs for Blaster boxes

- SSP 1:1,274 packs for Blaster boxes

- SP 1:9 packs for Hanger packs

- SSP 1:267 for Hanger packs

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Checklist

SP Variations

1 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
7 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
14 Anthony Rendon - Washington Nationals
20 Aristides Aquino - Cincinnati Reds
35 George Brett - Kansas City Royals
46 Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
47 Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
49 Eloy Jimenez - Chicago White Sox
50 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
51 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
52 Mike Piazza - New York Mets
55 Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals
60 Roger Clemens - Boston Red Sox
64 Kyle Lewis - Seattle Mariners
68 Gerrit Cole - New York Yankees
69 Brendan McKay - Tampa Bay Rays
70 Nico Hoerner - Chicago Cubs
78 Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
94 Brooks Robinson - Baltimore Orioles
100 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
110 Jesus Luzardo - Oakland Athletics
111 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
117 Max Kepler - Minnesota Twins
118 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
119 Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
124 Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
125 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
127 Matt Chapman - Oakland Athletics
140 Trevor Bauer - Cincinnati Reds
145 Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis Cardinals
149 Robin Yount - Milwaukee Brewers
150 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
161 Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees
168 Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego Padres
173 Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals
175 Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox
179 Ramon Laureano - Oakland Athletics
180 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
182 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
183 Vladimir Guerrero - Montreal Expos
186 Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
188 Manny Machado - San Diego Padres
192 Ichiro - Seattle Mariners
200 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
201 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
206 Reggie Jackson - New York Yankees
219 Honus Wagner - Pittsburgh Pirates
224 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
230 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
235 Dustin May - Los Angeles Dodgers
248 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres
250 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
252 Roger Maris - New York Yankees

253 Ernie Banks - Chicago Cubs
260 Nolan Ryan - Houston Astros
267 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
269 J.D. Martinez - Boston Red Sox
271 Josh Bell - Pittsburgh Pirates
276 Yordan Alvarez - Houston Astros
279 Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees
289 Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
292 Gavin Lux - Los Angeles Dodgers
296 Whit Merrifield - Kansas City Royals
299 Pedro Martinez - Boston Red Sox
300 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
306 Ryne Sandberg - Chicago Cubs
309 Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
314 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
317 Sean Murphy - Oakland Athletics
330 George Springer - Houston Astros
332 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
335 Don Mattingly - New York Yankees
341 Frank Robinson - Baltimore Orioles
345 Justin Verlander - Houston Astros
349 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
350 Pete Alonso - New York Mets
SSP Variations (Legends)
8 Cal Ripken Jr - Baltimore Orioles
13 Stan Musial - St. Louis Cardinals
20 Aristides Aquino - Cincinnati Reds
50 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
69 Brendan McKay - Tampa Bay Rays
78 Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
100 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
120 Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles Dodgers
121 Lou Gehrig - New York Yankees
138 Ty Cobb - Detroit Tigers
150 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
156 Hank Aaron - Atlanta Braves
168 Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego Padres
170 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates
182 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
196 Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox
200 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
250 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
276 Yordan Alvarez - Houston Astros
285 Jackie Robinson - Brooklyn Dodgers
292 Gavin Lux - Los Angeles Dodgers
300 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
303 Ken Griffey Jr - Seattle Mariners
334 Willie Mays - San Francisco Giants
335 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees

Super Super Short Print SSSP??
NNO Rob Manfred - MLB Commissioner *
1 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels *
7 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees *
350 Pete Alonso - New York Mets *

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2020 Heritage 

BASE PARALLELS

- White Border (50 Copies)

- Flip Stock (5 Copies)

*** Hobby Only

CHROME PARALLELS

- Hot Box Refractor

- Refractor #/571

- White Border #/71

- Gold Border #/5 (hobby)

- Superfractor 1/1

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Short Prints

Cards numbered 401-500 are SPs

Variations

What to look for?

- Action ImageTeam Name Color Swap Variations

- SSP Variations include Error, Nickname, and Trade Variations

- SSP Throwback Variations again are the most rare

- French Text Variation features both English and French text on the back of the card

- Error, Trade, Throwback, Action Image, Team Color Swap, and Nickname variations will all feature text by the card number that will let you know it's a variation.

Codes

- BASE CARDS END IN - #13

- BASE SP (401-500) ENDS IN - #27

- FRENCH TEXT - #40

- ERROR - #44

- MISSING SIGNATURE - #45

- SILVER TEAM NAME - #46

- ACTION IMAGE - #47

- THROWBACK - #48

- NICKNAME - #49

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Checklist

52 Bo Bichette - Action Image
54 Aristides Aquino - Action Image
54 Aristides Aquino - Throwback
54 Yordan Alvarez - Action Image
54 Yordan Alvarez - Error
82 Max Scherzer - Silver Team
82 Max Scherzer - Throwback
121 Nico Hoerner - Action Image
142 Javier Baez - Action Image
142 Javier Baez - Silver Team
145 Rafael Devers - Action Image
145 Rafael Devers - Missing Sig
145 Rafael Devers - Silver Team
160 Domingo Santana - Throwback
174 Christian Yelich - Action Image
174 Christian Yelich - Missing Sig
174 Christian Yelich - Nickname
174 Christian Yelich - Silver Team
174 Christian Yelich - Throwback
188 Gavin Lux - Action Image
236 Jorge Polanco - Throwback
257 Cody Bellinger - Action Image
257 Cody Bellinger - Missing Sig
257 Cody Bellinger - Nickname
257 Cody Bellinger - Silver Team
264 Jose Altuve - Silver Team
291 Kris Bryant - Action Image
291 Kris Bryant - Silver Team
308 Manny Machado - Action Image
322 Nolan Arenado - Action Image
373 Anthony Rizzo - Silver Team
385 Clayton Kershaw - Action Image
385 Clayton Kershaw - Silver Team
385 Clayton Kershaw - Throwback
395 Aaron Judge - Silver Team
395 Aaron Judge - Missing Sig
395 Aaron Judge - Nickname
403 Juan Soto - Action Image
403 Juan Soto - Error
403 Juan Soto - Missing Sig
403 Juan Soto - Silver Team
403 Juan Soto - Throwback
413 Keston Hiura - Throwback
414 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Action Image
414 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Error

414 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Missing Sig
414 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Nickname
414 Vladimir Guerrero Jr - Silver Team
415 DJ LeMahieu - Silver Team
422 Josh Bell - Throwback
423 J.D. Martinez - Silver Team
433 Shohei Ohtani - Action Image
433 Shohei Ohtani - Silver Team
433 Shohei Ohtani - Throwback
437 Fernando Tatis Jr. - Action Image
437 Fernando Tatis Jr. - Missing Sig
437 Fernando Tatis Jr. - Silver Team
442 Francisco Lindor - Action Image
442 Francisco Lindor - Silver Team
447 Bryce Harper - Action Image
447 Bryce Harper - Nickname
453 Alex Bregman - Action Image
453 Alex Bregman - Missing Sig
453 Alex Bregman - Nickname
453 Alex Bregman - Silver Team
453 Alex Bregman - Throwback
457 Pete Alonso - Action Image
457 Pete Alonso - Missing Sig
457 Pete Alonso - Nickname
457 Pete Alonso - Silver Team
464 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Action Image
464 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Missing Sig
464 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Nickname
464 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Silver Team
464 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Throwback
466 Mike Trout - Action Image
466 Mike Trout - Missing Sig
466 Mike Trout - Nickname
466 Mike Trout - Silver Team
466 Mike Trout - Throwback
473 Justin Verlander - Action Image
473 Justin Verlander - Silver Team
482 Nick Senzel - Throwback
483 Gleyber Torres - Missing Sig
483 Gleyber Torres - Nickname
483 Gleyber Torres - Silver Team
490 Rhys Hoskins - Silver Team
493 Mookie Betts - Action Image
494 Eloy Jimenez - Silver Team
497 Victor Robles - Throwback

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