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

Donruss

Opening Day

Gypsy Queen

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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2020 Donruss

  • Blue Holo

  • Orange Holo

  • Pink Holo

  • Purple Holo

  • Red Holo

  • Yellow

  • Independence Day

  • Baby Shark

  • Milestone Stat Line - #/650 or less

  • Career Stat Line - #/500 or less

  • Season Stat Line - #/400 or less

  • One Hundred - #/100

  • On Fire - #/75

  • Presidential Collection - #/50

  • Look at This - #/25

  • Artist Proof - #/10

  • Press Proof - #/5

  • Number One - 1/1

  • Printing Plates - 1/1

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Variations

What to look for?

- Base Variations have a Red Retro Logo on the card back

- Retro Variations have a Black baseball on the card back

- Nickname Variations

- Photo Variatons

- Parallel Variations

- Back Variations

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Checklist

Base​

71 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
77 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
78 Ketel Marte - Arizona Diamondbacks
83 Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego Padres
84 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
90 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
91 Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
94 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
102 Vlad Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
108 Trea Turner - Washington Nationals
110 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
111 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
112 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
118 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
121 Eloy Jimenez - Chicago White Sox
123 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
127 Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis Cardinals
129 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
132 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

146 Josh Bell - Pittsburgh Pirates
148 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
159 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
162 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
164 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
170 Ronald Acuna Jr. - Atlanta Braves
180 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
193 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
204 Pete Alonso - New York Mets
Retro 1986
217 Kirby Puckett - Minnesota Twins
218 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres
219 Rickey Henderson - New York Yankees
224 Cal Ripken - Baltimore Orioles
242 Bobby Bradley - Cleveland Indians
243 Logan Allen - Cleveland Indians
247 Zack Collins - Chicago White Sox
250 Travis Demeritte - Detroit Tigers
258 Adbert Alzolay - Chicago Cubs
259 Yu Chang - Cleveland Indians

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2020 Topps Opening Day

  • Opening Day Edition (2020 Copies)

  • Opening Day 1/1 Edition

  • Printing Plates (1/1)

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Variations

What to look for?

- Luis Robert RC #201 SP (Not a variation)

- "Dugout Peeks" (1:2,310 packs) SSP Insert

- "Walk This Way" (1:369 packs) SSP Insert

Codes

- BASE CARDS END IN - #579

- IMAGE VARIATIONS END IN - #601

- CANADIAN VARIATIONS END IN - #591

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Checklist

Image Variations
1 Brendan McKay - Tampa Bay Rays
24 Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
27 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals *
33 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays *
38 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
39 Carter Kieboom - Washington Nationals
43 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels *
61 Keston Hiura - Milwaukee Brewers *
63 Yordan Alvarez - Houston Astros *
67 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves *
78 Matt Chapman - Oakland Athletics *
79 DJ LeMahieu - New York Yankees *
105 Jesus Luzardo - Oakland Athletics
107 Max Muncy - Los Angeles Dodgers *
116 Dansby Swanson - Atlanta Braves
117 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs *
138 Eloy Jimenez - Chicago White Sox
147 Aristides Aquino - Cincinnati Reds *

156 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
157 Pete Alonso - New York Mets *
161 Ketel Marte - Arizona Diamondbacks *
163 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
165 Brandon Lowe - Tampa Bay Rays
169 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox *
172 Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers *
173 Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
186 Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
187 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
188 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
199 Jose Berrios - Minnesota Twins

Canada Variations
33 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
36 Ken Giles - Toronto Blue Jays
60 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
114 Randal Grichuk - Toronto Blue Jays
173 Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
193 Cavan Biggio - Toronto Blue Jays

*Noted players also have numbered autograph versions.*

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2020 Gypsy Queen

  • Silver (Monster Box)

  • Green (Value Pack)

  • Missing Nameplate

  • GQ Logo Swap

  • Bazooka Back

  • Indigo (/250)

  • Blue (/150)

  • Black & White (/50 Hobby)

  • Red (/10)

  • Black (1/1)

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Variations

Codes

- BASE CARDS END IN - #042

- LEGEND SHORT PRINTS END IN - #075

- PLAYERS WEEKEND VARIATIONS END IN - #084

- JACKIE ROBINSON DAY VARIATIONS END IN - #081

- ARMED FORCES VARIATIONS END IN - #087

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Checklist

1 Mookie Betts - Armed Forces Day
9 Harold Ramirez - Players Weekend
14 John Means - Players Weekend
21 Clayton Kershaw - Jackie Robinson Day *
21 Clayton Kershaw - Players Weekend
25 Christian Yelich - Jackie Robinson Day *
25 Christian Yelich - Players Weekend
25 Christian Yelich - Armed Forces Day
29 Willson Contreras - Jackie Robinson Day *
31 Carlos Santana - Armed Forces Day
35 Aristides Aquino - Players Weekend
38 Kris Bryant - Jackie Robinson Day *
38 Kris Bryant - Players Weekend
43 Jacob deGrom - Players Weekend
46 Willians Astudillo - Jackie Robinson Day *
48 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Players Weekend
50 Aaron Judge - Players Weekend
62 Dylan Cease - Players Weekend
65 Pete Alonso - Jackie Robinson Day
66 Kirby Yates - Players Weekend
71 Jose Berrios - Players Weekend
71 Jose Berrios - Armed Forces Day
76 Bryce Harper - Armed Forces Day
83 Noah Syndergaard - Jackie Robinson Day
86 Anthony Rizzo - Armed Forces Day
96 Xander Bogaerts - Jackie Robinson Day
96 Xander Bogaerts - Players Weekend
97 Kyle Seager - Players Weekend
98 Nick Solak - Players Weekend
103 Charlie Blackmon - Players Weekend
104 Fernando Tatis Jr. - Jackie Robinson Day
115 Rhys Hoskins - Jackie Robinson Day *
132 Yoan Moncada - Armed Forces Day

134 Tim Anderson - Jackie Robinson Day *
136 Rafael Devers - Jackie Robinson Day *
136 Rafael Devers - Armed Forces Day
167 Bryan Reynolds - Players Weekend
176 Kevin Kiermaier - Players Weekend
178 Juan Soto - Players Weekend
187 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Players Weekend
188 Matt Chapman - Armed Forces Day
190 Eddie Rosario - Armed Forces Day
195 J.D. Martinez - Jackie Robinson Day *
200 Alex Bregman - Jackie Robinson Day
200 Alex Bregman - Armed Forces Day
202 Max Muncy - Jackie Robinson Day *
207 Paul DeJong - Players Weekend
212 Marcus Semien - Players Weekend
227 Oscar Mercado - Players Weekend
233 Javier Baez - Jackie Robinson Day
238 Ozzie Albies - Armed Forces Day
242 Hunter Dozier - Players Weekend
258 Mike Yastrzemski - Players Weekend
263 Dwight Smith Jr. - Jackie Robinson Day *
264 Trevor Bauer - Jackie Robinson Day *
266 Miguel Cabrera - Players Weekend
276 George Springer - Players Weekend
278 DJ LeMahieu - Armed Forces Day
282 Aaron Nola - Jackie Robinson Day
282 Aaron Nola - Players Weekend *
292 Manny Machado - Jackie Robinson Day
294 Nolan Arenado - Armed Forces Day
295 Ketel Marte - Players Weekend
298 Freddie Freeman - Armed Forces Day
300 Mike Trout - Players Weekend

*Cards with signed Jackie Robinson Day parallels noted.*

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