2021 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.

2021 Baseball Variations

Topps Series 1

Donruss

reference: Cardboard Connection

reference: Beckett

2021 Topps Series 1 

  • Rainbow Foil – (1:10 packs)

  • Gold – /2021

  • Vintage Stock – /99

  • Independence Day – /76

  • Black – /70 (hobby and hobby jumbo only)

  • Platinum Anniversary – /70

  • Father’s Day Blue – /50

  • Mother’s Day Pink – /50

  • Memorial Day Camo – /25

  • Printing Plates – 1/1

  • 70th Anniversary – 1/1

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Variations

What to look for?

- Ultra SSSP featuring MLB families

- Players wearing face masks

- Players in warmup gear

- Legend Variations 

Codes

- BASE CARDS END IN - 213

- SP VARIATIONS END IN - 230

- SSP VARIATIONS END IN - 231

- SSSP ULTRA VARIATIONS END IN - 232

Odds

HOBBY

SP 1:69

SSP 1:2,049

SSSP 1:74,986

JUMBO

SP 1:24

SSP 1:715

SSSP 1:27,242

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Checklist

Short Print SP
1 Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego Padres
3 Matt Chapman - Oakland Athletics
4 Ernie Banks - Chicago Cubs
10 Daulton Varsho - Arizona Diamondbacks
12 Joey Bart - San Francisco Giants
13 Mookie Betts - Los Angeles Dodgers
24 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
25 Sixto Sanchez - Miami Marlins
26 Bobby Dalbec - Boston Red Sox
27 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
29 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
41 Deivi Garcia - New York Yankees
42 Kyle Lewis - Seattle Mariners
43 Jo Adell - Los Angeles Angels
50 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
53 Andres Gimenez - New York Mets
65 Isaac Paredes - Detroit Tigers
67 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
81 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees
84 Pete Alonso - New York Mets
92 Tarik Skubal - Detroit Tigers
95 Gerrit Cole - New York Yankees
99 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
100 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
112 Justin Verlander - Houston Astros
113 Nate Pearson - Toronto Blue Jays
120 Hank Aaron - Atlanta Braves
130 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates
143 Ryan Mountcastle - Baltimore Orioles
150 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
151 Evan White - Seattle Mariners
153 Tyler Stephenson - Cincinnati Reds
154 Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox
169 Brady Singer - Kansas City Royals
186 Lou Gehrig - New York Yankees
187 Cristian Pache - Atlanta Braves
192 Manny Machado - San Diego Padres
197 Nick Madrigal - Chicago White Sox
200 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
205 Luis Patiño - San Diego Padres
207 Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals
223 Luis Robert - Chicago White Sox
224 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
226 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
227 Willie Mays - San Francisco Giants
229 Stan Musial - St. Louis Cardinals
231 Dane Dunning - Chicago White Sox
239 Ian Anderson - Atlanta Braves
240 Nolan Ryan - Houston Astros
241 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
242 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
244 Spencer Howard - Philadelphia Phillies
247 Ken Griffey Jr - Seattle Mariners

250 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
256 Keibert Ruiz - Los Angeles Dodgers
263 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
265 Mike Clevinger - San Diego Padres
266 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres
269 Jesus Sanchez - Miami Marlins
275 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
277 Alec Bohm - Philadelphia Phillies
285 Dylan Carlson - St. Louis Cardinals
291 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
297 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
298 Luis Garcia - Washington Nationals
301 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
302 Jackie Robinson - Los Angeles Dodgers
309 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
310 Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
319 Triston McKenzie - Cleveland Indians
321 Casey Mize - Detroit Tigers
322 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
325 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
327 George Brett - Kansas City Royals
330 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
Super Short Print SSP
1 Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego Padres
12 Joey Bart - San Francisco Giants
13 Mookie Betts - Los Angeles Dodgers
27 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
43 Jo Adell - Los Angeles Angels
84 Pete Alonso - New York Mets
92 Tarik Skubal - Detroit Tigers
99 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
100 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
113 Nate Pearson - Toronto Blue Jays
143 Ryan Mountcastle - Baltimore Orioles
187 Cristian Pache - Atlanta Braves
197 Nick Madrigal - Chicago White Sox
223 Luis Robert - Chicago White Sox
239 Ian Anderson - Atlanta Braves
250 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
263 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
277 Alec Bohm - Philadelphia Phillies
285 Dylan Carlson - St. Louis Cardinals
297 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
298 Luis Garcia - Washington Nationals
319 Triston McKenzie - Cleveland Indians
321 Casey Mize - Detroit Tigers
322 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
330 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
Ultra Short Print SSSP
224 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
227 Mike Yastrzemski - San Francisco Giants
246 Cavan Biggio - Toronto Blue Jays
247 Ken Griffey Jr - Seattle Mariners
266 Roberto Alomar - San Diego Padres

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2021 Donruss

  • Blue Holo

  • Orange Holo

  • Pink Holo

  • Purple Holo

  • Red Holo

  • Independence Day

  • Liberty

  • Career Stat Line - #/500 or less

  • Season Stat Line - #/400 or less

  • One Hundred - #/100

  • On Fire - #/75

  • Presidential Collection - #/50

  • Mask Emoji - #/19

  • Artist Proof - #/10

  • Press Proof - #/5

  • Number One - 1/1

  • Printing Plates - 1/1

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Variations

What to look for?

- Nickname and City Nickname Variations

- Photo Image Variations

- Back Text Variation

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Checklist

67 Mike Yastrzemski - San Francisco Giants
71 Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego Padres
79 Josh Donaldson - Minnesota Twins
82 Keston Hiura - Milwaukee Brewers
90 Lucas Giolito - Chicago White Sox
101 Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers
105 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
107 Anthony Rendon - Los Angeles Angels
130 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
139 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
143 Luis Robert - Chicago White Sox
146 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
150 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
154 Starling Marte - Miami Marlins
155 Brandon Lowe - Tampa Bay Rays
161 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
165 Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
170 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
172 Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals
173 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies

174 Yordan Alvarez - Houston Astros
182 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
183 Shane Bieber - Cleveland Indians
189 Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
200 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
202 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
206 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
212 Gerrit Cole - New York Yankees
Retro 1987 Variations
216 Jim Thome - Cleveland Indians
223 Lance Berkman - Houston Astros
228 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees
235 Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
236 Roger Clemens - Boston Red Sox
239 Sammy Sosa - Chicago Cubs
240 Bartolo Colon - Cleveland Indians
247 Rickey Henderson - New York Yankees
253 Alex Rodriguez - Seattle Mariners
257 Paul Molitor - Milwaukee Brewers

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