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2018 Topps Chrome Variation Guide

Release Date: August 1

Topps Chrome is as hot as ever in 2018. This set features 25 photo variations. Each base variation is actually a refractor so it should be easy to spot. The images are following the same theme as the Topps flagship sets, players in pre-game/playful routines. Some of the variations are kind of stale and boring, but there are a few that are really feel like a good image variation (i.e. trout signing from the dugout). These variations just add to the many things that collectors are looking for when cracking open Topps Chrome this season. These variations are super short printed (SSP) making them tougher to get than other sets. It's not a bad thing if variations are tougher to get. All of these variations are featured with the low numbered Green (/99), Orange (/25), and Red Refractors (/5), plus a Superfractor (1/1). Also, I will give details on special Rookie Variations that being put only in WalMart factory sets of Topps.

What to Look For?

As we have already been looking for the pre-game routines images from the two flagship Topps sets this year, we can also look for the refractor finish for the variations. It should make these easier to find. But like the other Topps sets, the codes on the back are there to help identify if needed. Here are the codes:

Base Cards: end in 161 

Variations: end in 195


2018 Topps Chrome Variation Checklist

1 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
8 Josh Donaldson - Toronto Blue Jays
25 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox RC
29 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
49 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
50 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
52 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
60 Amed Rosario - New York Mets RC
70 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies RC
72 Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves RC
73 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
94 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
99 Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets

100 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
121 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
139 Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
147 Nick Williams - Philadelphia Phillies RC
148 Clint Frazier - New York Yankees RC
150 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels RC
151 Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox
162 Dominic Smith - New York Mets RC
167 Alex Verdugo - Los Angeles Dodgers RC
175 Victor Robles - Washington Nationals RC
186 Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees
200 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros

2018 Topps Chrome Walmart Factory Set Rookie Variation Checklist

Topps has added some extra Chrome Rookie Variations to their Walmart exclusive factory sets. There are 5 key rookies that have one of these variations that can only be found in these factory sets. The images DO NOT follow the same theme as the others, these are normal image variations of the player in action. There is one variation per set. These also have the same refractors that Topps Chrome variations have. Here is who you can find in the factory sets, images below:

7 Clint Frazier
18 Rafael Devers
63 Amed Rosario
166 Victor Robles
259 Rhys Hoskins
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