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2018 Topps Update Variation Guide

Release Date: October, 22

Topps Update follows the same format and similar odds as that of Series 2. There Short Prints (SP) and Super-Short Prints (SSP) to hunt down. SSPs are easier to get than Series 2. Update also features more Legend variations that will take place of a current player, using the same card number. 2018 Topps Update also features Variation SP and SSP Autographs to look for. Ohtani has a number of cards in this set, as well as numerous variations. He has a legend variation (Nolan Ryan), a base SP variation, and a SSP both for pitching and hitting. Acuna also features a legend variation (Jeter), one SP and 2 SSPs. I'll show as many images I can without making the page too long. 

What to Look For?

No rhyme or reason to the theme of the images used for the variations. There are a lot pre-game ritual images as there were in the other sets, but it's not exclusive to those types of images. The legend variations should be obvious pulls, but the SPs and SSPs can be tricky to spot. As always, Topps changes the code on the back of the card, on the very bottom in small print. Here are the codes to look for if you want to double check any stacks that you think may have a variation. 

SP’s: end in 30 - 1:45 Hobby Pack Odds/1:9 Jumbo Pack Odds

SSP: end in 32 - 1:273 Hobby Pack Odds/1:71 Jumbo Pack Odds

SPs
SSPs
Yankees Version is SP
Legend Variations
Base
SP
Base
SP

2018 Topps Update Variation Checklist

SP Variations
US1 Nolan Ryan - California Angels
US1 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels RC
US7 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees
US7 Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees
US9 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates
US10 Ian Kinsler - Boston Red Sox
US12 Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals RC
US14 Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies RC
US20 Don Mattingly - New York Yankees
US21 Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles Dodgers
US23 Pedro Martinez - Boston Red Sox
US23 Wade Boggs - Boston Red Sox
US31 Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
US34 Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay Rays RC
US38 Torii Hunter - Minnesota Twins
US44 Hank Aaron - Atlanta Braves
US58 Jordan Hicks - St. Louis Cardinals RC
US64 Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox
US68 Michael Soroka - Atlanta Braves RC
US73 Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis Cardinals
US76 George Brett - Kansas City Royals
US83 Andrew McCutchen - San Francisco Giants
US83 Andrew McCutchen - New York Yankees
US95 Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics RC
US98 Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
US100 Ichiro - Seattle Mariners
US101 Roger Clemens - Boston Red Sox
US110 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays RC
US111 Bob Gibson - St. Louis Cardinals
US118 Evan Longoria - San Francisco Giants
US118 Bo Jackson - Kansas City Royals
US121 Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
US151 Matt Kemp - Los Angeles Dodgers
US157 Ernie Banks - Chicago Cubs
US174 Fernando Romero - Minnesota Twins RC
US177 Mike Piazza - New York Mets
US195 J.D. Martinez - Boston Red Sox
US197 Will Clark - San Francisco Giants
US200 Lous Gehrig - New York Yankees

US200 Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees RC
US201 Nick Kingham - Pittsburgh Pirates RC
US213 Todd Frazier - New York Mets
US217 Trevor Hoffman - San Diego Padres
US218 Tyler O'Neill - St. Louis Cardinals RC
US232 Josh Donaldson - Cleveland Indians
US248 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
US250 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
US250 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves RC
US253 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
US259 Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
US271 Joey Lucchesi - San Diego Padres RC
US300 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals RC
SSP Variations
US1 Shohei Ohtani - LA Angels (Batting) RC
US1 Shohei Ohtani - LA Angels (Pitching) RC
US12 Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals RC
US14 Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies RC
US34 Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay Rays RC
US39 Freddy Peralta - Milwaukee Brewers RC
US58 Jordan Hicks - St. Louis Cardinals RC
US68 Michael Soroka - Atlanta Braves RC
US88 Daniel Mengden - Oakland Athletics RC
US95 Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics RC
US107 Rally Goose - Detroit Tigers
US110 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays RC
US174 Fernando Romero - Minnesota Twins RC
US175 Dylan Cozens - Philadelphia Phillies RC
US198 Shane Bieber - Cleveland Indians RC
US200 Gleyber Torres - NY Yankees (Batting) RC
US200 Gleyber Torres - NY Yankees (Throwing) RC
US201 Nick Kingham - Pittsburgh Pirates RC
US218 Tyler O'Neill - St. Louis Cardinals RC
US242 Franmil Reyes - San Diego Padres RC
US250 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Braves (Batting) RC
US250 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Braves (Field) RC
US257 Chris Stratton - San Francisco Giants RC
US281 Willy Adames - Tampa Bay Rays RC
US300 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals RC

Ohtani Variations
Base
Legend
SP
SSP - Hitting
SSP - Pitching
Acuna Variations
Base
Legend
SP
SSP - Hitting
SSP - Field

2018 Topps Update Variation Autograph Checklist

SP Variations
BSPA-AC Andrew McCutchen - San Francisco Giants
BSPA-AM Austin Meadows - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSPA-BG Bob Gibson - St. Louis Cardinals
BSPA-BJ Bo Jackson - Kansas City Royals
BSPA-CJ Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-CR Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
BSPA-CY Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
BSPA-DF Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics
BSPA-DM Don Mattingly - New York Yankees
BSPA-EL Evan Longoria - San Francisco Giants
BSPA-FR Fernando Romero - Minnesota Twins
BSPA-GT Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
BSPA-I Ichiro - Seattle Mariners
BSPA-IK Ian Kinsler - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-JS Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
BSPA-LG Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
BSPA-MC Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
BSPA-MM Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals
BSPA-MO Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis Cardinals
BSPA-MS Michael Soroka - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-NK Nick Kingham - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSPA-NR Nolan Ryan - California Angels
BSPA-PM Pedro Martinez - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-RA Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-RH Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics

BSPA-RJ Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
BSPA-SK Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies
BSPA-SO Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
BSPA-TF Todd Frazier - New York Mets
BSPA-TH Torii Hunter - Minnesota Twins
BSPA-WB Wade Boggs - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-WC Will Clark - San Francisco Giants
SSP Variations
BSRA-AM Austin Meadows - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSRA-CS Chris Stratton - San Francisco Giants
BSRA-DF Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics
BSRA-DM Daniel Mengden - Oakland Athletics
BSRA-FE Franmil Reyes - San Diego Padres
BSRA-GO Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
BSRA-GT Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
BSRA-JS Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
BSRA-LG Lourdes Gurriel - Toronto Blue Jays
BSRA-MM Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals
BSRA-MS Michael Soroka - Atlanta Braves
BSRA-NK Nick Kingham - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSRA-RA Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
BSRA-RC Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
BSRA-SH Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
BSRA-SK Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies
BSRA-SO Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels

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