2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Guide

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Guide

The 2018 Topps Update Series Baseball variations stick to the typical flagship style of SP/SSP options, MLB legends and moderate overall rarity. There are also autographed versions for many of the subjects.

Adding a little more to the short print hunt with signatures, Topps made it easier this time by including the full variation autograph lineup on the final 2018 Topps Update Series Baseball checklist. Those are listed below, as well.

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Replacing the base subjects entirely, the Legend cards feature retired greats. Outside of the key rookies, these tend to be some of the most popular cards since they let collectors obtain new flagship options for the former stars.

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variation Odds / Set Details

Although the SP variations in 2017 Update were incredibly easy to pull, 2018 Topps Update Series Baseball variations are more in line with the pack odds found in 2018 Series 2. More specifically, that is 1:9 Jumbo and 1:45 Hobby for the standard short prints, and 1:71 Jumbo and 1:273 Hobby for the super short prints.

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variation Codes

Given the sheer number of choices and the inconsistency with how they are placed in the checklist, the CMP codes can be particularly useful for identifying the 2018 Topps Update Series Baseball variations, even if it is not their intended purpose. Simply check the final digits on the back of the card (under the stats) to see what you have. They are in the bolded section to the right of the Topps website URL in the bottom-right corner.

  • SP Variations end in #30
  • SSP Variations end in #32

We should have most of the cards up in the coming days, but please email us if you have missing details (or images) to add to the guide.

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations 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

2018 Topps Update Series Variations Autograph Checklist

SP Variations
Andrew McCutchen - San Francisco Giants
Austin Meadows - Pittsburgh Pirates
Bob Gibson - St. Louis Cardinals
Bo Jackson - Kansas City Royals
Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics
Don Mattingly - New York Yankees
Evan Longoria - San Francisco Giants
Fernando Romero - Minnesota Twins
Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
Ichiro - Seattle Mariners
Ian Kinsler - Boston Red Sox
Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals
Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Soroka - Atlanta Braves
Nick Kingham - Pittsburgh Pirates
Nolan Ryan - California Angels
Pedro Martinez - Boston Red Sox
Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies
Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
Todd Frazier - New York Mets
Torii Hunter - Minnesota Twins
Wade Boggs - Boston Red Sox
Will Clark - San Francisco Giants
SSP Variations
Austin Meadows - Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Stratton - San Francisco Giants
Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics
Daniel Mengden - Oakland Athletics
Franmil Reyes - San Diego Padres
Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
Lourdes Gurriel - Toronto Blue Jays
Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Soroka - Atlanta Braves
Nick Kingham - Pittsburgh Pirates
Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies
Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels

The helpful set checklist above makes it easy to scan for your favorite player or team while the gallery below can be used to identify the 2018 Topps Update Series Baseball variations as you are going through stacks of cards.

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Gallery

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US1 Nolan Ryan - California Angels

Base - Shohei Ohtani 

SP Legend Variation 

US1 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation Batting

SSP Variation Pitching

US7 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees

Base - Giancarlo Stanton

SP Legend Variation 

US7 Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees

Base

SP Variation 

US9 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base - Nick Kingham RD

SP Legend Variation 

US10 Ian Kinsler - Boston Red Sox

Base 

SP Variation 

US12 Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation

US14 Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies

Base RD

SP Variation 

SSP Variation 

US20 Don Mattingly - New York Yankees

Base - Jeurys Familia

SP Legend Variation 

US21 Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base - Kenley Jansen AS

SP Legend Variation 

US23 Pedro Martinez - Boston Red Sox

Base - J.D. Martinez AS

SP Legend Variation 

US23 Wade Boggs - Boston Red Sox

Base - J.D. Martinez AS

SP Legend Variation 

US31 Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves

Base - Jose Ramirez AS

SP Legend Variation 

US34 Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay Rays

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation 

US38 Torii Hunter - Minnesota Twins

Base - Jose Berrios AS

SP Legend Variation 

US39 Freddy Peralta - Milwaukee Brewers

Base RC

SSP Variation 

US44 Hank Aaron - Atlanta Braves

Base - Freddie Freeman AS

SP Legend Variation 

US58 Jordan Hicks - St. Louis Cardinals

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation

US64 Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox

Base - Mookie Betts AS

SP Variation 

US68 Michael Soroka - Atlanta Braves

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation 

US73 Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis Cardinals

Base

SP Variation 

US76 George Brett - Kansas City Royals

Base - Salvador Perez AS

SP Legend Variation 

US83 Andrew McCutchen - San Francisco Giants

Base

SP Variation 

US83 Andrew McCutchen - New York Yankees

Base

SP Variation 

US88 Daniel Mengden - Oakland Athletics

Base RC

SSP Variation 

US95 Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation 

US98 Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners

Base - Edwin Diaz AS

SP Legend Variation 

US100 Ichiro - Seattle Mariners

Base 

SP Variation 

US101 Roger Clemens - Boston Red Sox

Base - Chris Sale AS

SP Legend Variation 

US107 Rally Goose - Detroit Tigers

Base - Craig Kimbrel AS

SSP Variation 

US110 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation

US111 Bob Gibson - St. Louis Cardinals

Base - Jean Segura 

SP Legend Variation 

US118 Evan Longoria - San Francisco Giants

Base

SP Variation 

US118 Bo Jackson - Kansas City Royals

Base - Evan Longoria

SP Legend Variation 

US121 Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics

Base - George Springer

SP Legend Variation 

US151 Matt Kemp - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base 

SP Variation 

US157 Ernie Banks - Chicago Cubs

Base - Francisco Lindor AS 

SP Legend Variation 

US174 Fernando Romero - Minnesota Twins

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation

US175 Dylan Cozens - Philadelphia Phillies RC

Base RC

SSP Variation 

US177 Mike Piazza - New York Mets

Base - Jacob DeGrom AS

SP Legend Variation 

US195 J.D. Martinez - Boston Red Sox

Base

SP Variation 

US197 Will Clark - San Francisco Giants

Base - Joe Jimenez AS

SP Legend Variation 

US198 Shane Bieber - Cleveland Indians

Base RC

SSP Variation 

US200 Lou Gehrig - New York Yankees

Base - Gleyber Torres

SP Legend Variation 

US200 Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation Batting

SSP Variation Throwing

US201 Nick Kingham - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation

US213 Todd Frazier - New York Mets

Base 

SP Variation 

US217 Trevor Hoffman - San Diego Padres

Base - Justin Verlander AS

SP Legend Variation 

US218 Tyler O'Neill - St. Louis Cardinals

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation 

US232 Josh Donaldson - Cleveland Indians

Base - Brad Hand

SP Variation 

US242 Franmil Reyes - San Diego Padres

Base RC

SSP Variation 

US248 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers

Base 

SP Variation 

US250 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees

Base - Ronald Acuña Jr.

SP Legend Variation 

US250 Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves

Base RC

SP Variation 

SSP Variation Batting

SSP Variation Field

US253 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles

Base - Manny Machado AS

SP Legend Variation 

US257 Chris Stratton - San Francisco Giants

Base RC

SSP Variation 

US259 Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics

Base - Stephen Piscotty

SP Legend Variation 

US271 Joey Lucchesi - San Diego Padres

Base RC

SP Variation 

US281 Willy Adames - Tampa Bay Rays

Base RC

SSP Variation 

US300 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals

Base RC

2018 Topps Update Series Baseball

SP Variation 

SSP Variation

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User Comments

  1. Wanted to add US177, so variation Mike Piazza

  2. It looks like there is a detroit tigers rally goose sp or ssp card.

    Not sure who it replaces.

    Here is a thread where someone pulled it.

    https://www.blowoutforums.com/showthread.php?t=1247392

  3. A goofy rally goose is all Topps could come up with for the Tigers?!? I know the Tigers stink but c’mon Topps! Should have put a Mickey Lolich card in there, after all they did one for Bob Gibson, who Lolich beat in the 1968 World Series, eh?

  4. Saw eBay seller had U58 Jordan Hicks SSP card for sale. St. Louis Cardinals had 3 RC SP cards so they will also have 3 RC SSP cards. You could check out eBay to find it. Maybe the seller will allow you to post the picture.

  5. I’d be so ticked off if I pulled the rally goose. What a waste. Of course, no White Sox variations. Sigh.

  6. I’m back in the hobby after 12 years of leaving it & I must say these insert cards are getting very confusing. I read about the numbering system they have, but example 2018 TOPPS Update Series Legends in the Making is #’d on back (LITM), same as 2018 TOPPS Series 1.

    How are we going to remember 20 years down the road what insert cards came from what series? TOPPS should only make 1 style for each year & have many different insert sets, but then, don’t redo them in Series 2 or Update Series as it is getting very confusing for some of us folks.

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