The 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Card Short Print and Variations Guide

The 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Card Short Print and Variations Guide

The much anticipated release of 2022 Topps Baseball is finally upon us. For months, you have marked February 16th on your calendar and now the countdown is over. While the excitement for this year’s Topps flagship product is due to the inclusion of Wander Franco’s true rookie card, you will also be on the hunt for variation cards that feature stars, rookies and all-time greats of the game. Just like previous years, the short prints (SP), super sport prints (SSP), and Ultra Short Prints (USP) will be hot commodities, but without an official checklist to look through, how are we to know which ones are the variations? Well, Vintage Breaks has you covered.

How to Spot 2022 Topps Series 1 Variations

Long-time collectors with a keen eye may be able to recognize a variation by the photography alone such as Andrew McCuthen’s 2020 Topps Series 2 SP where he was looking cool in a throwback Phillies uniform, bandana, and shades while holding a cup from a 70’s coffee vending machine or Mike Trout’s 2021 Topps Series 1 SSP that shows him wearing a mask. But the sure-fire way to spot a variation is to look at the back of the card.

When you turn over the card, look at the bottom and you will find in bold: CODE# followed by a series of numbers. All you will have to look for are the last three digits to determine whether or not you have a variation. The three digits to look for are as follows:

  • Base cards will end in #543
  • Short Prints will end in #560
  • Super Short Prints will end in #561
  • Ultra Short Prints will end in #562

The odds of finding a variation are as follows:

Hobby Packs                            

  • SP - 1:112                             
  • SSP - 1:3,341

Jumbo Packs

  • SP - 1:34
  • SSP 1:1,018     

Retail Packs

  • SP - 1:98  and 1:112 blaster packs
  • SSP 1:2,992  and 1:3,342 blaster packs


If you're looking for 2022 Topps Series TWO variation information, we have that for you here. We also have the 2022 Topps UPDATE variations here.

The 2022 Topps Baseball Series 1 will be popular for sure, but we know other Topps releases are still on your radar as you want to chase big rookies in the Vintage Breaks card breaks. We have the following products with available spots right now!


2022 Topps Series 1 First Edition



All 330 cards from the Topps Series 1 issue you just read about are in this product but these are FIRST EDITION cards with a special first edition foil stamp. Gold, Red, and Platinum parallels are are possible, as are autographs. If you would like to chase a Wander Franco 1st Edition rookie card, this is the product for you. You can buy a personal pack for $65 here:


2019 Topps Series 2



2019 Topps Series 2 has rookies and parallels of Fernando Tatis, Jr. We have packs in a Hobby Box for $37.50 here:



2019 Topps Update



The Update Series from 2109 holds rookie cards Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Austin Riley. We have a jumbo box break with spots by the pack for $70 each here:



2018 Topps Update



With 2018 Update you can find autographs and parallels of Shohei Ohtani, Ronald Acuna Jr, and Juan Soto. Your chance to pull a rookie card of the reigning MVP and two-way star, Ohtani is in this product! We have a hobby box and spots available by the pack for $65 here:



1959 Fleer Ted Williams



We can't called "Vintage" Breaks for no reason; we have your vintage baseball products, too! We know this isn't a Topps brand but we wanted to offer you spots in this incredible pack. Look for a pack-fresh Teddy Ballgame card from 1959 Fleer Ted Williams for $425 per spot, by the card, here:



1993 Topps Series 1


'The '93 Series 1 packs we have is where you can Derek Jeter’s Gold Rookie and Base Rookie. You can get your spots by the card for $4.00 here:


We pulled a Jeter Gold rookie live on the show before. Check out this pull!


We have MANY baseball breaks available on the site! We also have card breaks for every sport - football, basketball, hockey, racing, wrestling. There are non-sports like Pokémon on the site, too. Come window shop any time here:


We now have 2023 Topps Series 1 breaks! 

If you're looking for 2023 Topps breaks. we have hobby packs available at $8.00 per pack here:





Vintage Breaks offers THE BEST VALUE IN BREAKING.

When you check out for a spot on the site, the price you see is the price you pay. Taxes and shipping are included!  Your cards always come protected in holders.  The last time you mailed a package out had to have set you back more than three bucks, right?  If you buy a $3.00 spot, you get your card holdered and shipped for that price.

Lack of product in stores has been a problem; we see the same empty shelves that you do.  If you can't find cards, Vintage Breaks is your solution.

FUN!  Cards are our passion!  Isn't is just more fun to chat with other collectors? Come hang with us and other collectors just like you during our breaks!  

A Vintage Breaks, we have our main breaking show in New Jersey (The North), to go with our night owls in the South (Georgia), and the West (Arizona).  You can always check our CALENDAR to see when we're breaking.


If you have sealed wax, vintage or modern, that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer.  We're always interested in both sealed product of both sport and non-sport.  Whether you have that rare 1955 Bowman cello pack, a wax box of 1984 Topps football, 1977 Topps Star Wars, Pokémon, or 2019 Panini National Treasures basketball you'd like to sell, we'd love to hear from you!


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