Variations of the 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set offer new cards of some of the season’s top rookies. It’s not just the usual five-card bonus pack found in retail factory sets. Opening three-day debuts that do not have standard base cards in 2022 Topps Series 1 or Series 2 make appearances in all versions of the box set.
Once you get past that, there are also other surprises in the form of more traditional print variations.
Opening Day Dandies
Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt Jr. and Spencer Torkelson have all broken spring training with their MLB clubs. While it’s too late to make them part of the base Series 2 set, all three have short print variations that are among the product’s most popular cards.
The rookie trio have three different cards in the Topps Baseball 2022 factory sets. So even though the box says it’s a 660-card set, those bring them up to 663. Basically, this are variations of variations.
These three cards are in all factory, hobby, and retail sets. As a result, collectors should have no trouble finding them over the long term. It must also maintain reasonable prices.
In addition to having different photos on the front, factory game cards also state “Full Games” under the card number on the back. Their counterparts inserted in the pack say “Series Two”.
Several other players have appeared with factory builds over the past decade, including Bryce Harper (2012), Ronald Acuna Jr. (2018), and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2019). All offer alternatives to short runs or variations added to Series 2 of their respective years.
Retail Beginner Variations
While Rodriguez, Witt and Torkelson were somewhat of a surprise, five rookie variations of the Topps Baseball Retail Factory 2022 set were still happening.
In keeping with a trend that dates back several years, retail sets come with a bonus pack of five top recruits, all using different photos. These have a notation on the back, although this is an error stating “Chrome” under the board number instead of “Full Sets”.
Wander Franco spotlights the players in sets for 2022. Jarren Duran, Shane Baz, Oneil Cruz and Brandon Marsh round it all out. They do not replace their usual cards. These are also in the factory sets. Variants are bonus cards.
These five cards are only in retail sets. Hobby sets instead have five leaf parallels.
Target Topps Chrome Rookie Variations
Another throwback wrinkle is five more Topps Chrome variations found in specially-marked sets at Target.
These are the same five players as the retail variants, but these sets also have one of the Chrome cards. They have completely different images.
Typically, Target also carries the regular retail factory set, so if you’re looking for the Chrome exclusives, be sure to check the box first. They are in a green box with the Chrome cards noted on the front but not on the top.
Basic card printing variants
Extras aren’t the only variations found in Topps Baseball 2022 factory sets. There are some small but big printing changes that make alternate versions of their pack-pulled counterparts.
The big ones are Series 1 players with the RC Shield. For the logo, it is noticeably larger than on those found in the packs.
The change has already been made in Series 2, so there is no difference for recruits #331 and above on the checklist.
Many set builders were annoyed that some Topps 2022 Series 1 backs were flipped in the opposite direction. It is noted by some collectors that this has been corrected for the factory set so that everything lines up nicely in a binder.
2022 Topps Baseball Factory Set Variations Checklist
The following list offers a quick overview of the bonus variations found in the 2022 Topps Baseball factory sets. It does not cover printing modifications. If you are looking for a specific card, click on the link to define what is currently on eBay.
187 Jarren Duran – retail sets
215 Wander Franco – retail sets
243 Brandon Marsh – retail sets
421 Shane Baz – retail sets
537 Oneil Cruz – retail sets
658 Spencer Torkelson – all sets
659 Julio Rodriguez – all together
660 Bobby Witt Jr. – all sets
Topps Chrome Variations
187 Jarren Duran – Target
215 Wander Franco – Target
243 Brandon Marsh – Target
421 Shane Baz – Target
537 Oneil Cruz – Target
2022 Topps Baseball Full Set Bonus Variations Gallery
The following three cards are available in everything 2022 Topps Baseball Factory Sets – Hobby and Retail.
658 Spencer Torkelson, Detroit Tigers
659 Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Sailors
660 Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals
2022 Topps Baseball Retail Full Set Rookie Variations Gallery
These five variants are bonus cards in the Topps Baseball 2022 factory retail sets.