Rookie Card Year: 2010
Investment Rating: 8.0
Giancarlo Stanton is one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball. But as good as he is, you don't hear a ton about him because he plays for the Miami Marlins. But there's only so long you can ignore great numbers. If he continues with the same trajectory, it shouldn't be long before Giancarlo Stanton cards get the attention they deserve.
The first Giancarlo Stanton cards came out in 2008 under the name he used to go by, Mike (or Michael). All of these came from prospect sets or were inserts so they're technically not rookie cards. That said, it's unlikely you'll find a card of his that's more universally popular than the 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autograph.
Giancarlo Stanton rookie cards came out in 2010 following his debut with the Marlins. Most are extremely affordable, although there are a couple of high-end options as well. Stanton also appeared on several autographed inserts in 2010.
Below is a full list of Stanton's rookie cards. Click on the tab above to see Stanton's key prospect cards.
Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Cards
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This is about as basic (and cheap) as it comes for Giancarlo Stanton rookie cards. Don't expect to pay much as a lot of collectors opt for the slightly more premium yet still affordable options like Bowman Chrome.
Although still a very affordable card, it offers a bit more of an upscale feel over the base Bowman Draft and Topps Update Giancarlo Stanton rookie cards. Collectors also have lots of Refractors to chase.
Bowman Platinum is a brand that has evolved somewhat over the years. While it has always been about rookies and prospects, its early days were marked by dull foil. The 2010 Bowman Platinum Giancarlo Stanton is an example of this. Although a little more upscale than an entry level release, the foil board is somewhat drab.
Although it's not numbered, the 2010 Bowman Sterling Mike Stanton rookie card commands something of a premium. The reason? Good luck finding it. Base cards are tough to come by in the autograph-heavy product. As a result, there aren't many of this card to go around.
This Giancarlo Stanton rookie card has a couple of things going for it. High price tag isn't one of them. Boasting the flagship design, there's a good chance you'll see this card recycled over the years. The horizontal action shot is much more exciting than the photos on his other rookies as well.
This is a solid option, but one that's overshadowed by the autographed version. 2010 Topps Chrome is notorious for curling, so other than a top loader, storage might be a little trickier. In modern Topps Chrome fashion, there are plenty of Refractor parallels to chase as well.
Rarity is the driving force behind this card. Coming from a high-end set, it's one of only two serial numbered Giancarlo Stanton rookie cards. Limited to 250 copies, they don't show up in large numbers and command something of a premium that's similar to Bowman Sterling.
Although Giancarlo Stanton has several autographs from 2010, Triple Threads is the only one that's a base set rookie card. Not only is it signed on-card, but it also has three memorabilia swatches and it's numbered to 99 copies.
Key Giancarlo Stanton Prospect Cards
The following is a list of key cards that came out before Stanton's MLB debut. They're either from prospect-only sets or are numbered outside of the base set and are, therefore, not traditional rookie cards. However, collectors still think highly of them and are often traded like rookies.
If you're looking for the top Giancarlo Stanton card, this is the one that most will choose. Bowman Chrome Autographs have become the cornerstone of the prospect market. Signed on-card, base versions top three figures. There are also Refractor versions that are numbered and can go for much higher. It's not cheap, but this is the Giancarlo Stanton card most aim.
Donruss/Playoff produced several unlicensed prospect sets with early Giancarlo Stanton cards. 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition is the rarest of the base cards. Numbered to 100, it's also signed. Even though Stanton is not in a MLB uniform, the card still moves at strong prices due to its rarity.
Done with the same foil card stock as Elite Extra Edition, the 2008 Donruss Threads Giancarlo Stanton is much more plentiful and affordable. It's probably best for those who are looking for an early autograph more than an attractive card.
The Contenders name is more popular in football than it is in baseball. Although the 2008 Playoff Contenders Giancarlo Stanton carries the Rookie Ticket Autograph name, it doesn't look much like a ticket. However, the low print run of 149 is a nice selling point for those looking for something on the rare side.
This card has a nice ornate look that is disrupted somewhat by the sticker autograph. Again, the low print run, this time to 249, is the most appealing aspect.