San Francisco Giants Rookie Card Guide – 2012 World Series Edition

San Francisco Giants Rookie Card Guide – 2012 World Series Edition

The San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions for the second time in three years. Both times they've done it with a roster that's made up largely of players largely ignored by the hobby. Save for Buster Posey and, maybe, Pablo Sandoval, the Giants don't have any big-time superstars carrying them. Matt Cain and Hunter Pence have a core group of followers, but they still haven't taken the hobby by storm. Tim Lincecum is something of an enigma, struggling through the regular season and largely relegated to the Giants' bullpen in the playoffs.

For Giants fans, collecting their team's postseason starting lineup is largely inexpensive and fairly straightforward. Most of the squad only has a handful of rookie cards. Few have autographs or short prints that can sometimes complicate matters. Outside of Posey, most San Francisco Giants rookie cards can be found for very little. One that collectors may want to watch is the 2008 Topps Heritage Pablo Sandoval. It's the third baseman's only official rookie card. It may not be limited, but if Sandoval comes through in the clutch, demand will far exceed supply as everyone will be chasing the same card.

Here's a comprehensive look at the rookie cards for the San Francisco Giants' starters and rotation. It includes all the rookie cards for every player. You can easily shop for the players' rookies by clicking on their name. We've also linked directly to the most popular cards.

Brandon Belt, 1B

Marco Scutaro, 2B

  • 2001 Topps Fusion Marco Scutaro RC #244

Pablo Sandoval, 3B

Brandon Crawford, SS

  • 2011 Bowman Draft Brandon Crawford RC #BDP25
  • 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Brandon Crawford RC #BDP25
  • 2011 Topps Update Series Brandon Crawford RC #US234

Hunter Pence, OF

Angel Pagan, OF

  • 2002 Bowman Angel Pagan RC #167
  • 2002 Bowman Chrome Angel Pagan RC #159
  • 2002 Bowman Heritage Angel Pagan RC #26

Gregor Blanco, OF

Buster Posey, C

Madison Bumgarner, SP

  • 2010 Bowman Madison Bumgarner RC #206
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Madison Bumgarner RC #BDP9
  • 2010 Bowman Platinum Madison Bumgarner RC #73
  • 2010 Bowman Sterling Madison Bumgarner RC #7
  • 2010 Topps Madison Bumgarner RC #105
  • 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Madison Bumgarner RC #6
  • 2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner RC #161 #/106 Autograph (9 different autographed manufactured letter patches, each numbered to 106)
  • 2010 Topps Heritage Madison Bumgarner RC #161
  • 2010 Topps National Chicle Madison Bumgarner RC #257
  • 2010 Topps Opening Day Madison Bumgarner RC #209

Matt Cain, SP

  • 2002 Bowman Draft Matt Cain RC #BDP25
  • 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Matt Cain RC #BDP25

Ryan Vogelsong, SP

  • 2000 Bowman Draft Ryan Vogelsong RC #63
  • 2000 Bowman Chrome Draft Ryan Vogelsong RC #63
  • 2000 Fleer Tradition Update Ryan Vogelsong RC #140
  • 2000 Pacific Omega #235 Ryan Vogelsong RC #/999 with Aaron Fultz

Barry Zito, SP

  • 2000 Bowman Best Barry Zito RC #419
  • 2000 Bowman Chrome Barry Zito RC #419
  • 2000 Bowman's Best Barry Zito RC #155 #/2999
  • 2000 Fleer Tradition Update Best Barry Zito RC #92 with Terrence Long
  • 2000 Pacific Omega Best Barry Zito RC #231 #/999 with Jason Boyd
  • 2000 SP Authentic Best Barry Zito RC #136 #/1700
  • 2000 SPx Best Barry Zito RC #148 #/1500 Autograph
  • 2000 Topps Best Barry Zito RC #451 with Ben Sheets
  • 2000 Topps Chrome Best Barry Zito RC #451 with Ben Sheets
  • 2000 Ultimate Victory Best Barry Zito RC #104 #/2500
  • 2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond Rookie Update Barry Zito RC #91 #/1000
  • 2000 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects Best Barry Zito RC #101 #/1350
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2006 BOWMAN CHROME PABLO SANDOVAL PSA 10 RC #BC181
$22.95
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Jon Lester * Hunter Pence * Autograph Rookie Auto Plate RC BGS 1 1
$124.99
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Felix Pie * Hunter Pence * Autograph Rookie Auto Plate RC BGS 1 1
$99.99
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2009 Donruss Elite Extra Brandon Belt Autograph Auto Rookie RC 100
$69.99
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2009 Donruss Elite Extra Brandon Belt Autograph Auto Rookie RC 610
$54.99
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2007 SP Rookie Edition AUTO #166 Tim Lincecum RC GIANTS VERY RARE
$99.99
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2010 TOPPS CHICLE BUSTER POSEY ROOKIE RC GIANTS
$8.95
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BUSTER POSEY 2008 PLAYOFF CONTENDERS SHORT PRINT AUTO ROOKIE
$89.99
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BRANDON BELT 2011 BOWMAN ROOKIE GRADED GEM MINT 10 Giants
$5.35
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2011 BRANDON BELT TOPPS CHROME PURPLE REFRACTOR RC # 499 MINT++
$5.54
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2011 Topps Marquee Brandon Belt Auto Dual Jersey RC #'d 278 400 SF Giants
$24.99
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BGS 9.5 2007 Fleer HUNTER PENCE SP RC **THE ONLY 9.5!!
$49.99
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