Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card Rankings and Other Key Early Cards
A couple of name changes and a whole lot of home runs later, the Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card roster is starting to gain more attention. Injuries and playing for a small-market team has kept the slugger’s profile somewhat smaller than one might expect given his numbers and explosive style of play.
But one can only stay overlooked for so long before collectors start to notice.
Curious about what Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Cards are out there? Keep reading and you’ll not only get detailed rankings, but highlights from many of the other top early Giancarlo Stanton cards.
What’s in a Name?
Tracking down and finding Giancarlo Stanton’s earliest cards is a little more complicated due to the fact that his early cards list him as ‘Mike’ and ‘Michael.’ The signatures on these cards match as well. But make no mistake, Mike, Michael and Giancarlo Stanton cards, at least when it comes to modern baseball cards, all feature the same player.
But it’s something to consider when looking for these early cards. If Giancarlo isn’t getting a lot of hits on cards from 2008 to part way through 2012, give Mike and Michael a try. Or, if you’re searching on eBay, use ‘(Mike,Michael,Giancarlo) Stanton 2010‘ to include all three options in your hunt for your Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card of choice (or tweak it a little for other years).
Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card Rankings
Rankings are based on the most valuable Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Cards in the Beckett Baseball Card Database and Price Guide. Only cards with the RC tag are considered, not inserts and parallels. Following the Rookie Cards are highlights of other key Giancarlo Stanton cards released between 2008 and 2010.
9. 2010 Bowman Draft Giancarlo Stanton RC #BDP30
Although there are a couple of different Bowman Chrome Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Cards, he has just one under the main set’s banner. Done on traditional card stock, it’s less appealing to many collectors who prefer the chromium upgrade. As a result, this is often the cheapest of the Stanton’s RCs.
Parallels: Gold, Blue (/399), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)
8. 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Giancarlo Stanton RC #BDP30
With a card in 2010 Bowman Chrome release, this Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card is worth less than its previously released counterpart. That said, the overall design is virtually the same as is the appeal of the Refractors parallels.
Parallels: Refractors, Purple Refractors, Blue Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
7. 2010 Bowman Platinum Giancarlo Stanton RC #86
From a quality perspective, the 2010 Bowman Platinum Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card is somewhere between his Bowman and Chrome cards. The main brand name signifies the set’s focus on young players but instead of chromium, it’s printed on a foil-based stock. The card has just two parallels, but they’re both printed in moderately large numbers.
Parallels: Refractors (/999), Gold Refractors (/539)
6. 2010 Topps Chrome Giancarlo Stanton RC #190
Autographs and Refractors are the most popular elements in 2010 Topps Chrome. The base cards, including the Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card, are fairly easy to come by. They’re largely affordable, too.
It’s worth noting that Stanton has a variation of sorts that was available exclusively through a special wrapper redemption program. The card, which pictures the superstar swinging, is available only as a basic Refractor and a Green Refractor, which is numbered to 599.
Parallels: Refractors, Orange Refractors, X-Fractors, Purple Refractors (/599), Blue Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
5. 2010 Bowman Chrome Giancarlo Stanton RC #198
Bowman and Chrome are a popular combination. However, with Stanton’s first Bowman Chrome autograph coming a couple of years earlier, this one is much more affordable. Although the parallel Refractor rainbow is sizeable, it’s not quite as big as most of the brand’s releases have today. These provide the chase element that’s otherwise missing from a relatively cheap and fairly widely available card.
Parallels: Refractors, Blue Refractors (/150), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
4. 2010 Bowman Sterling Giancarlo Stanton RC #17
During its existence, Bowman Sterling was positioned as the high-end Bowman brand. But that was largely due to the abundant autographs in the product. For 2010, that meant at least two autographs per pack. Forgotten in the mix, somewhat, are the base cards. Not the easiest Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card to find, it might also be one of the more overlooked.
Parallels: Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Black Refractors (/25), Purple Refractors (/10), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red Refractors (1/1)
3. 2010 Topps Update Giancarlo Stanton RC #US50
The hobby is in an interesting place right now with flagship Topps Rookie Cards. In most instances, they’re still a ways off in value compared to high-end autographed and low-numbered RCs. At the same time, they’re starting to command noticeably more than some rarer, more premium cards. Tradition, recognition and accessibility are likely the driving forces.
The 2010 Topps Update Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card falls into this category. While it still doesn’t cost a lot, it’s outpacing the majority of his other RCs even though it’s one of the most plentiful. This includes his base Topps Chrome card and others done with flashier, more upscale technology and higher initial price tags as far as packs go.
Parallels: Target Retro, Walmart Black Border, Gold (/2010), Black (/59), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2. 2010 Topps Sterling Giancarlo Stanton RC #103 /250
The 2010 Topps Sterling Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card is not an easy one to find. One of just two Stanton RCs that comes serial numbered, it comes from a high-end set that has a somewhat complicated structure that’s heavy on autographs and memorabilia cards. The rarity is the card’s big draw, but the framed design also makes it stand out. It’s that frame that forms the basis for the card’s low-numbered parallels.
Parallels: Framed White (/50), Framed Burgundy (/10), Framed Gold (/5), Framed Suede (/3), Framed Cherry Wood (1/1), Silver (1/1)
1. 2010 Topps Triple Threads Giancarlo Stanton RC #186 Auto Jersey /99
Mulitple autograph cards exist from the slugger’s rookie season, however this is the only signed Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card that’s part of abase set. It’s also his lone relic RC. The base version is numbered to just 99 copies, making it rather difficult to find today. And while autographed Triple Threads Rookie Cards don’t always command huge values compared to some other brands, it’s the only one for the sluggers. As a result, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s the most valuable Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card.
Parallels: Sepia (/75), Emerald (/50), Gold (/25), Sapphire (/10), Platinum (1/1), White Whale Printing Plates (1/1), Wood (1/1)
Other Early Giancarlo Stanton Cards of Note
Giancarlo Stanton has lots of notable early cards that don’t fall under traditional Rookie Card definitions. Although by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of Stanton’s key cards from his rookie season and before.
2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Giancarlo Stanton Autograph #BDPP115
An insert from before his MLB debut, this may not be a Rookie Card but it’s seen by many as the key Giancarlo Stanton card. It’s a similar story to most modern Bowman Chrome autographs. Simply put, they’re king among prospectors. In turn, it transfers over to stars once they make their mark in the majors.
This isn’t the rarest Giancarlo Stanton autograph card out there. It’s not even the toughest of his 2008 autographs. But with its high demand, this doesn’t matter much.
In addition to the basic Bowman Chrome autograph, there are several numbered Refractor parallels to go with it.
Parallels: Refractors (/500), X-Fractors (/225), Blue Refractors (/150), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Signature Turn of the Century Giancarlo Stanton #74 /100
This is actually a parallel of Stanton’s main card in 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition. But given the choice between a signed and an unsigned card, most collectors are going with the signature. Numbered to just 100 copies (plus only 41 total autographed parallels), there aren’t many out there. This, and the established Elite Extra Edition branding, are the major forces driving prices on the card. As is tradition with Elite, it’s a foil-based card. This is one of the years where stickers were used rather than hard signatures.
Parallels: Signature Aspirations (/25), Signature Status (/10), Status Gold (/5), Status Black (1/1)
2008 Donruss Threads Giancarlo Stanton Autograph #144 /462
Donruss/Playoff took an aggressive approach to baseball in 2008, buoyed in large part to an increased prospect push. 2008 Donruss Threads is one of several sets from the company that year to include Stanton’s signature. At 462 copies, it’s also the most plentiful. The foil stock gives it a similar feel to Elite Extra Edition.
The card has several parallels, although most of them don’t include an autograph.
Parallels: Signatures Gold (/25), Signatures Platinum (/10)
Unsigned Parallels: Century Proof Green (/250), Century Proof Silver (/100), Century Proof Gold (/50), Century Proof Platinum (/25)
2008 Playoff Contenders Giancarlo Stanton Autograph #109
Although not numbered, the 2008 Playoff Contenders Giancarlo Stanton autograph has a print run of 149 copies. It carries the familiar Rookie Ticket Autograph name that the brand is known for, but the design doesn’t stick with the theme. Still, the brand affinity and low print run certainly add to the card compared to his other non-MLB autographs from 2008.
Parallels: Playoff Ticket (unsigned, /199), Championship Ticket (1/1)
2008 Prime Cuts Giancarlo Staton Autograph #101 /249
2008 Prime Cuts marked the high end of Donruss/Playoff’s baseball offerings that year. While veterans and retired player hits were the big draw, Stanton’s presence shows that prospects made the cut as well. Another card with a sticker autograph, this one’s numbered to 249. It has three parallels but none of them boast his signature.
Parallels (none have autographs): Century Silver (/25), Century Gold (/5), Century Platinum (1/1)
2008 Razor Letterman Giancarlo Staton Autographs
Donruss/Playoff wasn’t the only company to give Topps bigger competition in the prospect market in 2008. Razor made a big splash, not only releasing multiple sets but signing some key players at the time to exclusive deals. Stanton wasn’t an exclusive, but he was in their products.
For 2008 Razor Letterman Baseball, much of the attention was given to manufactured letter patches intended to look like they’re from the back of a jersey. Those letters came signed in this set. For Stanton, it means collectors can chase his entire last name to spell out S-T-A-N-T-O-N.
For parallels, the designs changed slightly along with the addition of serial numbers.
Parallels: 20 (/20), 5 (/5), 1 (1/1)
2008 Razor Signature Series Giancarlo Stanton Autograph #197 /1199
2008 Razor Signature Series took a more traditional approach to autographs. Stanton has a couple of cards on the main checklist. Card #97 isn’t signed but #197 is. At 1,199 numbered copies, it’s not particularly rare. For those looking for a bargain on an early Giancarlo Stanton autograph, this could be the one.
Parallels: Black (/199), Blue (/25), Double Black (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Autograph Giancarlo Stanton #WR2 /100
Stanton is one of a handful of players to have exclusive autographs in Topps’ 2010 Bowman Chrome wrapper redemption. Collectors were given one special pack for every 18 2010 Bowman Chrome wrappers they sent in. Numbered to 100, the card uses a sticker. The simple fact that this is one of Stanton’s first MLB autographs give it significance.
2010 eTopps Giancarlo Stanton #24 /999
Before Topps Now, there was eTopps. When the line launched, it offered collectors cards direct as online exclusives. But whereas Topps Now cards are shipped immediately, eTopps attempted to be more of a trading card stock exchange. You could have your cards shipped or you could buy and sell singles through eBay and build a portfolio.
The 2010 eTopps Giancarlo Stanton has 999 copies. However, there’s a good chance that many of those are still tucked away in a Topps warehouse awaiting shipment as many collectors have balked at the high shipping costs that dogged the program from the beginning. So even though it’s not rare from a print run perspective, not a lot are floating around on the secondary market.
2010 eTopps Minor League Giancarlo Stanton #5 /999
The same factors apply here as Stanton’s regular 2010 eTopps card. As far as minor league cards go, it’s gorgeous thanks to the high-end construction. But it’s also a card that’s somewhat overlooked. Like his MLB card, there are 999 copies in the world but not a lot in active circulation.
2010 Finest Rookie Redemptions Giancarlo Stanton #5
Rookie Redemptions had a history with Topps Finest. For 2010, one mystery card was included in each hobby box. The players were then identified over the course of the season. The cards aren’t serial numbered. They can be seen in that realm where they’re not scarce but they’re not overly common as well.
Parallels: Blue Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50)
2010 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Giancarlo Stanton #190
Today, we get lots of rookie autographs. In 2010 — not so much. If the 2008 Bowman Chrome is out of range, the 2010 Topps Chrome Gianrcarlo Stanton autograph might be the next best thing. It may not have the claim of being “first” but it has lots going for it. It’s got an on-card signature, plenty of colorful Refractors and Topps Chrome is one of the oldest modern brands that’s still around.
Parallels: Refractors (/499), Blue Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
2010 Topps Red Hot Rookie Redemption Giancarlo Stanton #RHR4
The 2010 Topps Red Hot Rookie Redemption program was part of Series 2. Each hobby box came with one of ten different redemption cards that listed only a number. As the season progressed, the corresponding names were revealed. Stanton is the fourth card in the set.
Done as a Topps Chrome Refractor, the cards have plenty of pop, especially with the colorful red, orange and yellow borders. Although one would assume there’s no shortage of redeemed cards out there given the product they came from, this isn’t the easiest card to come across today. They’re not impossible but it may take some patience (or a bit of luck) to find a good deal on one.
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