Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Opening Day ‘Elite Skills Player’
I like that Topps likes to add Stanton into as many subsets as they can. He is found in a bunch of them.
This card is from the 2012 Topps Opening Day subset called ‘Elite Skills Player’.
The combination of Giancarlo and an ‘elite outfield skill’ is a bit of an odd match-up if you ask this Marlins fan. While he does make some spectacular plays in the outfield, many require a leap or a slide because the ball was not properly read when it was hit.
Still, when he does make a nice diving catch, they are pretty sweet.
And Topps captured a nice one for this card.
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If I had to choose an elite skill for Stanton through this part of his career, I would go with something like ‘Launching Bombs’ and leave the ‘Diving Catch’ to players like Mike Trout, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Alex Gordon.
Still, very nice to have him in this set. And another sweet Stanton card for the collection…