Mike Trout rookie cards are the surprise baseball cards of the year. Trout’s rookie cards have increased in value over 50% in just the past 30 days. Mike has put up some amazing numbers with the Angels this year. He was elected to the American League All-Star team in just his first full year in the majors. With much of the attention this year on Bryce Harper, Trout rookie cards have slipped under the radar.
Collectors want to know which of his rookie cards are the most valuable. Trout has numerous rookie cards to choose from with over 50 produced between 2009 thru 2012. So which of these cards should you buy?
Top 3 Mike Trout Rookie Cards
2009 Bowman Sterling Autograph
Topps did a very smart thing including Mike Trout rookie cards in their 2009 sets. His 2009 Bowman Sterling autographed rookie is one of his most valuable cards. These great baseball cards sell for $100 ungraded to over $400 in Gem MT 10 condition. These are some of the most popular cards that are currently being submitted to GMA for Grading.
Variations: Gold refractors are the most popular variations that were produced in the set and each is individually numbered and signed for only 50.
Condition Tips: Buyers should pay close attention to centering and corner wear on these cards, even though both are not common. The quality of the signature is another important factor that should be taken into consideration.
2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autograph
Another great card produced by Topps and some of the rarest Mike Trout rookie cards.
The chrome autograph cards are individually numbered to only 500 and are selling for more than $250 ungraded. Cards graded in Gem MT 10 condition are selling for $500 in recent auctions. GMA Grading has graded only 43 of these rare gems so far with only 15 grading in Gem MT 10 condition.
Variations: Some of the rarest and most expensive variations include the blue autograph refractor which is numbered to only 150. The orange refractor numbered is limited to only 25. Blue refractors sell for $650 while orange refractors have surpassed the $3,000 mark.
Condition Tips: Like many of Bowman Chrome products surface scratches and poor centering can be issues that can have a dramatic effect on the card’s value. Corner dings are not common due to the quality of the card stock but sometimes appear after being handled frequently by collectors.
2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Rookie Autograph
These are some of the more underrated and undervalued Mike Trout rookie cards. Only 149 of these rare Mike Trout autographed cards exist. These cards are not easy to find online but in a recent auction, the Trout rookie sold for over $250 in NM-MT8 condition. You can expect Gem MT 10 versions to be worth triple that.
Condition Tips: Black borders and cheaper card stock than the Bowman Chrome counterparts, make banged up corners are much more prevalent. Buyers should also pay close attention to surface defects as they tend to be a problem.
More Affordable Mike Trout Rookie Cards
The cards listed above have the most potential 10 years down the road from now due to scarcity and being Trout’s true first year cards. With that being said, Trout has many other rookie cards produced in 2010 and 2011 that are much more affordable and may also be quality investments in years to come.
- 2010 Bowman Platinum
- 2011 Finest
- 2011 Bowman Chrome
- 2010 Topps Pro Debut
All of these cards are very affordable but may not be for long. Investors are taking notice in some of these more reasonably priced Mike Trout rookie cards as they are much more affordable options for those who cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on the Angels superstar.
Popular Mike Trout Baseball Cards
Rookie cards are always the most popular cards to collect, but autographed and memorabilia cards are starting to compete. Mike has some unique cards that have been signed by the Angels slugger. These cards may not be rookies, but they still sell tremendously well. Adding an autographed Mike Trout baseball card to any collection makes that collection that much stronger.
Memorabilia cards are also popular Mike Trout collectibles. Memorabilia cards include game-used jersey cards, patch cards, and bat cards. These are also some of the nicest looking cards produced to today’s hobby. These Mike Trout baseball cards make great investments, especially one’s are signed and limited in production.