Mike Trout Baseball Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Mike Trout

Date of Birth: 8/7/1991
Rookie Card Year: 2011
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

The first Mike Trout cards came out not long after he was old enough to drive. Collectors have been watching them ever since. Drafted by the Angels with the 25th pick in the 2009 draft, it didn't take the outfielder to soar to superstardom.

Mike Trout got his first taste of the majors as a teenager in 2011. His first stints with the Angels weren't very memorable but Trout remained one of baseball's top prospects. Within a year, he was showing why scouts were so big on his abilities. While the Angels have Albert Pujols locked up for several years, Trout could easily find himself as the team's centerpiece moving forward.

The most popular Mike Trout cards come from 2009 products. Although they are not official rookie cards, both 2009 Bowman Chrome and 2009 Bowman Sterling feature him in an Angels jersey. 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition also has one of the best Mike Trout cards. Numbered to 495, it has an autograph as well.

Mike Trout rookie cards are inserted in a handful of 2011 sets. None are autographed, although 2011 Topps Finest Baseball does have a signed parallel. All of his official rookie cards remain affordable, although his 2011 Bowman Sterling is fast becoming the most valuable of the first-year Mike Trout cards.

Below is a list of key, pre-rookie prospect cards of Mike Trout. The accompanying Rookie Cards tab contains a full checklist of his official rookie cards.

Key Mike Trout Prospect Cards

2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout #BDPP89 Autograph

Although an insert and not an official rookie card, the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout autograph will likely always be the key card of the outfielder. The card pictures Trout in an Angels uniform and comes with an on-card signature. The many Refractor parallels also rank among the most popular Mike Trout cards.

Mike Trout Cards - 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Autographs Mike Trout

2009 Bowman Sterling Baseball Mike Trout #MT Autograph

Although the Bowman Sterling brand has been around for several years now, it doesn't have quite the same appeal as Bowman Chrome. The 2009 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout comes signed, but using a sticker autograph. Thankfully, the design does take the sticker into account so it blends in well.

Mike Trout Cards - 2009 Bowman Sterling Autographs Mike Trout

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mike Trout #57 Autograph #/495

As far as unlicensed cards go, 2009 Elite Extra Edition has held up well, thanks in large part to a deep checklist of highly regarded signers. Mike Trout was one of them. Numbered to 495, it remains one of his key prospect cards.

Mike Trout Cards - 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mike Trout Autograph 495

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BGS 9 2011 MIKE TROUT TOPPS PRO DEBUT MATERIALS #MT
$49.95

2014 Topps Museum Mike Trout Canvas Collection Reproduction
$7.95

2014 Topps Museum Collection Mike Trout 1 1 Laundry Tag
$700.00

2009 Prospects Plus CASE(16 Boxes)+16 Strasburg RC-Look for $500 Mike Trout AUTO
$149.99

2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects Mike Trout Auto #MT BGS 10 Pristine RC Angels
$3,000.00

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Auto Mike Trout #57 PSA 10 RC Angels HOT
$3,000.00

2010 Bowman Platinum Mike Trout #PP5 Rookie Angels Mint Quantity
$25.00

2 Mike Trout 2013 Topps Update Mini
$7.00

2013 TOPPS CHROME MIKE TROUT ORANGE REFRACTOR #1 PSA 10 GEM MINT
$99.99

2013 BOWMAN PLATINUM GOLD MIKE TROUT
$8.00

MIKE TROUT 6 CARD LOT 2013 TOPPS ALLEN GINTER,ACROSS THE YEARS INSERT ,ANGELS
$17.99

3 CARD LOT MIKE TROUT TRISTAR OBAK SP LIMITED TO 300 ROOKIE BGS 9.5 GEM LOW POP
$89.18

2011 TRISTAR OBAK MIKE TROUT ROOKIE CARD MT2 GEM MINT 10 LIMITED EDITION OF 300
$18.20

2012 Mike Trout (SP) Topps Update
$11.99

2013 TOPPS HERITAGE MIKE TROUT CHROME REFRACTORS #HC10 BGS 10 PRISTINE POP 1
$299.99

2013 TOPPS FINEST MIKE TROUT 93 FINEST #MT BGS 9.5
$99.99
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Rookie Cards

Mike Trout Rookie Card Guide

2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball Mike Trout RC #175

With the traditional black-bordered Bowman design, this card doesn't stand out very much. Still, the brand is always popular with rookie card collectors, which give it more appeal than the basic Bowman Draft card. The 2011 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout rookie card also has several Refractor parallels, most of which are serial numbered.

Mike Trout Cards - 2011 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout

2011 Bowman Draft Mike Trout RC #101

With his eyes obscured and little action happening in the card, the 2011 Bowman Draft Mike Trout rookie card is easy to overlook. However, for those on a budget, it's one of his cheapest rookies.

Mike Trout Cards - 2011 Bowman Draft Mike Trout

2011 Bowman Sterling Baseball Mike Trout RC #22

Relatively tough to find, the 2011 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout is the outfielder's most desirable official rookie card. It comes with a slick, modern design and features a photo that actually looks good.

Mike Trout Cards - 2011 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout

2011 Finest Baseball Mike Trout RC #94

It's unfortunate Trout is pictured with such an awkward face as 2011 Finest Baseball has a fantastic design. The 2011 Finest Baseball Mike Trout rookie card is relatively inexpensive. The set is also one of the best to chase Refractor rainbows. 2011 Finest Baseball also has Mike Trout autograph parallels.

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2011 Topps Update Series Baseball Mike Trout RC #US175

A solid choice for entry-level collectors, 2011 Topps Update has a clean design. The card also benefits from being a part of the base Topps canon, which is one of the most collected and lasting sets year in, year out.

Mike Trout Cards - 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout

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2009 Prospects Plus CASE(16 Boxes)+16 Strasburg RC-Look for $500 Mike Trout AUTO
$149.99

2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects Mike Trout Auto #MT BGS 10 Pristine RC Angels
$3,000.00

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Auto Mike Trout #57 PSA 10 RC Angels HOT
$3,000.00

2010 Bowman Platinum Mike Trout #PP5 Rookie Angels Mint Quantity
$25.00

3 CARD LOT MIKE TROUT TRISTAR OBAK SP LIMITED TO 300 ROOKIE BGS 9.5 GEM LOW POP
$89.18

2011 TRISTAR OBAK MIKE TROUT ROOKIE CARD MT2 GEM MINT 10 LIMITED EDITION OF 300
$18.20

2010 sealed Topps Pro Debut series 1 box Mike Trout rookie card Books $100.00
$174.99

MIKE TROUT 2011 BOWMAN ROOKIE CARD #101
$15.01

2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Blue Ref RC AU
$3,899.00

2011 Bowman Draft Mike Trout RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Angles
$60.00

2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Hobby Box - Mike Trout RC? Koufax or Aaron Auto?
$400.00

California Angels Mike Trout Rookie 1 Of 1 (Three Dimensional)
$22.50

MIKE TROUT 2011 BOWMAN CHROME RC ROOKIE GOLD REFRACTOR SP # 50 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$999.00

MIKE TROUT 2011 Bowman Chrome Refractor BGS 9.5 ROOKIE RC
$229.99

MIKE TROUT AUTO #D 10 2014 TOPPS RC CLASS OF 2012 GOLD GEMS RING SUPER RARE
$999.99

(8) MIKE TROUT RANDAL GRICHUK 2009 09 TRISTAR RC ROOKIE LOT SP
$119.99
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Autograph Guide

Mike Trout Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mike Trout's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, and Mounted Memories.

Mike Trout Cut Signature Exemplar:

Mike Trout Autograph

Mike Trout Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mike Trout signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is rushed and consists of his initials written on a slight upward angle leaning to the right at about a 70 degree angle.
  2. The letter "M" is wide and includes rounded humps and a small elongated narrow loop on the left hand side.
  3. The letter "T" is only half crossed, resembling the number "7" allowing the pen to not have to lift.
  4. His jersey number "27" is often inscribed.

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Top eBay Listings

Mike Trout & Josh Hamilton Signed Game Used Ball 7 10 13 JSA & MLB Holo
$299.99

Mike Trout Mark Trumbo CJ Wilson Signed 2012 All Star Game Baseball PSA Ball
$699.99

LOOK! 2014 MVP MIKE TROUT SIGNED WHITE JERSEY JSA!
$499.99

Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels signed 8x10 photo GAI Cert# GV753275
$225.00

MIKE TROUT RANDAL GRICHUK 2009 Tristar Prospects Plus RC dual signed auto JSA
$155.00

2014 MVP Mike Trout Signed Angels Jersey GAI
$339.00

Mike Trout Los Angeles LA Anaheim Angels signed Rawlings baseball bat JSA COA
$324.99

Mike Trout Single Signed Baseball AUTO MLB Hologram + PSA DNA COA Angels
$160.00

Mike Trout Autographed Signed All-Star Baseball Anaheim Angels GAI GA
$179.99

Mike Trout Anaheim Angels Signed Autographed FS Baseball Bat GAI GA COA (G)
$105.00

Mike Trout signed OML baseball Anaheim LA Los Angeles Angels JSA COA MVP
$249.99

Autographed Signed MIKE TROUT LA Angels of Anaheim Mini Helmet GAI GA Global COA
$199.99

Mike Trout Signed Autographed OMLB GAI COA Angels MVP HOF ROY
$174.99

Mike Trout Signed Autographed 11x14 Anaheim Angels Framed 16x24 GAI GA
$179.99

Mike Trout Signed Mini Batting Helmet GAI GA COA
$25.01

Mike Trout Signed Rawlings Baseball Bat GAI GA COA
$66.22
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More Info

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User Comments

  1. been collecting lots of mike trout got most not the 2009 bowman chrome auto yet

  2. Most of these cards are not true rookie cards.. 2011 is his “rookie” season… His rookie cards can be found in Topps Update, Bowman Chrome, Bowman draft, sterling, finest, and panini.. MOST DESIREABLE 2011 bowman sterling..

  3. Dominick » This article actually separates his base set rookies (in the tab marked “Rookie Cards”) from his earlier Prospect cards.

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