Rookie Card Year: 2011
Investment Rating: 8.0
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
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.
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.
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 Rookie Card Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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:
- 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.
- The letter "M" is wide and includes rounded humps and a small elongated narrow loop on the left hand side.
- The letter "T" is only half crossed, resembling the number "7" allowing the pen to not have to lift.
- His jersey number "27" is often inscribed.
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