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.

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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.

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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.

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2014 Topps Heritage "Gold Refractor" MIKE TROUT SSP #'d 1 5!! FIRST ONE MADE!!
$979.00
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2011 Topps Update "ERROR" Rookie MIKE TROUT SP RC #US175 **MINT!!
$144.99
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2014 TOPPS Series One THE FUTURE IS NOW INSERT SET (30) MIKE TROUT YASIEL PUIG
$8.99
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2014 ELITE #22 MIKE TROUT - ANAHEIM ANGELS 090114
$6.25
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2014 ELITE #22 MIKE TROUT "GREEN REFRACTOR" 187 199 - ANAHEIM ANGELS 090114
$25.15
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2014 Topps Allen and Ginter - mike trout mini - National Convention promo
$9.00
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2012 Topps Update Complete Set 1-330 w Mike Trout Yu Darvish Bryce Harper #B
$22.99
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Mike Trout - 2012 Bowman Blue #34 (038 500) - LIMITED EDITION
$16.50
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NEW 2014 MIKE TROUT Art Style SERIES @High quality@ card Limited ANGELS
$14.99
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Mike Trout 2013 Topps Chasing The dream Game Used Memorabila
$8.36
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2014 Topps Series 1 - Mike Trout #1 - Walmart Gatorade Photo Variation- SP
$15.99
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2012 Bowman Sterling Superfractor MIKE TROUT BRYCE HARPER Dual AUTO True 1 1 BGS
$30,000.00
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2014 Topps MLB Chipz Mike Trout Blue Border Magnetic Parallel
$9.99
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POP 8 MIKE TROUT ROOKIE BGS 10 PRISTINE TRISTAR OBAK SP LIMITED TO 300 #MT3
$85.00
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25 LA Angels Cards: 5 Mike Trout, 23 Rookie Prospect Cards, C.J. Cron, Skaggs
$45.00
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Mike Trout 2014 Topps Chrome 1989 '89 Refractor #89TC-MT - LA of ANAHEIM ANGELS
$9.99
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2011 Topps Update "ERROR" Rookie MIKE TROUT SP RC #US175 **MINT!!
$144.99
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POP 8 MIKE TROUT ROOKIE BGS 10 PRISTINE TRISTAR OBAK SP LIMITED TO 300 #MT3
$85.00
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25 LA Angels Cards: 5 Mike Trout, 23 Rookie Prospect Cards, C.J. Cron, Skaggs
$45.00
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Mike Trout Rookie AUTO Refractor Only 199 Made !!
$599.99
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2011 Topps Mike Trout Rookie Card - RC - US175 - Excellent Condition
$20.50
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2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects MIKE TROUT RC Auto Refractor 500 BGS 9.5 10
$1,391.66
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2012 BOWMAN PLATINUM MIKE TROUT GOLD ROOKIE REFRACTOR RC SP QTY
$16.99
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2009 Bowman Chrome Draft MIKE TROUT 1st RC RED Refractor AUTO 5 BGS 9.5 AUTO 10
$72,727.27
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2010 Bowman Platinum Prospects #PP5 - Mike Trout - RC Rookie - BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$179.00
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Dutch Auto Hot Pack Jersey LOT Mike Trout Bowman Choose Your Team Autograph RC
$14.99
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(10) 2012 Sports Illustrated SI for Kids #177 MIKE TROUT Baseball Rookie Cards
$24.95
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(1)MIKE TROUT AND (1)DEREK JETER ROOKIE CARD BOWMAN'S BEST PROSPECTS SCORE
$36.99
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ONE 2011 TOPPS UPDATE MIKE TROUT ROOKIE - CARD #US175 !
$55.00
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Mike Trout Yasiel Puig Bowman Sterling Rookie Card Lot
$400.00
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2010 bowman platinum prospects purple refractor #5 MIKE TROUT rookie BGS 10 9.5
$100.00
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2011 bowman's best prospects x-fractors #bbp9 MIKE TROUT 25 rookie BGS BCCG 10
$450.00
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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:

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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.

Mike Trout Signed Baseball Pricing:

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Mike Trout Signed Bat Pricing:

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Mike Trout Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels Signed Full Size Helmet PSADNA Cert # W27107
$599.99
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MIKE TROUT Signed Inscribed "Millville Meteor" Baseball STEINER
$495.00
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MIKE TROUT ANGELS SIGNED OML 2014 ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAI GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$159.99
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Mike Trout Custom Framed signed Bat and Hand Painted Ball PSA DNA Cert#V62058
$1,549.99
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Mike Trout Signed Official Major League Baseball LA Angels JSA Letter MLB
$195.00
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MIKE TROUT Autographed Signed Nike Baseball Cleat Shoe GA GAI Global COA
$395.00
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MVP Mike Trout signed 11 x 14, Los Angeles Angels, The Millville Meteor, PSA DNA
$299.98
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HR TROT Mike Trout signed 11 x 14, Anaheim Angels, Millville Meteor, PSA DNA
$299.98
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Mike Trout La Angels Hand Signed Autographed MLB Logo Baseball Ball Gai Coa
$31.00
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MIKE TROUT SIGNED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER GAME BAT JSA COA
$899.00
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Mike Trout Autographed Hand Signed Rawlings Official MLB Baseball JSA LOA
$200.00
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Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels signed Baseball "Troutstanding" PSADNA COA#U87453
$499.00
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Mike Trout LA Los Angeles Angels - Hand Signed Auto OMLB Baseball GAI GLOBAL COA
$149.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed OMLB GAI COA Angels MVP HOF ROY
$174.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed Jersey Angels GAI COA ROY HOF MVP WS
$299.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed Baseball Angels GAI COA ROY HOF MVP WS
$149.99
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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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