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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2013 FINEST ORANGE REFRACTORS #1 MIKE TROUT # 99
$29.99
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Mike Trout #6 Sketch Card 8 9 Limited MLB Angels Signed Edward Vela
$18.05
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2014 Topps Update Mike Trout All-Star Stitches Gold Parallel Jersey Relic 40 50
$50.00
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2011 Topps Mike Trout Rookie Relic MM-MT
$28.00
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Mike Trout - Cut To The Chase Refractor 2014 Topps Chrome
$5.99
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MIKE TROUT 2011 BOWMAN CHROME RC REFRACTOR MINT ANGELS SUPERSTAR RC HOT MVP ?
$179.99
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MIKE TROUT 2011 BOWMAN CHROME RC REFRACTOR #101 ANGELS SUPERSTAR RC HOT MVP ?
$134.99
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Mike Trout #PP5 2010 Bowman Platinum Prospects (Anaheim Angels)
$20.00
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2014 Panini Immaculate MIKE TROUT AUTOGRAPH ALL STAR BLUE #D 06 10 GOLD INK
$349.99
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2014 Topps allen And Ginter Relic Card Of mike Trout, Card Is Mint
$14.00
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2013 Topps Mike Trout Signing Autos
$9.55
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2014 TOPPS *MINI* #1 #2 LOS ANGELES ANGELS TEAM SET 20 CARDS MIKE TROUT +
$5.99
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2014 Topps Opening Day Mike Trout Photo Variation SSP
$27.87
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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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2012 Topps Mike Trout 87 Mini
$9.95
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2010 Bowman Platinum Prospects Mike Trout Rookie Card RC # PP5
$12.99
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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 Mike Trout Rookie Relic MM-MT
$28.00
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MIKE TROUT 2011 BOWMAN CHROME RC REFRACTOR MINT ANGELS SUPERSTAR RC HOT MVP ?
$179.99
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MIKE TROUT 2011 BOWMAN CHROME RC REFRACTOR #101 ANGELS SUPERSTAR RC HOT MVP ?
$134.99
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2010 Bowman Platinum Prospects Mike Trout Rookie Card RC # PP5
$12.99
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2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Rookie Card RC # 94 Los Angeles Angels
$54.99
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2014 Topps Mike Trout Commemorative All-Star Rookie Cup Team Patch RCMP-MT
$24.99
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MIKE TROUT 2011 Finest Rookie $60 BV Los Angeles Angels MINT
$39.99
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Mike Trout Bowman Chrome Refractor Rookie Auto BGS 9 .5 away from 9.5
$2,200.00
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9 Rookie Cards Mike Trout Bowman Platinum Rookie, Evan Longoria, Josh Hamilton
$19.99
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2011 mike trout topps update rc #us-175 psa bgs 10???????
$59.99
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2011 topps heritage minors #44 MIKE TROUT angels rookie BGS 9 (9.5 8.5 9 9.5)
$30.00
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2011 bowman chrome #175 MIKE TROUT los angeles angels rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$100.00
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2011 bowman chrome #175 MIKE TROUT los angeles angels rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$100.00
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2011 bowman chrome draft #101 MIKE TROUT angels rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$50.00
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2011 topps pro debut materials #mt MIKE TROUT angels rookie BGS BCCG 9
$45.00
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2011 topps update #us175 MIKE TROUT los angeles angels rookie card BGS BCCG 9
$50.00
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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 Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Trout Signed Rawlings Adirondack Pro Big Stick Blond Bat JSA
$400.00
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! RARE ! TRIPLE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MIKE TROUT PETER BOURJOS MARK TRUMBO PSA DNA
$470.00
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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 Baseball Sweetspot Angels W Gai
$66.00
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ANGELS MIKE TROUT AUTHENTIC SIGNED MAJESTIC JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
$449.99
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Signed Mike Trout 2010 Midwest League All Star Game MWL LA Angels PSA DNA AUTO
$200.00
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Signed Mike Trout 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels ticket stub PSA DNA LA Angels AUTO
$150.00
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Signed Mike Trout 2010 Topps Pro Debut #181 Los Angeles Angels PSA DNA AUTO
$225.00
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MIKE TROUT SIGNED AUTO LOS ANGELES ANGELS BASEBALL JERSEY PSA DNA X42012
$449.95
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Mike Trout Mark Trumbo Dual Signed 8X10 Photo Psa Dna Certified
$160.00
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Mike Trout LA Angels Signed Autographed FS Baseball Bat GAI GA COA
$24.99
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Mike Trout LA Angels Signed Autographed Mini Batting Helmet GAI GA COA
$61.00
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Mike Trout Signed Big Stick Gai Cert Silver Ink
$299.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autograped " 2014 All Star Game MVP " Baseball Bat LE1 2 - JSA
$829.00
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Mike Trout Autographed Signed Baseball Anaheim Angels Global Authentics GAI GA
$169.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed 11x14 Anaheim Angels Framed 16x24 GAI GA
$149.99
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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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