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 Topps Heritage #41 Derek Jeter Mike Trout New York Yankees PSA MINT 9
$13.95
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2011 Topps Heritage Minors Mike Trout # 44
$14.99
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2011 Bowman Chrome Draft #101 Mike Trout RC Gem Mint PSA 10 hot!
$109.99
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2011 Bowman Bowman's Brightest #BBR6 Mike Trout
$15.00
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DEREK JETER MIKE TROUT $750+ HUGE 71 "SUPERSTAR" GAME USED JERSEY BAT PATCH LOT
$160.50
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2014 Topps Mini #1 Mike Trout BOX F31
$5.99
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2013 TOPPS BASEBALL MIKE TROUT ANGELS EMERALD CARD#27
$12.00
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MIKE TROUT RARE 2013 TOPPS CHROME "ALL-STAR STITCHES" GAME USED JERSEY PATCH
$20.49
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MIKE TROUT ALBERT PUJOLS RARE $75+ 2014 GAME USED QUAD JERSEY PATCHES SP#53 99
$28.10
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2014 TOPPS #1 MIKE TROUT RED FOIL SP ANGELS Gem Mint Condition!!
$12.95
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2014 TOPPS #1 LOS ANGELES ANGELS TARGET RED MIKE TROUT HOT Gem Mint!!!
$9.95
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2012 TOPPS TRIBUTE - MIKE TROUT AUTO GOLD 15 ON CARD - PSA 10 (POP 2)
$699.99
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2013 Topps Museum Collection Blue #46 Mike Trout 31 99
$15.50
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2011 Topps Heritage Minors Mike Trout RC ROOKIE! SHARP CORNERS!
$16.99
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2013 Topps #27 Mike Trout Short Print SP
$10.50
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(3) 2014 TOPPS #1 MIKE TROUT RED FOIL SP, RED TARGET SP & TOPPS All Gem Mint!!!
$21.95
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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 Bowman Chrome Draft #101 Mike Trout RC Gem Mint PSA 10 hot!
$109.99
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2011 Topps Heritage Minors Mike Trout RC ROOKIE! SHARP CORNERS!
$16.99
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Mike Trout Hot Pack Auto Jersey LOT 2014 Bowman 2013 RC Topps Dutch Archives
$14.99
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2011 Bowman Draft Mike Trout RC Angels WOW SP HOT
$12.43
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2011 TOPPS HERITAGE MINOR LEAGUE SET ( 1 - 200 ) MIKE TROUT & HARPER ROOKIE
$50.00
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2011 Bowman Mike Trout rookie card
$14.99
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2012 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER MIKE TROUT MINI FRAMED AUTOGRAPH A&G ROOKIE AUTO
$399.99
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Mike Trout 2011 Bowman Chrome Rookie Refractor RC SP SHORT PRINT - Angels MVP
$53.00
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MIKE TROUT 2011 TOPPS GOLD Rookie SP SHORT PRINT #44 2011 MADE Angels MVP #US175
$64.00
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SP GREEN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2013 Panini Prizm Baseball #301 Mike Trout Angels
$20.00
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Mike Trout Rookie - 2011 TriStar OBAK RARE Red Variation - Card #16 - NRMT
$19.99
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Mike Trout 2014 Topps Rookie Reprints Framed Gold #'d 6 25 BGS 8 NM-MT Rare
$99.99
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2011 bowman chrome draft #101 MIKE TROUT rookie BGS BCCG 10
$50.00
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*MIKE TROUT! 2011 Topps Pro Debut #MM-MT- Rookie Game-Used Jersey- Rare RC MEM!*
$18.57
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1 in 87.5 BOXES!!! 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen MIKE TROUT Red Back Mini RC SP ANGELS
$14.27
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1 in 350 BOXES!!! MIKE TROUT 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Green Mini RC SP #336 ANGELS
$27.27
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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 Angels Jersey GAI
$329.00
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Angels GAI COA MVP ROY HOF #3
$49.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed OMLB GAI COA Angels MVP HOF ROY
$124.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed Mini Helmet GAI COA Angels ROY MVP
$74.99
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Angels GAI COA MVP ROY HOF #2
$49.99
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Signed Mike Trout 2011 Bowman Topps 100 TP90 Los Angeles Angels PSA DNA AUTO
$200.00
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MIKE TROUT ANGELS SIGNED OML 2014 ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAI GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$102.71
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Mike Trout Hand Signed Autographed Baseball Global Authentic COA GAI GA Angels
$33.00
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Mike Trout Signed Ticket Stub Jsa Full Letter Inscribed First MLB Hit Autograph
$1,000.00
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Mike Trout La Angels Hand Signed Autographed MLB Baseball Gai Coa
$52.99
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Angels Mike Trout 2014 all star game signed baseball with GAI COA
$99.99
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Angels Mike Trout 2012 all star game signed baseball with GAI COA
$99.99
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Mike Trout LA Angels Signed OMLB Official Major League Baseball JSA COA PROOF
$200.00
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Mike Trout LA Angels Signed ROMLB Official Major League Baseball JSA COA PROOF
$300.00
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Mike Trout LA Angels Signed ROMLB Official Major League Baseball JSA COA PROOF
$300.00
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Mike Trout Signed Autographed 8x10 PSA DNA Authentic Rookie Graph
$215.00
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  1. been collecting lots of mike trout got most not the 2009 bowman chrome auto yet

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