Top Mike Trout Rookie Cards and Prospects

Top Mike Trout Rookie Cards and Prospects

Mike Trout rookie cards set the hobby on fire during his first season. Many picked him as one of baseball's top prospects heading into his debut year, but few expected him to contend for the MVP in nearly every season since then. A true five-tool talent, Trout has excelled at every part of the game.

When Trout-mania began, it was like a gold rush as collectors scampered to track down whatever Mike Trout cards they could. Commons, inserts, autographs and everything in between were easy sales for dealers. The scorching demand led to soaring prices with many cards fetching four figures during the heart of his historic 2012 run. Since then, collecting interest and card values have fluctuated a good bit, but Trout's Hall of Fame production has remained a constant. Of course, cardboard demand peaked during his MVP seasons.

See Also: Real-Time Mike Trout Card Hot List.

A product of the modern hobby, Mike Trout's first licensed cards come from 2009. They're not rookie cards by traditional definitions, but they're traded like them. The outfielder's first MLB cards, the official Mike Trout rookie cards, were released in a handful of 2011 sets after he made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels. While autographs are clearly a focus for many collectors, just a few of the very best signed cards are detailed below. For more choices, view a comprehensive breakdown of early Mike Trout autographs.

Below is a list of the best Mike Trout cards released between 2009 and 2011. Please note that we've limited it to cards that have print runs of 50 or more. Also, individual parallels are not included, although they're mentioned and were taken into consideration when compiling the list.

Top 10 Mike Trout Rookie Cards and Prospect Cards

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10. 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout RC #175

While simple and just a base flagship rookie, the 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout card is synonymous with his rookie card options. Don't let the plain card fool you. Values are strong despite the huge supply and Gem Mint versions can push into the thousands. Although there are several popular parallels, the Anniversary editions, especially the Hope Diamond (#/60), have proven to be quite valuable.

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9. 2011 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout RC #22

With just six base cards per box and a hefty price tag attached to it, this is the toughest Mike Trout rookie card to come by. Although it's not numbered, it's relative scarcity has made for bullish prices and continued demand.

2011 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout

8. 2011 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout RC #175

When it comes to official Mike Trout rookie cards, 2011 Bowman Chrome has one of the best. It's not so much the base version that makes this card so popular; it's the bevy of Refractors that set this one apart.

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7. 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Throwback Threads Autograph Mike Trout #TTMT #/100

The lack of official licensing gives this card a somewhat nondescript look, but there is a lot of significance behind it as the first Mike Trout jersey card. Although the origins of the jersey aren't given, the back of the card does say it was used in a game of some sort. There's also an unsigned version.

2009 Elite Extra Edition Throwback Threads Autographs Mike Trout

6. 2011 Bowman Sterling Rookie Autographs Mike Trout #19

As an autographed insert from a high-end set released during his first season with the Angels, it's not much of a stretch to understand why this card is popular. The use of a sticker keeps it from ranking higher. There are also limited Refractor parallels.

2011 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout Autograph

5. 2011 Topps Finest Rookie Refractor Autographs Mike Trout #84 #/499

2011 Topps Finest might not have the same ultra high-end pedigree as Bowman Sterling, but as far as Mike Trout rookie cards, this is the better choice. Not only is it numbered, but the autograph is done on the card. Colored parallels add even more appeal.

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4. 2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect Autograph Refractors Mike Trout #MT

Following his first cards in 2009, not much arrived in 2010. The 2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect Autograph Refractor for Mike Trout sits in that no man's land between his earliest cards and those that came out during his first run in the majors. Although not as exciting, it is hard-signed and still from the beginning of his career. Combine that with the in-uniform photo and you've got one of the top Mike Trout cards out there.

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3. 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mike Trout #57 Autograph #/495

What the 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mike Trout autograph lacks in official logos, it makes up for with its print run. Given the history behind the Elite brand, collectors have also largely overlooked the licensing when compared to similar sets from other companies. Low-numbered Status and Aspirations parallels have been standouts as well.

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2. 2009 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Mike Trout #MT

Topps released two Mike Trout autograph cards in 2009. This one is more overshadowed when compared to the other. But that's all relative when you're talking about some of the first Mike Trout cards. The sticker autograph takes away some of its appeal but, again, it comes down to that relativity thing. The 2009 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout remains a wildly popular and important card.

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1. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autographs Mike Trout #BDPP89

The 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autograph is easily the best and most iconic Mike Trout card. It boasts an on-card signature and the Bowman Chrome brand power. There are also several Refractor parallels and the Gold Refractor is particularly popular.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

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