Trevor freakin' Story. We don't know how or when this ride will end, but, man, can this guy make an entrance. From a surprise Opening Day start with the Colorado Rockies to a blazing run that saw him hit home runs in each of his first four games, this young talent has taken center stage early in the 2016 MLB season. With pack-pulled Trevor Story rookie cards now available, collectors have notable options to track down from multiple years.
Drafted in 2011 by the Rockies as part of the Supplemental First Round (45th overall), the shortstop did not see immediate success and struggled with strikeouts. After working his way up to Triple-A in 2015, there was still not much excitement around him despite some improvement. He earned his way onto the Rockies major league roster thanks, in part, to an impressive spring, but was thrust into a starting role based on the ongoing legal troubles surrounding Jose Reyes — the expected starter. The rest, as they say, is history.
In addition to notching homers in four straight games, including two on Opening Day, Story's story has taken hold of the media and collectors everywhere. Of course, the pace slowed over time, but Story still boasts the most home runs (eight) in the first 13 games to start a career since 1900. He eventually tied the MLB rookie record with ten home runs in April and was named the Rookie of the Month. Story later set the record for most home runs for a rookie shortstop in the NL.
While he basically came out of nowhere, which explains the relatively small amount of cardboard, autograph collectors are in luck as it has been announced that Story inked an exclusive contract with Topps Authentics for signed memorabilia, including baseballs, bats, jerseys, and jumbo cards. Items are found direct through the Topps Online Store.
On the cardboard front, the early Trevor Story options are decent but the price of entry has already exploded. Savvy collectors made their move when it was announced he would be on the team's Opening Day roster, but those days are long gone. While it is unrealistic to expect him to continue this torrid pace, the wave of interest should last for a decent period. The earliest Trevor Story cards were issued in 2011 baseball products and those remain the key options now and represent the great majority of his autographs. He also has limited signed options in 2013 Bowman and 2015 Elite Extra Edition. It appears the EEE autograph stickers were all applied upside down.
The following guide looks at the top Trevor Story cards available now. While that mostly means his prospects cards from 2011, there are limited 2016 releases to check out as well. Beyond this, official Trevor Story rookies will also see considerable interest upon their release.
It has been revealed that the first pack-pulled rookie card for Trevor Story will appear in 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball and his first rookie autograph will come in 2016 Allen & Ginter. Story's base rookies will also be found in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball.
Trevor Story Rookie Card Checklist
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*2016 Topps Now Baseball Trevor Story RC #4 (PR=981), #6 (PR=759), #9 (PR=1,298), #42 (PR=800), #226 (PR=1,041) #279
As far as Trevor Story rookies go, 2016 Topps Now Baseball was the first. While it is easy to make the argument that it's not an actual Trevor Story rookie card, many collectors will still remember it as the earliest option and that will carry weight. Plus, the RC logo and licensed design backs the rookie card claim even if doesn't meet traditional guidelines.
Part of the new print-to-order model from Topps that features daily cards based on actual performances on the diamond, Story earned three cards out of the first nine that were produced due to his home run exploits. The first came after the two-HR game to start his career and the second recognized his three consecutive games with a home run. Card #3 for Story honors his four-game HR streak. Although it greatly limits the overall availability as each is only sold for 24 hours, this system allows collectors to know exactly how many are out there.
The first two check in under 1,000 copies and the third Trevor Story card leads the way at just under 1,300 cards. A fourth card honors his historic April HR total while more have been issued since then.
Key Trevor Story Prospect Cards
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Without a doubt, this is the top Trevor Story pre-rookie card to chase. Even when his rookie cards have flooded the market, the Bowman Chrome prospect autograph will stand tall in the hobby thanks to the legacy of the brand, on-card autograph and Rockies uniform. This card is part of the Chrome Prospect Autographs insert in 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects. In addition to the main version, there are several Refractor parallels of increasing rarity. Non-autograph collectors or those on a budget can look to the unsigned version (#BDPP84) as another notable option.
After Bowman Chrome, all the Trevor Story prospects are fighting for second place. 2011 Bowman Sterling Draft is a worthy option that will check in cheaper based on the sticker autograph. Similar to Bowman Chrome, Sterling also has a few different Refractor parallels and a base version (#24).
Arguably the best of the non-Topps cards for Story, 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition includes an on-card signature and moderate print run. Despite not featuring the MLB logos, he is shown from his Irving High School days which is a definite plus over the regular airbrushed look.
On the other hand, you have 2011 Limited. Even with a lower print run, the Draft Hits design is not ideal and too heavy on dark colors. Plus there is the awkward image of Story. Nevertheless, hard-signed is always a plus and 299 keeps things quite limited.
While the Contenders Football magic does not carry over to baseball, the card does have a little personality to go along with an on-card autograph. Not numbered, it was revealed that the print run sits between 300 and 399 total copies.
Another Panini offering for Trevor Story, Prime Cuts might actually have the most appealing design of the non-Topps cards, but it is taken down slightly because of the sticker autograph. A print run of 299 keeps things interesting.