Okay, so...maybe that headline of that was a little fib. The card actually sold for $922,500. And of course, we now know that it won’t be long until a card sells for more than the famous Honus Wagner card. It’s amazing to think a card from 2009, which isn’t that long ago, could warrant such a price.
It’s a Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph, that was graded 9.5 out of 10. The price realized for this rookie card was certainly helped by the fact that it was autographed. And, nobody held it against the owner of the Honus Wagner card that sold for just over $3 million, when it was only graded a 5. A card that old isn’t going to be in mint condition.
In 2018, a Mickey Mantle, 1952 Topps card (graded 9), sold for almost $3 million.
There are only five of these Red Refractor Autograph made cards of Mike Trout. As of now, none of the other four have popped up. Perhaps one or two are in an unopened pack. If you’re interested in seeking out some unopened packs in search of one -- they are a few for about four thousand on Ebay right now (2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects). There is a signed Trout card listed at $299,999, if you have the means.
Trout has won the MVP three times, and he has finished first or second seven times in his eight seasons playing. So nobody is doubting this is a future Hall of Famer that will be in conversations about the GOAT if he keeps up his impressive numbers.
I’ve said this before, but I love speculating. When kids play Little League, and they do team photos, some companies will make fake baseball cards with your kid. They’re adorable. They put some stats on the back, and the photo in the front. Well, if one of these kids becomes a huge baseball star, imagine a person in the family having one of those cards, when there are only a handful ever made, and they’re all owned by family. It’s a card that’s nine years before their “rookie card”. Imagine a Mike Trout baseball card from when he was 10-years-old, with an autograph from a kid who could barely write his name. Of course, it would probably be hard to prove authenticity on the autograph, but...if the seller is someone related, I’m sure they’d still make half a mil from it.