The manna from heaven that was the 2012 baseball and football card rookie class can't be expected to repeat itself in 2013, but sports card dealers and collectors may be content to feed off 2012. Baseball season began with Bryce Harper anticipation and ended with Mike Trout wonder...as in, ' I wonder if this guy really is that good.' Trout is hot everywhere, but when a player in a major metropolitan area becomes the new anointed one, look out.
With a new season starting, the question is valid. It'll be hard for the Angels' young outfielder to live up to the standard he set as a rookie.
Collectors and speculators seem to e willing to take a chance that this was just the start of a long, successful career.
In the current era, of course, the autographed rookie cards numbered to less than 200 are the ones that everyone wants. There are plenty of them where Trout is concerned, but there are also a lot of buyers even at dollar figures that would scream 'gamble'.
Nowhere are Trout cards more of a commodity than in southern California. Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register stopped by the recent SoCal Baseball and Sports Collectors Expo at the Anaheim Marriott earlier this month where she talked with dealers and collectors about Trout and the market. Check out her story--and the accompanying photo gallery here.