Mike Trout grew up wanting to be Derek Jeter so it’s almost fitting that Trout, a New Jersey native, be the player many believe will pick up the mantle as the unofficial ‘face of baseball’. At a couple of weeks shy of his 23rd birthday, he was the youngest All-Star Game MVP since Ken Griffey Jr. The hottest Mike Trout baseball cards range from his 2009 Bowman Chrome autographs to the standard issue 2011 Topps Update.
Trout’s early success hasn’t been a total surprise but if you thought he’d be this good, this fast and bought those early 2009 models for $40 and $50 each back then, you’re sitting on a nice little pile of cash. Could it all come crashing down? Sure. Anything can happen but after almost three seasons, it’s pretty obvious he’s no fluke. The odds appear stacked more in the direction of Trout becoming one of the game’s all-time greats.
Trout’s OPS stood at 1.005 heading into the All-Star break. He’s hit 22 homers, driven in 73 runs and is batting .310. At age 22, he has 84 homers and a .960 OPS.
On Monday, a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Blue Refractor Trout autograph graded PGS 9.5 sold for $3,550. In May, the same card had sold for $2,897.
Topps Update Trout rookies sell for up to $45 ungraded and $75-80 in PSA 10 or BGS 9.5. 2011 Bowman Trout base cards (#101) bring $10-15 while a 9.5 non-autographed rookie refractor sold recently for $122 in a 9.5.
Below is a list of the hottest Trout cards on eBay now, sorted by listings with the most watchers.