The holy grail of current player baseball cards is about to hit the auction block, but unless you’ve got at least $1 million to put on the line, don’t even think about bidding.
Goldin Auctions announced Thursday afternoon that it would be offering the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Autographed Superfractor—a one-of-a-kind card—in its next auction, scheduled to open Tuesday, July 28. It’s graded Mint 9 by Beckett.
The auction house is predicting it will go for much more than the kickoff bid.
“We have the record for the most valuable trading card ever sold with the T206 Honus Wagner card that sold for $3.12 million back in September of 2016 and we believe this Trout card can surpass that record,” says Goldin Auctions Founder and CEO Ken Goldin.
This spring, Goldin sold a Red Refractor card of Trout, numbered to 5 and graded BGS 9.5, for $922,500. Last Saturday, they sold one of only two 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph parallel cards graded 9.5 by BGS sold for over $1.8 million making it the most valuable basketball card ever sold and the priciest modern era trading card of any kind. The Trout card is expected to surpass that figure.
The card last sold in 2018 for $400,000, when it was purchased on eBay by “Vegas Dave” Oancea, who also owned the Red Refractor Trout and stockpiled several other Trout cards from ’09 Bowman Draft.
The 1/1 Superfractor carries the blue ink signature of a young Trout and the autograph was given a ‘10’ grade by BGS.
The auction will run through August 22 at GoldinAuctions.com.