Bidding for the one-of-a-kind 2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Autographed Superfractor opened Monday. It took only minutes for the $1 million opening bid to be placed and only a few hours for a second bid to push it to $1.2 million. With prices for rare modern trading cards shooting upward at a dizzying pace, it’s not likely to stop there, even though it was purchased for $400,000 just two years ago.
The card is one of 220 high-end items up for grabs in the Goldin Auctions Elite catalog, with another 124 Michael Jordan-related pieces offered in a separate section.
“We are very excited for this special auction and believe the 2009 Trout Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Rookie Superfractors signed card, a one-of-a-kind limited-edition 1-of-1, will surpass the record set for most valuable trading card ever by the T206 Honus Wagner that we sold for $3.12 million back in September of 2016,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “This is just one of the many great items in this auction that we feel have the potential to set industry records.”
The holy grail of Trout cards has plenty of cardboard company. The auction also includes the only 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card rated Gem Mint 10 by PSA. Bidding quickly went from the $100,000 opener to $200,000, with 11 bids placed by early evening.
Earlier this month, Goldin sold a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Rookie Patch Autograph parallel LeBron James numbered to 23 for $1.8 million. The new auction includes one of the standard James RPAs, numbered to 99. Graded 9.5 by Beckett Grading with a 10 autograph grade, it soared to $325,000 on the first day with 13 bids placed.
Other top items in the catalog include:
*Ralph Terry’s 1962 New York Yankees World Series ring. Terry pitched a complete game shutout in Game 7 – holding the Giants’ Hall of Fame laden lineup to only four hits to clinch the victory and series for the Yankees.
*The jersey Dennis Eckersley wore when he gave up Kirk Gibson’s famous home run in the first game of the 1988 World Series. Signed by Eckersley, it carries an LOA from the A’s and Sports Investors Authentication.
*Zion Williamson’s game worn shoes from his first NBA win, photo-matched by the MeiGray Group and autographed.
*1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron Rookie Card – Graded 9 by PSA, it’s one of 25 at that level out of more than 5,300 examined.
*Second best 1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey set on PSA’s registry with a 7.89 GPA.
* 2002-03 Upper Deck Michael Jordan Signed Logoman 1/1 Game-Used Autographed Patch card. The 1/1 card is encapsulated and graded NM-MT 8 by BGS, with signature graded “9”.
*2015 UD The Cup Connor McDavid RPA (#75/99). One of three graded PSA GEM MT 10.
*New York Yankees $50,000 check signed by owners Jacob Ruppert and T.L. Huston as part of the sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox. The back of the check has printed “In payment of note—Boston American League Baseball Club due June 5th 50,000.00”. Encapsulated and authenticated by PSA/DNA
*1955 Stan Musial Game Used & Signed St. Louis Cardinals home jersey and stirrups. The jersey was signed by Musial years ago.
*Ernie Banks Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby M159 Model Bat attributed to his 380th home run on May 1, 1965 in Houston. The bat includes a letter of provenance from the Astros bat boy.
Highlights from the Michael Jordan auction include:
*1984-85 rookie year autographed road jersey
*Pair of of rookie season game-used Nike shoes with four Jordan autographs
* 1986/87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – PSA GEM MT 10
* 1984-85 Star #101 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – BGS MINT 9.
* 1991 Game Used & Signed Air Jordan VI Sneakers Worn on October 29, 1991 vs Miami Heat at the Basketball Hall of Fame Centennial 100 Year Celebration Game in Springfield, MA. Both sneakers are signed by Jordan.
* 1984 NBA regular season debut ticket stub from the Bulls vs Bullets game on 10/26/1984 – PSA VG 3.
* 1977 Signed Parkers Food Store Little League team-signed baseball with childhood nickname. The ball dates to Jordan’s Babe Ruth Baseball playing days in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. Jordan’s signature appears on the side panel and it was signed “Mike Jordan” in black pen with “Rabbit” inscribed above. LOAs from PSA & Jordan’s coach.
Bidding is open through August 22 at GoldinAuctions.com.