Michael Trout is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Trout is a nine-time MLB All-Star, three-time American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) (winning the award in 2014, 2016, and 2019, while finishing second in the 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018 votes), and is an eight-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.
The Angels selected Trout in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. He made a brief major league appearance in 2011 before becoming a regular player for the Angels the subsequent season, and won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award unanimously.
Trout's athleticism on the field has received praise from both the mainstream media and sabermetricians. He is regarded as one of the most outstanding young players in the history of baseball, as well as one of the best current players in all of MLB. Trout led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR) in each of his first five full seasons (according to Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com).
He was barely 18 when he grabbed the requested writing instrument and began scribbling his name on stacks of cards provided by the Topps Company. The cards with the glossy-looking front Topps called “Chrome” would be randomly inserted into packs of its Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects baseball. Topps paid him of course–one of the perks of being a high pick–but little did young Angels draftee Mike Trout know how much those signed cards would be selling for a little more than ten years later. The 2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout autographs have proven to be among the holiest of grails in the modern card game. As usual, for Trout and the other prospects Topps snared for autographs that year, there would be several different types of Chrome Prospect cards to sign; most essentially the same but with a different color scheme or coating. There was a standard, unnumbered version; there were Refractors, serial-numbered to 500; X-Fractors numbered to 225; Blue-bordered Refractors numbered to 150; Gold, numbered to 50, Orange numbered to 25; Red numbered to 5, a 1/1 Superfractor and 1/1 Printing Plates.
The 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor autograph sold for $3.936 million through Goldin Auctions in the early hours of Sunday, August 23, 2020.
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