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In his rookie season of 2012, New Jersey native Mike Trout rewrote the record books, surpassing the rookie accomplishments of Hall of Fame names like Joe DiMaggio and Ichiro Suzuki. After 100 games, his .344 average set a new rookie record, as he became the youngest player to ever hit 20 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season and, later, the youngest player to ever join the 30-30 club. And then, the regular (non-rookie) records began to fall. He became the first player in baseball history to ever hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs in one season, he passed Vlad Guerrero for most runs scored by an Angel in a single season, and he finished 2012 as the first rookie to ever hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases. Incredibly, his WAR (wins above replacement) value was 10.9, over 2.4 more than runner up Robinson Cano and the first position player to report a WAR above 10 since Giant Barry Bonds in 2004. A legitimate candidate for MVP, Trout lost the league's most prominent award to Miguel Cabrera, who won the AL Triple Crown for the first time since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967, but the "Milville Meteor" still won the BBWAA American League Rookie of the Year, receiving 28 of 28 first place votes and ranking as the youngest player to ever win it, as well as the MLBPAA's Heart and Hustle Award, a Silver Slugger, and the Fielding Bible Award as the best center fielder in MLB. It was a rookie season unmatched in the history of baseball. In 2013, Trout continued to impress. He became the youngest American League player to hit for the cycle on May 21, and he scored his 200th run in his 249th game, the fastest to reach 200 runs since Ted Williams did it in 225 games in 1940. He led the AL in runs and walks and All Star votes and finished with a .323 average, once again losing the MVP vote to Miguel Cabrera.

Baseball fans around the globe are as excited as ever to see what 2014 holds for the 22-year old Mike Trout, and so are baseball card collectors, who've found in Trout's cards the consistent and reliable value that 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper's cards just couldn't maintain. Offered here is one of Trout's single best rookie cards, the 2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects Gold Refractor Autograph #d 29/50 made and graded BGS 10 Pristine, the one and only example to top the gilded pop report at BGS in the preeminent Pristine 10 grade from 29 of the 50 produced on record. Unlike most recent rookies, including Harper, Trout has only a few dozen different rookie cards, about 40 total, inclusive of all parallels and variations, and only a small handful of those are numbered to 50 or less. Out of those significantly short-printed masterpieces, only three different ones have ever realized the BGS 10 Pristine grade: one example of his 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Orange Refractor numbered out of 25, three examples of his 2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects Black Refractor numbered out of 25, and one example of his 2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects Gold Refractor, arguably one of the top 5 single greatest Mike Trout rookie cards in existence, which we are excited to offer this month with no reserve but with our sincerest of recommendations.

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Final prices include buyers premium: $2,697
Number Bids: 20
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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