Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
In case you've gone into hibernation along with your collection during the MLB offseason, perhaps you've missed the astronomical price increases of key rookie cards of baseball's hottest young stars, especially National League MVP Kris Bryant and American League MVP Mike Trout. Trout's cards, in particular, have seen dramatic spikes in value. His 2011 Topps Update #US175 in a PSA 10 holder was selling for $140-$150 last Christmas. Today if you find one under $300 it's a great buy. This is likewise the case with this card's rarer parallels. The Diamond and Cognac Anniversary versions of Trout's Topps Update rookie were selling for $250-$300 in PSA 10 grade during the holidays. Now they are $1,000 cards!
What accounts for this incredible surge in modern rookie card values? Certainly anticipation for the 2017 season played a role. However, past offseasons did not see prices explode as they did this year. We believe that the answer has more to do with the unique and extraordinary talent that is 25-year-old Mike Trout. In his five full big league seasons, Trout has bagged two AL MVP awards and finished second in MVP balloting three times, taking home 2012 AL Rookie of the Year honors to boot. You do not have to be a sabermetrician to appreciate the impact Trout has had on the sport in his young career. According to the statistics found on Trout's Baseball Reference page, through age 24 the New Jersey native compares to, in order, these five players: Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, and Mel Ott. If a man can be judged by the company he keeps, then Trout is well on his way to baseball immortality.
One of the under-the-radar cards of Trout from his rookie year has been his Topps Finest issue. Somewhat overshadowed by his iconic 2011 Topps Update card, the Finest RC of the Millville Meteor is nevertheless a steady seller that hails from one of the hobby's legacy brands. And like its Update cousin, there are also a number of limited edition, serial-numbered parallels for collectors to chase down. Yet Finest boasts of something Update cannot: it is the home of Trout's one-of-one Superfractor, the autographed example of which is selling on eBay for a princely $25,000. In terms of scarcity, the next best thing to Superfractors in this product were the Purple Refractors. Limited to a mere five copies, these violet-hued beauties are among Trout's rarest rookie cards, and we are offering you the opportunity to own the one-and-only specimen in flawless PSA 10 gem mint grade. Serial numbered 4/5 and featuring an intense action photo of the Angels superstar, this card exhibits perfect corners, smooth surfaces, and stunning prismatic colors. If you are fishing for a Trout "Rainbow" (you see what we did there?), then this purple prize is a must have for your collection. It is a major league investment piece in the man many experts believe is the next Mickey Mantle.
Sensational 2011 Finest Purple Refractor #94 Mike Trout RC Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1 Serial Numbered 4/5 Masterpiece
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