Rare Mike Trout Baseball Card Loses $864,000 In Value In Less Than Two Years

One collector took an enormous loss selling a rare Mike Trout Bowman autograph card. A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph 5/5 sold for $216,000 in a PWCC Marketplace auction over the weekend, which was an astounding $864,000 loss than what the card sold for less than two years ago.

The same card previously sold for $1.08 million in October 2022. Before that, it fetched $922,500 in May 2020.

For years among collectors, Trout was always considered a good investment. People would scoop up anything and everything Trout while he was winning three Most Valuable Player awards. Even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trout’s 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor autograph card sold for a whopping $3.9 million in August 2020.

However, it’s an incredible turnaround for Trout collectibles with the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Red Refractor Autograph 5/5 losing 80 percent of its value in only a year-and-a-half. According to Card Ladder, Trout cards have lost 5 percent of its value, overall, since the beginning of 2024.

The big question is — what’s the reason for this decline? One can point to Trout’s injuries as he hasn’t had a healthy full season of baseball — not including the COVID-shortened 2020 season — since 2019. Even though he was an All-Star the past three seasons, Trout has missed 249 games total due to a calf strain, back injury and a broken hamate bone in his hand. He only played in 36 games in 2021, 119 in 2022 and 82 in 2023.

“I just want to be out there,” Trout told ESPN last September. “Injuries suck. All the hard work and stuff and just freak stuff happens. I try to stay positive.”

Another reason why Trout cards have taken a dip — the Angels only making the playoffs once during his career. Despite Trout being one of the best players in the game, the Angels failed to build a competitive team around him and Shohei Ohtani. And with Ohtani departing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the road isn’t any easier for the Angels.

Despite Trout collectibles taking a bath, there’s still optimism they can bounce back. If the 32-year-old Trout can stay healthy and return to his MVP form, that will excite collectors. Also, if Trout ends up being traded at some point to a playoff team, that would not only revitalize his playing career, but also his card market as well.

With Ohtani leaving, rumors flied during the offseason what would happen with Trout. Would he want a fresh start after all these years with the Angels? The home-grown superstar, though, pledged his commitment with the team and said during the offseason he hasn’t asked for a trade despite the franchise’s struggles.

“When I signed that contract, I’m loyal,” Trout told The Athletic, referencing the $430 million extension he signed with the Angels in 2019. “The overall picture of winning a championship or getting to the playoffs here is bigger satisfaction than bailing out and just taking the easy way out. … Maybe down the road, if some things change. But that’s been my mindset ever since the trade speculation came up.”

Things could change, however, if the Angels are out of the playoff race come the trade deadline.

Trout still has seven years and nearly $250 million left on his extension.

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