By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
For those of you who will be looking for the debut release of Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout in SportsPicks form this month, there’s an added element of surprise.
McFarlane Toys has created a chase figure that includes an MLB-authenticated piece of one of his stolen bases from last season.
Limited to just 200 serial-numbered figures, this figure from the 31st series of MLB figures from the Arizona-based company includes a slice of Trout’s 48th stolen base last season. He hit is 30th home run that same day. Trout won the American League Rookie of the Year award after a campaign that included the first 30-30 Club performance from a rookie in MLB history.
The figures will be randomly mixed into cases with others in the seven-player series that also includes Derek Jeter, Clayton Kershaw, reigning NL Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Felix Hernandez and Andrew McCutchen. Kershaw also will have a game-used element for his chase figure with “real baseball pieces” promised on his, according to the company.
McFarlane has added autographs on the figure bases as chase elements in recent years with players such as Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers, Florida Gators great Tim Tebow, baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and Detroit Tigers star Prince Fielder signing for the company.
If found at retail, the chase figures will cost the same as any other — approximately $15 or less — and the bonuses are visible through the packaging.
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