Mike Trout is Topps’ third 2012 Finest rookie

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps announced its third Finest rookie redemption of the year on Thursday, and it’s the guy who is looking like he’ll take home the American League Rookie of the Year honors — if not more when the season ends.

It’s Mike Trout.

Collectors who found redemption No. 3 out of the five in 2012 Finest, which arrived in hobby shops last Wednesday, will receive a signed card of Trout, who is leading the AL in average at .340 and stolen bases at 38.

The first card, announced last week, was Pirates rookie Starling Marte. The second, announced Tuesday, was Chicago Cubs rookie Brett Jackson.

The company will reveal the remaining two rookies later in the month.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. @Jaypers413
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Wonder why the first two Finest autographs (Marte & Jackson) were on-card, but this one is a sticker.

  2. chrisolds
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Probably based on timing of next signing sessions vs. availability of stickers.

  3. Posted August 16, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Is there anything Mike Trout CAN’T do….?

  4. craig
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Is there anything Mike Trout CAN’T do….?

    yes, sign his name legibly

  5. Lou
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t his RC in last years Finest ?

  6. Richard
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Mike Trout has had stuff since 2009.
    Top cards are in
    Bowman sterling, Bowman Chrome,
    and Bowman Platinum 2010

    Now they can add the magical “RC” to them though.

  7. joe
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Lou…you are correct his rookie is in last years Finest. I have 3 different refractor version. So Chris, which will Beckett say is his actual rookie card.

  8. Cincyscott
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    How many rookie cards will this guy have? I have a finest auto from last year I guess topps prints what ever will sell product! I think its BS

  9. RJ
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who is unhappy with the Trout sticker auto they receive can send the card directly to me, and I’ll be happy to have it.

  10. chrisolds
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    His Rookie Cards were in last year’s sets. Meanwhile, he’s still eligible for Rookie of the Year this year.

    Lots o’ irony.

  11. BearcaTrick
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    So the base card in the 2012 set is also a rookie? I dont see a rc logo on it anywhere? Topps is a joke trying to squeeze the last buck out of the few that collect sports cards anymore.

  12. Ron
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    This may be a rookie redemption card. BUT, if you look at the card. There is no RC printed on it anywhere. So, how is it a real rookie card?

  13. chrisolds
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    It’s a redemption of a rookie … not a rookie card. (And it wouldn’t be an RC, anyway, regardless of the logo.)

  14. Posted August 18, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Why does he look so scared?

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