Is the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph a $500K Card?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When is a trout a whale? When it’s the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph. The biggest and most valuable Mike Trout card ever produced, it has found its way to eBay with a price tag that’s half a million dollars.

The one-of-one actually came out a short time before Stephen Strasburg caused the Superfractor to explode. And while the $500,000 price may be on the high side, the seller, RS Card World, is accepting offers. Should a deal be reached, don’t be surprised if it ranks among the highest prices paid for a baseball card released in the last 30 years.

2009 Bowman Chrome Draft mike Trout Superfractor Autograph Front

The 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph has been graded a 9 by BGS with a 10 for the signature.

2009 Bowman Chrome Draft mike Trout Superfractor Autograph Reverse

It comes as a fixed-priced listing as opposed to an auction. The card doesn’t have a scheduled end date.

For those not familiar with Superfractors, they’re one-of-a-kind parallels that have a distinct gold background that’s highlighted by a circular pattern. While they’re popular in virtually every baseball set they’ve been released in, over the past decade or so they have become the pinnacle cards for prospects. Timed right, top players can easily realize five-figure sales.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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5 comments

  1. Kerry 21 June, 2016 at 08:15

    $500K for a baseball card is stupid. He didn’t discover a cure for cancer, stop countries from a war, or give a billion dollars to charity…he only hits, runs and throws a baseball at an above average level.

  2. Richard 21 June, 2016 at 10:53

    Even in a world where people pay stupid money for cards there are limits.

    That said, a Lebron RC from Exquisite supposedly sold for $45K. A finite BGS 9.5 of him sold for $12.9K.
    I guess if you are mega millionaire used to throwing
    down $5K for tickets to a game that those prices might
    actually make sense. *shrug*

  3. phillies_joe 21 June, 2016 at 11:36

    To answer your question….No IMHO. Not a good looking card at all nor is the marker auto very nice. Somebody will pay big dollars for it but it won’t be $0.5m.

    Like that the scouting report had him “flashing power potential”.

  4. Brian 21 June, 2016 at 15:03

    I bid $3.00 and was declined. I then bid $4.00 and was declined. Finally I bid $4.00 again and was declined again. Just so you know he is not accepting bids below $4.00. I would suggest trying $4.01 and going from there.

  5. N.B 11 February, 2017 at 02:01

    to the top comment..

    It’s NOT the players..Trout this case..
    who set prices..none of the players do or are involved in selling their own cards
    It’s under the Players agreement in any sport to
    comply with Upper Deck or any Sporting company to sign cards and give part of their jersey..bat..stick..to put in the actually card
    some cards are almost inch thick these days
    from when I first started collecting
    serial #’d..they pay big bucks to be the exclusive company of the Sporting World

    by the way f you know and watch and collect
    Mike Trout does donate Millions to charities and is one of the good guys and does give back..
    for the most part they don’t go around saying
    “Hey I just donated X amount of cash to charity
    #1..2..or 3..he just does it

    But the League recognizes it and he Yearly is up for awards for giving back to the communities

    some players do some don’t

    Have any of you? I don’t know..

    I do..but I make sure the $$ is going to where its needed and look into how its distributed
    administration and % of what goes where not just here’s a check and see ya..oh no no
    I look into it and like what they do..then I donate
    or set my own up..which for the most part the players and fellow Musicians of mine do

    get together and start one yourself

    they have nothing to do with it any player in any sport its the person with the card..and that one is in Taiwan..I know and seen the card..
    its a 1/1..which is only 1 in the World

    I’ve been collecting and selling for over 25 years..

    and I find they are just greedy..and some prices
    are ridiculous

    NOBODY will pay nearly that ampunt
    a Trout Mothers Day 1/1 sold for just over
    $600 US..which I bid on..that is a great investment and reasonable..only 1 on the planet

    1/1’s are just that only 1..

    BUT for this card..or any..don’t blame the players
    or the card company..its on he seller plain and simple

    I’ve sold some high end cards at a reasonable price..over 2 3 4 5 grand..but those are Graded
    Mint..BGS 9..9.5..10..or PASA 9 or 10’s..
    rare high end Superstars

    especially Connor McDavid’s cards..some are going for more that Gretkys or Crosbys
    makes NO sense..but if people want to pay ridiculous amounts or keep bidding do you say NO..

    I’ve sold many McDavids at good fair prices..
    and have many more I am putting up

    also what the Beckett Price Guide has it at too

    NO card has a universal price..more of a reference guide I call it..

    its how the player is doing..how the team is doing what it comes down to

    I think Connor is amazing and will be next Superstar and is a good kid that will not get into trouble off ice..

    that is also very important people overlook
    easy to see his skills or most players

    BUT what people forget..how you conduct yourself off the field or ice that effects your market value..yes it is a multi billion dollar
    BUSINESS Ladies and Gentlemen

    ever hear Crosby or Gretzky in the news for any negative press? bar fights..DD and driving..
    steroids..domestic abuse..anything?

    answer?..NO….

    same with Connor McDavid..
    he’s a good kid you can see that..he will not be
    in any of those idiotic situations

    only thing is as long as he stays healthy
    he will be when his contract is coming up after entry level The Highest Paid Player in NHL History..look out Edmonton..with the cap and all

    teams will be offering would not be surprised
    up to 12 Million a year at least up to 15 and up
    but the NHL will not let him leave Edmonton and I would be surprised if he did

    but that’s another story..Edmonton has to match offers or they lose him but get tons in return
    Drafts picks players..watch that deal swing

    which I love about NHL you have to prove yourself first then bigger contract comes

    NFL they are throwing Millions at these kids coming out of college and they go nuts last a couple years then thats it..and most of that is guaranteed cash..multi millions

    avg years in Football is about 4 years anyway

    but some get it and love and respect the sport
    have a real passion and are not in it for the money..if you are you already failed

    $$ can’t be the motivator..you already lost
    you get lazy..don’t take care of your body
    it breaks down..injuries occur and then that’s it
    you are done..when you really didn’t have the passion for the Sport that could of provided an
    amazing life for you and and your loved ones

    You must conduct yourself and are representing
    whatever PRO league you are in off and on the
    playing field..or Ice..

    that’s the one big thing most people I find in the hobby Business forget about..and it costs them
    in the end..the collector and the player

    Classic case..

    Just ask Johnny Manziel? He’s out of the NFL
    had the World by the you no what and flushed it down the toilet
    I did not bother buying anything of his when some were..I knew he was trouble and not only that he wasn’t good enough anyway

    and any $$ that he made..its all gone to Lawyers
    getting sued left and right and his cards I say make great coasters or door stoppers

    if any one of us had this Trout card and somebody actually bought it for 500 grand..would you say no?

    I’m guessing not..you’d gladly take it..yes?

    if I had this card..not sure what value I would put on it..but nothing near that price..too greedy

    keep all that in mind

    by the way I’m Pro Musician and ts my passion from age 6..been playing for over 35 Years

    $$ was never the motivator..that all comes if you
    take care and produce a product that you think people will go out and buy and come to your shows..

    take care of the Music and the Music will take care of you

    RnR Baby

    Niki B

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