2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph Sells for Over $900,000


The auction ended later than planned, but that didn’t stop the record prices. A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph sold for more than $900,000 on May 20 as part of Goldin Auctions’ Spring 2020 Premium Auction.

The total cost, including the buyers premium, put the card at $922,500.

That’s also more than double what the one-of-a-kind Superfractor closed at two years ago. It sold for $400,000 in May, 2018.

With five copies, the Red Refractor is the second rarest version of Trout’s top card (this particular card is 5/5). 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft has his first autograph in a MLB uniform.

This copy of the card has a Gem Mint 9.5 grade from Beckett Grading. The signature received a grade of 10.

A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor Autograph Mike Trout sold for $67,200 (including buyers premium) during the same auction.

Originally scheduled to end on May 16, server issues led to Goldin’s Spring 2020 Premium Auction being put on pause. Bidding was split into three sessions ending on May 20, 21 and 23 respectively. The two Trout cards were both part of the first.

Other key items sold include a photo-matched game-used LeBron James jersey worn during the first weeks of his rookie season in 2003-04 ($371,200) and several pieces of game-used Kobe Bryant memorabilia. Among the other cards sales was a BGS 9.5 2003-04 Ultimate Collection LeBron James RC Autograph ($118,080), BGS 10 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant ($113,160), and a PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan RC ($99,630).


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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