Is This 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph a Deal?

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2011 Topps Finest Superfractor Autograph Mike Trout

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The $35,200 sale of a 2011 Topps Update Authentic Diamond Mike Trout one-of-one over the weekend didn’t only bring a huge price tag. It brought a lot of attention, which is understandable given the fact that it might be a while before it shows up again — if ever.

But what does this mean for other top-line early Mike Trout cards as they surface? And could this 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph be a bargain?

Okay, it’s hard to say that any baseball card that’s less than ten-years old with an asking price of $28,999.99 a bargain. But let’s break it down.

First, like the 2011 Topps Update Authentic Diamond Mike Trout, this is another one-of-a-kind card. And this time around, it’s a Superfractor, the king when it comes to baseball one-of-ones. It’s not a Bowman Chrome Superfractor, but those gold spirals are unmistakable.

The 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph doesn’t have a diamond embedded in it. But it is signed, something that most might find to be even better.

Perhaps working against the card is the set it comes from. The 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout has emerged as his most iconic Rookie Card. There’s nothing wrong with his 2011 Finest cards, they just don’t have the same broad appeal or connection with the flagship line.

It’s also possible that this card might do better with an open auction format. It’s a risk that could backfire and finish much lower. If the seller isn’t eager to sell, that’s probably not a risk worth taking for them. But an auction would generate buzz. Buyers can’t be passive as there’s a finite amount of time available to bid.

The Buy It Now format removes that immediacy. There’s a sense one can wait and come back to it later.

There’s something else with the 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph. A couple of years ago, some “test” Superfractors from several sets surfaced on the secondary market. These were not authorized by Topps in any way. But, that doesn’t stop them from existing.

Someone picked up a “test” version of the Finest Superfractor, complete with the “Topps Certified Autograph Issue” text. They subsequently proceeded to get it autographed by Trout at a signing, slabbed by PSA/DNA and listed it on eBay for a lofty amount.

2011 Topps Finest Superfractor Autograph Test Mike Trout

This separate test Superfractor can be quickly discerned by the lack of a serial number on the back. The seller is also very clear about its origins and the slab only authenticates the autograph, not the card.

Even though this second card isn’t a legit Superfractor, seeing both listings at the same time creates confusion. The test issue ultimately undermines the real one.

Still, there’s enough to the 2011 Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph and its $29,000 price tag that makes you wonder if it’s not so out of line as it might have seemed before the Authentic Diamond sale.

What do you think? Would you rather have the 2011 Topps Update Authentic Diamond Mike Trout for $35,200 or the 2011 Finest Superfractor Autograph for about $5,000 less? Let us know in the comments or keep the conversation going on Twitter by tagging @beckettmedia.

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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  1. CJ 26 June, 2017 at 18:01

    Hmmm, what do I think…? I think the real story is about how these unauthorized cards made their way to the secondary market and what impact that has on the hobby. Topps should make sure unauthorized cards such as this don’t ‘accidentally’ slip out the backdoor.

    I’d also rather have the 2011 Topps Update Trout 1/1 rookie than any Bowman pre-rookie 1/1!

    • Ryan Cracknell 26 June, 2017 at 18:32

      @CJ From what I recall, the “test issues” originated from a printing plant. Topps investigated and it hasn’t happened since.

  2. Richard 26 June, 2017 at 18:14

    I agree with Jake, I’d keep the money.
    The Trout Diamond card got the money because
    of the hype factor. It was essentially the “prize” for that
    set though many at the time did not realize it. People pay a premium for some cards due to how hard it is to acquire. You could get a custom card made and signed
    by Trout and it would essentially be as limited as this

  3. Jonathan 27 June, 2017 at 07:06

    It’s all relative. If I was sitting around with 30 grand I didn’t need and actually liked Trout and actually thought that card looked cool, I’d buy it. Since none of those things are true, I didn’t. I buy cards with expendable income only. Money I don’t need. That is hopefully a difference between me and this buyer.

  4. Carmine 27 June, 2017 at 10:05

    What an ugly slab by PSA. How about a year and set number not just ‘Trading Card’??…..

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 June, 2017 at 11:16

      @Carmine That’s the label they use for autographs. Because that particular card wasn’t intended for release likely explains why no specifics are mentioned on it.

  5. CJ 27 June, 2017 at 21:14

    @Ryan There’s even an uncut 2010 Bowman Platinum superfractor sheet with Trout on the ‘bay right now, so more are still making the way into the hobby.

    What are the odds of this one being cut up into individual cards as well?

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 June, 2017 at 21:31

      @CJ Quite a few came out all at once around 2012 if I remember correctly. Once they’re out there, some from that bunch will likely continue to pop up. It stinks, but it’s reality. But in the years since, I haven’t seen any from newer products.

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