2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Diamond 1/1 Sells for Over $35,000

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2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Diamond Anniversary Diamond Embedded

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not quite the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor Autograph, but one of the biggest Mike Trout cards has found its way to eBay. The 2011 Topps Update Diamond Anniversary Authentic Diamond Mike Trout carries a long name, but the card itself is one-of-a-kind.

And the price of the Rookie Card parallel reflects it. The final price was $35,200 with more than 100 total bids.

While the seller’s suggestion that it is a $500,000 card may be a lot of sizzle, there’s no doubt that it garnered lots of interest.

The card is graded an 8.5 by BGS.

The 2011 Topps Update Diamond Anniversary Authentic Diamond Mike Trout auction closed on Saturday, June 24.

2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Diamond Anniversary Diamond Embedded Reverse

The 2011 Topps Authentic Diamond cards weren’t actually inserted in packs. Rather, they were part of the Topps Diamond Giveaway code card program. In honor of their 60th anniversary in the baseball card market, in 2011, Topps included code cards in packs of Series 1, Series 2 and Update Series. These unlocked things like buybacks, exclusive inserts and these one-of-one parallels. Other prizes could also be won.

The card itself is very similar to the regular 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout, a card that has started to change how people look at modern Topps flagship Rookie Cards. In this day of high-end brands, many lower-end Rookie Cards are somewhat overlooked and carry moderate values. The 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout RC is one of the most popular cards of the last decade. And some other top-tier flagship Topps RCs like Clayton Kershaw and Kris Bryant are showing signs of following suit. Stephen Curry is another one for basketball.

The big difference between this card and the base version, other than the 1/1 serial number on the front, is that it has an actual diamond added to the front.

In the description, the seller says that they also have the 2011 Topps Update Platinum Mike Trout, another one-of-one parallel.

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. Jonathan 20 June, 2017 at 19:38

    Imagine if each manufacturer could only produce one RC per player. Whoa. Not one per subset. One per manufacturer. I would personally love that. It would end the questions, make things easy, and put a real value on RCs instead this inflated BS we deal with now. How much are all Trouts RCs worth, collectively? If he had only one, would it be worth that much? Nope. But it would be worth a lot.

    • Ryan Cracknell 21 June, 2017 at 10:55

      @Jonathan – The collector in me totally sees where you’re coming from. However, that would kill virtually every product out there, even if RCs were spread out. I’d say that the current $200 selling price for a 2011 Topps Update Trout is pretty good. Also, there’s something to be said for having affordable Rookie Cards as well.

  2. Mark 21 June, 2017 at 01:13

    Lmao, the card is at $25,000 plus yet the dealer cannot find it in his heart to ship for free. Still going to set you back $15.50. Absolutely embarrassing.

  3. Kerry 21 June, 2017 at 12:09

    What?! 1 RC per player?! This is still a hobby, last I checked, and having a choice of which version of a RC to collect is my right as a consumer.
    As far as the card in this article, I can see someone willing to barely pay 6-figures, not the 1/2 million noted by the seller.

  4. John 26 May, 2018 at 21:41

    I got a question concerning with what I call gimmick cards when you see 7/60, for instance. Does that mean that card only has 60 copies made of each number or several numbrr 7 out of 60 and so on. The reason why I ask this and think it’s a gimmick if only 60 of these slash cards were made.. no matter if you get it from retail, hobby box,or jumbo packs with all of the Millions and millions of packs distributed how would we ever know if all 60 got pulled?. basically making whatever number you have of that slash a one-of-a-kind.?.

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 May, 2018 at 23:26

      @John — By “gimmick cards” do you mean those that are serial numbered? If so, one numbered 7/60 is the seventh copy of a print run of 60. 99/100 is the ninety-ninth out of 100.

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