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Trout’s autographed 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Superfractor rookie card sold for a record $3.93 million on Saturday, making it the most expensive trading card in history, surpassing the previous $3.12 million 1909 Honus Wagner T-206 card in 2016.
Trout’s rookie card had a mint 9 rating by Beckett Grading, which is the third-highest grade a card can get. The autograph was graded a perfect 10 for a 9.5 overall rating. Goldin Auctions sold the card online and released a statement on the sale.
Trout saw one of his cards sell for $923,000 back in May. At the time, it held the record for the most expensive modern-day card.
“This event was somewhat of a perfect storm as we had a remarkable collection of historic memorabilia supported by incredible marketing and publicity during a great market for sports collectibles,” Goldin Auction’s Ken Goldin wrote in a release.
Most recently, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James saw one of his rare rookie cards sell for a record $1.8 million at an auction in mid-July. James, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the time, signed the card, and a patch from one of his jerseys was featured as well. Only 23 of the items were ever made.