I started getting into baseball card collecting not too long ago. After doing my own personal research, I came across a really interesting card, the 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout rookie. This card is interesting to me because it’s a common card meaning that any kind of collector could have owned a copy of this card at a very low price during the first 2 years after its release.
The card could have been purchased at around $5 – $10 after Trout’s rookie year and that would be buying on the high end. Fast forward 5 – 6 years and now that same ungraded raw card can be found selling on eBay for ~$150. The value of that card has increased over a tenfold.
There have been so many Mike Trout cards produced, many of which are worth much more, in the hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, by just echoing the thoughts of other collectors out there, the 2011 Topps Update card has steadily gained momentum as the Mike Trout rookie card to collect.