New Addition: 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autograph Mike Trout

At last, I can say I own a Mike Trout autograph … And no, I didn’t settle for one of his Elite or Bowman Platinum signatures.

Way back before Trout was a star — a legitimate star, not a baseball prospect — his Bowman Chrome prospect auto was an easy seller in the $100 range. I wanted one; but I passed figuring that like 90% of the other prospects, the prices for their early cards would come down.

Well, we all know that was not the case with Trout. His Chrome auto went through the roof, at times reaching $600 in ungraded condition.

The season Trout put together in 2012 mag have been one of the finest we’ve ever seen. And to some extent he’s almost repeated that performance here in 2013.

That said, prices on these bad boys have come down a bit, enough for me to finally take the plunge.

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