This post contains affiliate links to include the eBay Partner Network which may earn a commission. We truly appreciate your support.

PLEASE NOTE: The Mike Trout baseball cards mentioned on this list do not include any of his rookie cards… see our Best Mike Trout Rookie Cards

LA Angel’s center fielder Mike Trout (08/07/91) is widely seen as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, despite a relative lack of success with his franchise.

An eight-time All-Star, Trout signed a 12-year extension with the team for $426.5 million in 2019, which was the largest amount of money in a single contract in the history of professional sports at the time. 

As such, his cards are some of the best in the business if you’re judging them solely on value alone. His RCs tend to get most of the attention, so we’ve prepared a list with 20 top options from 2013 and beyond.

Here’s a rundown with 20 of the best Mike Trout baseball cards if you’re on the lookout for investment pieces, with lots of info about each card, along with parallels and anything else worth mentioning.

Best Cards

Trout’s RCs are some of the best in the business, causing many collectors to ignore the options that came afterward. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t good investment pieces if you know where to look.

We’ve listed the cards in chronological order, from 2013 to 2020.

 

2013 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout #50

The 2013 Bowman Chrome is where we’ll begin. It’s nowhere near as expensive as the majority of his rookie options, but it does feature a strong image of the player on the plate. 

There is a range of refractor parallels, making it one of the better Trout cards from 2013.

Parallels: Refractor, X-Fractor, Green Refractor, Blue Refractor (/250), Purple Refractor (/199), Gold Refractor (/50), Pink/Magenta (/35), Orange Refractor (/25), Black Refractor (/15), Canary Yellow Refractor (/10), Red Refractor (/5), Super-Fractor (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1)

 

2013 Topps Mike Trout 2012 Rookie Of The Year #27

Buy on eBay

A year after the release of his RC, the 2013 Topps set celebrates Trout’s Rookie of the Year award. The #27 card has a trio of image variations, either featuring him sliding along the ground, wearing shades, or signing autographs for fans in the crowd. 

They all have a range of slick parallels, so there are various lower-end investment options. 

Silver Slate, Emerald Foil, Blue, Purple, Red, Gold (/2013), Desert Camo Foil (/99), Black (/62), Pink (/50), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1)

 

2014 Topps Triple Threads Auto Mike Trout Manny Machado Wil Myers #TTARCMTM

Buy on eBay

As the name suggests, the Topps Triple Threads set features three players, with patches and autographs for each one found on the front. Manny Machado and Wil Myers join Trout to make up the trio, each given a small horizontal segment. It comes with a range of rare parallels, which are listed below.

Parallels: Sepia (/27), Emerald (/18), Gold (/9), Sapphire (/3), Wood (1/1), Ruby (1/1), White Whale Printing Plates (1/1)

 

2014 Topps Five Star Mike Trout #FSA-MT

Buy on eBay

A high-end release, Trout’s card from the 2014 Topps Five Star Baseball set is ideal if you’re looking for more affordable options from the early years. 

It features an image of a sprinting Trout, while Rainbow parallels are numbered to just 25 copies. You’ll also find an on-card auto filled in blue ink.

Parallels: Rainbow (/25), Five Star (1/1)

 

2016 Bowman’s Best Mike Trout #B16MT

Buy on eBay

The 2016 Bowman’s Best has a subset focusing on the year’s top players. Of course, Trout makes the cut, as he was named the AL MVP for the second time that season. It features an action shot of the player on the plate, watching a baseball soar through the sky.

Keep an eye out for the various refractor parallels, which we’ll list below;

Parallels: Refractor, Green Refractor (/99), Orange Refractor (/50), Atomic Refractor (/25), Red Refractor (/5), SuperFractor (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1)

 

2018 Finest Mike Trout #FAMT

Buy on eBay

The 2018 Finest release features another strong signed Trout card, with the player shown in a typical batting pose. The set isn’t my personal favorite due to a distracting background design, but that isn’t an opinion which is shared by the majority of collectors. 

A range of refractor parallels helps add interest and contribute to a significant price tag at auction.

Parallels: Blue (/150), Green (/99), Green Wave (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Orange Wave (/25), Red (/5), Red Wave (/5), SuperFractor (1/1)

 

2019 Topps Chrome Mike Trout 1984 #84TCA-MT

Buy on eBay

The 2019 Topps Chrome release celebrates 35 years since the iconic ’80s design debuted for the first time. Trout’s card from the ‘84 Autographs subset pays homage with a vintage look and feel to the text, image selection, and border design.

As well as a posed photo of Trout on one knee propping himself up with a bat, it has a second smaller profile shot in the bottom left corner.

Parallels: Orange (/25), Red (/5), SuperFractor (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1)

 

2019 Panini Prizm Color Blast Mike Trout #CB5

Buy on eBay

The 2019 Panini Prizm release contains Trout’s Color Blast, one of the best-looking subsets in recent memory. A simple design sees an illustration of Trout swinging a bat, with colored smoke billowing out of either side of the card.

There’s no logos or clutter and a plain white background. From an aesthetic point of view, it’s undeniably one of the nicest cards on the list. Collectors seem to agree, and prices have risen significantly over the past year.

 

2019 Topps 150 Years Mike Trout #117E

Buy on eBay

In 2019, Topps produced a new online product, named “Topps 150 Years of Baseball.” This is one such card from the set, featuring an artist’s rendition of a smiling Trout and a signature at the bottom on rarer versions.

The blue-bordered edition has a print run of 1,400, but the Orange version is limited to just five copies. It has to be seen as one of the better Trout investment options from 2019.

 

2019 Topps Finest Mike Trout #FA-MT

Buy on eBay

Trout’s card from the 2019 Topps Finest Autographs set is up next. It has a simple red and blue border, featuring an action shot of the player after a successful swing. A large on-card auto is also found in the middle, on a smaller white patch. The best investment pieces are likely to be the colored refractor parallels, and there’s a decent selection.

Parallels: Blue (/150), Green (/99), Green Wave (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Orange Wave (/25), Red (/5), Red Wave (/5), SuperFractor (1/1)

 

2020 Topps Diamond Icons Mike Trout #RI-MTR 

Buy on eBay

At $2,000 per box, 2020 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball is pitched as “the high-end collector’s best friend.” Of course, the set features a Trout auto with a range of parallels that we’ll list below.

Red ink variations are also included, making for some of the more popular cards from the collection. You’ll find a serial number in the top left corner while the card is finished with gold chrome trim.

Parallels: Purple (/10), Red (/5), Gold (1/1)

 

2020 Topps Industry Conference Mike Trout #TSUM-MT

Buy on eBay

An autographed card made exclusively for the 2020 Topps Industry Conference, this is another premium edition that is hyper-rare. A serial number in the top left corner (15) has a white and red motif. However, the autograph is stickered, which is a letdown for many collectors.

Trout is pictured with a bat held above his head, in a glossy image with tonnes of detail.

 

2020 Topps Gypsy Queen Mike Trout #ALC-MT 

Buy on eBay

2020 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball is a retro-inspired set with various signed Trout cards on offer. The Autographed Lineup Cards Set has a premium one-of-one card featuring the LA Angels player, with a landscape design featuring an on-card auto at the top.

The scarcity means that it’s already worth four figures, but other signed Trout cards from the set are definitely worth checking out.

 

2020 Topps Five Star Dual Auto Mike Trout/Aaron Judge #DA-TJ

Next is a dual autograph card from the 2020 Topps Five Star collection. Trout is joined by Aaron Judge, a two-time All-Star who won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2017. 

As the name suggests, only five copies are available, and five chrome stars are along the middle. They separate two images of Trout and Judge, with both men standing in a batting stance. It’s one of the stronger signed options, but it depends much on Judge’s future if you’re buying it solely for investment purposes.

 

2020 Topps Project Mike Trout #51

Topps Project 2020 is a release which ‘visually reimagines the baseball cards that have defined generations’, using 20 artists from around the globe. They’ve been incredibly popular with collectors so far, and Trout has a number of cards in the subset.

This is one such version, as jewelry expert Ben Baller aims to improve the stock image found with Trout’s RC. The card has been polished, adding lots of bling to the front, including a pair of diamond gloves and a chain logo. It’s also signed ‘bbdtc’, ‘Ben Baller did the card’.

 

Topps Project 2020 Mike Trout #100

Buy on eBay

The next card also focuses on a reimagined 2011 Topps Update. This time, it was designed by NY pop portrait artist Blake Jamieson. There are just ten copies overall, so it’s already one of the more popular options from the Project 2020 set.

The image of Trout is zoomed in, with a massive RC logo found at the base of the card. It almost resembles a comic book image, which is a good thing! It’s finished with a diamond border and a red motif.

 

2020 Topps Project Mike Trout #121

Buy on eBay

Another card from the Topps Project 2020 set, this version was designed by Joseph Ari Aloi – AKA JK5. Again, the 2011 Trout RC is used as the base card, with a black and red design that sees lasers shooting out of Trout’s eyes. 

There are just 59 copies overall, and the artist signs them in gold ink. It’s a bit scary, but it’s another beautifully designed card offering something slightly different than the average Trout card.

 

2020 Topps Finest Moments Mike Trout #MOMA-MT

From the 2020 Topps Finest Baseball set, Trout’s Moments Autograph is another strong signed option featuring the LA Angels GOAT. It has an image of Trout mid-swing in the middle, with a signature penned in blue ink which is found at the bottom.

The lined background isn’t particularly interesting, but it has been an early hit with collectors and investors.

Parallels: Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5), SuperFractor (1/1)

 

2020 Topps Definitive Hank Aaron/Mike Trout #DAC-AG

The Dual Autograph Collection is a premium subset featuring on-card autos from some of the biggest names in the business. Trout is joined by the legendary Hank Aaron, with small images of each player found on either side of the card.

The middle is devoted to a large section for the signatures, filled in blue ink on a white background. There’s also a trio of rare parallels that make for a great investment piece, listed below.

Parallels: Green (/10), Purple (/5), Red (1/1)

 

2020 Topps Definitive Mike Trout/Christian Yelich #DAC-AA

We’re sticking with the 2020 Topps Definitive set for this one. This time, Christian Yelich is the one to join Trout on a dual autograph, which is somewhat similar in design to the card seen above.

This time, the players are both found on the left of the landscape card, which has been split in half to accommodate for a large patch and a signature.

Parallels: Green (/10), Purple (/5), Red (1/1)

Categorized in: