Collector “Vegas Dave” Oancea said people thought he was crazy when he said his Mike Trout Superfractor baseball card was a $3 million card last year, but not anymore, not when the card sold for nearly $4 million at auction Sunday, setting an all-time record paid for a trading card.
The 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Superfractor signed rookie card #1/1 BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 sold at Goldin Auctions for $3,936,000, surpassing the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card that sold for $3.12 million in 2016.
“I strongly believe this auction is going to end with the Mike Trout Superfractor being the most valuable trading card ever sold in a public or private transaction,” Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions told SCD before the auction.
Turns out, he was right. And so was Oancea, who bought the card for $400,000 in May 2018. Oancea previously sold a /5 red Trout Refractor for $922,500 at Goldin Auctions.
Somewhat overshadowed but not to be overlooked was the sale of a 2003/04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Rookie Patch Autograph LeBron James signed rookie card (#2/99) BGS GEM MINT 9.5/BGS 10. That card sold for $1,107,000, making it the first time two million-dollar items sold in the same auction at Goldin Auctions.