The smile and look of surprise on Mike Trout’s face tells the story. It’s almost as if he just opened the most amazing gift he’s ever received.
And, in a sense, he did.
“Sheez, this is nasty,” Trout, one of baseball’s biggest stars, says as he takes a look at a beautiful box that displays his favorite baseball cards from his own personal collection.
Trout, a four-time American League MVP, partnered with card-grading company PSA this summer to create an exclusive “pedigree” for his personal collection of cards of himself. The rare cards, including Trout’s most valuable rookie cards, are displayed in an elaborate case labeled "Trout Family Collection."
PSA released a video Wednesday of Trout opening the box and talking about his collection.
“You guys made this for me? … Whoo … I am getting chills right now. … Oh man, I’m at a loss for words right now,” Trout said. “All the rookies … Man, I appreciate this, guys. This is sick!”
Trout, whose 2009 Bowman Chrome Superfractor rookie card sold for a then-record $3.9 million in August 2020, has become a collector himself and a fan of the hobby.
“When I first started collecting cards, I didn’t think it was going to get this crazy. But I got involved quick and I got hooked quick. The hobby is real,” he said.
Trout was enamored with the PSA display of his personal collection.
“One of the cooler things to have your own pedigree,” he said. “I came up with a couple of names, me and my wife, and I want it to be a Trout thing. We are big sports family. My family is big into sports, big Eagles fans and obviously baseball. It means a lot, and obviously PSA is the best in the business, and to have them [make] special cards, that means a lot to you in that pedigree, it means a lot to me.
“I didn’t realize how many different cards are out there of mine. Obviously the rookies are good, but there are also cards in here of my friends, my wife and special cards that mean a lot to me.”
Trout plans to pass his collection on to his 2-year-old son, Beckham, and any future children.
“A few years when Beckham realizes what is going on and knows that his dad played professional baseball and starts collecting and to be able to show it to his friends and have a collection of his own, it means a lot,” he said.
“This is sweet, man. I can’t wait to show my boys this.”