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    2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Orange Refractor 6/25 #BDPP89 BGS Gem Mint 9.5 - 10 Autograph. The greatest ballplayer that ever lived? It's still a bit early to make such a bold declaration, but unless this supremely talented youngster stumbles from his current trajectory, that distinction could very well become his legacy. The ultimate five-tool player, Trout has slugged in the top four for the American League in each of his nine Angels campaigns, and, at .581 for his career, finds himself north of some names that may sound familiar--Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, etc.

    Here we find the best active ballplayer in the game at the tender age of seventeen, recently selected with the twenty-fifth pick in the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Millville (NJ) Senior High. He'd bat a scorching .352 in his first year of minor league ball that year, a clear harbinger of the brilliance that would soon make him a hero in Anaheim.

    This Orange Refractor is the third-toughest parallel within the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects product, the only more elusive models being the Superfractor (limited to one) and the Red Refractor (limited to five). These unicorns are in very secure hands and unlikely to appear upon the hobby's auction block any time soon.

    Forward-thinking collectors might consider card this a modern variation on the theme of the 1952 Topps Mantle in terms of investment potential, and it's well within the realm of possibility that a seventh figure will be added to its price tag one day if it follows the Mick's trajectory. Adding to the appeal of the card's extreme rarity is its stunning Gem Mint 9.5 condition, calculated through the following subgrades:

    Centering 9, Edges 10, Corners 9.5, Surface 9.5.

    Trout's blue sharpie autograph, one of his first signed as a professional, is properly assigned a perfect 10. Only a single superior example appears in the BGS population.

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