Uh... that isn't Trout up there. Why is Yasiel Puig's gem mint card up there then? Well this is how I came to acquire my newest Trout card. I had seen Trout's 2013 Allen Ginter card up on eBay on a BIN auction and saw that there were over 20+ best offers and each one was rejected with only one of them countered which in turn was rejected.
A little research and as you can see on the card it is numbered 30 of only 31 in the world and Beckett has this card valued at $500 and that is for the ungraded version. I found out that this is the only one that has been submitted for grading and it came back in this spiffy gem mint grade. At this time it is the only one in the world and with only 30 left out there it might be the only one ever. I wanted it but didn't have the funds for the card. Hmm... I do have that Yasiel card to play with. Decided to talk a few of my fellow bloggers on what they would do. Before that lets go over a few things.
Silver autograph of the Inception brand
One of only 4 9.5's in the world
Numbered out of 25
Puig is 23 and though highly talented he has not proven as of yet he can maintain his 2013 high production.
I have the more desirable 2013 Bowman Chrome blue parallel autograph in my collection already and it also is graded a 9.5.
Red ink variant of the Allen and Ginter brand ( IMO better than the Inception brand )
Only 9.5 in existence
Numbered out of 31
Trout is 22 and has had already two MVP caliber years is only getting better.
Believe it or not but this would be my second most valuable Trout card. The other card has not seen its own blog post as of yet.
And finally I would sell the Puig card and use those funds to buy an agreed upon price between the seller and I on the Trout card and still have money left over.
Greg of plaschkethysweaterisargyle
Alex of chavezravining
Jesse of section117bib
Those were the three fellow card collectors that I asked their opinion on.
It was unanimous.
I was already leaning towards Trout but they all reconfirmed my reasoning on why I should go with Trout over Puig.
Sold my Puig, sent the money for Trout and pocketed a little extra coin., A few short days later I was the proud owner of the only gem mint mini framed red ink Trout card from the 2013 Allen and Ginter. Its better looking in person than on the computer.
Thank you again for the input guys.
Great numbers across the board
30 of 31