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Mike Trout rookie card sells for $900K in record-setting memorabilia auction

Sports memorabilia continues to generate a frenetic market, and further evidence of just that arrived Wednesday when a Mike Trout rookie card sold for a record-breaking amount at auction.

In an auction held by Goldin Auctions that netted record-setting bids on a handful of items, Trout’s autographed Bowman Draft Chrome Prospect card topped all of them with a $900,000 winning bid, setting a modern-day baseball card record.

As the above tweet from Darren Rovell of Action Network notes, Trout’s rookie card selling for $900K was not the only item to sell for an extremely high-dollar amount during Wednesday’s auction.

A Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer rookie card generated a winning bid for $97,200, which also set a record. And the NBA memorabilia-related insanity didn’t end there, either.

A Lakers championship ring Kobe gave to his mother was sold for $201,250, while one of Bryant’s rookie cards sold for $110,400,” Rovell wrote. “Shoes worn by Bryant in the clinching game of the 2001 Finals sold for $70,000. A scorer’s sheet from Kobe’s career high of 81 points signed by Bryant sold for $23,750.

A LeBron rookie jersey sold for $362,500, while one of his cards, also from the Exquisite Collection, sold for $146,400.

What exactly is causing understandably coveted items of sports memorabilia to create such a frenzy at auction right now is unclear, but it goes without saying an absurd amount of money is being thrown around by collectors in an attempt to procure such treasures.