#CardCorner: 2015 Topps Mike Trout
Hall of Fame staffers are also baseball fans and love to share their stories. Here is a fan's perspective from Cooperstown.
When Mike Trout burst onto the scene in 2012, it wasn't only his combination of power and speed that enthralled fans. Part of his appeal from the very beginning was the obvious joy with which he played the game. Even during his September call-up in 2011, before he put up monster numbers, I loved watching him play because of his unbridled enthusiasm. So when it came to Mike Trout baseball cards, I was an “early adopter.”
While many of Mike Trout's baseball cards capture that enthusiasm, perhaps none does it as well as his 2015 Topps Stadium Club Card. Topps re-introduced the Stadium Club line in 2014, going back to the premium-style set that had originally launched in 1991 as a response to Upper Deck. As it did before, the new Stadium Club set featured compelling photography on full-bleed, borderless cards. They are a pleasure to hold, on thick cardstock and with a smooth, high-gloss finish.
Mike Trout’s 2015 card is a great example of Stadium Club’s emphasis on photography, as well as Trout's joy. The card shows Mike Trout, helmet off, half-running/half-skipping to home plate. His mouth is open into a grinning yell, his eyes focused straight ahead. Fans in the background are uniformly standing and clapping.
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The ball rocketed off the bat on a line. Trout ran hard out of the box, thinking extra bases, hands chopping the air; the line drive kept rising. According to ESPN Stats and Information’s Hit Tracker, the ball launched off Trout’s bat at 108 mph, and though it only reached an apex of 63 feet, the ball easily sailed over the wall in deep left-center, just as Trout rounded first.
Larry Brunt is the Museum’s digital strategy intern in the Class of 2016 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. To support the Hall of Fame Digital Archive Project, please visit www.baseballhall.org/DAP