He’s Baaack: Stephen Strasburg Returns to Washington Nationals Lineup Tuesday
One year and three days after undergoing major surgery, Stephen Strasburg is set to return to the Washington Nationals. In the midst of an electrifying rookie season, Strasburg underwent Tommy John surgery on his arm last September. After strenuous rehab workouts and a handful of successful minor league starts, the pitcher is ready to return to the Nationals Park mound.
Strasburg is scheduled to face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and is on tap to make at least four more home starts before the end of the season. He will be limited to five or six innings per start. Not surprisingly, Strasburg's comeback is gaining a lot of attention as fans sit on the edge of their seats, hoping to see something magical. It's also renewed interest in his baseball cards.
Strasburg's 2010 autographs and rookie cards have seen increased activity as of late, with prices steadily climbing after each of his successful rehab starts. 2010 Bowman Baseball Prospect Autographs, his first certified auto in a Nationals uniform, are fetching upwards of $330. Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome Refractor autographs are also commanding premium prices once again. Strasburg's 2010 Topps Baseball Million Card Giveaway autographs are selling for well over $300. The card features him making his first major league pitch. Another key release is the 2010 Topps Triple Threads Baseball card, the only true Strasburg autographed rookie card. This card tends to be overshadowed by the Bowman releases but has great appeal with its rookie card status and on-card signature.
Sale prices are similar to pre-surgery values and may have room for growth if Strasburg comes back strong in his first few starts. Look for many investors to cash in and increase the overall number of available cards on the secondary market.
So far, only three 2011 products have Strasburg signatures: two dual autographs in Topps Heritage featuring Bob Gibson and the inscribed Topps Diamond Anniversary card, which is limited to 60 copies. Look for Strasburg to possibly have more of a presence in later releases, with his comeback drawing national media attention.
Check out our Stephen Strasburg baseball card guide, which includes a listing of all his official rookie cards, buying guide and card gallery.