Over 10,000 Watch Strasburg Superfractor Auction Come To A Close

Over 10,000 Watch Strasburg Superfractor Auction Come To A Close

The story of the card seen round the world finally came to end several days ago on eBay. The final closing price of the 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Superfractor Stephen Strasburg ended up reaching $16,403, in the process turning a baseball card into a cultural phenomem and quite possibly ushering in a new era for baseball cards.

$16,403 will be the immortal number most associated with Strasburg Superfractor. But, perhaps the number that tells an even more intriguing story is the number of people who watched the story unfold, 10,740! A number that is not only unprecidented for a baseball card auction, but for any auction period. 

When the auction begin a little over 11 days ago, it was a hobby story. As the clocked ticked down and the bids boosted the auction action, the simple story of a great American baseball card captured the imagination of a world. It had all the ingredients of a great story, drama, intrigue, hope, fear, consequence, and a cardboard protagonist.

For 10 days in the month of May, a world tuned in to see how much a single piece of rectangular piece of cardboard could be worth. Though the auction finished without the last second bidding frenzy synonymous with eBay card auctions, watchers walked away knowing one thing, sports cards are not only worth more than the cardboard they are printed on, they can hang with heavy hitting finite committees such as jewelry, gold, and stock.

As time erodes, the story of the Strasburg Superfractor will either be remembered or forgotten. Is it the first chapter in the book of the great baseball card comeback? Or was it merely the last paragraph in a short story? As an optimist, I would like to believe that the story has just begun, that 10 years from now sports cards will have a fan base as large and diverse as the cards themselves.

Top eBay Listings

2012 Bowman Blue Border 169 Stephen Strasburg 500 Washington Nationals Card 0r5
$1.25

2010 Bowman Chrome 205 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals RC Rookie Card 3b9
$11.25

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM RC
$9.99

2013 BOWMAN #104 STEPHEN STRASBURG BLUE WASHINGTON NATIONALS 138 500 0094
$4.46

2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDP1.1 Stephen Strasburg (Base) PSA 8 0j6
$16.00

Stephen Strasburg # 1 Washington Nationals 2010 Bowman Platinum PSA 2009 Lot of4
$29.99

2014 Bowman Chrome #35 Stephen Strasburg Nationals
$0.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG * 07 25 * ORANGE BORDER #96 WASHINGTON NATIONALS 2016 BOWMAN
$16.50
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Top eBay Listings

Stephen Strasburg Signed 8x10 Photo Nationals Superstar Auto
$59.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO
$30.00

Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Mini Helmet Card Display Collectible Auto
$7.99

Stephen Strasburg Auto on Official Limited Edition MLB Baseball with COA
$49.99

2010 Bowman Sterling Stephen Strasburg Rookie Auto Autograph PSA 10 Gem Mint
$89.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UD USA BASEBALL TIMELINE ROOKIE AUTO NATIONALS AUTOGRAPH
$21.50

2010 TOPPS STERLING STEPHEN STRASBURG RC TRIPLE RELIC JERSEY AUTO NATIONALS #1 1
$499.99

Stephen Strasburg Auto on Official Limited Edition MLB Baseball with COA
$49.99
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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

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