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 PLATINUM STEPHEN STRASBURG #80 PSA10 GEM MINT IN MINT PSA HOLDER
$10.99

2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Prospects Black #BDP1... Graded BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
$26.39

2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC Refractor 777 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$199.95

2010 BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE REFRACTOR NATIONALS
$14.99

2012 Bowman Chrome #154 Stephen Strasburg Nationals
$1.30

2010 BOWMAN STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$8.62

Nationals RC LOT Bryce Harper Stephen Strasburg Gio Gonzalez Zimmerman
$22.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Stephen Strasburg Rookie Refractor 630 777 #BCP1 NM
$69.95



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Stephen Strasburg Bowman Sterling Auto RC Refractor
$225.00

2010 Bowman Sterling Autograph Auto #1 Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie Card Auto
$124.99

2010 Topps Chrome Autograph Auto #212 Stephen Strasburg RC Nationals Rookie Card
$124.99

2014 Immaculate Baseball STEPHEN STRASBURG Jersey Auto!
$39.99

2010 Topps Tribute Stephen Strasburg Nationals Auto Dual Used Base Card 85 99
$125.00

2014 National Treasures STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPH JUMBO MATERIAL 25 BOOK AUTO
$16.00

2014 Topps Triple Threads STEPHEN STRASBURG Base Parallel Non-Auto #33 50 ONYX
$2.99

2010 Bowman STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO RC ROOKIE CARD BGS GEM MINT 9.5 10 NATIONALS
$399.99



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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

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