Stephen Strasburg Cards, Rookie Cards Checklist and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Stephen Strasburg

Date of Birth: 6/20/1988
Rookie Card Year: 2010
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

It's not very often that a prospect comes into the game with the amount of hype that Stephen Strasburg had in 2010. It's equally rare that something ignites the hobby like Stephen Strasburg cards did at the time. Even more impressive is the fact that, early on, the pitcher exceeded the lofty expectations bestowed upon him by the media. A legend was born during his debut with the Washington Nationals. Strasburg got the win in style, going seven innings and setting a new team record with 14 strikeouts.

The first pick in the 2009 draft, Strasburg continued to impress in his next two starts, racking up 18 more strikeouts and landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Not only was the pitcher doing well on the field, he was generating a lot of interest for baseball as well. Strasburg was, for a short time, the centerpiece of a game still struggling to reemerge from the shadow of steroid abuse.

But then Strasburg-mania hit a wall. By the end of August, having already served one stint on the disabled list, the Nationals shut their star rookie down. It was announced he needed Tommy John surgery to fix ligaments in his arm, which normally takes at least a year to heal and rehabilitate. Understandably, prices of Strasburg's cards and memorabilia took a hit with the news. However, should he rebound strong, the prices will likely creep up again. Just don't expect prices to reach the same levels they were at in mid-2010.

Prior to being drafted, Strasburg was a standout at San Diego State University and with the American national team. In a college game, he set an Aztecs record by striking out 23 batters in a single game. During the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, Strasburg went 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA, helping the US squad win a bronze medal.

Strasburg can be credited as having a major role in the success of Topps' 2010 baseball card line. Stephen Strasburg cards appeared in nearly all of their sets, including several rare inserts and autographs that sold for thousands of dollars. Among these was the 2010 Bowman Baseball Superfractor, a one-of-one parallel of Strasburg's first card in a Nationals uniform, that sold first for over $16,000 then surpassed $30,000 when resold a short time later. The card garnered the hobby a lot of mainstream media attention and created a lot of excitement for later products. Despite having hundreds of different cards in 2010 products, Strasburg has just 11 true rookie cards, only one of which is autographed. Many of the top first-year Stephen Strasburg cards are autographed inserts and extremely limited parallels.

Strasburg also has a handful of cards from his days with USA Baseball. Most were inserts in 2008 Upper Deck baseball products.

Besides baseball cards, other popular pieces of Strasburg baseball memorabilia include autographed jerseys and balls. In 2010, Topps offered a limited line of signed balls, helmets and hats. Also popular are Washington Nationals jerseys with the pitcher's name and number. Within his first month with the MLB squad, Strasburg jerseys outsold all others in the franchise's history.

In March, 2013, Strasburg signed an exclusive autograph deal with Panini. Under the multi-year agreement, Stephen Strasburg autograph cards will only appear in Panini products for the next several years.

Top eBay Listings

2010 Bowman Platinum STEPHEN STRASBURG (RC) #1 PSA 9 MINT WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$6.99

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Lot
$29.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2011 TOPPS LINEAGE DIAMONDS ANNIVERSARY GRADED 10
$17.34

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2011 PLAYOFF CONTENDERS # 2 GRADED 10 L@@@K
$16.18

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2011 BOWMAN PLATINUM GREEN # 68 GRADED 10 L@@@K
$16.18

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC TARGET # BC1 GRADED 10
$32.64

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC EXCLUSIVE WME3 GRADED 10
$32.64

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2010 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE RC # 212 GRADED 10
$32.64

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 beckett raw review
$23.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 10 PRISTINE
$135.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9.5 9 9.5 10
$25.00

2010 bowman chrome topps 100 prospects #1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS BCCG 10
$17.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9 9.5 10 10
$20.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5
$30.00

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 9.5 9.5 8.5
$30.00

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 9 9.5 8.5
$29.00
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 Bowman Platinum STEPHEN STRASBURG (RC) #1 PSA 9 MINT WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$6.99

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Lot
$29.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC TARGET # BC1 GRADED 10
$32.64

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC EXCLUSIVE WME3 GRADED 10
$32.64

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2010 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE RC # 212 GRADED 10
$32.64

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 beckett raw review
$23.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 10 PRISTINE
$135.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9.5 9 9.5 10
$25.00

2010 bowman chrome topps 100 prospects #1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS BCCG 10
$17.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9 9.5 10 10
$20.00

2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5
$30.00

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 9.5 9.5 8.5
$30.00

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 9 9.5 8.5
$29.00

2010 bowman chrome prospects refractors #1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS BCCG 10
$110.00

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 9 9.5 9
$34.00

2010 bowman chrome #bcp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9 9.5 9.5 9
$37.00
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Prospect Cards

Stephen Strasburg Key Prospect Cards

The following is a list of some of the key Stephen Strasburg cards to come out before his first official rookie cards.

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2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers BLACK SP 117 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.99

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers BLUE SP 117 Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE
$5.99

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers GREEN SP 117 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.99

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers RED SP 117 Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE
$5.99

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers YELLOW SP 117 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.99

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers GREEN SP 117 Stephen
$6.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 25 50 Patch Auto 2008 UD USA National Team RC Patriotic Patch
$999.00

2009 Stephen Strasburg Prospects art Rookie card of 25 Gem 10 Rare
$18.59

2009 Prospects Plus Factory Sealed Box plus Exclusive Stephen Strasburg New
$14.53

Stephen STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD 2009 Draft Pick #1 RC Baseball WASHINGTON NATIONAL
$9.99

2009 Upper Deck * USA National Team #SS * Stephen Strasburg * Graded 9 MINT
$15.99

2009 Tristar Obak Update 115 Stephen Strasburg
$9.99

2009 Upper Deck USA Jersey STEPHEN STRASBURG RC non-auto
$9.99

2009 UPPER DECK BASEBALL USA CARDS(9)-STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE
$6.99

2008 Sweet Spot Stephen Strasburg USA Rookie Auto 260!
$75.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK USA BASEBALL RC JERSEY AUTOGRAPH 225 TEAM USA
$122.00
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Autograph Guide

Stephen Strasburg Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Stephen Strasburg's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Stephen Strasburg Cut Signature Exemplar

Stephen Strasburg Signature Example

Stephen Strasburg Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Stephen Strasburg signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. Written on an even horizontal plane.
  2. Several letters are implied and/or not legible.
  3. Defined by the angular capital letters "S" in cursive script.
  4. The letter "p" is legible in the first name.
  5. The letters "t" and "g" are discernible in the last name, with the "t" being crossed, and the "g" containing a closed loop.

Stephen Strasburg Signed Baseball

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Baseball

Stephen Strasburg Signed Jersey

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Jersey

Stephen Strasburg Signed Photograph

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Photo

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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO MLB & PSA DNA #U51635
$199.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed Washington Nationals Red Autographed Jersey PSA DNA MLB
$26.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG (Nationals) signed Pink Breast Cancer baseball w PSA COA
$179.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG (Nationals) signed 2012 All-Star baseball w PSA COA
$179.95

NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #Q12629
$189.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SDSU SIGNED 2008 UD ROOKIE CARD PSA DNA
$199.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed Team USA 8x10 PSA DNA LOA Auto w RARE Inscription!
$139.00

Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Ticket PSA DNA Autographed Auto'd 2009
$299.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Game Ticket PSA DNA Auto 2009 National
$299.99

NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #X34097
$189.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$159.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED WASHINGTON NATIONALS OML BASEBALL w JSA
$199.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed Scorecard from minors Washington Nationals JSA COA
$249.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG (Washington Nationals) signed baseball w PSA COA
$199.95

Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed Framed 12x18 Photo Set JSA
$135.99
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