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.

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Stephen Strasburg Drew Storen Nationals 2010 Harrisburg Senators Team Set Pre-RC
$14.99
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2 Bowman Chrome Rookies 2010 #205 Stephen Strasburg and 2009 Aroldis Chapman-#
$6.00
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2010 TOPPS ROOKIE STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS #661b - FREE SHIP
$6.99
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2010 TOPPS 206 T206 BRONZE SP ROOKIE #55 STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$8.99
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTOR #BCP1 STEPHEN STRASBURG, NATIONALS ROOKIE CARD RC
$74.44
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2010 TOpps Update Stephen Strasburg Pie in the Face Short Print SP Variation 661
$43.50
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2014 Topps Sparkle Variety Stephen Strasburg #332 Mint
$12.00
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BGS 9.5 2010 Topps 206 T206 T-206 AUTO Stephen Strasburg RC NATIONALS 9A
$399.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks 99 BGS 9.5 10 SP ROOKIE
$299.99
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTORS STEPHEN STRASBURG RC #205B AUTO BGS 9.0 255 500
$49.00
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2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM GREEN REFRACT STEPHEN STRASBURG RC #SS AUTO BGS 9.0 20 199
$62.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Prospects Black Rookie #BP1 Washington Nationals
$7.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2013 PANINI PRIZM BLUE PRIZM
$10.95
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2011 TOPPS HERITAGE CHROME REFRACTOR 562 STEPHEN STRASBURG #C124 RC ROOKIE
$9.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Topps Update BGS 9.5 RC Rookie #661D - GEM MINT
$12.99
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2014 Topps Triple Threads Stephen Strasburg Gold Patch 3 9 Sick 3 Color Patch
$39.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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Stephen Strasburg Drew Storen Nationals 2010 Harrisburg Senators Team Set Pre-RC
$14.99
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2010 TOPPS ROOKIE STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS #661b - FREE SHIP
$6.99
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2010 TOPPS 206 T206 BRONZE SP ROOKIE #55 STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$8.99
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTOR #BCP1 STEPHEN STRASBURG, NATIONALS ROOKIE CARD RC
$74.44
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BGS 9.5 2010 Topps 206 T206 T-206 AUTO Stephen Strasburg RC NATIONALS 9A
$399.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks 99 BGS 9.5 10 SP ROOKIE
$299.99
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTORS STEPHEN STRASBURG RC #205B AUTO BGS 9.0 255 500
$49.00
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2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM GREEN REFRACT STEPHEN STRASBURG RC #SS AUTO BGS 9.0 20 199
$62.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Prospects Black Rookie #BP1 Washington Nationals
$7.99
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2011 TOPPS HERITAGE CHROME REFRACTOR 562 STEPHEN STRASBURG #C124 RC ROOKIE
$9.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Topps Update BGS 9.5 RC Rookie #661D - GEM MINT
$12.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome rc STEPHEN STRASBURG nationals Rookie card bgs BCCG 10
$22.99
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Stephen Strasburg 11 Card Lot With 2 Rc 2010-2014
$5.00
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Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Topps Triple Threads Jersey Autograph 75 PSA 8 POP 1
$299.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS RC *BGS (9.5) GEM MINT* NATIONALS ROOKIE
$24.84
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome T206 Red Refractor RC Parallel 20 25
$16.75
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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.

2008 09 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autographs Stephen Strasburg 175 Image

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2 Bowman Chrome Rookies 2010 #205 Stephen Strasburg and 2009 Aroldis Chapman-#
$6.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 College Player of the Year BASEBALL CARD #37 Nationals
$9.99
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Stephen STRASBURG 2009 #1 Pick MLB Baseball ROOKIE CARD Prospects NATIONALS RC!
$10.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 DRAFT PICK RC Baseball WASHINGTON NATIONAL ROOKIE CARD
$10.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 1st 2009 Draft Pick $$ RARE INSERT CARD Baseball NATS!
$10.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG RC 2009 Upper Deck USA National Team #SS Nationals Baseball
$10.50
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK TIMELINE USA ROOKIE CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPHED CARD
$129.95
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2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Stephen Strasburg PSA 10 GEM MINT CENTERED
$129.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 25 50 Patch Auto 2008 UD USA National Team RC Patriotic Patch
$999.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Top Prospect ROOKIE !!!,Mint 10, 39 200 Limited Edition
$15.99
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2 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK USA#21 BGS 9 MINT TRUE ROOKIE
$66.66
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 USA Sweet Spot Signatures 8 37 RC Red Blue Stitch Auto
$174.99
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2009 TOPPS USA JERSEY PATCH AUTO RC STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS 50
$399.99
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New Stephen Strasburg, 2009 GTC Rookie Gem Mt. 10
$15.00
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2008 Sweet Spot Black Ink Auto Stephen Strasburg Serial #179 260 Nice Card
$149.99
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2008 Sweet Spot Stephen Strasburg USA Rookie Auto 230!
$70.00
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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

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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 WASHINGTON NATIONALS AUTHENTIC SIGNED JERSEY W JSA LOA
$399.99
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Stephen Strasburg HAND SIGNED, AUTO, AUTOGRAPHED Majestic JERSEY - JSA LOA!
$219.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG #37 AUTO,SIGNED OML BASEBALL + ROOKIE CARD LOT JSA
$179.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed SI 6-21-2010 NL Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA
$324.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$159.99
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Stephen Strasburg Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA COA Washington Nationals
$37.00
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Stephen Strasburg Signed autograph Washington Nationals 8x10 Photo PROOF JSA COA
$69.99
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Stephen Strasburg signed auto PSA DNA baseball autograph OMLB Ball Nationals
$149.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS JSA COA SIGNED BASEBALL
$265.00
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BRYCE HARPER AND STEPHEN STRASBURG INDIVIDUAL SIGNED OML BASEBALLS JSA
$249.99
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RAREST! SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 2008 UD USA #21 PSA DNA WOW
$117.17
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STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED BASEBALL GORGEOUS WASHINGTON NATIONALS JSA COA
$135.00
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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO MLB & PSA DNA #U51635
$199.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG (Nationals) signed Pink Breast Cancer baseball w PSA COA
$179.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG (Nationals) signed 2012 All-Star baseball w PSA COA
$179.95
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