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 2013 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS GOLD RELIC JERSEY PATCH 1 9 ebay 1 1
$20.50
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2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS #BP1 STEPHEN STRASBURG RC PSA 9
$6.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG GRADED 2011 TOPPS HERITAGE ROOKIE BASEBALL CARD!!
$69.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Rookie Auto Nationals
$99.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN STERLING RC ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO PSA 9 $200
$66.02
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2010 TOPPS CHROME #212 STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE REFRACTOR *CHECK STORE 4 MORE!
$18.99
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2014 Topps Heritage Stephen Strasburg #470 Black Chrome Ref. 30 65 Nationals
$35.00
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2014 TOPPS TRIBUTE - TRIBUTE TITANS JERSEY RELIC - STEPHEN STRASBURG 99
$10.00
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2013 Panini Americas Pastime Best Auto GOLD STEPHEN STRASBURG Nationals 50
$49.99
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2012 TOPPS #AS-SS STEPHEN STRASBURG JERSEY WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$11.95
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(19) 2013 PANINI NATIONAL REDEMPTION BASE SET CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG 19 LOT
$8.95
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Washington LOT(3) 2013 Topps Chrome Purple Strasburg, Zimmerman + Ian Desmond
$6.49
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2010 Topps Million Card Giveaway Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC BGS 10 Pristine
$22.90
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Lot of (2) 2010 Bowman Platinum #1 Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$10.50
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2010 TOPPS BASEBALL STEPHEN STRASBURG RC #661 WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$5.00
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2013 Topps Tribute Stephen Strasburg #53 Nationals PSA 10 GEM MINT Pop 1
$16.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS #BP1 STEPHEN STRASBURG RC PSA 9
$6.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG GRADED 2011 TOPPS HERITAGE ROOKIE BASEBALL CARD!!
$69.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Rookie Auto Nationals
$99.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN STERLING RC ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO PSA 9 $200
$66.02
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2010 TOPPS CHROME #212 STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE REFRACTOR *CHECK STORE 4 MORE!
$18.99
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2010 Topps Million Card Giveaway Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC BGS 10 Pristine
$22.90
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Lot of (2) 2010 Bowman Platinum #1 Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$10.50
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2010 TOPPS BASEBALL STEPHEN STRASBURG RC #661 WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$5.00
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD
$9.99
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2010 Bowman Sterling Stephen Strasburg Rookie Autograph BGS 9.5 10
$219.99
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2011 BRYCE HARPER Complete 5-Card Pro-Debut Rookie Set+ STEPHEN STRASBURG Rookie
$19.95
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20-STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS UPDATE RC #US-274 ROOKIES
$39.99
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2010 TOPPS STERLING STEPHEN STRASBURG RELIC X4 JSY AUTOGRAPH AUTO RC 10 BEST
$574.95
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2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Chrome RC #205A... Graded BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
$35.19
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2010 Rookie Stephen Strasburg 1 of 25 Art Card Gem 10
$29.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Triple Threads Rookie Auto Relic 99
$169.95
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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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2009 Tristar Prospects Stephen Strasburg
$100.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 260 AUTO 2008 UD SWEET SPOT USA RC
$89.99
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2008 Sweet Spot USA Signatures Black Stitch Auto Stephen Strasburg 16 260
$149.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG CARD#115,BUSTER POSEY CARD#15 BCCG GRADED 10 2009 TRISTAR OBAK
$9.97
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2009 TRISTAR Prospects Plus #1b Stephen Strasburg Blue DO33147
$6.65
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Topps USA $500+ Patch Jersey Auto RC 50 Washington
$189.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 RC Tristar Prospects #1 Draft Pick PSA 8
$29.99
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2009 UD USA Baseball #USA-2 Stephen Strasburg Retrospective POP 9 PSA GEM MT 10
$225.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UD USA BB RETROSPECTIVE ROOKIE CARD
$6.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Top Prospect ROOKIE !!! card, Mint graded 10, 39 200
$19.99
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2009 Tristar Stephen Strasburg Rookie Red #117 Washington Nationals RC SP
$7.20
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115C rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$8.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Black Crystal 117E rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT
$10.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Blue Crystal 117B rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$10.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Red Crystal 117A rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$10.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115B rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$8.95
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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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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO JSA #F77919
$249.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed June 21, 2010 Sports Illustrated Magazine 2 JSA
$109.99
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SPLENDID STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 U.D. B.B. #SS SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA ONLY ONE EBAY
$179.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG Single-Signed Official Major League Baseball w PSA DNA
$199.99
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Stephen Strasburg SIGNED ROMLB Baseball Washington Nationals PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$215.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG #37 AUTO,SIGNED OML BASEBALL + ROOKIE CARD LOT JSA CERT
$189.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG signed Washington Nationals mini helmet JSA COA
$129.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED RAWLINGS OML BASEBALL JSA COA
$195.46
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STEPHEN STRASBURG signed Major League Baseball full page LOA JSA
$129.99
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Stephen Strasburg NO LABEL Newsstand Sports Illustrated SIGNED AUTO JSA COA
$149.99
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Bryce Harper & Stephen Strasburg Signed Baseball AUTO PSA DNA + MLB Hologram
$20.50
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Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed AUTO Authentic Majestic Jersey JSA LOA
$299.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed Major League OMLB Baseball Washington Nationals JSA
$199.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS AUTHENTIC SIGNED JERSEY W JSA LOA
$399.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed autograph Washington Nationals 8x10 Photo PROOF JSA COA
$149.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed SI 6-21-2010 NL Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA
$324.99
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