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 2010 Bowman Chrome Rookie & More
$9.99
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2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Dealing Aces Lot 28 w Dylan Bundy, Stephen Strasburg, Yu
$11.19
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2012 Stephen Strasburg Topps Five Star Jumbo Jersey # 50 54 Nationals
$10.00
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Chrome #205
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks #BDP1
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Topps 100 Prospects #TP1
$19.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Prospects #BP1
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Platinum #1
$14.99
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Lot of 14 2013 Topps Series 2 #MM-25 Stephen Strasbrug Making Their Mark Cards!!
$7.66
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2013 Topps Mini STEPHEN STRASBURG Gold Parallel 18 62 #500 Nationals
$10.99
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2013 Topps Mini STEPHEN STRASBURG Gold Parallel 16 62 #500 Nationals
$10.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption #FFR-6
$24.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor #205
$19.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Topps Update #US55
$9.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg T. Lincecum RC 2010 Bowman Expectations #5
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC Topps Chrome Wal-Mart Exclusive Refractor #WME-3
$24.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Chrome Rookie & More
$9.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Chrome #205
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks #BDP1
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Topps 100 Prospects #TP1
$19.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Prospects #BP1
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Platinum #1
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption #FFR-6
$24.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor #205
$19.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Topps Update #US55
$9.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg T. Lincecum RC 2010 Bowman Expectations #5
$14.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC Topps Chrome Wal-Mart Exclusive Refractor #WME-3
$24.99
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Topps Chrome #212
$19.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG MINT 2010 BOWMAN ROOKIE BLUE REFRACTOR FAC AUTO SP 2013 CHROME
$6.56
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PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Topps Peak Performance #PP101
$9.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Stephen Strasburg RC BCP1 BGS 9.5
$29.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome Autograph RC #212 13 499 Nationals
$100.00
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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.

2008 09 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autographs Stephen Strasburg 175 Image

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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 SP AUTHENTIC USA NATIONAL BY THE LETTER AUTO 105 ROOKIE
$249.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 2008 09 USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM Q A 20 AUTO MINT
$799.99
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2008 Sweet Spot Signatures Stephen Strasburg Autograph, USA Auto #07 10 - RARE
$270.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Blue Crystal 117B rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$9.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115B rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$6.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Green Crystal 117C rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$9.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115D rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$6.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Red Crystal 117A rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$9.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115C rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$6.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Gold Crystal 117D rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$9.95
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2009 TRISTAR PROSPECTS + STEPHEN STRASBURG TRISTART ROOKIE CARD RC #ED 23 50
$19.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 RC Tristar Prospects #1 Draft Pick PSA 8
$29.99
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2008 9 STEPHEN STRASBURG UD USA RETROSPECTIVE TRUE ROOKIE CARD BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$19.99
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2009 Prospects Plus Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers 5 Card ROOKIE Insert Set
$19.99
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2009 Stephen Strasburg Tristar Prospects Crystal Ballers Lot Of 3 Nationals
$7.99
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2008-2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Box Set - Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg ++
$75.00
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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 Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99
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Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed Rawlings Official MLB Baseball JSA COA
$179.99
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM SIGNED Baseball 23 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$219.37
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM SIGNED Baseball 25 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$199.99
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM SIGNED Baseball 24 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$249.37
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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #Q12629
$189.99
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Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Signed Mizuno Bat JSA Authenticated
$89.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Autographed Auto Ball Baseball Nationals JSA PSA DNA
$79.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED BIG STICK BASEBALL BAT JSA COA E76861
$169.99
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Stephen Strasburg Autographed Signed MLB Baseball JSA COA
$100.00
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Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$159.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Washington Nationals Road Baseball Jersey - PSA MVP
$175.00
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2008 UD USA STEPHEN STRASBURG - SIGNED ROOKIE CARD - PSA DNA - **SUPER RARE**
$249.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Ticket PSA DNA Autographed Auto'd 2009
$299.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Game Ticket PSA DNA Auto 2009 National
$299.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED RAWLINGS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA V78449
$129.99
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