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 Rookie 2010 First Bowman Chrome Card Nats
$5.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2013 PANINI AMERICA'S PASTIME AUTO AUTOGRAPH CARD #12 125!
$120.00
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2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG Topps RC Red Hot Rookies Redemption Refractor
$5.00
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2012 TOPPS GOLD FUTURES STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS COIN CARD SERIAL #ED 32 37
$50.99
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2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 10 PRISTINE
$135.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2012 BOWMAN PLATINUM # 80 GRADED 10
$20.40
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2012 TOPPS UPDATE ALL-STAR GOLD #US184 GRADED 10
$22.10
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2011 BOWMAN FINEST MOMENTS # FM17 GRADED 10 L@@@K
$23.80
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17-2010 Topps Update Attax Code Stephen Strasburg RC WASHINGTON NATIONALS rookie
$50.00
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2010 Bowman Draft Picks STEPHEN STRASBURG *ROOKIE CARD* #BDP1 NATIONALS PSA 8
$11.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG, Copper Parallel card, #18 299, 2012 Topps Museum Collection
$6.00
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2010 Bowman Platinum 100 card set! Rookies Strasburg, Buster Posey + Jeter
$20.00
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8108* 2010 Bowman Propects # BP1 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.00
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2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Game Jersey Card
$15.00
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2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg Jason Heyward Dual Auto Relic Refractor
$125.00
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2010 TOPPS ATTAX STEPHEN STRASBURG GAME CARD ROOKIE CARD #NNO GRADED GM MT 10
$5.50
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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Stephen Strasburg Rookie 2010 First Bowman Chrome Card Nats
$5.99
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2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG Topps RC Red Hot Rookies Redemption Refractor
$5.00
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2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 10 PRISTINE
$135.00
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17-2010 Topps Update Attax Code Stephen Strasburg RC WASHINGTON NATIONALS rookie
$50.00
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2010 Bowman Draft Picks STEPHEN STRASBURG *ROOKIE CARD* #BDP1 NATIONALS PSA 8
$11.99
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8108* 2010 Bowman Propects # BP1 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.00
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2010 TOPPS ATTAX STEPHEN STRASBURG GAME CARD ROOKIE CARD #NNO GRADED GM MT 10
$5.50
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2010 TOPPS ATTAX STEPHEN STRASBURG GAME CARD ROOKIE CARD GR GM MT 10 (PRISTINE)
$5.50
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2010 TOPPS ATTAX STEPHEN STRASBURG GAME CARD ROOKIE #NNO HT CARD GR GM MT 10
$5.50
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Triple Threads Rookie Auto Relic 99
$114.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG Topps Attax ROOKIE CARD Insert RC Nationals LE !
$6.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR REDEMPTION RC
$14.99
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2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE BOWMAN 2 CARD LOT BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$42.50
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2010 TOPPS CHROME #212 STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO AUTOGRAPH RC ROOKIE SP
$113.00
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2010 bowman topps 100 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 10 9.5 10 9.5
$24.00
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2010 bowman exp STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 10 pristine
$77.00
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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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2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Game Jersey Card
$15.00
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2009 Tristar Stephen Strasburg gold parallel rookie card SN 18 50
$25.99
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2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers BLACK SP 117 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.99
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2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers BLUE SP 117 Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE
$5.99
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2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers GREEN SP 117 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.99
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2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers RED SP 117 Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE
$5.99
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2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Crystal Ballers YELLOW SP 117 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.99
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2009 Stephen Strasburg Upper Deck USA National Team Jersey Autographs #SS 225
$84.99
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2008-09 UD USA Baseball #21 Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$19.99
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2009 USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg #SS Baseball Card
$9.99
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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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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 Jersey

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STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED BASEBALL GORGEOUS WASHINGTON NATIONALS JSA COA
$145.00
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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO MLB & PSA DNA #U51635
$199.99
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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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Stephen Strasburg Signed ROMLB Baseball Nationals All Star JSA COA
$79.10
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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 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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