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 4 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE RC GEM MINT 10
$64.50

Authenticated Stephen Strasburg Signed Autograph 8x10 - Washington Nationals
$69.95

2008 ULTIMATE COLLECTION STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 10 BGS 9.5 POP 4
$799.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2011 TOPPS #183 ALL-STAR ROOKIE - PSA 10 GEM MINT NATIONALS
$19.95

2013 Topps Heritage Chrome Purple Refractor #HC37 Stephen Strasburg
$5.00

2015 Topps Series 2 Stephen Strasburg Own the Name Serial # 1 1 Camo "S"
$199.99

2014 Topps #CP-15 Stephen Strasburg Commemorative Patch Card
$6.99

2011 TOPPS HERITAGE STEPHEN STRASBURG #35 GMA GEM 10
$5.99

BRYCE HARPER & STEPHEN STRASBURG MAJESTIC THREADS BOOKLET PATCH ART CARD MTSS-1
$19.35

2014 Topps Game Used Mem Card Stephen Strasburg B72885
$7.97

2013 Triple Threads Relics Sapphire #SS3 STEPHEN STRASBURG "CHIEF OF STAFF" #4
$19.99

2008-09 USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Red Autograph #1 25 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$999.95

2009 Upper Deck USA #SS Stephen Strasburg RC Nationals Rookie! BGS 9 MINT
$9.56

2012 Prizm Stephen Strasburg USA4 GMA Graded 10 Gem Mint USA Baseball
$9.99

2008 UD ULTIMATE COLLECTION STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 10 BGS 9
$324.99

2013 BOWMAN "INTERNATIONAL" #104 STEPHEN STRASBURG - WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$11.65
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 4 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE RC GEM MINT 10
$64.50

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2011 TOPPS #183 ALL-STAR ROOKIE - PSA 10 GEM MINT NATIONALS
$19.95

2009 Upper Deck USA #SS Stephen Strasburg RC Nationals Rookie! BGS 9 MINT
$9.56

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Topps Chrome Refractors #212 RC Nationals rookie
$11.99

Stephen Strasburg Bowman Chrome Rookie Card BDP1 PGI 10
$19.99

2010 Topps Rookie STEPHEN STRASBURG Rc Red Hot #RHR-8
$68.00

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Auto Autograph BP1 Graded 9.5 10 RC Nationals
$251.99

2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG BGS 10 PRISTINE rookie bowman #bp1a Washington Nationals
$29.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS UPDATE ROOKIE #661
$19.99

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Purple Rc 999.
$12.00

Lot of 3 Stephen Strasburg 2010 Rookie Cards BGS NM-MT+ 8.5
$27.00

Stephen Strasburg 2011 Heritage Chrome Refractor RC 1956 1952 Gem Mt 10
$14.00

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Rookie Card Gem Mt 10
$9.00

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Rookie Card Gem Mt 10
$18.00

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Rookie Card Gem Mt 10
$21.00

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome Red Hot Refractor Rookie Redemption BGS 9
$31.00
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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.

Top eBay Listings

2008 ULTIMATE COLLECTION STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 10 BGS 9.5 POP 4
$799.99

2008-09 USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Red Autograph #1 25 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$999.95

2009 Upper Deck USA #SS Stephen Strasburg RC Nationals Rookie! BGS 9 MINT
$9.56

2008 UD ULTIMATE COLLECTION STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 10 BGS 9
$324.99

Stephen Strasburg -2009 Upper Deck USA National Team Card # USAB-SS
$9.99

BGS 10 PRISTINE STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 RARE SDSU COLLEGE AZTEC SCHEDULE rare
$99.99

2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card RC USAB-SS NATIONALS
$14.00

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC QUANTITY
$27.95

Lot Of 2 STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK USA GAME USED JERSEY
$18.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2009 TRISTAR PROSPECTS BLUE # 1 GRADED 10 L@@@K
$16.00

2008 USA BASEBALL STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD - MINT
$49.95

2008-09 UD USA Baseball #21 Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC BGS 9.5 10 GEM MINT
$64.99

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC PSA 10 Gem
$195.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar SP GOLD Var. Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$124.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar SP Blue Var. Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$124.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar BLACK Crystal Baller Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$124.99
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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 Photograph

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

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

ABSOLUTELY STUNNNING STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE SIGNED BAT AUTOGRAPHED AUTO JSA
$299.99

Stephen Strasburg Autographed Washington Nationals Signed Baseball Jersey JSA
$199.00

Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed Framed 12x18 Photo Set JSA
$101.99

Stephen Strasburg signed Rookie Ball, Senators Booblehead & PSA graded tickets
$275.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED NEW MAJOR LEAGUE GAME BASEBALL
$59.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA ROOKIEGRAPH R11614
$247.96

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA ROOKIEGRAPH R11615
$247.96

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

Steiner Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball ( MLB Auth Holo Only)
$185.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG SAN DIEGO STATE NATIONALS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA V74277
$74.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed Nationals Riddell Mini Helmet JSA
$225.00

GORGEOUS! HUGE SIGNED IN SILVER STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 8X10 PSA DNA NATIONALS
$74.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball ( MLB Auth Holo Only) Steiner COA
$310.00

Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball (MM & MLB Holos) Steiner COA
$290.00

Stephen Strasburg Signed Auto Baseball W Case COA JSA Nice!
$39.99
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection and can be found onGoogle+.

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