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 37ct Lot 2013 Panini National Convention Card *P426
$19.00
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2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5
$14.00
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2010 Bowman GRADED Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Washington Nationals MINT # 55
$19.95
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Topps 100 Rookie !!!
$15.29
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2013 Topps Chasing History Game Used Memorabilia Game Jersey Stephen Strasburg
$10.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2014 Topps Rookie Rookie Cup All-Stars GOLD Man Relic #d 29 99
$25.99
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD RC MINT 9 BCP1 WASHINGTON
$11.99
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Lot Of (2) 2010 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor #212 Stephen Strasburg RC
$20.99
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2010 BOWMAN EXPECTATIONS STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD GEM MINT 10 RC BE5
$9.99
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2010 TOPPS CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD RC MINT 9 #212 WASHINGTON
$9.99
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2013 Topps Commemorative DC Logo Patch Stephen Strasburg
$10.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2013 Topps Five Star GOLD Jumbo Jersey Card 5 10
$25.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 College Player of the Year BASEBALL CARD #37 Nationals
$9.99
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Stephen STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD Baseball NATIONALS RC Bowman Platinum 2010 Nats LE
$9.99
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Stephen Strasburg #37 Topps RC BASEBALL ROOKIE Card Washington Nationals
$9.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG RC Prospects 2009 #1 PICK ROOKIE CARD Washington Nationals ACE
$9.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 bowman #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5
$14.00
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2010 Bowman GRADED Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Washington Nationals MINT # 55
$19.95
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Topps 100 Rookie !!!
$15.29
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Stephen Strasburg 2014 Topps Rookie Rookie Cup All-Stars GOLD Man Relic #d 29 99
$25.99
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD RC MINT 9 BCP1 WASHINGTON
$11.99
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Lot Of (2) 2010 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor #212 Stephen Strasburg RC
$20.99
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2010 BOWMAN EXPECTATIONS STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD GEM MINT 10 RC BE5
$9.99
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2010 TOPPS CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD RC MINT 9 #212 WASHINGTON
$9.99
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Stephen STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD Baseball NATIONALS RC Bowman Platinum 2010 Nats LE
$9.99
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Stephen Strasburg #37 Topps RC BASEBALL ROOKIE Card Washington Nationals
$9.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG RC Prospects 2009 #1 PICK ROOKIE CARD Washington Nationals ACE
$9.99
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Stephen Strasburg 3 Rc Lot
$5.00
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2010 bowman prospect #bp1a STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS BCCG 10
$6.00
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BRYCE HARPER GOLD REFRACTOR ROOKIE + STEPHEN STRASBURG CHROME RC
$32.95
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2009 Stephen Strasburg Prospects art Rookie card of 25 Gem 10 Rare
$18.59
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2010 Stephen Strasburg art Rookie card of 25 Gem 10 USA
$18.59
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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 2009 College Player of the Year BASEBALL CARD #37 Nationals
$9.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG RC Prospects 2009 #1 PICK ROOKIE CARD Washington Nationals ACE
$9.99
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2009 Stephen Strasburg Prospects art Rookie card of 25 Gem 10 Rare
$18.59
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 DRAFT PICK RC Baseball WASHINGTON NATIONAL ROOKIE CARD
$10.00
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Stephen STRASBURG 2009 #1 Pick MLB Baseball ROOKIE CARD Prospects NATIONALS RC!
$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 25 50 Patch Auto 2008 UD USA National Team RC Patriotic Patch
$999.00
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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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2009 Tristar Obak Update 115 Stephen Strasburg
$9.99
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2 Bowman Chrome Rookies 2010 #205 Stephen Strasburg and 2009 Aroldis Chapman-#
$7.50
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2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg Triple Jersey RC Auto 50
$99.99
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2009 Tristar Prospects Stephen Strasburg Rookie X 2 + 2012 Topps Chrome
$7.99
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2008 Stephen Strasburg Sweet Spot Rookie Auto #'d 27 37(BV $400) RC Nationals
$95.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 USA Sweet Spot Signatures 8 37 RC Red Blue Stitch Auto
$174.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK USA BASEBALL RC JERSEY AUTOGRAPH 225 TEAM USA
$122.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK NATIONAL TEAM JERSEY AUTO 225 TEAM USA
$197.00
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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 Jersey

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STEPHEN STRASBURG PSA DNA SIGNED AUTHENTICATED LICENSED MLB SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
$49.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed autograph Washington Nationals 8x10 Photo PROOF JSA COA
$69.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99
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Stephen Strasburg Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA LOA Washington Nationals
$56.00
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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #Q12629
$189.99
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BRYCE HARPER AND STEPHEN STRASBURG INDIVIDUAL SIGNED OML BASEBALLS JSA
$249.99
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Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Signed Mini-Helmet JSA Authenticated
$59.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SDSU SIGNED 2008 UD ROOKIE CARD PSA DNA
$199.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$159.99
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Stephen Strasburg 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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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #X34097
$189.99
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM Stephen STRASBURG SIGNED Baseball JSA 25 Sigs 1 1
$274.34
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM SIGNED Baseball 23 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$289.37
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STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED WASHINGTON NATIONALS OML BASEBALL w JSA
$199.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SIGNED MLB BASEBALL JSA COA #E91348
$79.99
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