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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2010 Topps Chrome Wrapper Redemption Refractors #212 Stephen Strasburg
$25.00
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2013 Topps Tier One Relics #SS Stephen Strasburg Serial #269 399
$12.00
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Lot of (2) 2010 Bowman Black Parallel #BP1 Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie Card
$29.99
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Lot of (3) 2010 Bowman Chrome #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie Card
$29.99
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2014 Topps Heritage Chrome Purple Refractors #470 Stephen Strasburg
$5.00
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2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini #334B Stephen Strasburg SP VAR
$5.00
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2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS STEPHEN STRASBURG GRADED 9.5
$11.75
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2013 Topps Five Star STEPHEN STRASBURG 02 10 Rainbow Parallel
$50.00
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2010 bowman draft bdp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS BCCG 10
$5.00
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2010 bowman topps 100 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS BCCG 9
$5.00
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2014 BOWMAN PLATINUM MAGENTA PRINTING PLATE STEPHEN STRASBURG #1 1
$29.99
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2010 bowman topps 100 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS BCCG 10
$7.00
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2013 Topps Heritage STEPHEN STRASBURG SP #480a (28169)
$7.50
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2014 Panini Immaculate Stephen Strasburg Nationals Patch 8 49
$10.39
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2014 Panini Immaculate Stephen Strasburg Nationals Jersey 77 99
$5.12
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2014 Topps Series 2 Stephen Strasburg Jumbo Jersey Patch Card 13 99 NATIONALS
$27.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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Lot of (2) 2010 Bowman Black Parallel #BP1 Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie Card
$29.99
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Lot of (3) 2010 Bowman Chrome #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie Card
$29.99
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2010 bowman draft bdp1 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS BCCG 10
$5.00
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2010 bowman topps 100 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS BCCG 9
$5.00
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2010 bowman topps 100 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BGS BCCG 10
$7.00
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO AUTOGRAPH RC BLUE REFRACTOR RC 150
$350.00
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2010 Topps Update #US274 Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 2 Nationals B53030
$5.97
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2010 Topps Update Tales of the Game #14 Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 5 B53031
$24.97
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2010 Topps LL #LL62 Walter Johnson Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 4 B53032
$31.97
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2010 Bowman Draft #BDP1 Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 2 Nationals B53033
$9.97
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2010 Topps Turkey Red #TR148 Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 2 Nationals B53034
$15.97
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2010 Topps #661D Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 3 Nationals B53035
$29.97
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2010 Topps #661B Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 3 Nationals B53036
$35.97
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2010 Topps Chrome #212 Stephen Strasburg RC Lot of 3 Nationals B53037
$29.97
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2010 TOPPS STEPHEN STRASBURG #661 TRUE RC FACTORY MINT
$24.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome RC Auto #212 - NATIONALS - 1:3,800 packs!!!
$224.99
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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 UD USA RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$149.99
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2009 UD Stephen Strasburg USAB-SS Rc Rookie Upper Deck
$9.99
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2008 USA Baseball National Team Retrospective #USA2 Stephen Strasburg RC - Washi
$83.16
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 25 50 Patch Auto 2008 UD USA National Team RC Patriotic Patch
$999.00
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2009 Upperdeck Baseball Series 2 Stephen Strasburg National Team Game Jersey RC
$24.99
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2008-09 USA Retrospective #USA2 Nationals Stephen Strasburg RC - PSA Mint (9)
$39.95
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2009 Prospects Plus #117 BLUE Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers ROOKIE MINT !
$5.99
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2009 Prospects Plus #117 GREEN Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers ROOKIE MINT !
$5.99
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2009 Prospects Plus #117 BLACK Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers ROOKIE MINT !
$5.99
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2008 SWEET SPOT STEPHEN STRASBURG RC AUTO 125 260!!
$155.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck Timeline USA Baseball RC Autograph Nationals
$49.00
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Stephen Strasburg - 2 card lot! (2010 Topps 100 + 2009 GTC) Washinton Nationals
$5.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 USA Sweet Spot Signatures 8 37 RC Red Blue Stitch Auto
$174.99
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2008 UD TIMELINE #SS STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPH AUTO ROOKIE RC BGS 8.5(10 AUTO)
$202.45
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2008-09 UD USA Retrospective Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$59.00
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Stephen Strasburg Rookie 2009 Tristar Prospects (Red) GMA Graded Gem Mint 10!
$8.99
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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

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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 Photograph

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STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO WASHINGTON NATIONALS JSA COA
$85.00
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BRYCE HARPER AND STEPHEN STRASBURG INDIVIDUAL SIGNED OML BASEBALLS JSA
$249.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99
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Stephen Strasburg signed auto PSA DNA baseball autograph OMLB Ball Nationals
$149.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS JSA COA SIGNED BASEBALL
$265.00
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STRIKEOUT KING STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTO PRO DEBUT TICKET PSA DNA VERY RARE!
$77.77
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Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals) signed MLB Baseball + PSA DNA COA
$199.99
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RAREST! SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 2008 UD USA #21 PSA DNA WOW
$139.99
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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 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$159.99
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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 24 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$249.37
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM Stephen STRASBURG SIGNED Baseball JSA 25 Sigs 1 1
$209.34
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Autographed 11x14 Photo JSA RARE MLB NATIONALS
$189.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG W #37 PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE GAME BASEBALL
$79.99
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