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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2 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK USA#21 BGS 9 MINT TRUE ROOKIE
$66.66
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2 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK USA#21 BGS 9 MINT TRUE ROOKIE
$49.49
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN CHROME PURPLE REFRACTOR RC ROOKIE NATIONALS #1
$24.99
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2010 Topps Update - Stephen Strasburg BGS 10 Pristine- Graded Rookie Year POP=3
$76.49
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Grandstand ROOKIE Card PSA 10
$49.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE LOT OF 12 2010 #'D
$10.00
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2010 Bowman Prospects Black #BP1 Stephen Strasburg
$14.00
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Rare 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$11.99
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2010 Bowman Prospects #1 Stephen Strasburg RC PSA 10 Nationals Rookie
$14.99
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Stephen Strasburg Minor League Pro Debut Etopps N Hand
$12.47
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2010 Topps Factory Set Holiday Rookie Bonus #RC7 Stephen Strasburg
$15.00
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2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE BCCG 10 NATIONALS
$49.99
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2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME WRAPPER REFRACTOR ROOKIE BCCG 10 NATIONALS
$49.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2012 TOPPS GOLDEN MOMENTS GAME USED JERSEY
$10.69
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Nationals RC LOT Stephen Strasburg Gonzalez Fister Zimmermann Detwiler Soriano
$11.75
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2011 TOPPS CHROME #120 STEPHEN STRASBURG "REFRACTOR", NATIONALS - PSA 9 MINT
$14.35
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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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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2 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK USA#21 BGS 9 MINT TRUE ROOKIE
$49.49
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN CHROME PURPLE REFRACTOR RC ROOKIE NATIONALS #1
$24.99
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2010 Topps Update - Stephen Strasburg BGS 10 Pristine- Graded Rookie Year POP=3
$76.49
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Grandstand ROOKIE Card PSA 10
$49.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE LOT OF 12 2010 #'D
$10.00
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Rare 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$11.99
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2010 Bowman Prospects #1 Stephen Strasburg RC PSA 10 Nationals Rookie
$14.99
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2010 Topps Factory Set Holiday Rookie Bonus #RC7 Stephen Strasburg
$15.00
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2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE BCCG 10 NATIONALS
$49.99
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2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME WRAPPER REFRACTOR ROOKIE BCCG 10 NATIONALS
$49.99
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Nationals RC LOT Stephen Strasburg Gonzalez Fister Zimmermann Detwiler Soriano
$11.75
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2010 bowman chrome refractors #205a STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS BCCG 10
$16.00
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2010 topps chrome wrapper redemp refractors #212 STEPHEN STRASBURG rc BCCG 10
$16.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG BOWMAN STERLING REFRACTOR 199 ROOKIE BCCG 10 NATIONALS
$50.00
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2010 bowman prospect Stephen Strasburg rookie & 2010 topps only target lot 2
$27.99
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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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2 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK USA#21 BGS 9 MINT TRUE ROOKIE
$66.66
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2 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK USA#21 BGS 9 MINT TRUE ROOKIE
$49.49
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2009 Stephen Strasburg Upper Deck USA National Team Jersey Autographs #SS 225
$79.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 GTC San Diege STATE COLLEGE 32 200 WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$14.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG RC Prospects 2009 #1 PICK ROOKIE CARD Washington Nationals ACE
$9.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Baseball Card
$15.00
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2008 Upper Deck Stephen Strasburg Retrospective
$15.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck Team USA Rookie Card #21
$20.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 RC Tristar Prospects #1 Draft Pick PSA 8
$29.99
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2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg Triple Jersey RC Auto 50
$99.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck Timeline USA Baseball RC Auto Nationals FREE S
$149.99
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2009 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg RC
$6.95
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2 Bowman Chrome Rookies 2010 #205 Stephen Strasburg and 2009 Aroldis Chapman-#
$6.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 College Player of the Year BASEBALL CARD #37 Nationals
$9.99
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Stephen STRASBURG 2009 #1 Pick MLB Baseball ROOKIE CARD Prospects NATIONALS RC!
$10.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 DRAFT PICK RC Baseball WASHINGTON NATIONAL ROOKIE CARD
$10.00
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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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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 NATIONALS SIGNED BIG STICK BASEBALL BAT JSA COA E76861
$169.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SIGNED MLB BASEBALL JSA COA #E91348
$79.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed Major League OMLB Baseball Washington Nationals JSA
$199.00
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Stephen Strasburg Signed autograph Washington Nationals 8x10 Photo PROOF JSA COA
$69.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS AUTHENTIC SIGNED JERSEY W JSA LOA
$399.99
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Stephen Strasburg HAND SIGNED, AUTO, AUTOGRAPHED Majestic JERSEY - JSA LOA!
$219.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG #37 AUTO,SIGNED OML BASEBALL + ROOKIE CARD LOT JSA CERT
$179.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed SI 6-21-2010 NL Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA
$324.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$159.99
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Stephen Strasburg Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA COA Washington Nationals
$35.00
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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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RAREST! SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 2008 UD USA #21 PSA DNA WOW
$117.17
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STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED BASEBALL GORGEOUS WASHINGTON NATIONALS JSA COA
$135.00
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