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

2009 Upper Deck Baseball USA Baseball National Team Jersey Stephen Strasburg RC
$19.99

2011 PANINI CONTENDERS #2 STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE RC WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$5.35

2015 Stephen Strasburg Topps Heritage SP Variation #498 Washington Nationals
$7.95

Bowman baseball rack pack Stephen Strasburg base BOTTOM
$49.99

2014 Topps Museum Quad Game Used Jersey Patch Stephen Strasburg #66 75 RARE S14
$29.99

2009 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.95

Stephen Strasburg, 2010 Bowman Prospects ROOKIE!!!, BGS Mint 9.5
$20.45

Stephen Strasburg, 2010 Topps Chrome ROOKIE!!!, Beckett 8
$11.15

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2012 BOWMAN CHROME # 154 GRADED 10
$13.60

2010 BOWMAN PROSPECT STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE RC #BP1
$5.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Sterling Rookie Auto BGS Beckett GEM MINT 9.5
$150.00

2014 TRIPLE THREADS STEPHEN STRASBURG JERSEY # 21 27 NATIONALS
$15.00

2014 Panini Prizm Stephen Strasburg Orange Die-Cut Prizm Parallel Series Card #1
$5.00

Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals 2013 Player Ticket Acyrlic
$28.99

2010 TOPPS PIEDMONT ROOKIE STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPHED NATIONALS GRADED 9
$60.00

2010 BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE BLUE 175 250
$20.00
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

2009 Upper Deck Baseball USA Baseball National Team Jersey Stephen Strasburg RC
$19.99

2011 PANINI CONTENDERS #2 STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE RC WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$5.35

2009 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.95

Stephen Strasburg, 2010 Bowman Prospects ROOKIE!!!, BGS Mint 9.5
$20.45

Stephen Strasburg, 2010 Topps Chrome ROOKIE!!!, Beckett 8
$11.15

2010 BOWMAN PROSPECT STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE RC #BP1
$5.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Sterling Rookie Auto BGS Beckett GEM MINT 9.5
$150.00

2010 TOPPS PIEDMONT ROOKIE STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPHED NATIONALS GRADED 9
$60.00

2010 BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE BLUE 175 250
$20.00

2010 ETOPPS STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD 224 1999
$8.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM RC
$9.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME RC
$9.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS RC #661
$11.99

2010 TOPP'S ROOKIE LOGO PATCH STEPHEN STRASBURG 336 500
$12.00

Stephen Strasburg, 2014 Topps, Vintage All Rookie Cup All-Stars, #ed 23 25, SSP
$15.99

2010 BOWMAN CHROME BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH RC 150 STEPHEN STRASBURG
$349.99
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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.

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2009 Upper Deck Baseball USA Baseball National Team Jersey Stephen Strasburg RC
$19.99

2009 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK TIMELINE USA ROOKIE CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPHED CARD
$103.96

2009 Prospects Plus #1 Stephen Strasburg 3 Card VARIATION ROOKIE Set MINT!
$9.99

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus #1A Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Beckett 10 Mint
$7.99

2009 Prospects Plus #117 GOLD Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers ROOKIE MINT !
$5.99

Stephen Strasburg, 2009 Tristar Crystal Ballers, ROOKIE!!!, NM.-MT 8.5, RARE
$12.08

MY BEST GEM MINT 2008 UPPER DECK USA BASEBALL #21 STEPHEN STRASBURG TRUE ROOKIE
$39.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115C rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$5.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Blue Crystal 117B rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$8.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115B rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$5.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Obak 115D rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$5.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Red Crystal 117A rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$8.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Gold Crystal 117D rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$8.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Green Crystal 117C rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HOT !!
$8.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar Black Crystal 117E rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT
$8.95
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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

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 Baseball

Stephen Strasburg Signed Jersey

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Jersey

Stephen Strasburg Signed Photograph

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

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

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

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

ABSOLUTELY STUNNNING STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE SIGNED BAT AUTOGRAPHED AUTO JSA
$399.99

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

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

Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg & Bryce Harper Signed Baseballs JSA PSA
$349.99

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 Rookie Ball, Senators Booblehead & PSA graded tickets
$300.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed 8x10 Action Photo SDSU PSA DNA - Nice Auto!
$89.00

SPLENDID STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 U.D. B.B. #SS SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA ONLY ONE EBAY
$109.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed 2011 Toppe Chrome Heritage REFRACTOR PSA DNA GEM Auto!
$159.20

STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 2010 BOWMAN ROOKIE #BP1- PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$195.00
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