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.

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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

2014 Topps Finest Gold Refractor #88 Stephen Strasburg 50 Baseball Card 2e5
$15.25

2010 Topps Chrome #212 Stephen Strasburg 599 BGS 9.5 Washington Nationals 0a1
$50.74

2010 Topps Chrome 212 Stephen Strasburg BGS 8.5 Washington Nationals RC Card 1q2
$12.00

2014 Panini Immaculate Collection Swatches Prime #10 Stephen Strasburg 25 2k6
$19.99

2010 Topps 206 TA-SS Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Auto Rookie Card 3w0
$150.45

2010 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs 212 Stephen Strasburg Auto Baseball Card 0g0
$99.75

2010 Bowman Prospects #BP1 Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 Washington Nationals 2l8
$25.99

2010 Grandstand Harrisburg Senators #N A Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 Card 2l8
$60.99

2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Teams Box Set 21 Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 Card 1j2
$140.95

2010 Topps Heritage National Convention Base #NCC1 Stephen Strasburg 999 0o9
$50.24

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg BGS 8.5 Baseball Card 1y5
$20.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals 0f8
$11.00

2010 eTopps #23 Stephen Strasburg 1999 BGS 9.5 Washington Nationals RC Card 1n9
$51.00

2010 Bowman Sterling #1 Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 Washington Nationals Auto 0m8
$151.00

2011 Topps Chrome #120 Stephen Strasburg PSA 9 Washington Nationals Card 2c6
$25.99

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg BGS 8.5 Baseball Card 1b8
$30.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 Topps Chrome 212 Stephen Strasburg BGS 8.5 Washington Nationals RC Card 1q2
$12.00

2010 Topps 206 TA-SS Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Auto Rookie Card 3w0
$150.45

2010 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs 212 Stephen Strasburg Auto Baseball Card 0g0
$99.75

2010 eTopps #23 Stephen Strasburg 1999 BGS 9.5 Washington Nationals RC Card 1n9
$51.00

2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDP1 Stephen Strasburg 199 Rookie Card 2l4
$30.25

2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg USA-2 Rookie HOT!!!
$49.99

2010 Topps Red Hot Rookie 8 Stephen Strasburg
$17.50

2010 eTopps 23 Stephen Strasburg 1999 Washington Nationals RC Baseball Card 3l1
$13.00

2010 Topps #RC7 Stephen Strasburg PSA 10 Washington Nationals Baseball Card 0d8
$25.00

2010 Topps Chrome #212 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals RC Rookie Card 2f4
$10.99

2010 Stephen Strasburg Topps Chrome Rookie Refractor Card PSA 9 MINT FREE SHIP
$25.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE(NATIONALS) HOT 10-0
$6.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS HERITAGE NATIONAL ROOKIE RC BGS 9.5 GEM # 999 !!
$74.94

Stephen Strasburg RC Lot (2) - 2010 Topps Chrome + 2010 Topps #661B FS Nationals
$9.99

5 Card Lot 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Washington Nationals MINT BDP1
$17.95

2010 Future Star Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Cars Limited to 1900 Mint NO #
$5.95
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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 Upper Deck USA Baseball Teams Box Set 21 Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 Card 1j2
$140.95

2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg USA-2 Rookie HOT!!!
$49.99

2009 Upper Deck #USA-SS Stephen Strasburg 225 Team USA (National Team) Auto 2e6
$279.45

2009 Upper Deck USA ROOKIE Stephen Strasburg USA BASEBALL MINT # USAB-SS
$9.95

Stephen Strasburg 2009 Upper Deck USA Retrospective #USA2 RARE ROOKIE INSERT
$11.39

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK USA NATIONAL TEAM ROOKIE GAME USED JERSEY SP
$19.99

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

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

2008 Sweet Spot USA Stephen Strasburg Rookie Autograph Glove - #7 10 RARE Auto!
$335.00

2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Teams Box Set #USA-2 Stephen Strasburg Card 4i6
$6.25

2009 Upper Deck USA National Team Retrospective USA-2 Stephen Strasburg Card 1f1
$7.95

2009 Stephen Strasburg Upper Deck USA rookie gem mint 10 #USA2
$16.19

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2 RC lot 2009 TriStar 2010 Bowman Draft baseball card NATIONAL
$5.99

2009 Upper Deck USA National Team Retrospective USA-2 Stephen Strasburg Card 5h7
$9.69

STEPHEN STRASBURG Auto Upper Deck 2008 USA-2 Nationals Team Rep RC - JSA - BGS
$61.00

2009 Stephen Strasburg Aztec Schedule rookie gem mint 10 Rare
$11.69
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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 (Washington Nationals) signed baseball w PSA COA
$199.95

Stephen Strasburg Signed Baseball AUTO Autograph JSA Sticker ONLY Nationals
$22.50

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

Stephen Strasburg Hand Signed Autographed Washington Nationals 8x10! JSA COA
$85.00

Rawlings Stephen Strasburg Signed Auto Bat JSA LOA Nationals
$129.99

Steiner Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball ( MLB Auth Holo Only)
$162.49

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS White SIGNED JERSEY JSA COA K56863
$225.00

Stephen Strasburg Signed 2010 Sports Illustrated AUTO Framed 16x20 PSA DNA COA
$250.00

ABSOLUTELY STUNNNING STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE SIGNED BAT AUTOGRAPHED AUTO JSA
$129.99

Stephen Strasburg & Tony Gwynn Signed SDSU Aztecs 8x10 Photo w PROOF JSA
$199.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA ROOKIEGRAPH R11614
$249.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA ROOKIEGRAPH R11615
$249.95

GORGEOUS! HUGE SIGNED IN SILVER STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 8X10 PSA DNA NATIONALS
$89.89

RAREST STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE SIGNED AUTO 2008-09 USA UD # 21 JSA READY HOT
$88.88

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

STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED GAME USED BASEBALL NATS 1ST WIN RED SOX-100 YR LOGO JSA
$3,000.00
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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.

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