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

2014 NATIONAL TREASURES TIMELINE PATCH AUTO 4 25 STEPHEN STRASBURG
$65.00

Qty - 2 Stephen Strasburg 2010 eTopps Minor League #10 Minors 1408 1499 Encased
$14.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS # 25 SKETCH CARD SIGNED LTD EDWARD VELA ART ACEO
$20.62

2014 Bowman Chrome PURPLE REFRACTOR Stephen Strasburg 149 150 Nationals
$9.99

2010 TOPPS + TOPPS GOLD + BOWMAN + BOWMAN CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG (9) ROOKIES
$50.00

2015 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor - Stephen Strasburg 205 250
$6.00

28 ct lot Stephen Strasburg Topps & Bowman
$6.50

Stephen Strasburg SUPER 25 ct BASEBALL Card Lot w Insert AA WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$11.99

2014 Topps Stephen Strasburg SSP SP sparkle variation var Nationals #332
$29.99

2010 Stephen Strasburg Topps Chrome Rookie Refractor Autograph Card #424 499!!
$100.00

2010 Topps Chrome Target Stephen Strasburg Refractor BC-1
$9.99

Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Mini Helmet Card Display Collectible Auto
$7.99

25 count lot of cards!!!! - 2012 Panini Prizm #49 Stephen Strasburg - NM-MT
$15.78

Stephen Strasburg 2008 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC BGS 9.5
$95.00

2011 Topps Stephen Strasburg Commemorative Patch TLMP-SS NM MT Quantity
$8.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2013 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION #95 199 MINT BCCG 10 MT
$19.00
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 Stephen Strasburg Topps Chrome Rookie Refractor Autograph Card #424 499!!
$100.00

Stephen Strasburg 2008 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC BGS 9.5
$95.00

2010 Topps Million Card Stephen Strasburg Auto RC Card 215 299
$275.00

2010 BOWMAN CHROME & TOPPS CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE BGS BCCG 10
$20.00

PSA 10 - 2010 TOPPS UPDATE Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE #US55
$18.40

* 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE CARD !!
$20.50

RARE MINT X FRACTOR STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME #212 ROOKIE AWESOME CARD
$49.99

2010 Topps Chrome REFRACTOR #212 Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE CARD!!!
$15.00

Topps Chrome 2010 Stephen Strasburg X-Fractor Rookie Card
$14.95

Stephen Strasburg - 2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor Autograph Jersey Nats Rookie
$68.95

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps RC
$14.99

2010 TOPPS FACTORY SET VARIATION - STEPHEN STRASBURG RC - BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$24.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS #BP1A RC BGS 9.5 ( 9.5,9.5,9,10)
$12.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS CHROME # 212 ROOKIE RC WASHINGTON BCCG 10 MINT
$12.00

2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG PSA 9 MINT BOWMAN STERLING AUTOGRAPH ROOKIE CARD #1 RC
$49.99

2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg Rookie PSA 9
$18.99
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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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Stephen Strasburg 2008 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC BGS 9.5
$95.00

2009 Upper Deck * USA National Team #SS * Stephen Strasburg * Graded 9 MINT
$24.99

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

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

BGS 10 PRISTINE STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 RARE SDSU COLLEGE AZTEC SCHEDULE rare
$64.99

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

Stephen Strasburg Nationals 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Rookie Card RC HOT!!
$5.99

Stephen Strasburg RC Team USA UD 2008 Upper Deck #21 NATIONALS
$13.50

$75.00 Stephen Strasburg Rookie Gem Mint 10 Pro 2009 Washington Nationals XRC #1
$7.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 USA BASEBALL #21 ROOKIE CARD RC BGS GRADED 9.5 GEM MINT
$275.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 USA BASEBALL RETROSPECTIVE RC BGS GRADED 9.5 GEM MINT
$125.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 USA BASEBALL RETROSPECTIVE RC BGS GRADED 9.5 GEM MINT
$115.00

2009 UPPER DECK USA JERSEY #USA-SS STEPHEN STRASBURG MINT ROOKIE NATIONALS!
$5.85

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Autograph 2008 Upper Deck Timeline Washington Nationals
$99.95

2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card RC USAB-SS NATIONALS
$14.00
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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

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

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Jersey

Stephen Strasburg Signed Photograph

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Photo

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STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED OFFICIAL RAWLINGS ML BASEBALL - PSA DNA - NATIONALS
$159.00

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

STEPHEN STRASBURG (Washington Nationals) signed baseball w PSA COA
$199.95

Stephen Strasburg Autograph Major League Baseball Signed PSA Rookieball Auto
$99.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED WASHINGTON NATIONALS JERSEY JSA CERT MLB
$299.00

ABSOLUTELY STUNNNING STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE SIGNED BAT AUTOGRAPHED AUTO JSA
$159.99

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

RAREST STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE SIGNED AUTO 2008-09 USA UD # 21 JSA READY HOT
$99.99

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 Authentic Washington Nationals Jersey JSA AUTH.
$149.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG SAN DIEGO STATE NATIONALS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA V74277
$74.99

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

Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball ( MLB Auth Holo Only) Steiner COA
$310.00
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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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