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

2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg RC Auto Nationals $100
$49.99

2010 Topps Update Chrome Rookies Stephen Strasburg #1
$25.00

2010 TOPPS UPDATE STEPHEN STRASBURG PEAK PERFORMANCE-WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$10.00

2010 3 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$45.00

2010 TOPPS #US-274 STEPHEN STRASBURG RC CHECKLIST LOT OF 18 NMMT B32132
$20.00

2010 TOPPS ATTAX CARD STEPHEN STRASBURG RC LOT OF 17 NMMT B32130
$20.00

BGS 9.5 2010 Topps Tribute DUAL RELIC AUTO BLUE Stephen Strasburg RC #d 43 75
$199.99

2013 Bowman Gold Insert Stephen Strasburg #104 PSA 9
$11.99

10 ct lot - 2010 Topps Update Attax Code Cards #76 Stephen Strasburg Nationals
$26.99

2010 Topps 206 - #55 - Stephen Strasburg RC - BGS 9.5 Gem Mint - Rookie
$19.99

2010 Topps Chrome 206 Blue Refractors Stephen Strasburg RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint #rd
$99.99

2010 ETOPPS #23 STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE REFRACTOR #d 298 1999 IN HAND BGS 10?
$47.49

2010 E-Topps Minor League #10 Stephen Strasburg #rd 1499 Pre-Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM
$109.99

2010 E-Topps Minor League #10 Stephen Strasburg #rd 1499 Pre-Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM
$109.99

2008 Upper Deck Stephen Strasburg Retrospective
$15.00

2010 Topps E-Topps #23 - Stephen Strasburg RC - #rd 1999 BGS 9.5 GEM Mint w 10s
$79.00
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg RC Auto Nationals $100
$49.99

2010 3 CARD LOT STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$45.00

2010 TOPPS #US-274 STEPHEN STRASBURG RC CHECKLIST LOT OF 18 NMMT B32132
$20.00

2010 TOPPS ATTAX CARD STEPHEN STRASBURG RC LOT OF 17 NMMT B32130
$20.00

BGS 9.5 2010 Topps Tribute DUAL RELIC AUTO BLUE Stephen Strasburg RC #d 43 75
$199.99

2010 Topps 206 - #55 - Stephen Strasburg RC - BGS 9.5 Gem Mint - Rookie
$19.99

2010 Topps Chrome 206 Blue Refractors Stephen Strasburg RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint #rd
$99.99

2010 ETOPPS #23 STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE REFRACTOR #d 298 1999 IN HAND BGS 10?
$47.49

2010 E-Topps Minor League #10 Stephen Strasburg #rd 1499 Pre-Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM
$109.99

2010 E-Topps Minor League #10 Stephen Strasburg #rd 1499 Pre-Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM
$109.99

2010 Topps E-Topps #23 - Stephen Strasburg RC - #rd 1999 BGS 9.5 GEM Mint w 10s
$79.00

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck Team USA Rookie Card #21
$20.00

Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 GEM 2010 Topps Million Giveaway Auto RC #661
$375.37

# 199 Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 GEM 2010 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor Auto RC
$337.37

# 50 Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5 GEM 2010 Bowman Sterling Gold Refractor Auto RC
$395.37

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Sterling RC Auto #1 - WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$125.99
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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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2008 Upper Deck Stephen Strasburg Retrospective
$15.00

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck Team USA Rookie Card #21
$20.00

SPECTACULAR STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UPPER DECK USA#21 BGS 9.5 GEM TRUE ROOKIE HOT
$64.64

Stephen Strasburg 2008 USA Sweet Spot Signatures 8 37 RC Red Blue Stitch Auto
$174.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 25 50 Patch Auto 2008 UD USA National Team RC Patriotic Patch
$999.00

2009 Upper Deck * USA National Team #SS * Stephen Strasburg * Graded 9 MINT
$15.99

2009 Upper Deck USA ROOKIE Stephen Strasburg USA BASEBALL MINT # USAB-SS
$14.95

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

New Stephen Strasburg, 2009 GTC Rookie Gem Mt. 10
$15.00

2008 ULTIMATE COLLECTION STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 10 BGS 9.5 POP 4
$799.99

2009 Upper Deck USA National Team Jerseys #SS Stephen Strasburg
$14.95

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

2008 UD ULTIMATE COLLECTION STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO 10 BGS 9
$324.99

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

2008 Sweet Spot Stephen Strasburg USA Rookie Auto 230!
$75.00

BGS 10 PRISTINE STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 RARE SDSU COLLEGE AZTEC SCHEDULE rare
$99.99
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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

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

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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED BIG STICK BASEBALL BAT JSA COA E76861
$99.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SIGNED MLB BASEBALL JSA COA #E91348
$49.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED WASHINGTON NATIONALS OML BASEBALL w JSA
$199.99

Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Signed Mini-Helmet JSA Authenticated
$49.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed Scorecard from minors Washington Nationals JSA COA
$249.95

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

Bryce Harper Stephen Strasburg Nationals Dual Signed 11x14 Jsa Authenticated
$299.99

2010 Stephen Strasburg Auto Signed MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROOKIE BALL PSA #R08270
$109.00

Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed Framed 12x18 Photo Set JSA
$169.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed Big Stick Baseball Bat JSA
$231.99

Stephen Strasburg Autographed MLB Signed Baseball JSA Hologram
$99.95

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

NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL JSA#E81913
$149.99

Stephen Strasburg Autographed MLB Signed Baseball PSA DNA COA
$109.00

Stephen Strasburg Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99

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