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 ETOPPS MINOR LEAGUE STEPHEN STRASBURG BGS GEM MINT 9.5 HARRISBURG SENATORS
$38.24

2010 Topps Factory Set Variation #661 Stephen Strasburg Rookie
$7.50

2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg #1 PSA 10 Nationals Rookie RC Amazing!
$37.95

2014 Panini Prizm Prizms Red White and Blue Pulsar #1 Stephen Strasburg - NM-MT
$8.00

2010 Topps Turkey Red #TR-148 Stephen Strasburg P RC Nationals Gem MT 10 #154751
$24.95

2014 Fully Loaded Stephen Strasburg Logo Tag Patch Washington Nationals GU 1 1
$200.00

2010 ETOPPS IN HAND STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS BASEBALL & MINOR LEAGUE
$33.29

Stephen Strasburg RC Auto BLUE 2010 Bowman Prospects $!
$999.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2013 Topps Manufactured Commemorative Patch #CP24 Nationals
$13.50

2013 PANINI AMERICA'S PASTIME STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO GOLD 06 15 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$99.99

2012 Topps Update Stephen Strasburg All-Star #US184 Nationals PSA 10 GEM MINT
$11.24

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2014 TOPPS MUSEUM MOMENTOUS MATERIALS JUMBO RELIC 40 50 !!
$8.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC PSA 9 MINT CENTERED
$21.99

2010 Topps #661 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.25

2010 Bowman Topps 100 Prospects #TP1 Stephen Strasburg
$12.00

2010 (BB) Bowman Expectations #BE5 Tim Lincecum Stephen Strasburg
$8.00
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 Topps Factory Set Variation #661 Stephen Strasburg Rookie
$7.50

2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg #1 PSA 10 Nationals Rookie RC Amazing!
$37.95

2010 Topps Turkey Red #TR-148 Stephen Strasburg P RC Nationals Gem MT 10 #154751
$24.95

Stephen Strasburg RC Auto BLUE 2010 Bowman Prospects $!
$999.99

2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC PSA 9 MINT CENTERED
$21.99

2010 Topps #661 Stephen Strasburg RC
$5.25

2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg WRAPPER REFRACTOR #212 RC BGS GEM 9.5 RARE
$39.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG BOWMAN CHROME BRYCE HARPER BEST ROOKIE GEM MINT 10 NATIONALS
$30.00

2010 BOWMAN BLACK STEPHEN STRASBURG RC GRADED GEM MINT GMA 10 NATIONALS
$9.99

2010 bowman chrome stephen strasburg rc rookie psa 9
$10.99

2010 Bowman Prospect Stephen Strasburg Blue #BP1 Rookie 217 520 MINT!
$11.99

2010 Allen Ginter STEPHEN STRASBURG Mini Rookie SP 401
$219.99

2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg rookie refractor
$7.99

2010 TOPPS, Bowman Chrome #205 STEPHEN STRASBURG (rc) NRMT-MT NATIONALS!!!
$25.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN CHROME #205 RC
$13.00

Stephen Strasburg, Halladay, Lester - rookie cards, rare old McGwire insert!
$10.00
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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 2009 GTC San Diege STATE COLLEGE 32 200 WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$12.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK USA BASEBALL RC JERSEY AUTOGRAPH 225 TEAM USA
$122.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK NATIONAL TEAM JERSEY AUTO 225 TEAM USA
$197.00

Stephen Strasburg, 2009 GTC Prospect Reserve, ROOKIE!!!, NM.-MT. 8.5
$6.64

(4) Stephen Strasburg Lot - (2) 2009 Tristar Prospects RC (2) 2012 Topps Chrome
$6.99

Stephen Strasburg 2009 RC Tristar Prospects #1 Draft Pick PSA 8
$24.99

2009 Upper Deck USA Jersey STEPHEN STRASBURG RC
$9.99

2008-09 UD USA Retrospective Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$47.99

2008-09 UD USA Retrospective Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$47.99

2008-09 UD USA Retrospective Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie BGS 9 MINT
$24.99

2008-09 UD USA Retrospective Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie BGS 9 MINT
$24.99

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
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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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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #Q12629
$189.99

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

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SDSU SIGNED 2008 UD ROOKIE CARD PSA DNA
$199.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed Team USA 8x10 PSA DNA LOA Auto w RARE Inscription!
$139.00

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

Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Ticket PSA DNA Autographed Auto'd 2009
$299.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Game Ticket PSA DNA Auto 2009 National
$299.99

NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #X34097
$189.99

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

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SIGNED MLB BASEBALL JSA COA #E91348
$24.99

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
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