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

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Draft #BDP1 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 RC Nationals
$19.99

2015 NATIONAL TREASURES TREASURED STEPHEN STRASBURG JERSEY AUTO 17 25
$54.00

2013 National Convention Set 6 Stephen Strasburg Lava Flow PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1
$59.99

2016 Bowman Baseball Card #096 Stephen Strasburg Nationals ORANGE #19 25
$9.99

2015 Topps Strata BB Card #CARC-SS Stephen Strasburg Nationals AUTHENTIC RELIC
$5.99

2013 Topps Heritage Chrome #HC37 Stephen Strasburg 999 Washington Nationals 3g2
$5.25

2012 Topps Golden Giveaway Contest Moments Die-Cut GMDC-60 Stephen Strasburg 0c6
$6.25

2015 Topps Heritage #498.2 Stephen Strasburg (Action Image Variation) Card 3p6
$6.25

2015 Topps Heritage #498.2 Stephen Strasburg (Action Image Variation) Card 4z8
$7.25

2011 Topps Finest X-Fractor #59 Stephen Strasburg 299 Washington Nationals 0f8
$5.68

Stephen Strasburg 2014 Triple Threads Jumbo Relic 3 3
$79.00

7ct Stephen Strasburg 2012 Panini Baseball Rookie Card RC Lot D34
$18.95

2012 Bowman Platinum STEPHEN STRASBURG Printing Plate 1 1 BGS 9
$139.00

2015 Panini Prizm Black and White Checker Prizms #141 Stephen Strasburg 149 0t6
$10.24

2015 Topps Tribute Green #39 Stephen Strasburg 99 Washington Nationals Card 0f8
$6.25

2014 Panini Donruss Elite Inspirations Die-Cut 57 Stephen Strasburg 63 Card 1z8
$9.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Draft #BDP1 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 RC Nationals
$19.99

7ct Stephen Strasburg 2012 Panini Baseball Rookie Card RC Lot D34
$18.95

2010 e-topps minor league #10 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9.5 (9.5 9 9.5 9.5)
$35.00

2010 Stephen Strasburg PSA 10 Topps Rookie RC #661 Nationals
$24.99

2010 topps chrome refractors #212 STEPHEN STRASBURG rookie BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5
$35.00

2010 Stephen Strasburg PSA 9 Bowman Prospects Black Border Rookie RC #BP1
$19.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Platinum #1 ROOKIE CARD RC Washington NATIONALS $$
$5.10

2010 1st Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg RC Washington Nationals BCP1
$7.95

2010 Topps #661 Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC Washington Nationals
$5.00

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC QUANTITY
$44.44

2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG BOWMAN CHROME MLB BASEBALL ROOKIE CARD #205 NATIONALS
$10.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Rc AU Auto #205B BGS 9 Mint 10
$245.00

2010 TOPPS STERLING STEPHEN STRASBURG 6 PIECE RC JERSEY 14 25
$89.99

2010 Topps Silk Collection Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card 50 Nationals
$49.99

2010 Topps Finest Rookie Redemption #FFR-6 Stephen Strasburg Baseball Card 4j3
$25.25

2009 Prospects Plus Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers 5 Card ROOKIE Insert Set
$19.99
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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 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC QUANTITY
$44.44

2009 Prospects Plus Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers 5 Card ROOKIE Insert Set
$19.99

2009 Stephen Strasburg Prospects art Rookie card of 25 Gem 10 Rare
$17.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2009 TRISTAR PROSPECTS BLUE # 1 GRADED 10 L@@@K
$16.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TRISTAR PROSPECTS RC Plus 3 Other Rookie Cards
$6.99

2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Teams Box Set #21 Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card 3l1
$35.25

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC PSA 10 Gem
$249.00

stephen strasburg washington nationals 2009 ud USA national auto jersey red
$175.00

Chris Sale 2010 Bowman Chrome Sterling PSA 10 Stephen Strasburg 2008 BGS 9.5
$65.00

Stephen Strasburg # 1 Washington Nationals 2010 Bowman Platinum PSA 2009 Lot of4
$29.99

BGS 10 - STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 - 2009 UD USA RC SP #47 - PRISTINE!!!!!
$795.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar SP GOLD Var. Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$99.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar GREEN Crystal Baller Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$99.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar GOLD Crystal Baller Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$99.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar BLACK Crystal Baller Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$99.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar #1 Rookie Press Plate 1 1
$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 Photograph

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Photo

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

Stephen Strasburg Hand Signed Autographed Washington Nationals 8x10! JSA COA
$79.95

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 2011 Tools Heritage Signed Card JSA Certified Encapsulated
$74.95

Stephen Strasburg Signed Official Major League Baseball W JSA Letter
$124.95

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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