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 2015 TOPPS HERITAGE ACTION VARIATION CARD
$8.00

2010 & 2011 bowman chrome bryce harper + stephen strasburg blue refractor rc lot
$8.50

2015 TOPPS Series 2 Black Border Phenom Stephen Strasburg Nat'ls #'d 10 64 NM!
$6.50

2012 Topps Golden Moments Relics #SST Stephen Strasburg
$14.99

2011 "TOPPS" TRIBUTE #21 STEPHEN STRASBURG
$5.00

Stephen Strasburg 2015 Topps Museum Collection Quad Relics Copper #PPQRSS 17 75
$8.99

2012 Bowman Chrome 129 Refractor Lot Mike Trout Stephen Strasburg
$69.99

2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor Stephen Strasburg Auto Patch Rookie Baseball Card
$99.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Rookie Refractor #205
$8.99

2015 DIAMOND KINGS STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTO JERSEY #08 15
$24.19

2015 Museum Collection Stephen Strasburg Game-Used Jersey Relic 10 Nationals
$5.35

2015 Topps Stadium Club Triuvirate Luminescent 6b Stephen Strasburg
$9.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG SERIAL #01 75 2014 BOWMAN SILVER BORDER SP Rare 1ST ONE MADE
$9.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS #BP1a ROOKIE '1st card' GEM MINT BGS 9.5
$80.00

Stephen Strasburg 2011 Topps Lineage Baseball Platinum Refractor SP #160 MINT!
$6.22

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2013 Topps MLB CHIPZ GLOW SP & BASE LOT OF 2 Chips
$6.22
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 & 2011 bowman chrome bryce harper + stephen strasburg blue refractor rc lot
$8.50

2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor Stephen Strasburg Auto Patch Rookie Baseball Card
$99.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Rookie Refractor #205
$8.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS #BP1a ROOKIE '1st card' GEM MINT BGS 9.5
$80.00

2010 Bowman Sterling Stephen Strasburg Nationals RC Rookie BGS 9.5 w 10 AUTO
$52.36

(2) STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 BOWMAN BLACK BORDER RC LOT
$19.99

Stephen Strasburg RC 2010 Topps Triple Threads Jersey Autograph 75 PSA 8 POP 1
$899.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS 206 ROOKIE RC #146 999 SP WASHINGTON NATIONALS *^
$7.49

Stephen Strasburg, 2009 GTC Prospect Reserve, ROOKIE!!!, NM.-MT. 8.5
$6.50

2010 bowman expectations STEPHEN STRASBURG rc TOPPS
$12.00

Stephen Strasburg, 2010 Arelix Red, ROOKIE!!!, 1 of 200 Limited, Gem Mt.10
$9.29

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Heritage Rookie #145 999
$50.00

Stephen Strasburg 2011 Topps Heritage Rookie #203 999
$50.00

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Heritage Rookie #430 999
$50.00

2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card - BGS MINT 9 !!!!!
$7.99

2010 STEPHEN STRASBURG BOWMAN PLATINUM ROOKIE #1 RC MINT NATIONALS (C)
$5.75
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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 Prospect Reserve, ROOKIE!!!, NM.-MT. 8.5
$6.50

RARE 2009 Tristar SP GOLD Variation - STEPHEN STRASBURG RC #1 - Nationals Rookie
$9.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar #1 Rookie Press Plate 1 1
$124.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 TriStar RED Crystal Baller Rookie Press Plate RC 1 1
$124.99

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

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 Professional Debut Rookie FULL TICKET NATIONALS
$9.99

Stephen Strasburg 2008 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC BGS 9.5
$64.95

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

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

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 upper deck USA gold auto 175 Stephen strasburg BGS 8.5 10 (two 10 subs)
$285.00

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

2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card RC USAB-SS NATIONALS
$11.20
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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 Signed Pitching w 16x20 Photo (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$299.99

Stephen Strasburg Pitch in Nationals Signed 8x10 Photo MLB Auth Steiner COA
$259.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SDSU SIGNED 2008 UD ROOKIE CARD PSA DNA
$149.99

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

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

STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED OFFICIAL RAWLINGS ML BASEBALL - PSA DNA - NATIONALS
$199.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED WASHINGTON NATIONALS OML BASEBALL w JSA
$169.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Game Ticket PSA DNA Auto 2009!!!
$99.00

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

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

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

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

Stephen Strasburg Autographed Washington Nationals Signed Baseball Jersey JSA
$199.00

Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed Framed 12x18 Photo Set JSA
$101.99

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