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.

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2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM COMPLETE SET 150 CARDS
$69.99
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2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card BGS 9 10 Centering
$14.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2014 Elite #57 Status #30 49 Nationals
$6.00
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2010 Topps Chrome STEPHEN STRASBURG Rookie Auto Red Refractor Card 25 Graded 10
$1,999.00
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2010 BOWMAN Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE CARD RC BGS 9.5 - FIRST EVER ROOKIE CARD!!!
$34.99
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2010 Bowman Sterling Stephen Strasburg REFRACTOR RC AUTO 199 Autograph rookie
$229.00
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Stephen Strasburg--RC-- 2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor #ed 811 999--rookie
$12.99
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Stephen Strasburg Topps Chrome ROOKIE - MUST SEE AND HAVE
$5.50
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2013 Panini Select Stephen Strasburg Auto Nationals Select Signatures
$74.99
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2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg RC #BP1 Washington Nationals Black Border Hot
$9.99
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2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg RC #1 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Nationals Hot
$25.69
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome SP AUTOGRAPH Rookie RC #212
$80.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2010 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE RC #212 SUPER HOT ACE!!!
$6.99
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2010 Topps #661D Stephen Strasburg UPD White Jersey Arm Back - NM-MT
$5.00
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2010 Topps Stephen Strasburg Million Card Giveaway Rookie BGS 9.5 W 10 AU 299 RC
$599.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2010 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR #212 RC ROOKIE HOT!!
$13.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card BGS 9 10 Centering
$14.99
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2010 Topps Chrome STEPHEN STRASBURG Rookie Auto Red Refractor Card 25 Graded 10
$1,999.00
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2010 BOWMAN Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE CARD RC BGS 9.5 - FIRST EVER ROOKIE CARD!!!
$34.99
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2010 Bowman Sterling Stephen Strasburg REFRACTOR RC AUTO 199 Autograph rookie
$229.00
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Stephen Strasburg--RC-- 2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor #ed 811 999--rookie
$12.99
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Stephen Strasburg Topps Chrome ROOKIE - MUST SEE AND HAVE
$5.50
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2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg RC #BP1 Washington Nationals Black Border Hot
$9.99
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2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg RC #1 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Nationals Hot
$25.69
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome SP AUTOGRAPH Rookie RC #212
$80.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2010 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE RC #212 SUPER HOT ACE!!!
$6.99
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2010 Topps Stephen Strasburg Million Card Giveaway Rookie BGS 9.5 W 10 AU 299 RC
$599.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2010 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR #212 RC ROOKIE HOT!!
$13.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2010 BOWMAN 1ST CARD RC ROOKIE #BP1 MINT! HOT!
$6.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Prospects RC # BP1 Washington Nationals Rookie
$15.00
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2010 Bowman Sterling AUTO Stephen Strasburg RC BGS 9.5 .5 from PRISTINE 10 AUTO
$125.00
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2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects STEPHEN STRASBURG PURPLE SP RC REFRACTOR 999
$17.95
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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.

2008 09 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autographs Stephen Strasburg 175 Image

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2009 TOPPS USA JERSEY PATCH AUTO RC STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS 50
$399.99
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Stephen Strasburg Rookie 2009 Tristar Prospects (Red) GMA Graded Gem Mint 10!
$9.99
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2008 Upper Deck Stephen Strasburg Retrospective
$15.00
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck Team USA Rookie Card #21
$50.00
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2008 Sweet Spot Black Ink Auto Stephen Strasburg Serial #179 260 Nice Card
$149.99
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2009 TRISTAR Prospects Plus #117A Stephen Strasburg CB Red
$10.92
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2008 UD USA RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$149.99
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2009 Upper Deck USA Jersey STEPHEN STRASBURG RC
$9.99
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2008 USA Baseball National Team Retrospective #USA2 Stephen Strasburg RC - Washi
$86.43
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 25 50 Patch Auto 2008 UD USA National Team RC Patriotic Patch
$999.00
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2008-09 USA Retrospective #USA2 Nationals Stephen Strasburg RC - PSA Mint (9)
$31.96
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 RC Tristar Prospects #1 Draft Pick PSA 8
$29.99
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2008 UD STEPHEN STRASBURG TIMELINE USA AUTOGRAPH RC GRADED PSA MINT 9
$179.00
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2009 Prospects Plus #117 BLUE Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers ROOKIE MINT !
$5.99
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2009 Prospects Plus #117 GREEN Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers ROOKIE MINT !
$5.99
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2009 Prospects Plus #117 BLACK Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers ROOKIE MINT !
$5.99
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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

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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 NATIONALS SIGNED BIG STICK BASEBALL BAT JSA COA E76861
$169.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS SIGNED MLB BASEBALL JSA COA #E91348
$79.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG #37 AUTO,SIGNED OML BASEBALL + ROOKIE CARD LOT JSA CERT
$179.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed autograph Washington Nationals 8x10 Photo PROOF JSA COA
$99.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed SI 6-21-2010 NL Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA
$324.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$159.99
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM SIGNED Baseball 25 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$209.34
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM SIGNED Baseball 23 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$219.37
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2010 Washington Nationals TEAM SIGNED Baseball 24 Sigs Stephen STRASBURG RC JSA!
$249.37
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Stephen Strasburg signed auto PSA DNA baseball autograph OMLB Ball Nationals
$149.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS JSA COA SIGNED BASEBALL
$265.00
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Stephen Strasburg Nats NO LABEL Newsstand Sports Illustrated SIGNED AUTO JSA COA
$119.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99
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RAREST! SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 2008 UD USA #21 PSA DNA WOW
$149.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed ROMLB Baseball Nationals All Star JSA COA
$79.00
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BRYCE HARPER AND STEPHEN STRASBURG INDIVIDUAL SIGNED OML BASEBALLS JSA
$249.99
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