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

2014 Panini Prizm Orange Die-Cut Prizms #1 Stephen Strasburg 60 Card 7b3
$8.95

2009 Upper Deck USA ROOKIE Stephen Strasburg USA BASEBALL MINT # USAB-SS
$9.95

2016 Topps Now #125 Stephen Strasburg-6 4 2016-Only 496 Made-1000th Strikeout
$7.99

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Sterling RC Autograph Auto #1 - NATIONALS
$89.99

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Card RARE Black Border MINT # BP 1
$14.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE CARD #212 WASHINGTON NATIONALS non auto
$9.09

Lot of (16) Stephen Strasburg Cards Washington Nationals NM-MT OR BETTER
$9.95

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Stephen Strasburg Framed Mini Relic Pastimes &Mini Lot
$8.00

2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg #212 PSA 9 Rookie Nationals
$24.95

Stephen Strasburg RC Lot (2) - 2010 Topps Chrome + 2010 Topps #661B FS Nationals
$9.95

2014 Donruss Elite Dominator #3A Stephen Strasburg SN 639 999
$6.00

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

2013 Topps Triple Threads Unity Stephen Strasburg Game Used Jersey #SS2 PSA 9!
$44.99

2015 Diamond Kings Sovereign Signature STEPHEN STRASBURG Autograph #10 10 (B2692
$60.00

2010 Graded 10 Rookie Stephen Strasburg #BP1 Bowman LTU
$20.50

2014 Topps Tribute Forever Young Relic Sepia FYRSS Stephen Strasburg Jersey # 35
$9.96
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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2009 Upper Deck USA ROOKIE Stephen Strasburg USA BASEBALL MINT # USAB-SS
$9.95

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Sterling RC Autograph Auto #1 - NATIONALS
$89.99

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Card RARE Black Border MINT # BP 1
$14.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE CARD #212 WASHINGTON NATIONALS non auto
$9.09

2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg #212 PSA 9 Rookie Nationals
$24.95

Stephen Strasburg RC Lot (2) - 2010 Topps Chrome + 2010 Topps #661B FS Nationals
$9.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 UPPER DECK USA NATIONAL TEAM ROOKIE GAME U
$19.99

2010 Graded 10 Rookie Stephen Strasburg #BP1 Bowman LTU
$20.50

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft #BDP1 PSA GEM MINT 10 Nationals RC
$29.99

2010 Topps Limited Edition Factory Set Rookie Bonus #RC7 Stephen Strasburg g3e
$9.25

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg rookie card #BP1 Black border Washington Nationals
$7.00

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps RC
$14.99

(4)2010 Topps Baseball Retail Factory Sets-Buster Posey+Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE
$99.99

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Redemption Red Hot Rookie #RHR-8
$14.99

2010 TOPPS T-206 STEPHEN STRASBURG RC AUTO ON CARD AUTOGRAPH NATIONALS
$75.00

2010 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT PICKS STEPHEN STRASBURG BGS 9.5 AUTO RC #d 27 99 w 10
$269.99
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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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2009 Upper Deck USA ROOKIE Stephen Strasburg USA BASEBALL MINT # USAB-SS
$9.95

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

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2009 GTC TOP PROSPECT #195 200 ROOKIE CARD
$9.95

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

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

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem
$23.50

Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem
$16.75

2008 UD SWEET SPOT USA RC STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNATURE BALL AUTO 10 37
$31.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG RC 2009 Upper Deck USA National Team #SS Team USA Baseball MLB
$11.00

2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Teams Box Set #USA-2 Stephen Strasburg Card 4i6
$6.25

2009 Upper Deck USA National Team Retrospective USA-2 Stephen Strasburg Card 1f1
$7.95

2008 Upper Deck Timeline USA Baseball Stephen Strasburg Autograph Auto
$95.00

2008 UD Sweet Spot Stephen Strasburg Relic Autograph 260 260 Last One Made Auto
$115.00

2009 Upper Deck USA National Team #USAB-SS Stephen Strasburg (National Team) 0v9
$8.75

2009 UD STEPHEN STRASBURG GU Jersey + Base Card **ROOKIE
$7.50

2009 Upper Deck USA National Team Retrospective USA-2 Stephen Strasburg Card 5h7
$9.69
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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

Top eBay Listings

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

Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball JSA Coa
$80.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED NEW MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
$99.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$99.99

Stephen Strasburg Auto Signed ROMLB Washington Nationals JSA COA
$80.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2012 ALL STAR SIGNED BASEBALL PSA AB 47266
$149.96

STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS 2012 ALL STAR SIGNED BASEBALL PSA AB 47267
$149.97

Rawlings Stephen Strasburg Signed Auto Bat JSA LOA Nationals
$129.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed Rawlings Official Baseball ROMLB PSA DNA RookieGraph!
$199.20

Steiner Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball ( MLB Auth Holo Only)
$162.49

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS White SIGNED JERSEY JSA COA K56863
$225.00

RAREST STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE SIGNED AUTO 2008-09 USA UD # 21 JSA READY HOT
$79.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS White SIGNED JERSEY JSA COA K56865
$269.10

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
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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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