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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Rare 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$13.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 IL Lg Top Prospects Nationals RC
$5.99
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2010 2011 Bowman Chrome Topps Stephen Strasburg RC (8) Lot Mint Read Description
$9.95
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2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Prospects Blue RC Rookie Auto 250 BGS 9 with 10
$505.00
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(3) 2010 TOPPS CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG RC REFRACTOR LOT (3) CARDS
$19.99
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2013 Panini Prizm #134- Stephen Strasburg Red Pulsar Prizm Refractor! Mint!
$7.99
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2014 Gypsy Queen Jumbo Relic Stephen Strasburg #d to 25
$25.00
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2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Platinum Green Refractor Patch Rookie Auto BGS 9
$300.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 CHROME ROOKIE LOT (4) BOWMAN, TOPPS NATIONALS
$10.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME & BRYCE HARPER BOWMAN CHROME ROOKIE BGS 9.5 GEM
$44.99
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25 2011 Topps #10 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Baseball Cards Lot MINT
$15.40
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2013 Topps Archives Gold #165 Stephen Strasburg #051 199
$8.80
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2011 TOPPS Stephen Strasburg Lot - Patch Card Leather Nameplate Card
$7.99
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2008 Bowman Chrome Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card #BDP26 RC L.A. Dodgers
$11.21
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Stephen Strasburg #BCP1 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects (Washington Nationals)
$11.00
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Stephen Strasburg #1 2010 Bowman Platinum Gold Foilboard Rookie 323 539
$16.00
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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Rare 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$13.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2010 IL Lg Top Prospects Nationals RC
$5.99
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2010 2011 Bowman Chrome Topps Stephen Strasburg RC (8) Lot Mint Read Description
$9.95
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2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Prospects Blue RC Rookie Auto 250 BGS 9 with 10
$505.00
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(3) 2010 TOPPS CHROME STEPHEN STRASBURG RC REFRACTOR LOT (3) CARDS
$19.99
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2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Platinum Green Refractor Patch Rookie Auto BGS 9
$300.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 CHROME ROOKIE LOT (4) BOWMAN, TOPPS NATIONALS
$10.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG TOPPS CHROME & BRYCE HARPER BOWMAN CHROME ROOKIE BGS 9.5 GEM
$44.99
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Stephen Strasburg #1 2010 Bowman Platinum Gold Foilboard Rookie 323 539
$16.00
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2014 Topps Stephen Strasburg All Star Rookie Team Patch
$6.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG THREE (3) ROOKIE CARD LOT NRMT - TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR BOWMAN
$7.59
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Stephen Strasburg #1 2010 Bowman Platinum (Rookie) (Washington Nationals)
$12.00
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2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg RC Auto
$85.44
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Stephen Strasburg X fractor rookie atomic patch non auto nationals lot !!
$23.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Topps Chrome #212 RC LOT 10 cards Nationals Qty
$21.95
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Chrome #205 RC LOT 10 cards Nationals
$27.95
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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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STEPHEN STRASBURG RC GU JERSEY 2009 UPPER DECK 2 USA NATIONAL TEAM USA-SS
$29.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 USA Sweet Spot Signatures 8 37 RC Red Blue Stitch Auto!!
$199.99
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2008 Stephen Strasburg Upper Deck Timeline USA SP Rookie Autograph Card MINT
$99.95
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2008 UD STEPHEN STRASBURG TIMELINE USA AUTOGRAPH RC GRADED PSA MINT 9
$219.00
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Stephen Strasburg, 2008 GTC Prospect Reserve, PRE-ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mt. 10
$11.39
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Stephen Strasburg, 2008 GTC Future Star, PRE-ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mt. 10
$11.39
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball PSA Mint 9 Washington Nationals
$49.95
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Jersey Card #29 Mint 10? W's
$9.95
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Retrospective 10 Mint? Washington
$9.95
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2008 UPPER DECK TIMELINE STEPHEN STRASBURG AUTOGRAPHED CARD USA-SS
$19.99
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Stephen Strasburg, 2009 GTC Prospect Reserve, ROOKIE!!!, NM.-MT. 8.5
$5.99
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2009 Stephen Strasburg Upper Deck USA National Team Jersey Autographs #SS 225
$84.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2008 Upper Deck UD Sweet Spot RC Rookie AUTO Autograph 32
$63.00
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2009 Upper Deck USA National Team STEPHEN STRASBURG Jersey (47817)
$15.00
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2008 09 UD USA Q&A Stephen Strasburg Auto #ed 20 RC
$225.00
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2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg Autographed RC!
$149.99
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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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Autographed MLB Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed Jersey - Mounted Memories COA
$499.95
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Nationals Riddell Mini Helmet JSA
$250.00
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Stephen Strasburg Signed ROMLB Baseball Nationals All Star JSA COA
$79.10
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Steiner Stephen Strasburg Signed MLB Baseball ( MLB Auth) (Case Not Included)
$299.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED BIG STICK BASEBALL BAT JSA COA E76861
$169.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed Majestic Washington Nationals Jersey - JSA Letter
$225.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG - SIGNED - NO LABEL - SPORTS ILLUSTRATED - PSA DNA #V31926
$149.99
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Steiner Sports Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Signed MLB Baseball W Case
$349.98
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Stephen Strasburg signed auto PSA DNA baseball autograph OMLB Ball Nationals
$179.00
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Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Signed Mizuno Bat JSA Authenticated
$99.99
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Stephen Strasburg Autographed Signed MLB Baseball JSA COA
$100.00
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GORGEOUS! HUGE SIGNED IN SILVER STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 8X10 PSA DNA NATIONALS
$159.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed 4-1-13 Sports Illustrated Magazine Nationals JSA coa
$89.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG #37 AUTO,SIGNED OML BASEBALL + ROOKIE CARD LOT JSA CERT
$159.99
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BRYCE HARPER AND STEPHEN STRASBURG INDIVIDUAL SIGNED OML BASEBALLS JSA
$259.99
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JSA Authentic Signed Stephen Strasburg Auto Major League Selig Baseball
$124.95
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