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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2011 TOPPS #183 STEPHEN STRASBURG #1738 2011 GOLD - WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$8.95
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2012 Topps Stephen Strasburg JERSEY Nationals *GC1B
$9.99
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(5) 2010 Topps Factory VARIATION RC Set-Stephen Strasburg,Heyward,Mike Stanton++
$49.99
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2010 Harrisburg Senators STEPHEN STRASBURG 1st CARD
$12.99
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2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Washington Nationals Near Mint # BC-1
$5.95
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2013 Topps Triple Threads Black Parallel #13 Stephen Strasburg 40 50 Nationals
$7.99
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2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor Stephen Strasburg Auto Autograph Rookie RC 240
$110.00
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2010 Topps Update Attax Code Cards Stephen Strasburg Card # 76
$7.00
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2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg RC Washington Nationals Rookie Card
$10.99
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autographed Stephen Strasburg card from upper deck world of sports 2011
$50.00
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2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card RC #212 - Nationals
$7.99
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2011 TOPPS #183 STEPHEN STRASBURG DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$5.35
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(3) 2011 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg. #120. Washington Nationals
$12.00
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2010 Topps Chrome Baseball Card #212 Stephen Strasburg RC PGA 10
$9.99
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(2) 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Prospect Card #BP1 - Washington Nationals
$9.65
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2013 TOPPS STEPHEN STRASBURG JERSEY NATIONALS
$9.99
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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(5) 2010 Topps Factory VARIATION RC Set-Stephen Strasburg,Heyward,Mike Stanton++
$49.99
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2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg ROOKIE Washington Nationals Near Mint # BC-1
$5.95
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2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor Stephen Strasburg Auto Autograph Rookie RC 240
$110.00
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2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg RC Washington Nationals Rookie Card
$10.99
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2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card RC #212 - Nationals
$7.99
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2010 Topps Chrome Baseball Card #212 Stephen Strasburg RC PGA 10
$9.99
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(4) 2010 Topps Stephen Strasburg Factory Set Edition Rookie Card RC #661B Lot
$10.95
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4 ct lot 2010 Bowman Topps STEPHEN STRASBURG RC Nationals
$12.99
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Stephen Strasburg Rookie 2010 Topps Chrome Variation Refractor #212 Nationals
$9.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS HERITAGE NATIONAL RC #NCC1 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT 692 999
$250.00
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS RC #661 + ROOKIE DEBUT UPDATE CARDS + GOLD 59 YEARS
$6.25
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 TOPPS UPDATE TOPPS ATTAX CODE CARDS (3) RC LOT NATIONALS
$5.85
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STEPHEN STRASBURG BOWMAN CHROME 2010 (#205) ROOKIE BASEBALL CARD PSA NM-8
$12.99
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2010 Bowman Platinum Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Chrome Lot 2 Rookie Cards
$7.49
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2010 Bowman Topps 100 Stephen Strasburg rookie TP1
$11.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG 2010 Bowman Platinum #1 BGS MINT 9 RC 3 x 9.5
$14.99
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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.

2008 09 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autographs Stephen Strasburg 175 Image

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2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg Autographed RC!
$69.99
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2009 Upper Deck USA Jersey STEPHEN STRASBURG RC
$13.99
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2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Stephen Strasburg PSA 10 GEM MINT CENTERED
$129.99
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Top Prospect ROOKIE !!!,Mint 10, 39 200 Limited Edition
$15.99
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Stephen Strasburg - 2009 Upper Deck - USA National Team #USA-SS GU
$22.95
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Stephen Strasburg 2009 RC Tristar Prospects #1 Draft Pick PSA 8
$29.99
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Stephen Strasburg - 2 card lot! (2010 Topps 100 + 2009 GTC) Washinton Nationals
$5.99
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2008 9 STEPHEN STRASBURG UD USA RETROSPECTIVE TRUE ROOKIE CARD BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$49.99
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2009 TOPPS USA JERSEY PATCH AUTO RC STEPHEN STRASBURG WASHINGTON NATIONALS 50
$399.99
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Stephen Strasburg, 2009 GTC Prospect Reserve, ROOKIE!!!, NM.-MT. 8.5
$5.99
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2009 UPPER DECK Series 2 Baseball Box, 78 cards : Stephen Strasburg RC Card???
$9.99
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2009 Stephen Strasburg Tristar Prospects Crystal Ballers Lot Of 3 Nationals
$7.99
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2008 Sweet Spot Black Ink Auto Stephen Strasburg Serial #179 260 Nice Card
$149.99
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2008-09 UD USA Baseball #21 Stephen Strasburg Rookie RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$69.00
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2009 TRISTAR Prospects Plus #117A Stephen Strasburg CB Red
$10.92
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2008 09 UD USA Q&A Stephen Strasburg Auto #ed 20 RC
$199.99
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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 WASHINGTON NATIONALS AUTHENTIC SIGNED JERSEY W JSA LOA
$399.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG #37 AUTO,SIGNED OML BASEBALL + ROOKIE CARD LOT JSA CERT
$159.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG NATIONALS SIGNED BIG STICK BASEBALL BAT JSA COA E76861
$169.99
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Stephen Strasburg Signed autograph Washington Nationals 8x10 Photo PROOF JSA COA
$119.99
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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 ROMLB Baseball Nationals All Star JSA COA
$79.10
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STEPHEN STRASBURG Signed OML Baseball JSA COA WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$59.99
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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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WASHINGTON NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTO RAWLINGS ROMLB BALL PSA DNA
$49.99
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Stephen Strasburg Nats NO LABEL Newsstand Sports Illustrated SIGNED AUTO JSA COA
$119.99
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RAREST! SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE 2008 UD USA #21 PSA DNA WOW
$159.99
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BRYCE HARPER AND STEPHEN STRASBURG INDIVIDUAL SIGNED OML BASEBALLS JSA
$259.99
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STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED BASEBALL GORGEOUS WASHINGTON NATIONALS JSA COA
$145.00
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NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO MLB & PSA DNA #U51635
$199.99
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Stephen Strasburg Nationals Signed Rawlings Official MLB Baseball JSA COA
$179.99
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