Over 10,000 Watch Strasburg Superfractor Auction Come To A Close

Over 10,000 Watch Strasburg Superfractor Auction Come To A Close

The story of the card seen round the world finally came to end several days ago on eBay. The final closing price of the 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Superfractor Stephen Strasburg ended up reaching $16,403, in the process turning a baseball card into a cultural phenomem and quite possibly ushering in a new era for baseball cards.

$16,403 will be the immortal number most associated with Strasburg Superfractor. But, perhaps the number that tells an even more intriguing story is the number of people who watched the story unfold, 10,740! A number that is not only unprecidented for a baseball card auction, but for any auction period. 

When the auction begin a little over 11 days ago, it was a hobby story. As the clocked ticked down and the bids boosted the auction action, the simple story of a great American baseball card captured the imagination of a world. It had all the ingredients of a great story, drama, intrigue, hope, fear, consequence, and a cardboard protagonist.

For 10 days in the month of May, a world tuned in to see how much a single piece of rectangular piece of cardboard could be worth. Though the auction finished without the last second bidding frenzy synonymous with eBay card auctions, watchers walked away knowing one thing, sports cards are not only worth more than the cardboard they are printed on, they can hang with heavy hitting finite committees such as jewelry, gold, and stock.

As time erodes, the story of the Strasburg Superfractor will either be remembered or forgotten. Is it the first chapter in the book of the great baseball card comeback? Or was it merely the last paragraph in a short story? As an optimist, I would like to believe that the story has just begun, that 10 years from now sports cards will have a fan base as large and diverse as the cards themselves.

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Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Platinum Rookie Card #1 & 2010 Bowman#BDP1. *899
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Stephen Strasburg 2013 Bowman Chrome XFRACTOR Card # 164 Nationals Baseball
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2012 BOWMAN PLATINUM #80 STEPHEN STRASBURG MINT *619158
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2012 BOWMAN PLATINUM #80 STEPHEN STRASBURG MINT *619157
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2011 BOWMAN PLATINUM #68 STEPHEN STRASBURG MINT *619159
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2011 BOWMAN PLATINUM #68 STEPHEN STRASBURG MINT *619160
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2016 Prime Cuts Stephen Strasburg auto 3 color patch logo card #1 3 = 1 1
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2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg Rookie Auto Card # 212
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2016 Panini Diamond Kings Stephen Strasburg Dual Relic Auto #04 10 Nationals
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2015 Panini National Treasure Logo Patch Auto STEPHEN STRASBURG True # 1 1
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Stephen Strasburg Panini Americas Pastime Gold Auto 15 25 Signature Autograph
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2010 Topps Tribute RC Dual Relic Auto Stephen Strasburg 5 75 Game Used Base Card
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2017 Topps Museum Stephen Strasburg Game Worn Relic 331 Non Auto NLDS SP
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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

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