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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

2013 Topps Chrome #SS 1972 Insert Stephen Strasburg PSA GEM MINT 10
$33.95

Stephen Strasburg Nationals 2010 Bowman Sterling Auto Rookie Card RC PSA 10 Gem
$189.99

2010 Topps Chrome #212 Stephen Strasburg Lot of 2 Rookie
$9.99

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Stephen Strasburg Red Design #1A
$9.00

2017 Stephen Strasburg Nationals Baseball 1 1 ACEO Art Red Sketch Card By:Q
$9.99

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Sterling Rookie Auto #1 Washington Nationals
$21.70

2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor #205B Stephen Strasburg Auto BGS 9.5 10
$399.00

Stephen Strasburg - 2010 Topps Chrome Refractors #212
$11.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2015 Topps Tribute Relics Black Game-Used Jersey #SS #d 42 50
$8.95

2013 Topps Heritage Mini #480 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 92 100 PSA 9
$15.00

2010 Topps 206 #55 Stephen STRASBURG RC Rookie T-206
$10.95

2013 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor Stephen Strasburg Rookie Washington Nationals
$14.95

2013 1st Bowman Card # BP1 Stephen Strasburg Rookie Washington Nationals
$7.95

2011 Topps Gold #'d 2011 STEPHEN STRASBURG Rookie, Washington Nationals #183
$5.95

2016 Topps NOW 125 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 1K SO ONLY 496 Printed RARE SP
$6.36

STEPHEN STRASBURG 2013 TOPPS CHASING HISTORY GOLD CARD #53 99!
$20.00
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Rookie Cards

Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist

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Stephen Strasburg Nationals 2010 Bowman Sterling Auto Rookie Card RC PSA 10 Gem
$189.99

2010 Topps Chrome #212 Stephen Strasburg Lot of 2 Rookie
$9.99

Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Sterling Rookie Auto #1 Washington Nationals
$21.70

2010 Topps 206 #55 Stephen STRASBURG RC Rookie T-206
$10.95

2013 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor Stephen Strasburg Rookie Washington Nationals
$14.95

2013 1st Bowman Card # BP1 Stephen Strasburg Rookie Washington Nationals
$7.95

2011 Topps Gold #'d 2011 STEPHEN STRASBURG Rookie, Washington Nationals #183
$5.95

2010 etopps in hand Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card. Serial# 409 1999
$9.99

2010 Bowman Sterling STEPHEN STRASBURG Gold Refractor Auto RC Autograph #1 28 50
$26.00

2010 Topps chrome Stephen Strasburg refractor autograph # 499 NM MT+ rookie AUTO
$16.50

2010 Topps Chrome Stephen Strasburg Auto Refractor RC 499
$5.50

(X5)-2010 BOWMAN DRAFT STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD LOT NATIONALS RCs MINT
$7.99

2010 BOWM CHROME NATIONALS STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE CARD GRADED PSA 8
$7.99

2010 BOWMAN STEPHEN STRASBURG PROSPECTS RC BGS 9
$12.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE AUTO 2010 BOWMAN CHROME AUTOGRAPH ROOKIE
$129.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG ROOKIE AUTO 2010 TOPPS CHROME BLUE 199 AUTOGRAPH MINT !!!
$149.99
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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 Tristar Prospects Plus Stephen Strasburg Red Design #1A
$9.00

2009 TRISTAR Prospects Plus Gold #1b Stephen Strasburg Blue 50
$30.00

2009 TRISTAR Obak #115a Stephen Strasburg
$6.00

2009 TRISTAR Obak #115b Stephen Strasburg 1910 Superbass
$7.50

2009 TRISTAR Obak #115c Stephen Strasburg 1910 Perfect
$10.00

2009 TRISTAR Obak #115d Stephen Strasburg 1911 Back var Triangle around number
$6.00

2008-09 UD #21 Stephen Strasburg RC Rookie Nationals BGS 9.5 GEM MINT HIGH SUBS
$67.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG Nationals 2008 Upper Deck USA #21 RARE rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT
$79.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG Nationals 2008 Upper Deck Team USA 2 rookie BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$37.95

STEPHEN STRASBURG Nationals 2008 Upper Deck USA Gold auto 1 of 2 BGS 9.5 GEM
$375.00

Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Upper Deck USA Rookie #21 Mint PSA 9 UD RC (Nationals)
$29.99

2008-09 UD Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg #21 BGS 9.5 GEM Mint RC Nationals
$47.99

PSA 9 > 2010 Bowman Chrome STEPHEN STRASBURG (RC) + 2008 MATT WIETERS (RC) # 200
$6.95

PSA 9 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft STEPHEN STRASBURG RC +2009 MnLg+ BRYCE HARPER RC
$7.95

2008 Sweet Spot Stephen Strasburg USA Auto Red Stitch Black Ink 260 Nationals
$23.50

Stephen Strasburg 2008 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21 Rookie Card rC BGS 9.5
$56.95
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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

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Jersey

Stephen Strasburg Signed Photograph

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Stephen Strasburg Signed Photo

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Stephen Strasburg Signed WSH Nationals Autographed 8x10 Photo JSA COA #S62585
$59.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed WSH Nationals Autographed 8x10 Photo JSA COA #S62584
$59.99

Stephen Strasburg 16 x 20 Washington nationals Signed JSA
$89.99

Stephen Strasburg signed auto PSA DNA baseball autograph OMLB Ball Nationals
$159.99

Stephen Strasburg White Signed Washington Nationals Jersey Game Issue PSA DNA
$300.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED OFFICIAL RAWLINGS ML BASEBALL - PSA DNA - NATIONALS
$159.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED, AUTO 2010 BOWMAN PROSPECTS ROOKIE CARD PSA AUTHENTIC
$119.99

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

Stephen Strasburg Signed Autographed Official Major League Baseball JSA COA
$79.00

Stephen Strasburg signed baseball Washington Nationals ball MM Mounted Memories
$185.96

Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Baseball Game Ticket PSA D
$299.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed SDSU Aztecs Full Game Ticket PSA DNA Auto 2009 National
$299.99

Stephen Strasburg Signed 2010 Sports Illustrated AUTO Framed 16x20 PSA DNA COA
$120.00

STEPHEN STRASBURG SIGNED SAN DIEGO AZTECS CAP w JSA COA WASHINGTON NATIONALS
$99.99

STEPHEN STRASBURG Authentic Autograph Washington Nationals Signed Jersey PSA DNA
$149.00

Stephen Strasburg Signed Baseball AUTO Autograph JSA COA Washington Nationals
$26.00
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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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