Rookie Card Year: 2010
Investment Rating: 7.5
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.
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.
While his card market fluctuated greatly over the years, Stephen Strasburg remained an important part of the rotation for the Washington Nationals. Most notable was Strasburg's World Series MVP performance in 2019.
In March 2013, Strasburg signed an exclusive autograph deal with Panini. Under the multi-year agreement, Stephen Strasburg autograph cards only appear in Panini products for several seasons. As a result, his signed cards are quite scarce in recent years.
Stephen Strasburg Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
Key Stephen Strasburg Prospect Cards
The following list offers key Stephen Strasburg cards that were released before his first official rookie cards.
- 2008-09 Upper Deck USA Baseball #21
- 2008-09 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autographs #79 #/175
- 2008 SP Authentic Baseball USA National Team By the Letter Autographs #SS U, S, A each #/105
- 2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot USA Signatures #SS #/260
- 2008 Upper Deck Timeline Team USA Signatures #SS
- 2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection USA Baseball Autographed Jersey #SS #/25
- 2010 Bowman Prospects #BP1
- 2010 Bowman Prospects Autographs #BP1
- 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP1
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 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:
- Written on an even horizontal plane.
- Several letters are implied and/or not legible.
- Defined by the angular capital letters "S" in cursive script.
- The letter "p" is legible in the first name.
- 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
Stephen Strasburg Signed Jersey
Stephen Strasburg Signed Photograph
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