There’s been plenty written about the outrageousness of the baseball card values for Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
But he showed precisely what he was made of Tuesday night — enough to make one wonder what a 2010 Bowman SuperFractor might go for now.
Strasburg set a Nationals team record with 14 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on a homer by Delwyn Young, while giving up just four hits and walking none. Strasburg also tied a team record with seven consecutive strikeouts.
Heading into Tuesday night’s game, the average value of Strasburg’s cards that aren’t too rare to price in Beckett Baseball was $199.70. And obviously that doesn’t include his newest 2010 Topps card (seen here), which was released exclusively on ToppsMillion.com during the game.
Something tells this writer that the post-game “SportsCenter bump” after that first career victory will be interesting.
Update: In addition, Topps has announced that Strasburg will have cards in the remainder of its 2010 product lineup, which includes the following:
2010 Topps Allen & Ginter
2010 Topps Complete Sets
2010 Topps Tribute
2010 Topps T-206
2010 Topps Triple Threads
2010 Topps Chrome
2010 Bowman Chrome
2010 Topps Update
2010 Topps Sterling
2010 Bowman Platinum
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects
2010 Bowman Sterling
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