Marcus Stroman Rookie Card Breakdown and Other Early Cards of Note

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For years, Marcus Stroman was the anchor of the Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff. Despite strong numbers and a charismatic personality, his cards never really caught on. Being a pitcher on the Blue Jays probably played a big part in that, limiting his exposure outside of Canada. But now the Long Island-born All-Star is heading to the New York Mets. What will that mean for the Marcus Stroman Rookie Card lineup and his other early cards? It’s too early to tell, but a lack of exposure should no longer a reason for his overlooked status in the hobby.

Here’s a breakdown of Marcus Stroman Rookie Cards as well as highlights of some of his other early cards.

Marcus Stroman Rookie Card Guide

This list only includes base cards with the RC tag in the Beckett database and price guide. Inserts are not included.

2014 Bowman Sterling Marcus Stroman Rookie Card #42

Base cards are a rare occurrence in 2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball packs. In fact, autographs outnumber them 3:1. And even then, that base number includes parallels. As a result, this is definitely one of the toughest Marcus Stroman Rookie Cards to find.

Parallels: Refractors (/199), Purple Refractors (/50), Blue Refractors (/25), Japan Fractors (/25), Black Atomic Refractors (/10), Canary Diamond Refractors (/3), Japan Atomic Refractors (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red Refractors (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2014 Bowman Sterling Marcus Stroman Rookie Card

2014 Classics Marcus Stroman RC #182

This Panini card brings with it a bit of a retro vibe as far as design goes. The brand itself may be a callback for some as well. It’s one of Stroman’s most affordable RCs. The pitcher also has an autograph in the product.

Parallels: Silver (/149), Gold (/25), Platinum (1/1)

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2014 Finest Marcus Stroman RC #90

If you’re looking for a bold and colorful Marcus Stroman Rookie Card, this is it. While a lot of the attention in Finest shifts to the autographs and Refractors, base cards like this can be somewhat overlooked.

Parallels: Refractors, Orange Refractors, X-fractors, Green Refractors (/199), Blue Refractors (/125), Black Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Magenta Refractors (/15), Atomic Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2014 Finest Marcus Stroman Rookie Card

2014 Panini National Treasures Marcus Stroman RC #161 Auto Mem /99

This is as high-end as it gets for Marcus Stroman Rookie Cards. It has both an on-card autograph and a massive memorabilia swatch. The print run for the base version sits at just 99 copies. Stroman has a few other autographs in the product as well.

Parallels: Gold (/25), Black (/10), Green (/5), Brand Logo Red (1/1), Laundry Tag Blue (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2014 Panini National Treasures Marcus Stroman Rookie Card

2014 Stadium Club Marcus Stroman RC #128

With Stadium Club focusing on photography, there’s not a lot to the design. And with limited photos available at the time for the then-rookie, this isn’t up for Best in Set as far as images go. Still, it’s sharp and a very affordable choice for those looking for something simple. Stroman also has an autograph on the 2014 Topps Stadium Club checklist.

Parallels: Electric Foil, Gold, Members Only, Rainbow, Foilboard (/25)

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2014 Topps Chrome Marcus Stroman RC #76

The 2014 Topps Chrome Marcus Stroman Rookie Card is one for those who like shiny things. It has plenty of colorful Refractors to go alongside it. Stroman is also on the Rookie Autographs checklist for the product, which has a similar design as well as an on-card signature (and more Refractors).

Parallels: Refractors, Orange Refractors, Purple Refractors, X-fractors, Blue Refractors (/199), Black Refractors (/100), Sepia Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Atomic Refractors (/10), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2014 Topps Chrome Update Marcus Stroman RC #MB53

2014 Topps Chrome Update packs were only available in special boxes sold at Target. And even then, these packs were just two per box. The result isn’t just a store-specific exclusive but one that’s noticeably tougher to find than many of Stroman’s other Rookie Cards.

Parallels: Gold Refractors (/250), Black Refractors (/99)

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2014 Topps Heritage Marcus Stroman RC #H572

Included in 2014 Topps Heritage High Number, the set came packaged only in factory set form. That means many are likely still in tact and tucked away in their original boxes. The base version doesn’t have any parallels, but Stroman is on the Real One Autographs checklist.

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2014 Topps Heritage Marcus Stroman Rookie Card

2014 Topps High Tek Marcus Stroman RC #HT-MS

One of the toughest Marcus Stroman Rookie Cards out there, this one comes with a big design that mixes foil and acetate. In addition to a number of traditional parallels, there are several background variations that make things even more challenging.

Wave Parallels: Gold Diffractor (/99), Ice Diffractor (/75), Disco Diffractor (/50), Clouds Diffractor (/25), Black and White Diffractor (/15), Red Storm Diffractor (/10), Blue Dots Diffractor (/5), Charcoal Diffractor (1/1), Printing Proofs Black (1/1), Printing Proofs Cyan (1/1), Printing Proofs Magenta (1/1), Printing Proofs Yellow (1/1)
Pattern Versions: Large Shattered, Scribble, Small Maze, Spiral, Stripes

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2014 Topps Update Marcus Stroman RC #US197

It might not be the most expensive Marcus Stroman Rookie Card, but it is his flagship version. That means it’ll likely carry some weight over time, especially compared to his other more “common” RCs. The card also has a short print variation that uses a vertical image and Stroman looking up.

Parallels: Red Hot Foil, Target Red Border, Walmart Blue Border, Gold (/2014), Camo (/99), Black (/63), Clear (/10), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2014 Topps Update Marcus Stroman Rookie Card

Other Key Early Marcus Stroman Cards

This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list of early Marcus Stroman cards. Rather, it focuses on highlights from some of the earliest releases he appears in. A comprehensive Marcus Stroman card checklist can be found in the Beckett database.

2011 Bowman Platinum USA National Team Autographs Marcus Stroman #USA-MS

The first Marcus Stroman cards go back to before he was even drafted. This is one of a handful of USA Baseball-themed autographs Topps released of the pitcher in 2011. It’s not fancy and the photo is the same one found in the 2011 Topps USA Baseball box set but it is on-card and affordable.

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2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs Marcus Stroman #USABB20

Of Stroman’s 2011 autographs, the Topps Chrome name probably carries the most clout. However, it also comes on a sticker, which likely means that it’s less appealing to some, especially with multiple hard-signed options out there from the same period.

Parallels: Refractors (/199), Blue Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Atomic Refractors (/10), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs Marcus Stroman #USA-A20

Rather than being found in packs of MLB products like many of Stroman’s other USA Baseball cards, this simple autograph came in the year’s box set. It’s one of the pitcher’s easier and most affordable early signatures.

Parallels: Red (/99), Gold (/25), Green (1/1)

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2011 Topps USA Baseball Triple Jersey Autographs Marcus Stroman #ATR-MS /214

Also in the 2011 Topps USA Baseball box set, this one goes for the quantity approach, adding three memorabilia swatches to go with the signature. It’s also serial numbered to 214 copies with only a handful of parallels.

Parallels: Red (/25), Gold (/10), Green (1/1)

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2012 Bowman Black Collection Autographs Marcus Stroman #BBC-MS /25

Bowman Black Collection Autographs spanned several Bowman sets and years. They offer up distinct signatures with metallic ink cast against black backgrounds. Their numbers are also small, numbered to 25 copies. The 2012 Bowman Black Collection Autographs Marcus Stroman was included in Bowman Sterling packs. Outside of parallels, this is one of his toughest early autographs.

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2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Pick Autographs Marcus Stroman #BCA-MS

If you’re looking for the key Marcus Stroman card, most will likely agree this is it. Like many in his era, Stroman’s first Bowman Chrome autograph carries a lot of clout — at least when you compare it to the pitcher’s other cards. Considering his accolades, though, this really isn’t overly expensive when you compare it to similar cards of up-and-coming prospects.

Parallels: Refractors, Blue Refractors (/150), Blue Wave Refractors (/50), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Purple Refractors (/10), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Marcus Stroman Autograph

2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Picks Marcus Stroman #BDPP35

Autographs aren’t for everyone. Stroman also has a regular Bowman Chrome Draft Picks card found in 2012 Bowman Draft Baseball. This marks the beginning of his MLB cards where Stroman’s in full Blue Jays gear. Several Refractors compliment the card.

Parallels: Refractors, Blue Wave Refractors, Blue Refractors (/250), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2012 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Marcus Stroman #BSAP-MS

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Bowman Chrome autograph and want to stick with MLB sets, the 2012 Bowman Sterling Marcus Stroman autograph is definitely it. It’s still a Blue Jays card with an on-card signature but it’s a fraction of the price of Bowman Chrome.

Parallels: Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Black Refractors (/25), Purple Refractors (/10), Japan Fractors (/5), Gold Canary Diamond Refractors (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red Refractors (1/1)

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2012 Elite Extra Edition Franchise Futures Signatures Marcus Stroman #5 /195

Another affordable early autograph from Stroman, the 2012 Elite Extra Edition Franchise Futures Signatures card comes serial numbered. That’s something that sets it apart outside of parallels. It’s another Chrome alternative that comes with a significantly smaller price tag.

Parallels: Red Ink (/25), Green Ink (/10)

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2012 Leaf Metal Draft Marcus Stroman #BA-MS1 Autograph

2012 Leaf Metal Draft is the company’s answer to Bowman Chrome and other chromium releases. The means a shiny look that’s amped up further with its many Refractor-esque Prismatic parallels.

Parallels: Prismatic (/99), Prismatic Blue (/25), Prismatic Pink (/25), Prismatic Purple (/25), Prismatic Green (/10), Prismatic Red (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Prismatic Gold (1/1)

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2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft Marcus Stroman #BA-MS1 Autograph

The 2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft Marcus Stroman autograph will appeal to those who are into more traditional designs for their signature cards. It’s got a high-end feel, but it’s done with lots of white space and foil highlights rather than full-on foil or chromium stock.

Parallels: Silver (/25), Gold (/10), Red (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Purple (1/1)

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2012 Leaf Valiant Draft Marcus Stroman #VA-MS1 Autograph

2012 Leaf Valiant draws its design and color inspiration from the Crusade inserts of the late ’90s. It’s another autograph alternative that’s available in relatively small numbers.

Parallels: Orange (/99), Blue (/25), Purple (/25), Yellow (/10), Black (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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