Stephen Strasburg’s baseball card is living up to the hype
Strasburg’s one-of-a-kind 2010 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor rookie card sold on EBay Inc.’s auction website, sold for $16,403 after opening at 99 cents. Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball’s 2009 first-year player draft by the Washington Nationals, is in Triple-A and is scheduled to make his major-league debut during a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates from June 8.
Since joining Triple-A Syracuse on May 4, Strasburg has gone 3-0 with a 0.39 earned run average in four starts, striking out 27 batters while walking just four.
The equivalent card for Nationals rookie pitcher Drew Storen, who has a 1.69 ERA after being picked nine places behind Strasburg, is being sold on EBay with a “Buy It Now” asking price of $4,999.
A Honus Wagner baseball card from 1909 was sold at auction in 2007 for $2.8 million to an unidentified collector, breaking its own record.
(Story originally appeared on Bloomberg.com)
By Mason Levinson