Hello card collectors, Devin Grant has recently informed me that the iconic 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor 1/1 card has been sent to Beckett where it will be displayed at the upcoming National Sports Collector Convention this week at Donald E Stephens Center in Rosemont, IL. The infamous card that created such a hysteria in the card market five years ago when Strasburg made a huge splash in his major league debut with a dominating performance striking out 14 Pirates in seven innings in his major league debut on June 8th, 2010. His promise and expectations created such a stir for his baseball cards and baseball cards in general where his Bowman rookie card was skyrocketing in value, with Beckett putting him on the cover with the title “Washington Monument”.
The card has had four owners: Leo Kim, who originally pulled it from a box of 2010 Bowman Box auctioned the card on eBay which was won by the second owner accountant, Robert Power, for $16.403. The card became a burden to Power due to the negative publicity he was receiving, who in turn re-auctioned the card in an eBay auction. The card had hundreds potential buyers and it was sold for $25,000 but, the owners who agreed to pay Power for the card, did not pay. Mr. Power was later contacted by Brian Gray, CEO of Leaf Trading Cards, who purchased the card from Power at the Beckett Media HQ that was posted in a YouTube video as the baton was passed to Gray, under the observation of Chris Olds, the editor for Beckett Baseball for $21.403 payment via a cashier’s check. Gray repacked the card in his Razor Rookie Retro that created a buzz for chasing Strasburg. This led to Devin Grant, restaurant owner in Northern Calling, to pull the card from a $200 Razor Rookie Retro box in 2011. He was surprised and wanted to sell the card through a raffle to raise money for the Brian Stow fund. Stow, who was brutally beaten up by fans outside Dodger Stadium during a Giants vs. Dodgers baseball game in 2011. The raffle was to take place the same day as Game 1 of the 2011 World Series but due to tax unresolved tax issues, the raffle was cancelled. All raffle ticket purchases at $10 each were refunded, with couple of bucks interest and an apologetic letter from Mr. Grant.
Unfortunately, Strasburg has not lived up to the hype. Due to a torn ACL in 2010 he has had up and down seasons and his card values has faded. That being said, the 2010 Strasburg Superfractor generated a lot of renewed interest in baseball card collecting with collector’s young and old busting packs and chasing cards hoping to find the next superfractor, Holy Grail, or iconic card.
Grant is relieved that he has passed along the card to Beckett, where it should get its due attention at the NSCC. I hope the next owner realizes how special the 2010 Bowman Strasburg 1/1 card is. For a card that is not autographed it revived an industry that has taken its lumps for the past twenty years. Now with a boatload of new stars taking the field, like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and George Springer I hope that when fans and collectors of baseball cards look back and reflect at the level of interest, positive and negative, the modern day Holy Grail created. If you get a pic of the card at the convention can you please send me a reply.
Happy chasing. May you get the pull of a lifetime. Rob at br4bcr