2010 Bowman Strasburg SuperFractor 1/1 headed to the Nationals Sports Collectors Convention


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

Devin Grant still holding the infamous 2010 Strasburg Superfractor


A few months ago I heard from Devin Grant. The restaurant owner from California who is an avid baseball fan and fortunate card collector to get the pull of a lifetime for cardboard lovers still is clutching the infamous 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Superfractor 1/1, but is waiting for the right opportunity to pass it along. He informed me that he will keep me posted as to what happens. Stay tuned for any new developments.

Hope you’ll check out my next post regarding the life of Jefferson R. Burdick — the pioneer of card collecting who amassed over 303,000 cards, where they are now glued in catalogs at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

By the way, does anybody remember the story about the 2010 Bowman Strasburg Superfractor 1/1. Does anyone care? Please let me know. Thanks for reading.

2010 Strasburg pie in the face card – Creepy looking card.


  • I know I missed a post for Halloween. However, as another MLB season is concluded and as we wait for 2015 Topps cards to come out to bust open packs, I would like to talk about one particular Strasburg card, that is — 2010 Topps 2010 Topps #661F Pie in The Face Variation Card:2010-Topps-661F-Stephen-Strasburg-UPD-Pie-in-the-Face

I have got to admit this is a creepy yet cool looking card. It is up for sale as a BIN on eBay for $100. He looks like a Royal Guard from the Revolutionary War that is being shipped to Madam Tussaud’s wax museum. Strasburg looks like he was a good sport when this was picture was taken. It is a really cool card in my opinion. The mystique of Strasburg’s cards still live on and if you are a hard-core collector of his cards then this is one you should definitely own.

I will be posting the introduction to my book Chasing Stephen: The story of how one card lit a spark into a fading industry.

Here is the link for the card being sold on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2010-Topps-661F-Stephen-Strasburg-UPD-Pie-in-the-Face-/121476120489?pt=US_Football&hash=item1c488a7fa9.

Glimmer


MLB popularity continues to wane. In fact, I think it is the number 4 professional sport in the US behind, NFL Football, NBA, NCAA College Football, — but it is still ahead of NHL, NCAA Basketball and PGA Golf. But for one brief moment I became absorbed in MLB’s last game of 2014 with a nail biter game that was won by the San Francisco Giants. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Gordon took an outside pitch and lined it to left center that got by the Giants center fielder. He got to third and stopped there — but was really hoping initially to take a chance and go home and beat an errant throw or have the next batter drive him in and send it to extra innings. The game had the potential to be reminiscent of the 1986 World Series when the Mets down to their last out and to their last strike, put a rally together with three consecutive weakly hit singles and Bill Buckner’s gaffaw to end the game and send it to game 7, where the Mets came from behind again to take that World Series.

But just for a second the fire was still lit. There was excitement and buzz for MLB Baseball and hope that baseball will take some of this energy and transfer it to an interesting 2015.

The Glimmer of the game which traces it origins in the US back to the Civil War needs work. I have one suggestion, actually two: 1) Scale back the season to 158 games to allow the Wildcards to have a best of three series instead of a one game playoff, 2)Start game one of the World Series on a Saturday night instead of a Tuesday night; this will allow kids and families to watch it instead of starting on a Tuesday night where ratings will tend to be lower. I’m not an MLB executive but that is my opinion. I respect the MLB for trying to improve the game and I know that there is a lot of work and marketing involved in the process.

Congratulations again to the Giants and the Royals for another great World Series.

The Strasburg Superfractor 1/1 Raffle that wasn’t – A look back


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Go Royals. George Brett hasn’t changed a bit. Still has the same vibrant look he had on his 1975 Topps Rookie Card. A great card I bought for $12.50 as a kid and resold for the same amount over 30 years later. I wouldn’t call it breaking even, but I’ll take it.

Originally posted on Chasing Stephen:

A major part of my blog is to draw attention to the iconic Stephen Strasburg 2010 SuperFractor 1/1 — the card that many will remember as one of the most highly sought out cards in recent years. Well, it has now been just about four years since the last recorded owner of the card Devin Grant was trying to raise money with a raffle to benefit the Bryan Stow Fund — the Giants fan beaten after a Dodgers opening day game in 2010. In addition, the raffle collection was going to be raised for two Little League organizations and softball leagues in his area. (Source, Beckett.com, California Man Finds Stephen Strasburg Superfractor in Pack, Plans Raffle to Benefit Charity and Leagues).

The raffle was to be held before game two of the Giants vs. Rangers World Series. Unfortunately, due to tax filing issues with the organization that was going to…

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The Strasburg Superfractor 1/1 Raffle that wasn’t – A look back


A major part of my blog is to draw attention to the iconic Stephen Strasburg 2010 SuperFractor 1/1 — the card that many will remember as one of the most highly sought out cards in recent years. Well, it has now been just about four years since the last recorded owner of the card Devin Grant was trying to raise money with a raffle to benefit the Bryan Stow Fund — the Giants fan beaten after a Dodgers opening day game in 2010. In addition, the raffle collection was going to be raised for two Little League organizations and softball leagues in his area. (Source, Beckett.com, California Man Finds Stephen Strasburg Superfractor in Pack, Plans Raffle to Benefit Charity and Leagues).

The raffle was to be held before game two of the Giants vs. Rangers World Series. Unfortunately, due to tax filing issues with the organization that was going to host it was canceled. According to Devin Grant, a few hundred dollars in tickets were sold — not even close to the $21,403 price paid for by Leaf’s Brain Gray, who repacked the card in his Razor Rookie cards that was pulled by Mr Grant in 2011.

The card still has my attention and I hope I am able to get the story out about this “iconic” card.

Good luck Royals. I cannot help to root for them after the incredible post season they have had. I wish the World Series began on Saturday night instead of Tuesdsy. It would attract a bigger audience in my opinion.

Pulling for the New Strikeout King


Looking at Stephen Strasburg’s overall performance this year it was above par: 14-11 3.14 ERA you would think the year was OK. However, look at the K’s: 242 in 215 innings beating out Clayton Kershaw at the end of the year.  He only walked 43 batters, too. While the W-L and ERA stats were average, I would think that despite his torn ACL a few years back it can be argued that this young right-hand hurler may be finally catching up to the hype that eluded him in 2010 before his injuries derailed it to become an All-Star pitcher.It will be interesting to watch how well he pitches during this postseason. If the Nationals advance and he pitches well perhaps he may reach innings pitched, which used to be the norm before the specialty relief pitchers made their splash. If he does it will be a monumental achievement for him and probably build his confidence when he enters his 2015 season.

I’ll be rooting for Strasburg. The mystique and mania of collecting his cards pulled me briefly to an industry that is trying to hold onto its popularity with kids and collectors. I still hope Devin Grant has the new holy grail of cards: The 2010 Bowman Strasburg 1/1 Superfractor.

My book: “Chasing Stephen: The story of how the chase for one card shocked the industry” should be released in 2015, five years after the brief hysteria in 2010.

Good luck Stephen. Fans and collectors will be watching.