Looks like Stephen Strasburg out Stasburged himself, in the card department anyway. Remember that one-of-a-kind Strasburg Bowman Superfactor card that went for a cool $16,400 (and is now relisted, and currently going for $18,600)? Impressive as that was, it pales in comparison to a current, even rarer Strasburg card that is tearing it up on eBay.
What you’re looking at there is a genuine 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Autograph card, the only one of it’s kind with a red border, and adorned with the phenom’s autograph. Apparently these attributes have made the card so rare, and so desirable, that current bidding on this eBay auction is through the roof.
Hold on to your jockstraps, because the bidding on this one-of-a-kind item is sitting at a whopping $100,400 at the time of this writing (1:45 pm EST).
Sweet sassy molassey, that’s a lot of dough for a baseball card. Hell, that’s a lot of dough period. Maybe I’m just old and cynical, but that seems an exorbitant amount of money to spend on a card for a player who’s made all of three starts in the majors. Not that I don’t think Strasburg isn’t a phenomenal pitcher who is destined for a Hall of Fame career, I just think that $100 grand for a card that has a red border and Strasburg’s ink on it is a bit much. I mean, it’s not like the kid won’t be autographing a million or so items in his career, of which I’m sure will be a few thousand copies of his rookie card. Won’t that drive down the value of this card in the long run?
Back to the card though–$100,000, for most of us, is more money than we’ll ever see in our lifetime. Props to the person, or persons, that can afford to blow six figures on a baseball card. To put it into perspective, here’s five other items that $100,000 would get you…
- a lovely 3-bedroom bungalow in Florida
- one 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
- 37 season tickets for the Nationals
- 200 Apple iPads
- 3455 Billy Ripken “F–k Face” cards on Amazon.com
There’s still five days left to bid, so if you feel like cashing in your kid’s college fund, remortgaging your house, and maybe selling a kidney or two (dialysis ain’t all that bad), then I think you should go for it. If you have any money left over, I suggest seeking some professional help from a certified member of the psychiatric community.