Strasburg Rookie Card Sells for $16,403

The 2010 Bowman Chrome Superfractor rookie card of Stephen Strasburg, the ‘holy grail’ of the 2010 Bowman set, closed Saturday night with a winning bid of $16,403.

2010 Bowman Chrome Superfractor StrasburgThe card received significant national publicity as its debut coincided with the buzz surrounding the Washington Nationals’ top prospect, expected to soon make his Major League debut.

Yahoo Sports, the Associated Press and other major outlets reported on the auction last week. A Washington, D.C. TV station interviewed the owner.

However, while the attention may have helped push the price upward a bit, no bidding war materialized on the final day. The card climbed just $300 over the last two days of the auction.

84 bids were entered for the card.  It’s not known who purchased the card as of yet.

Still, it’s sale generated extensive publicity for 2010 Bowman. Several dealers reported strong sales, some of which came from those who had not considered themselves collectors in some time. It also provided a jolt of publicity for the hobby.

While the 1 of 1 Strasburg card has been pulled, Bowman also includes autographed Strasburg cards that are limited in quantity, as well as the rookie cards of phenoms Jason Heyward and Starlin Castro.