Topps unveils its Stephen Strasburg rookie card


With Stephen Strasburg's(notes) first big league start now in the books, Topps has released its official rookie card for the Washington Nationals pitcher. It will probably never be worth as much as the one-of-a-kind 2010 Bowman Chrome that just sold for over $16,000 on eBay, but it features him throwing his first pitch with a back that details his 14-strikeout night.

Because Strasburg didn't debut in time for the first issues, this card can only be obtained by pulling a special code from a Topps Series 1 or Series 2 pack, which will then give you a chance to "unlock" it on Topps Million. The company says the cards will be available in a limited run, but hasn't released exact figures.

As a complete aside: Given that this year's sets will include rookie cards from Strasburg, Jason Heyward(notes), Mike Leake(notes), Starlin Castro(notes), Ike Davis(notes), Mike Stanton and others, I'm reminded of the 1992 NBA rookie class. That was when my father was absolutely convinced he'd be paying for his retirement with the first editions of that crop and snapped up as many as he could find.

In other words, if there are any Tom Gugliotta, Clarence Weatherspoon or Walt Williams fans out there, my dad would like to make you an offer that you can't possibly refuse.