Iconic Nationals card: Strasburg in 2010

April 7th, 2021

As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we've asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we've broken them down by team. We'll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.

To begin the series we'll be looking at one iconic card from each team.

Iconic Nationals card: Stephen Strasburg, 2010 Topps

When Strasburg took the mound for the first time in a Major League game, it was one of the most highly anticipated MLB debuts in history. And he did not disappoint, striking out 14 Pirates over seven innings in a 5-2 Nats win on June 8, 2010. Overall, the flame-throwing right-hander made 12 starts in that rookie season, posting a 2.91 ERA and fanning 34 percent of opposing batters. And we know the rest -- Strasburg has had an injury-prone but dominant career thus far, and a World Series MVP Award on his shelf.

Norman R. submitted this card and noted on the survey that he loves it precisely because of the aforementioned hype for Strasburg and how he lived up to it.

"I chose my Stephen Strasburg rookie card because I remember when I was a kid how hyped he was prior to being the No. 1 overall pick by the Nationals in 2009," he wrote. "Have had this card for 10 years."

The card features the old Nationals logo prominently and a great photo of a youthful Strasburg about to let loose one of his 100-mph fastballs. It's got a lot going on with the Topps logo on the top-left and the "RC" for "Rookie Card" logo down the left side, but it doesn't look crowded, making for a great-looking collectible.

It's pretty cool that Norman got this card at the very beginning of the Strasburg phenomenon, especially since Strasburg still has a lot more in the tank for the years ahead, assuming he can stay healthy.