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Strasburg Cards Hit Stratosphere
CNBC.com | June 09, 2009 | 10:53 AM EDT

Today, the Washington Nationals are expected to take Stephen Strasburg as the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft .

And while there will be plenty of debate as to how much the heralded pitcher from San Diego State deserves -- Scott Boras is his agent and numbers as high as $50 million have been mentioned -- memorabilia collectors seem to think that Strasburg will be the real deal.

Many Strasburg autographed cards are selling for north of $200 on eBay , with the rarest autographed patch cards selling in the $600 range.

That number might not seem astronomical, but it's unprecedented for a guy who hasn't been drafted.

"This is very uncharted territory," said Chris Olds, editor of Beckett Baseball. "Guys like Ben McDonald, Todd Van Poppel and Brien Taylor came in strong from a hype standpoint, but that was after they were picked."

That was also the early 1990s when card collecting was red hot.

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