I didn’t think of selling the card. I was just anxious to actually receive it. As for this being a long-term purchase or not, it’s difficult to say. Luckily, my wife is very supportive, even though her first response was “Are you crazy? That is a lot of money for one baseball card.” But I think after his first start, she was even more supportive.
I would like to keep it displayed at my office, but I suppose everything has its price. I do consider it to be an investment, hopefully in the best pitcher of all time. But with Strasburg-mania running so high, I have thought about posting it on eBay just to gauge the interest. I guess we’ll see.
I guess it didn't take that long. After three stars, Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA and, remarkably, 32 strikeouts and five walks in 19 1/3 innings.
So, now, the card is back on eBay (auction link).
According to the auction, the card is off in the grading house, but pictures are available upon request. Additionally, there is a reserve to this auction. I would imagine the reserve is around $20,000 since he paid about $16,800 for it.
I do have questions. I looked at the feedback for the seller. How come he hasn't been active apparently since 2008 and why wouldn't the original seller of the Superfractor card leave him any feedback? Things I think about at midnight while the Yankees are getting clobbered by the Diamondbacks.
Update: Beckett confirmed with the owner of the card, the auction is legit.