Mike Piazza Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Mike Piazza

Date of Birth: 9/4/1968
Rookie Card Year: 1992
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

It wasn't defense that made Mike Piazza cards some of the most collected of the 1990s. It was his potent bat and marketable charisma. Offensively, Piazza ranks as one of baseball's greatest catchers. Playing much of his career with the big-market Dodgers and Mets, he also benefited from the added exposure. Today, Mike Piazza cards and memorabilia remain popular. In particular, autographs, which are somewhat rare, command plenty of attention.

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The catcher's legend begins before he even went pro. Tommy Lasorda was a close family friend. It's widely told that the Dodgers picked Piazza in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft as a favor. Proving that superstars can come from anywhere in the draft, the catcher was a September call-up in 1992. During his first full season with Los Angeles in 1993, Piazza hit 35 home runs and drove in 112.

For the next decade, Piazza was a perennial All-Star and fan favorite. He was also one of the most popular players in the hobby as it tried to shake a post-strike slump.

Piazza has just two rookies cards: 1992 Bowman and 1992 Fleer Update. Both are very popular with collectors. However, Piazza's signature is even more desirable. Through much of his playing career, the catcher was a rare signer, appearing in just a few sets. This increased a little during his final seasons, but not by much. Piazza seems more willing to sign in retirement, which should help make his autographs a little more affordable.

Mike Piazza Rookie Card Guide

1992 Bowman Mike Piazza RC #461

One of the most iconic cards of its era, the 1992 Bowman Mike Piazza is instantly recognizable among hobby veterans. One of the anchors in an extremely strong set, the card features the catcher decked out in his catcher's gear. The look is clean, the photo is crisp and it comes from a classic set that's held in high regard.

1992 Bowman Mike Piazza RC

1992 Fleer Update Mike Piazza RC #U-92

Although Piazza's Bowman rookie has all the romanticism and fonder memories, it's the 1992 Fleer Update that sells for higher prices. Included as a part of Fleer's annual year-end box set, this Mike Piazza rookie is much tougher to find. While it's prices aren't as high as they once were, it's one of the 1990's most valuable rookie cards.

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2001 SP Game Bat Milestone Piece of Action Milestone #MP Mike Piazza - NM-MT
$5.90

HIDEO NOMO TONY GWYNN BARRY BONDS MIKE PIAZZA CHIPPER JONES ALEX RODRIGUEZ MANNY
$29.99

1997 Donruss MIKE PIAZZA Diamond Kings #7 of 10 DODGERS #d 10000
$14.99

1998 Donruss Elite Prime Numbers Sample MIPI Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers 0a7
$8.00

1998 Donruss Elite Prime Numbers Sample MIPI Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers 0a7
$10.00

2002 UD Diamond Connection - MIKE PIAZZA - Franchise Game Used Jersey #d 65 100
$24.99

2004 Flair - MIKE PIAZZA - Silver Not Numbers 4 Color Jersey Patch - METS #d 50
$39.99

MIKE PIAZZA lot of 89 cards! HUGE LOT! METS DODGERS! HOF class of 2016!!
$5.50

2016 Topps Bunt MIKE PIAZZA Hall of Fame Signatures #1 1 Dodgers DIGITAL CARD
$202.50

Mike Piazza Upper Deck Trilogy 2005 Generations Present Materials PR-PI 88 99
$8.99

1997 Donruss - MIKE PIAZZA - Silver Press Proof #134 - DODGERS 1 of 2000
$9.99

2004 Donruss - MIKE PIAZZA - Career Statline #315 - METS #d 105 319
$11.99

2003 Leaf - MIKE PIAZZA - Passing Through Time Press Proof - METS #d 93 100
$14.99

1993 Ultra Mike Piazza Ultra All-Rookies Insert Card Los Angeles Dodgers
$6.50

2002 UD Diamond Connection - MIKE PIAZZA - Heroes Game Jersey #d 200
$19.99

1996 Score Mike Piazza Dugout Collection Artist's Proof Card Los Angeles Dodgers
$8.50
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Autograph Guide

Mike Piazza Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mike Piazza's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, and Mounted Memories.

Mike Piazza Cut Signature Exemplar:

Mike Piazza Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mike Piazza signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is largely indecipherable.
  2. The first character resembles an awkward number "9."
  3. The letter "P" is distinguishable with the vertical line consisting of am elongated loop on a 50 degree angle and the round loop at the top coming to a close.
  4. A dot is present implying the letter "i."
  5. Looking closely that dot of the "i" appears to dot an upside "?"

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MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS METS SIGNED OFFICIAL NATIONAL LEAGUE TONED BALL JSA N43228
$28.00

Vintage Mike Piazza signed auto PSA DNA JSA rookie era HOF game used ball
$399.99

1992 Bowman Mike Piazza Signed RC Inscribed 1993 ROY PSA DNA
$249.99

Mike Piazza signed Hall of Fame 2016 inscribed baseball JSA COA NY Mets New York
$100.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO LOS ANGELES DODGERS JSA
$75.00

MIKE PIAZZA (Mets) signed framed baseball shadowbox JSA
$325.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED NEW YORK METS PHOTO FRAMED TO 16X19 PSA DNA COA NEWEST HOF
$47.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED OML BASEBALL METS DODGERS HOF JSA AUTOGRAPH AUTO COA
$53.52

Mike Piazza Signed AUTHENTIC METS JERSEY AUTO AUTOGRAPH SZ 54 MLB PSA DNA HOF
$104.50

Mike Piazza Signed 2016 Hof Baseball With JSA COA
$150.00

Mike Piazza Signed Shea Stadium Final Season Baseball W 9-11 Insc. JSA COA
$199.99

Mike Piazza Signed Baseball With Gold Glove Display Case Steiner COA Mets HOF
$99.99

Derek Jeter & Mike Piazza Signed World Series Newsweek Magazine w PROOF JSA
$499.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NEW YORK METS #31 MAJESTIC JERSEY JSA W HOF 2016
$599.99

Mike Piazza Autograph Signed 16x20 PSA DNA Mets Dodgers
$149.99

Mike Piazza Autograph Signed 16x20 Framed PSA DNA Mets Dodgers
$224.99
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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