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 62 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.

Top eBay Listings

1998 Revolution Major League Icons Mike Piazza Die-Cut New York Mets
$14.99

2001 Donruss Longball Leaders Mike Piazza insert card #LL-10 #520 1000
$7.49

99 Fleer Ultra Gold Medalling Edition Mike Piazza Mets
$6.49

1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified "Platinum Blue" #ed 1999, Mike Piazza #26
$9.00

2014 Topps Tek Net Mike Piazza
$8.99

1994 TOPPS GOLD #41 MIKE PIAZZA LOS ANGELES DODGERS
$5.35

2003 Topps Bazooka Mike Piazza Jersey Piece of Americana #PA-MP METS B0440
$5.99

1995 FLAIR #7 MIKE PIAZZA HOT NUMBERS LOS ANGELES DODGERS 9044
$6.25

1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified "Platinum Red" #ed 3999, Mike Piazza #26
$5.00

1994 Fleer Ultra Rising Stars Mike Piazza # 9of 12
$6.00

2003 Fleer Platinum MIKE PIAZZA JERSEY #210 250 Confidential Dodgers Mets
$7.95

2004 Donruss Elite MIKE PIAZZA BAT #131 200 Passing The Torch Dodgers Mets
$7.95

2005 Topps Pristine MIKE PIAZZA GAME WORN JERSEY #99 200 Mets Dodgers
$7.95

MIKE PIAZZA 2006 ULTRA FINE FABRICS Card# FM-MP
$17.00

2001 Fleer Authority MIKE PIAZZA GAME WORN SHOE Mets Dodgers
$9.95

1994 Studio Series Stars Gold Mike Piazza Dodgers PSA 9 MINT POP 3 NONE HIGHER
$19.89
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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 Signed Baseball

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Mike Piazza Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Piazza Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

METS MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #V16209
$139.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 16X20 PHOTOGRAPH COLLAGE WITH JSA CERTIFICATION.
$149.95

LA DODGERS NEW YORK METS MIKE PIAZZA HAND SIGNED ROMLB BASEBALL W JSA COA
$139.99

Mike Piazza Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA Sticker ONLY Mets Dodgers
$20.00

1992 Fleer Update Mike Piazza Signed Rookie Card RC BGS 8.5 JSA 9 Auto XRC
$349.00

Signed 8x10 MIKE PIAZZA NEW YORK METS Autographed photo - JSA
$149.99

Autographed MLB Mike Piazza Mets Signed Jersey - JSA COA
$750.01

Mike Piazza Signed 8x10 Photo AUTO PSA DNA Sticker ONLY New York Mets
$41.00

Mike Piazza Signed Photo - Framed 8x10 Holo & JSA SM - - JSA -Item #2280432
$239.00

Mike Piazza Autographed Signed 1992 Bowman Rookie Card PSA DNA #83208548
$249.00

Mike Piazza Autographed Signed 1992 Bowman Rookie Card PSA DNA #83208541
$249.00

Mike Piazza Autographed Signed 1992 Bowman Rookie Card PSA DNA #83208550
$249.00

Mike Piazza Signed 8x10 Photo AUTO PSA DNA Sticker ONLY New York Mets
$28.50

ball LOS ANGELES DODGERS signed MIKE PIAZZA - selig mlb baseball - PSA AUTHENTIC
$159.99

Yogi Berra & Mike Piazza Dual Signed Baseball AUTO PSA DNA COA Yankees Mets
$299.07

1990'S MIKE PIAZZA "96 ALL STAR MVP" SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NL BASEBALL PSA DNA COA
$189.00
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Ryan's 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. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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