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 210x300 Image

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.

1992 Fleer Update Mike Piazza RC 214x300 Image

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1994 SP #80 MIKE PIAZZA PSA 10 B1574210
$5.99
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1995 SCORE GOLD RUSH #558 MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS PSA 10 B1574285
$15.99
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Mike Piazza 1993 Topps 1st DAY
$10.00
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Mike Mussina Piazza Andy Stankiewicz David McCarty Lot of 34 Uncut Sheets 1992
$15.90
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1994 Fleer Ultra Rising Stars Insert #9 Mike Piazza
$10.99
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1998 AURORA Baseball MIKE PIAZZA, KINGS OF THE M.L. Insert card #6, NrMT+
$10.49
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MIKE PIAZZA - 2000 Upper Deck #437 Tri Star Hidden Treasures BCCG 10 - Mets
$7.75
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1998 FINEST Baseball MIKE PIAZZA, MYSTERY FINEST, REFRACTOR Card #M9 NRMT+
$11.99
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1996 Donruss Hit List #4 Mike Piazza Dodgers serial numbered subset card
$5.99
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1992 Bowman # 461 Mike Piazza Rookie SGC 92 NM MT + 8.5
$49.49
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RARE 1996 Pinnacle Baseball card poster with Mike Piazza, Greg Maddux 20 x 30
$5.00
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2003 Stackable Stars Nesting Dolls Mike Piazza ^ Limited ^ Hand Painted
$5.99
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1994 MOTHER'S COOKIES MIKE PIAZZA #4 GRADED CARD
$7.90
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2000 Bowman Chrome Meteoric Rise Refractors #MR6 Mike Piazza - NM-MT
$6.00
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MIKE PIAZZA - Lot of 100 Regular Plus 34 Insert Baseball Cards
$48.99
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1993 Ultra All-Rookies #7 Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers
$6.00
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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 Autograph Image

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 Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Piazza Signed National League Coleman Baseball Dodgers Mets Auto PSA DNA
$139.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 8A CHIPPER JONES
$99.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 6A
$99.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 5A
$99.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 3A
$99.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 4A
$99.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 7A
$99.99
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Autographed MLB Mike Piazza Mets Signed Jersey - JSA COA
$833.34
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTHENTIC NEW YORK METS JERSEY PSA DNA MLB HOLGORAM BLACK
$399.99
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Mike Piazza Dodgers Future HOF Signed 1992 Bowman RC Rookie JSA Beckett COA Slab
$149.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED OMLB BASEBALL PSA & MLB AUTHENTIC GRADED 9 Q04534 NY METS
$139.00
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED OMLB BASEBALL PSA & MLB AUTHENTIC GRADED 9 Q07092 NY METS
$139.00
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED OMLB BASEBALL PSA AUTHENTIC GRADED 9 4A02716 NY METS
$139.00
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Mike Piazza Signed Sports Illustrated Dodgers 07 05 93 JSA Auto
$49.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED BASEBALL "93 N.L. ROY" NEW YORK METS DODGERS PSA DNA ITP
$149.99
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Mike Piazza Signed Sports Illustrated Cover Only 05 25 98 JSA Auto
$34.99
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