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

2002 SPx Mike Piazza Roberto Alomar Dual Jersey
$5.95

2003 EX Behind The Numbers Mike Piazza Dual Jersey 128 500
$5.95

MIKE PIAZZA 2003 DIAMOND KINGS FRAMED SILVER FOIL JERSEY # 31 400
$26.60

1995 STADIUM MIKE PIAZZA FIRST DAY ISSUE #149
$12.00

Mike Piazza lot refractors included,Los Angeles Dodgers
$40.00

1993 Topps Gold Mike Piazza Delgado Fordyce Leshnock
$10.00

MIKE PIAZZA - 1995 PINNACLE SELECT 95 CERTIFIED EDITION CARD #39 - LA DODGERS *
$24.99

1995 Stadium Club Mike Piazza Members Only #38 PSA 8.5
$9.99

1999 Topps Stars Foil #3 Mike Piazza Baseball Card - New York Mets - 082 299
$12.00

2003 Absolute Memorabilia Glass Plaques Mike Piazza 11 15 Auto Autograph RARE
$204.99

1995 Mike Piazza - Super Slam Statuegraphs Baseball Card
$7.50

1994 Donruss Long Ball Leaders 7 Mike Piazza Dodgers
$7.99

1995 Emotion N-Tense 8 Mike Piazza Dodgers
$11.99

1996 Donruss Freeze Frame 8 Mike Piazza 4835 5000 Dodgers
$14.99

1996 Leaf Preferred Steel Gold 51 Mike Piazza Dodgers
$39.99

1997 Studio Master Strokes 14 Mike Piazza 0699 2000 Dodgers
$19.99
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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 Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Piazza Signed Photo

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

1990'S MIKE PIAZZA "96 ALL STAR MVP" SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NL BASEBALL PSA DNA COA
$189.00

Mike Piazza Signed Auto Autograph 8x10 Photo - JSA - Mets Dodgers Marlins ROY
$89.00

2000 MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE AUTO PSA DNA U82374
$99.99

MIKE PIAZZA signed auto NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
$29.99

Mike Piazza Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA COA Dodgers Mets
$27.66

Steiner Mike Piazza Signed Vertical 8x10 Photo
$115.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SI MAGAZINE PSA DNA #Y41900
$89.99

Mike Piazza Autographed Signed 2002 Fleer Tradition Mets PSA DNA Slabbed CFS
$89.99

MIKE PIAZZA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED NEW YORK METS 1995 ALL STAR BASEBALL JSA
$129.99

MIKE PIAZZA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED NEW YORK METS OML BASEBALL JSA K 86910
$129.99

MIKE PIAZZA NEW YORK METS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL W JSA
$149.99

MIKE PIAZZA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED OFFICIAL MLB BASEBALL DODGERS JSA STOCK #28129
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS METS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA COA J14145
$151.96

MIKE PIAZZA PSA DNA SIGNED RARE EARLY CAREER DODGERS BASEBALL METS HOF COA AUTO
$124.99

1993 LEAF #35 VINTAGE SIGNED CARD MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS PSA DNA
$79.99
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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 and can be found onGoogle+.

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