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.

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Mike Piazza Photo #1
$6.99

1993 Flair Wave of the Future #12 Mike Piazza - NM-MT+
$5.00

1993 Ultra All-Rookies #7 Mike Piazza - NM-MT+
$6.00

Authentic Game Worn Jersey Card - MIKE PIAZZA - 2003 Topps 206
$5.00

1994 SP RED HOLOVIEW DIE CUT F X MIKE PIAZZA PSA 9
$170.99

1994 MIKE PIAZZA BOWMANS BEST REFRACTOR #81 PSA GEM MINT 10 POP 1 2
$246.99

1994 BOWMANS BEST REFRACTOR MIKE PIAZZA PSA 9 1 5
$104.49

1995 BOWMAN'S BEST MIKE PIAZZA #36 PSA GEM MINT 10 DODGERS POP 7
$33.24

1995 BOWMAN'S BEST REFRACTOR MIKE PIAZZA PSA 9 POP 1 5
$161.49

1996 SELECT CERTIFIED MIRROR RED #138 MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS
$85.49

1996 SELECT CERTIFIED MIRROR BLUE #138 MIKE PIAZZA PSA 9 1 1
$379.99

1995 SPORTFLIX DETONATOR MIKE PIAZZA #DE5 PSA GEM MINT 10 DODGERS POP 1 1
$85.49

1996 BOWMANS BEST PREVIEW REFRACTOR #BBP 7 MIKE PIAZZA SHARP
$28.49

1996 BOWMAN'S BEST MIKE PIAZZA #26 PSA GEM MINT 10 DODGERS POP 1 12!!
$25.64

1996 FINEST MIKE PIAZZA #113 PSA GEM MINT 10 LOW POP 1 6 DODGERS
$24.69

1996 PINNACLE AFICIONADO MIKE PIAZZA #124 PSA GEM MINT 10 DODGERS POP 1 1
$41.79
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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 Photo

Top eBay Listings

Mike Piazza Signed 2004 Game Used Bat 34" AUTO Uncracked PSA DNA + JSA LOA Mets
$623.29

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA CERTED AUTOGRAPH
$150.00

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

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

Dodgers Mike Piazza Authentic Signed Card 1992 Bowman Rc Rookie #461 PSA Slabbed
$41.01

1996-1997 MIKE PIAZZA GAME USED SIGNED MIZUNO BAT GRADE 8.5 PSA DNA 1BO3047
$1,499.99

1995 MIKE PIAZZA GAME USED SIGNED RAWLINGS BAT GRADE 5 PSA DNA 1BO3038
$899.99

Rare Mike Piazza Signed Autographed Authentic New York Mets Game Hat PSA DNA COA
$299.99

MIKE PIAZZA Signed Autograph Auto 16x20 Photo Picture New York Mets PSA DNA ITP
$149.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED JSA MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$134.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED JSA MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$134.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED JSA MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$134.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED JSA MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$134.00

MIKE PIAZZA (Mets) signed Game Used bat- Full JSA Letter #Y37310
$699.00

Mike Piazza Signed MLB Baseball (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$260.00

Mike Piazza Signed OMLB Baseball Steiner COA NY Mets HOF Star Dodgers MLB Auth
$150.00
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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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