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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P374 - 18 ct lot of Mike Piazza New York Mets LA Dodgers Baseball Cards MINT
$8.49
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P94 - 18 ct lot of Mike Piazza New York Mets LA Dodgers Baseball Cards MINT
$8.49
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P92 - 18 ct lot of Mike Piazza New York Mets LA Dodgers Baseball Cards MINT
$8.49
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P96 - 18 ct lot of Mike Piazza New York Mets LA Dodgers Baseball Cards MINT
$8.49
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Mike Piazza 2004 Donruss National Trading Card Day # DP-1-On a Plaque
$9.00
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Mike Piazza 1994 UD Diamond Collection West card #9
$7.00
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Mike Piazza Dodgers 1996 Topps Mystery Finest Refractor M12 Very Rare!
$12.95
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2000 Topps Finest "Jumbo" Mike Piazza #4
$7.50
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MIKE PIAZZA
$9.99
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1999 Upper Deck - Mike Piazza - Immaculate Perception Double Insert 1000 #I18
$9.37
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BASEBALL CARDS - MIKE PIAZZA (LOT OF 58) - see desc.
$15.00
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NIP Sealed Case Mike Piazza New York Mets 20" Standee Steiner Sports
$99.99
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2002 FLEER SHOWCASE #31 MIKE PIAZZA JERSEY JSY - NEW YORK METS
$8.05
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2003 PLAYOFF PIECE OF THE GAME #POG-67 MIKE PIAZZA BAT - NEW YORK METS
$10.75
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2003 PLAYOFF ABSOLUTE #TT-58 MIKE PIAZZA #124 250 BAT - NEW YORK METS
$8.95
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2008 Topps Heritage,#93, Mike Piazza, Lot of 3 Cards
$5.95
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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 Rawlings Big Stick Autographed Bat New York Mets JSA Cert
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DODGERS MIKE PIAZZA AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1993 BECKETT MAGAZINE PSA DNA #Q12167
$179.99
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MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS VINTAGE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH AUTO N.L. BASEBALL PSA DNA V49254
$84.47
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Mike Piazza Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA Los Angeles Dodgers HOF W48605
$49.95
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED DODGERS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH MLB HOLO
$199.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED METS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH MLB HOLO
$199.99
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DODGERS MIKE PIAZZA AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1992 BOWMAN RC ROOKIE #461 PSA SLABBED
$244.99
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MIKE PIAZZA LOSANGELES DODGERS,METS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BASEBALL
$120.00
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Mike Piazza Signed 1993 Game Used Rookie NL baseball - Dodgers - Mets - JSA COA
$99.99
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Steiner Mike Piazza Signed�Swing Close Up White Jersey 8x10 Photo
$199.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED JSA CERTED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$150.00
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Mike Piazza Signed Auto MLB Major League Baseball Dodgers Mets JSA COA
$179.00
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LOS ANGELES DODGERS MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED BASEBALL PSA DNA COA HOF NEW YORK METS
$74.99
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Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens Signed OMLB 2000 World Series Baseball PSA DNA
$500.00
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Dodgers Mets Mike Piazza Signed OMLB Baseball PSA DNA
$150.00
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MIKE PIAZZA 1992 Bowman #461 AUTOGRAPH RC PSA 10 Authentic AUTO SIGNED ROOKIE
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