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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2001 ABSOLUTE HOME OPENER SOUVENIRS OD-13 MIKE PIAZZA RELIC 400 NY METS
$7.95
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Mike Piazza, 1993 Leaf Gold, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
$7.99
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1994 Pinnacle Sportsflics All-Stars Insert #AS5 Mike Piazza Ivan Pudge Rodriguez
$6.49
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#2 5 MIKE PIAZZA 2004 LEAF CERTIFIED MIRROR EMERALD SIGNED AUTHENTIC METS AUTO 1
$113.50
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1994 Studio Series Stars Mike Piazza LOS ANGELES DODGERS
$14.99
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Mike Piazza 1994 SP Holoview F X
$5.00
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2004 Upper Deck Game Winners Bat Mike Piazza NEW YORK METS
$15.99
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1 1 MIKE PIAZZA 2003 LEAF CERTIFIED MIRROR BLACK MASTERPIECE METS EXQUISITE CARD
$53.00
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1994 Flair Hot Numbers #7 Mike Piazza
$14.99
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1998 Upper Deck Special F X Power Zone OctoberBest #PZ3 Mike Piazza
$14.99
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MIKE PIAZZA 2004 UPPER DECK REFLECTIONS AUTHENTIC MLB METS SP AUTO # 35 MADE UDA
$61.88
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17 25 MIKE PIAZZA DOC GOODEN DURKIN SP PROSPECTS METS DRAFT GENERATIONS AUTO UDA
$41.57
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1997 Donruss Franchise Features Mike Piazza and Mike Sweeney 1483 3000
$14.99
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1994 TOPPS FINEST REFRACTOR #1 MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS
$85.49
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MIKE PIAZZA,DODGERS-1992 Donruss RC,1993 Leaf #35,1994 Donruss #8,1994 Score ROY
$6.99
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2005 Fleer Ultra Follow The Leader #7 Mike Piazza BGS 9.5 GEM MINT New York Mets
$9.99
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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:

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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 260x260 Image

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Mike Piazza Signed Official MLB Baseball Jsa Authenticated! Dodgers Mets
$74.99
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1995 NL ALL-STAR TEAM SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA BASEBALL BARRY BONDS MIKE PIAZZA 14340
$599.99
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Mike Piazza Signed 1993 Game Used Rookie NL baseball - Dodgers - Mets - JSA COA
$99.99
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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 Auto Autograph Signed 16x20 Photo Picture Los Angeles Dodgers JSA
$149.99
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MIKE PIAZZA METS DODGERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED ROMLB BASEBALL PSA DNA COA #W38793
$159.99
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Mike Piazza Autographed Signed Baseball (JSA)
$199.00
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MIKE PIAZZA Signed 1994 Upper Deck Baseball Card JSA
$44.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTO NEW YORK METS JERSEY JSA DODGERS
$199.99
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MIKE PIAZZA 31 DODGERS SIGNED AUTO BASEBALL 1993 BECKETT MAGAZINE PSA DNA V49455
$179.95
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Mike Piazza Autograph Signed 16x20 Framed PSA DNA Mets Dodgers
$299.99
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTO 1998 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD KEN GRIFFEY JR SLABBED PSA DNA
$40.00
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MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MLB RAWLINGS BASEBALL PSA DNA COA LA DODGERS
$27.90
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Mike Piazza PSA DNA Signed Autographed Baseball New York Mets LA Dodgers HOF
$79.99
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Mike Piazza Signed Game Used Mizuno Baseball Bat Heavy Use Uncracked NY Mets JSA
$1,795.00
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1992 Fleer #U-92 - MIKE PIAZZA RC - Autographed Signed - PSA DNA
$249.00
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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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