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

1999 SkyBox Premium Star Rubies Mike Piazza 31 50 1 1? his jersey #
$399.99

1996 MIKE PIAZZA ULTRA CHECKLIST GOLD MEDALLION #A6 *938
$6.00

(Lot of 2) 1990's Cards MIKE PIAZZA Donruss 2974 of 10,000 FLEER Ethic 3
$9.00

1998 Card MIKE PIAZZA Thunder LIMITED ACCESS #12
$6.00

1998 Card MIKE PIAZZA Legends of Today FLEER 121
$6.00

1991 Card MIKE PIAZZA Cal League 7
$6.00

1996 Card MIKE PIAZZA Topps Finest 113 INTIMIDATORS
$8.00

1993 Card MIKE PIAZZA Topps BASEBALL'S FINEST 199
$15.00

(95) BASE INSERT CARD LOT MIKE PIAZZA COLLECTION PARALLEL ROOKIE DODGERS METS
$10.00

(75) BASE INSERT CARD LOT MIKE PIAZZA COLLECTION PARALLEL ROOKIE DODGERS METS
$8.00

2000 UPPER DECK PROS & PROSPECTS #P2 MIKE PIAZZA "PROMOTION" - NY METS
$5.35

2000 TOPPS CHROME #P14 MIKE PIAZZA "POWER PLAYERS" - NEW YORK METS
$5.35

2000 SPX #PB5 MIKE PIAZZA "POWER BROKERS" - NEW YORK METS
$5.35

2000 SKYBOX #T7 MIKE PIAZZA "THE TECHNIQUE" - NEW YORK METS
$5.35

2000 FLEER GAMERS #D4 MIKE PIAZZA "DETERMINED" - NEW YORK METS
$5.35

2000 TOPPS FINEST #270 MIKE PIAZZA, ERIC MUNSON "COUNTERPARTS" - METS TIGERS
$5.35
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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

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MIKE PIAZZA METS 2004 UPPER DECK R CLASS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83392922
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1994 LEAF LIMITED SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392824
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA METS 1994 BOWMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392788
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1995 SUMMIT SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392789
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA METS 1999 SKYBOX PREM S.G. SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392767
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1997 COLLECTORS CHOICE A S SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA AUTO 83392762
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1997 LEAF SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392760
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1995 STADIUM CLUB SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392757
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1994 FLEER SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392764
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1996 UPPER DECK SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392758
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1998 SCORE ROOKIE TRADED SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83392924
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA METS 1999 UD CHOICE STARQUEST SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392756
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1995 EMOTION SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392928
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA DODGERS 1994 BOWMAN'S BEST SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392927
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA 1997 STADIUM CLUB SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392926
$99.00

MIKE PIAZZA 1994 UPPER DECK SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA AUTO 83392925
$99.00
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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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