Phil Rizzuto Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Phil Rizzuto

Date of Birth: 9/25/1917
Rookie Card Year: 1948
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Between 1941 and 1956, Phil Rizzuto was a constant presence for the New York Yankees at shortstop. He was a five-time All-Star and part of seven World Series Championship teams. He also was named the American League MVP in 1950. The fact that he was born and raised in Brooklyn, made Rizzuto a hometown hero. Phil Rizzuto cards are popular with generations of Yankees fans and collectors.

Phil Rizzuto's rookie card has been the subject of debate. His first appearance on cardboard was in the 1941 Double Play set where he is pictured alongside Lefty Gomez. However, his 1948 Bowman card is also treated by collectors as a rookie card.

Additionally, in 1947, Rizzuto had two cards issued that are also collector favorites. One was produced by Tip Top Bread and the other is a Yankees team-issued card.

Rizzuto was fortunate enough to live a long and healthy life. As a result, one of the game's all-time greats has several autographed cards. His first certified autographed card was issued in 1998 Donruss Signature Series. It is serial numbered to 1,000.

His first game-used memorabilia card was released in the 2000 Upper Deck Yankee Legends set. He has two cards that are Legendary Pinstripes inserts, one of which is also accompanied by an autograph. Both cards are not serial numbered and the exact print runs of the cards has never been made public.

Phil Rizzuto's autographed memorabilia is still very popular with collectors. As a key player during the Yankees' glory days, fans and collectors treasure anything signed by him. Balls and photographs are the most commonly found items. However, signed bats and jerseys also exist.

Early Phil Rizzuto Cards

1941 Double Play Phil Rizzuto #61 with Lefty Gomez

1941 Double Play Phil Rizzuto

This is the earliest Phil Rizzuto card. He shares the card landscape with fellow New York Yankees Hall of Famer, Lefty Gomez. Cards from the 1941 Double Play set are very difficult to locate in good condition. This is true for Rizzuto's card as well. Double Play was one of the few baseball card products released in 1941 and the only one to contain Rizzuto on the checklist.

1948 Bowman Phil Rizzuto #8

1948 Bowman Phil Rizzuto

This card was a short print in the set. As a result, it carries a premium in terms of value. The awkward photograph is unfortunate given that many collectors identify this card as Rizzuto's rookie card.

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2002 Donruss Classics #200 Phil Rizzuto LGD 1500
$5.00

1951 Bowman Phil Rizzuto #26 NY Yankees baseball card SGC Graded 70 EX+ 5.5
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1953 Bowman Color #93 Phil Rizzuto & Billy Martin VG- BV $300!
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PHIL RIZZUTO Autograph Auto 1982 GS Gallery New York Yankees NICE! HOF Signed
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1954 TOPPS PHIL RIZZUTO #17 NMMT PSA 8
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1955 Bowman #10 Phil Rizzuto BVG 5.5
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1954 Topps Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees EX + # 17
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1951 Topps Red Back #5 PHIL RIZZUTO PSA 4
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1949 BOWMAN #98 PHIL RIZZUTO "HOLY COW"
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1953 BOWMAN # 9 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES NR-MT 190582
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1956 TOPPS #113 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES FR-GD GRAY 196511
$28.00

1952 BOWMAN # 52 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES EX-MT 166670
$132.00

1953 BOWMAN # 9 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES EX OC 167137
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PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEE STADIUM WALL PIECE GAME USED RELIC SPA CERT CARD
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1956 TOPPS #113 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES GOOD GRAY 196510
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1953 BOWMAN # 9 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES VG-EX EX 203682
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Autograph Guide

Phil Rizzuto Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Phil Rizzuto'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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Phil Rizzuto Cut Signature Exemplar:

Phil Rizzuto Signature Example

Phil Rizzuto Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Phil Rizzuto 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 written in cursive on an even horizontal plane with a distinct  lean to the right.
  2. The majority of the letters are legible.
  3. The "P" and the "R" have a similar style. The have a loop that extends back to the left in the shape of a guitar pick.
  4. The "i"s are haphazardly dotted.
  5. The "'z"s contain loops on the bottom portion of the letter.
  6. The "t" is crossed in a manner so that the pen does not lift as it flows into the "o."

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Phil Rizzuto Signed Photo

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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED #G12012 JSA DNA TOPPS #17 CARD YANKEES
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1954 BOWMAN PHIL RIZZUTO #1 SIGNED CARD AUTO PSA DNA 83218510
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Phil Rizzuto signed New York Yankees Batting Helmet PSA DNA auto d 07
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED PSA DNA YANKEES PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed JSA Coa
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Phil Rizzuto Single Signed OAL-Brown Baseball---PSA DNA U01949 - Grade 8
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Phil Rizzuto Signed Spalding Glove Autograph Auto PSA DNA X93531
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PHIL RIZZUTO Signed Limited Edition NEW YORK YANKEES Framed 16x20 Photo Auto PSA
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PHIL RIZZUTO (MAG PAGE) BASEBALL SIGNED (2 AUTOS) 8X10 PHOTOGRAPH JSA CERTIFIED
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PHIL RIZZUTO & JOE COLLINS SIGNED 8X10 MAGAZINE PHOTO ARTICLE PAGE JSA COA
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Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees Signed Baseball JSA Authenticated
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Phil Rizzuto 1954 Topps #17 Signed PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO SLABBED
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO SLABBED
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO SLABBED
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO SLABBED
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