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

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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

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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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1955 Bowman Phil Rizzuto #10 PSA EX+ 5.5 HS53
$67.00
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1951 Bowman Phil Rizzuto #26 PSA EX-MT 6 HS63
$160.00
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2003 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures #149 Phil Rizzuto LGD 20 AUTO
$134.00
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1984 TCMA Playball 1946 #7 Phil Rizzuto Yankees B49410
$14.97
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2003 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes #149 Phil Rizzuto LGD 100
$5.46
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1983 Topps Reprint 52 #11 Phil Rizzuto
$7.10
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1950 Bowman #11 Phil Rizzuto VGEX-EX NY Yankees
$54.60
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1953 Bowman Color #93 Phil Rizzuto Billy Martin Yankees SGC 40 VG 3
$125.00
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1954 BOWMAN BASEBALL CARD PHIL RIZZUTO #1 BV $175 71914
$19.99
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1951 Berk Ross #1-3 Phil Rizzuto PSA EX-MT 6
$195.00
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1954 Dan Dee Phil Rizzuto YANKEES EX
$165.00
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1951 Topps Red Back #5 Phil Rizzuto PSA MINT 9
$450.00
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2003 TOPPS ALL-TIME FAN FAVORITES #56 PHIL RIZZUTO HOF POP 3 PSA 10 B1624041-778
$7.99
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2003 FLAIR GREATS #10 PHIL RIZZUTO HOF POP 2 PSA 10 B1615364-518
$5.99
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1953 BOWMAN COLOR PHIL RIZZUTO #9 NM BOOK $225! NICE CARD!
$50.00
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1954 Bowman # 1 Phil Rizzuto Yankees NR MT
$159.96
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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:

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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 Photograph Pricing

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Vintage Yankee 8x10 signed by PHIL RIZZUTO BILL JOHNSON-PSA
$79.00
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PHIL RIZZUTO (MAG PAGE) BASEBALL SIGNED (2 AUTOS) 8X10 PHOTOGRAPH JSA CERTIFIED
$69.99
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PHIL RIZZUTO & JOE COLLINS SIGNED 8X10 MAGAZINE PHOTO ARTICLE PAGE JSA COA
$59.99
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Phil Rizzuto HOFer New York Yankees signed 8 x 10 color photo with JSA
$49.99
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PHIL RIZZUTO NY YANKEES SIGNED AUTOGRAPH INSCRIBED 8X10 PHOTO JSA
$50.00
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Derek Jeter Phil Rizzuto Dual Signed Yankees 8X10 1st Pitch Photo Steiner JSA
$799.99
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$49.00
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Phil Rizzuto and Tony Kubek Signed Oversized Photograph 16 x 20"! LOA from JSA!
$97.49
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 3x5 INDEX CARD JSA
$38.99
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Joe DiMaggio Phil Rizzuto Signed 8x10 BW photo New York Yankees PSA DNA Auto
$275.00
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PHIL RIZZUTO Autographed Signed Ball w STEINER COA
$59.00
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MICKEY MANTLE PHIL RIZZUTO YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED YANKEES BASEBALL JSA 52
$1,599.00
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PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED 1979 TCMA BB HISTORY SERIES AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83443428
$34.99
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Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed JSA Coa
$24.99
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PHIL RIZZUTO NEW YORK YANKEE SIGNED 8x10 W CAL RIPKEN JR INSC HOLY COW CAL JSA
$75.00
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Phil Rizzuto autographed signed note with INSCRIPTIONS. HOLY COW! PSA DNA.
$75.00
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