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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1953 BOWMAN COLOR BASEBALL CARD #93 PHIL RIZZUTO BILLY MARTIN SGC 88 NM-MT 8
$725.00

WOODEN CASE HOLDER FOR PHIL RIZZUTO BASEBALL AND CARD
$9.99

1954 TOPPS PHIL RIZZUTO #17 (125.00) VG F8800
$23.00

Phil Rizzuto Hall of Famers Patch
$8.00

1954 Bowman Baseball #1 Phil Rizzuto - A TOUGH #1 Card - SGC 50 VG EX 4
$55.00

1954 Topps 17 Phil Rizzuto PSA 7
$129.99

PHIL RIZZUTO 2 CARD LOT 2013 TOPPS TRIBUTE GU BAT CARD SN 12 25- YANKEE SEAT PC
$49.99

PHIL RIZZUTO 2010 TOPPS STERLING RELIC 5 PC GAME USED BAT CARD SN 17 25 YANKEES
$39.99

PHIL RIZZUTO UPPER DECK SWEET SPOT CLASSIC 1947 WORLD SERIES PATCH 8 50 YANKEES
$9.99

2001 TOPPS ARCHIVES RESERVE #68 PHIL RIZZUTO 52, 1952 ROOKIE RP #11, PRISTINE
$5.50

1952 Topps #11 Phil Rizzuto Black Back SGC 4 New York Yankees HOF
$175.00

1947 Tip Top Reprint Team Set: New York Yankees (Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra)
$16.15

1961 Topps PHIL RIZZUTO HOF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER # 471
$5.00

1949 Bowman #98 Phil Rizzuto SGC 7 84 NM Yankees
$225.00

1954 Topps PHIL RIZZUTO #17 Baseball Card PSA 5.5
$80.00

1956 TOPPS PHIL RIZZUTO EX NEW YORK YANKEES #113 GRAY BACK
$44.20
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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 18x24 NY Yankees Art Print Ltd Ed Autograph PSA COA E28261
$26.00

Phil Rizzuto Yankees single signed AL Baseball Ball PSA DNA auto
$119.99

Phil rizzuto and Toney kubek dual signed psa dna certified 8x10 photo.
$99.99

NY YANKEES PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED FRAMED 16X20 PHOTO W CASEY STENGAL HOLY COW! JSA!
$179.95

1993 Yoo-Hoo SIGNED Phil Rizzuto Yankees w JSA
$49.95

PHIL RIZZUTO HOF PSA DNA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO CERTED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$45.00

Phil Rizzuto Signed New York Yankees Joe Dimmagio 8X10 Horizontal Photo Steiner
$99.00

Phil Rizzuto Signed Bat Inscribed HOF 94 CBM HOLO + Full COA JSA
$149.99

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED INDEX CARD 3X5 PSA 10 GEM- MINT
$100.00

PHIL RIZZUTO 1953 Topps #114 AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA Authentic AUTO SIGNED Yankees
$199.99

Phil Rizzuto Autographed Signed 3x5 Index Card Yankees COA JSA
$22.46

YANKEES PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO STEINER HOLO & PSA DNA #Q41286
$149.99

Phil Rizzuto Signed American League Baseball JSA Cert #L82077
$78.40

Phil Rizzuto Signed Yankee Inscribed "Pee Wee & The Scooter" 16x20 Photo Steiner
$149.99

PHIL RIZZUTO 1986 TCMA SIGNED PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$42.00

PHIL RIZZUTO PSA DNA SIGNED 1991 WHIZ YANKEES AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$51.00
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