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.

Top eBay Listings

1953 BOWMAN COLOR #93 PHIL RIZZUTO BILLY MARTIN PSA 5 HOF
$150.00

1953 BOWMAN COLOR #9 PHIL RIZZUTO VGEX
$28.00

1947 Bond Bread Phil Rizzuto FGA 10 GEM MINT Baseball Card "RARE"
$79.00

1953 BOWMAN #93 BILLY MARTIN PHIL RIZZUTO GRADED GAI 5 ..GREAT CARD
$75.00

1953 BOWMAN #9 PHIL RIZZUTO EX MT CARD
$69.00

1952 Topps SGC HoFer lot w #11 Phil Rizzuto - #243 Larry Doby
$75.06

1953 Bowman Color #9 Phil Rizzuto VG+
$45.50

1961 Topps #471 Phil Rizzuto MVP Beckett BCCG 8
$39.97

2005 DONRUSS CLASSICS PHIL RIZZUTO LEGENDARY LUMBERJACKS GU JERSEY PANTS # 10
$60.00

2004 Donruss World Series October Legends Phil Rizzuto Dual Jersey AUTO 6 50
$17.77

Original Topps 1954 Phil Rizzuto Not Graded Very Nice
$20.00

Original 1950 Bowman Card Phil Rizzuto #11 Decent- Not Graded
$24.00

1961 Topps #471 Phil Rizzuto MVP NEW YORK YANKEES NM SHAPE HOF
$24.99

PEE WEE REESE (JSY) PHIL RIZZUTO 2002 FLEER FALL CLASSICS JERSEY PANTS BB2246
$10.00

1949 BOWMAN PHIL RIZZUTO NO NAME ON FRONT # 98 PSA 5
$89.85

PHIL RIZZUTO 2008 Topps Triple Threads Black #55 Yankees #d 20 30
$9.00
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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

Top eBay Listings

PHIL RIZZUTO FRAMED AUTO AUTOGRAPH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA
$80.00

Phil Scooter Rizzuto Hall of Fame Signed Plaque Postcard - HOF Auto JSA Authenti
$29.99

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

Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees HOF Signed ROAL Baseball JSA Cert # L56799
$69.99

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

1964 HOF Plaque Phil Rizzuto PSA DNA Certified Authentic Signed Auto Autograph!
$48.99

Phil Rizzuto Autographed Signed 3x5 Index Card Yankees COA JSA
$29.95

PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES SIGNED 11x14 SQUEEZE PLAY SCORING JOE DiMAGGIO 1951 JSA
$30.00

Phil Rizzuto Signed American League Baseball JSA Cert #L82077
$70.62

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

PHIL RIZZUTO 1986 TCMA SIGNED PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$42.00
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