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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1952 Bowman 52 Phil Rizzuto VG #D137512
$38.75

1956 Topps #113 Phil Rizzuto YANKEES GAI 4.5 VG-EX+ Z10256
$70.00

1956 Topps #113 Phil Rizzuto YANKEES GAI 6 EX-MT Z10271
$120.00

1956 Topps #113 Phil Rizzuto YANKEES GAI 4 VG-EX Z10249
$65.00

1956 Topps #113 Phil Rizzuto YANKEES GAI 4 VG-EX Z10250
$65.00

1956 Topps #113 Phil Rizzuto YANKEES GAI 4.5 VG-EX+ Z10255
$70.00

1955 BOWMAN # 10 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES VG ERASURE FRONT 283386 (KYCARDS)
$25.00

1956 TOPPS #113 PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES VG-EX GRAY 283377 (KYCARDS)
$46.00

1950 ALL STAR PIN UP PHIL RIZZUTO YANKEES EX-MT 283394 (KYCARDS)
$85.00

1955 Topps — Phil Rizzuto #189 — PSA 4
$69.50

1953 TOPPS PHIL RIZZUTO #114 RC PSA 5 EX
$119.00

1952 Bowman 52 Phil Rizzuto VG-EX #D138055
$53.75

1983 TCMA Play Ball Postcards #1983-17 Phil Rizzuto Joe Gordon Baseball Card 2u3
$5.45

1949 Homogenized Bond #PHRI Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees Baseball Card 0c6
$18.00

1948 Bowman Phil Rizzuto #8 PSA 3 VG
$99.99

1956 TOPPS PHIL RIZZUTO #113 (150.00) EX SCC1917
$32.00
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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 Signed Autographed Baseball Card PSA Pre-Certified 1988 Pacific
$25.46

PHIL RIZZUTO 94 HALL OF FAME SIGNED BASEBALL YANKEE 100TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO JSA
$95.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED 8x10 WITH CAL RIPKEN JR INSC HOLY COW CAL JSA COA
$65.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED 8X10 NEW YORK YANKEE JSA COA B&W PHOTO SWINGING 1941 ROOKIE
$45.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO WITH A COW AT YANKEE STADIUM 1994 JSA COA
$30.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED WORLD SERIES MVP LOGO MITCHELL & NESS JERSEY JSA COA
$350.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED FLEER 2002 GOTG BASEBALL CARD JSA SLABBED BECKETT
$35.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED INDEX CARD INSC HOLY COW SCOOTER MVP 1950 HOF 94 JSA SLABBED
$49.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED 1994 PEREZ STEELE PLAQUE SLABBED JSA NY YANKEES
$95.00

PHIL RIZZUTO SIGNED 11X14 B&W PHOTO SWINGING NY YANKEE JSA COA SEE PHIL SIGNING
$35.00

PHIL RIZZUTO NEW YORK YANKEE SIGNED INDEX CARD JSA SLABBED
$30.00

YOGI BERRA PHIL RIZZUTO SMOKING CIGARS 11x14 SIGNED PHOTO INS GODFATHER JSA COA
$169.99

PHIL RIZZUTO Signed American League Baseball -PSA Authenticated #P60028
$89.95

Phil Rizzuto signed 16x20 Photo Turning 2 PSA DNA auto
$79.99

PHIL RIZZUTO,YOGI BERRA JSA COA SIGNED TIME MAGAZINE
$300.00

PHIL RIZZUTO AUTOGRAPH JSA 8X10 PHOTO SIGNED AUTHENTIC
$45.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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