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Mike Piazza Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Mike Piazza

Date of Birth: 9/4/1968
Rookie Card Year: 1992
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

It wasn't defense that made Mike Piazza cards some of the most collected of the 1990s. It was his potent bat and marketable charisma. Offensively, Piazza ranks as one of baseball's greatest catchers. Playing much of his career with the big-market Dodgers and Mets, he also benefited from the added exposure. Today, Mike Piazza cards and memorabilia remain popular. In particular, autographs, which are somewhat rare, command plenty of attention.

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The catcher's legend begins before he even went pro. Tommy Lasorda was a close family friend. It's widely told that the Dodgers picked Piazza in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft as a favor. Proving that superstars can come from anywhere in the draft, the catcher was a September call-up in 1992. During his first full season with Los Angeles in 1993, Piazza hit 35 home runs and drove in 112.

For the next decade, Piazza was a perennial All-Star and fan favorite. He was also one of the most popular players in the hobby as it tried to shake a post-strike slump.

Piazza has just two rookies cards: 1992 Bowman and 1992 Fleer Update. Both are very popular with collectors. However, Piazza's signature is even more desirable. Through much of his playing career, the catcher was a rare signer, appearing in just a few sets. This increased a little during his final seasons, but not by much. Piazza seems more willing to sign in retirement, which should help make his autographs a little more affordable.

Mike Piazza Rookie Card Guide

1992 Bowman Mike Piazza RC #461

One of the most iconic cards of its era, the 1992 Bowman Mike Piazza is instantly recognizable among hobby veterans. One of the anchors in an extremely strong set, the card features the catcher decked out in his catcher's gear. The look is clean, the photo is crisp and it comes from a classic set that's held in high regard.

1992 Bowman Mike Piazza RC

1992 Fleer Update Mike Piazza RC #U-92

Although Piazza's Bowman rookie has all the romanticism and fonder memories, it's the 1992 Fleer Update that sells for higher prices. Included as a part of Fleer's annual year-end box set, this Mike Piazza rookie is much tougher to find. While it's prices aren't as high as they once were, it's one of the 1990's most valuable rookie cards.

Top eBay Listings

1996 TOPPS MIKE PIAZZA TEAM TOPPS PSA 8 DODGERS TUFF
$12.99

MIKE PIAZZA 1998 UPPER DECK BRONZE 100
$23.00

2016 Panini Black Friday MLB Mike Piazza Base Card #46
$9.99

2001 TOPPS STARS #TSR-MP MIKE PIAZZA JERSEY NEW YORK METS
$8.76

2017 Topps Triple Threads Bat Relic Silver Mike Piazza 27 ebay 1 1 Mets Legend
$19.99

2003 UD Classic Portraits MIKE PIAZZA Mets Classic Stitches Jersey #GJMI 251 299
$5.95

1993 STADIUM CLUB MEMBERS ONLY #585 MIKE PIAZZA HOF POP 5 PSA 9 B2395390-742
$20.99

Huge 275 different MIKE PIAZZA cards lot 1992 - 2008 Dodgers Mets Padres A's HOF
$54.49

Mike Piazza Dodges Jeff Bagwell Astros 29 card lot 24 different inserts Baseball
$5.95

1992 Classic Best Minor League #345 Mike Piazza PSA 8 San Antonio Missions Card
$8.00

1992 Classic Best Minor League #345 Mike Piazza PSA 8 San Antonio Missions Card
$8.00

Mike Piazza Custom MLB Baseball Card Framed Wall Display LA Dodgers NY Mets
$49.95

1992 Bowman Mike Piazza (HOF) (Rookie Card) (#461) (Subs 10 2-9.5's 1-9) BGS9.5
$79.97

1999 Upper Deck MVP #GU MP GAME USED SOUVENIRS MIKE PIAZZA BECKETT 8.5 NM-MT+
$22.50

1998 DONRUSS LEAF FRACTAL MATRIX DIE CUTS #92 MIKE PIAZZA GX BECKETT 7.5 NM+
$19.99

2002 Topps Summer School Battery Mates Al Leiter Mike Piazza Mets Game Used Jsy
$6.00
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Autograph Guide

Mike Piazza Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mike Piazza'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 company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, and Mounted Memories.

Mike Piazza Cut Signature Exemplar:

Mike Piazza Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mike Piazza 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 largely indecipherable.
  2. The first character resembles an awkward number "9."
  3. The letter "P" is distinguishable with the vertical line consisting of am elongated loop on a 50 degree angle and the round loop at the top coming to a close.
  4. A dot is present implying the letter "i."
  5. Looking closely that dot of the "i" appears to dot an upside "?"

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Mike Piazza Signed Photo

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HOF Autographed Mike Piazza # 31 Signed Rawlings OML Baseball COA JSA
$66.00

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 4A
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 3A
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 1A
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 21A
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTHENTIC PHOTO 8X10 PSA Z76735
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTO PSA DNA 6A99411
$99.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTO PSA DNA 6A99406
$99.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTHENTIC PHOTO 8X10 PSA Z76972
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTHENTIC PHOTO 8X10 PSA Z76483
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTO PSA DNA 6A98796
$99.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS PSA DNA ITP 9A
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTO PSA DNA 6A98775
$99.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS DODGERS PSA DNA ITP 10c
$779.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED AUTHENTIC PHOTO 8X10 PSA Z76561
$79.99

MIKE PIAZZA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTO PSA DNA 6A99416
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.

His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.


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