Mike Piazza rookie cards bring back memories of the 1990s like few other sports cards. Starting as a high draft pick, fighting his way into the big leagues, and eventually taking center stage in the 2000 World Series, a Mike Piazza baseball card is a trip down modern baseball history.
Mike Piazza is one of the greatest hitting catchers in major league history. He played for the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers while briefly playing with the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, and Oakland Athletics.
In his 16-season career from 1992 to 2007, he slugged 427 home runs with 396 as a catcher, a .308 batting average, and 1,335 RBI.
He appeared in 12 All-Star games and won 10 Silver Slugger awards. Piazza was inducted as a New York Mets Hall of Famer in 2013.
The Young Mike Piazza
Mike Piazza was born in Norristown, PA, in 1968. Piazza’s father, Vince, had dreams of playing baseball. However, those hopes were dashed when he had to leave school to support his family.
He saw that Mike had potential in baseball and encouraged his son by playing catch at an early age.
After graduating high school, Piazza went to South Florida and joined the Miami Hurricanes but transferred to Miami-Dade Community College after not touching the field much as a Hurricane.
Mike Piazza’s Baseball Career
Mike caught a lucky break when a close family friend was none other than manager Tommy Lasorda with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lasorda said he would draft Mike into the minor leagues as a favor to Mike’s dad. Lasorda was true to his word, and in the 62nd round of the 1988 major league draft, Mike Piazza was officially a pro ballplayer.
Gaining Confidence and Power at the Plate
It took a couple of seasons for Mike to get the repetitions he needed to move up to the big leagues, but just as he was gaining experience, he was also getting stronger and maturing physically.
It was a perfect storm. As Mike says in the Howard Stern interview clip above, he was just a late bloomer. Once he gained strength and confidence at the plate, it was all over.
He shot up the ranks as one of the premier sluggers in the game.
Piazza won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993 and was selected to the 1993 MLB All-Star game. Mike would go on to play in 11 more All-Star games.
Los Angeles Dodgers
He played seven seasons for the Dodgers until he was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1998. This brief stint lasted five games until he was traded from the Marlins to the New York Mets.
The year following, the Mets would win the National League pennant and play in the 2000 World Series. He would continue to play with the Mets until 2005.
As one of the best hitting catchers to ever play the game, Piazza’s efforts brought the New York Mets to the brink of a World Series championship in 2000.
In 2006, he signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics for the following year. He announced his retirement in 2008.
Mike Piazza Rookie Cards
With Piazza’s rookie season occurring during the baseball card boom of the early 1990s, there’s no shortage of supply. Still, Mike Piazza’s rookie cards bring back great memories of a tough competitor and highly skilled baseball slugger.
1989 Salem Dodgers Mike Piazza #25
1991 Cal League All-Stars Mike Piazza Rookie Card
1992 Classic Best #345 Mike Piazza
1992 Fleer ProCards #723 Mike Piazza
1992 SkyBox AA #251 Mike Piazza
1990 Star Vero Beach Dodgers #24 Mike Piazza
1991 Cal League Bakersfield Dodgers #7 Mike Piazza
1992 Cartwrights Players Choice Silver #26 Mike Piazza
1992-93 Pocket Pages Cards #47 Mike Piazza
1993 Topps Mike Piazza, Carlos Delgado #701 Rookie Card
Mike Piazza Upper Deck Star Rookie
Mike Piazza 1993 Fleer #13 Prospects
1993 Donruss Mike Piazza
Mike Piazza 1994 Rembrandt Ultra-Pro Rookie of the Year Limited Edition
1992 Donruss The Rookies Phenoms Mike Piazza Rookie
The 1992 Fleer Update Mike Piazza card features Piazza dashing across the field in his LA Dodgers uniform. This set appeals to sports card investors because the 1992 Fleer Update card had a short print run.
1992 Fleer Update Mike Piazza RC #92
The scarcity of these cards enhances the value of the Piazza card. Excellent condition versions of the card are valued between $65.00 and $600.00 for gem mint PSA 10 versions.
Another great Piazza card to hold onto from Fleer is the 1994 Fleer #14 Rookie Sensations card. A high PSA-rated card can range anywhere from $100.00 to $400.00.
Mike Piazza 1994 Fleer #14 Rookie Sensations
The 1993 Topps Stadium Club set contains 750 cards, with 12,000 members only factor sets produced. The #585 Mike Piazza rookie card is a popular card for collectors. PSA Mint cards and BGS 9 graded cards can be found anywhere between $140 to $400.
1993 Topps Stadium Club Mike Piazza
Another great card from Topps is the 1993 Topps Traded Mike Piazza #24T. PSA 10 and mint cards can land you anywhere between $130.00 to $500.00.
1993 Topps Traded Mike Piazza #24T
You can’t go wrong with the 1994 Topps Mike Piazza #1. PSA 10 cards are valued between $320.00 to $500.00.
1994 Topps Mike Piazza #1
The 1992 Bowman baseball set showcased more rookies and pre-rookies than any other set before its time. It became, and still is, the place to find baseball rookies.
In the 1992 factory set, you can find other high-valued cards in the Junk Wax era, including the 1992 Mike Piazza Bowman card #461. Despite its high print numbers, a PSA 10 gem mint card can still be around $200 to $300 due to Piazza’s popularity.
1992 Bowman Mike Piazza Rookie Card #461
Other Great Mike Piazza Baseball Cards
The 1993 Upper Deck Diamond Gallery set is a 36-card call hologram card set. Since it is a shorter print and a hologram set, it is difficult to find high-quality cards that last over time.
The #34 Mike Piazza Card is one such example, where a PSA 9 mint will land you around $30.00. It features Piazza signing a baseball card with a rainbow hologram underneath the picture.
1993 Upper Deck Diamond Gallery Mike Piazza
The 1993 Donruss Triple Play is a 264 card set that is not necessarily known for its popularity but has some gems. The 1993 Donruss Triple Play Mike Piazza Card #55 is valued at around $35.00 to $50.00.
1993 Donruss Triple Play
The 1998 Pacific Aurora Kings of the Major League baseball card set consisted of 10 cards featuring seven players that eventually became Hall of Famers.
1998 Mike Piazza Pacific Aurora
1994 Score #476 Mike Piazza Dodgers
1994 Rembrandt Ultra Pro baseball cards Rookie MIKE PIAZZA Promo cards #1 & # 4
1994 SP Holoview Red Die Cuts Mike Piazza #29
1995 Topps Mike Piazza #466
1994 Topps Mike Piazza
1994 Mother’s Cookies Mike Piazza Nat’l League ‘93 Rookie of Year
1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold Mike Piazza #30
1997 Collector’s Choice Big Shots Mike Piazza #18
2004 EX Clearly Authentics Signature Tan Patch Mike Piazza MP1 31
2000 Upper Deck Legends Mike Piazza Autograph
2019 Topps 150 Years of Professional Baseball #15070 Mike Piazza
1992 ProMint #8 Mike Piazza
1993 Barry Colla All-Star Game #24 Mike Piazza
2015 Topps Strata Signature Patches Mike Piazza
What Does Mike Piazza Do Now?
Mike Piazza has stayed connected to the game of baseball since his retirement. He also put his net worth of $70 million to work when he decided to purchase an Italian soccer team, the A.C. Reggiana, from the third-tier Italian league.
After a brief stint as an Italian soccer team owner, Mike would also agree to manage an Italian baseball team for the 2020 European Baseball Championship and 2021 World Baseball Classic.
Piazza lives in Italy and Florida, was married in 2005 and has a son and two daughters.
Mike Piazza continues to be a fan favorite as one of the MLB’s greatest hitting catchers. As twelve-time All-Star, a ten-time Silver Slugger winner, and a Hall of Famer, his popularity and legacy make his rookie cards excellent collectibles.
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