14 Ernie Banks Cards That Show His Love for Life and Baseball

14 Ernie Banks Cards That Show His Love for Life and Baseball

With the passing of Ernie Banks, baseball has lost a legend. More importantly, the world has lost a man that lived with joy and passion. You'll be hard-pressed to find stories that put him in a bad light. Rather, there are countless tales that do the opposite.

He strung together an amazing career on and off the field. All 19 of his MLB seasons were spent with the Chicago Cubs during a time when Banks was about all that was worth cheering for. Despite this, he kept a positive public image for his team and baseball as a whole.

Even if you never saw Ernie Banks play or listened to him speak, he's someone you can tell that he loved what he was doing just by looking at pictures. This holds true to many of his baseball cards over the years. Sure there are some that show a stern-faced Banks, but most show the Hall of Famer with a special twinkle in his eye that's totally infectious.

In honor of Mr. Cub and his love for the game he played, here are 14 Ernie Banks cards that are tough not to smile back at.

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1959 Topps Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs #350 PSA Graded 3 - Very Good Condition!
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1963 Topps Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs #380 PSA Graded 3 - Very Good Condition!
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1960 Topps #560 Ernie Banks PSA 5 EX HOF CLEAN CARD SUPER Condition Set Break
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1959 Topps #147 Long Ernie Banks Moryn CUBS CLUBBERS (See Scan For Condition)
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Vintage ERNIE BANKS Exhibit Card
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1958 TOPPS #482 ERNIE BANKS EX+ C9008
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2008 SPORTKINGS Series B Base ERNIE BANKS #98 Chicago Cubs SEALED
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1961 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD #43 HOMERUN LEADERS HANK AARON ERNIE BANKS ED MATTHEWS
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1956 Topps Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs #15 Baseball Card
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1962 Topps Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs #25 Baseball Card
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2015 DONRUSS #195 ERNIE BANKS FOIL STAT LINE, Cubs, #19 400
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1999 TOPPS HALL OF FAME #HOF7 ERNIE BANKS HOF PSA 10 B1951993-085
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2006 Greats of the Game Copper #34 Ernie Banks 299
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1968 TOPPS #355 ERNIE BANKS CUBS HOF PSA 8 B2006605-640
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1956 Topps #15 Ernie Banks Set Filler
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1963 Topps #242 Power Plus - Ernie Banks Hank Aaro EX A31594
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