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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2004 PLAYOFF HONORS ERNIE BANKS SAMMY SOSA DUAL JERSEY
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1963 TOPPS #242 *POWER PLUS* ERNIE BANKS & HANK AARON PSA 5 ** EX **
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1958 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS #310 1958 Topps #350 Ken Boyer
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Ernie Banks 2004 SP Legendary Significant Cuts Game Used Jersey Fabric #1 1 MINT
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ERNIE BANKS Chicago Cubs 1931 Wheat Penny Insert Baseball Coin Card RARE
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ERNIE BANKS Chicago Cubs 1954 Wheat Penny Insert Baseball Coin Card RARE
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2002 TOPPS TRIBUTE MILESTONE MATERIALS , ERNIE BANKS, CUBS ,BOX 16 !
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2001 TOPPS ARCHIVES RP #432 ERNIE BANKS-HANK AARON POP 2 PSA 10 B1826358-589
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Sports Stars Baseball 1970 Book Ernie Banks
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Ernie Banks 2013 Topps MVP Award Trophy Card
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UPPER DECK 2004 #106 ERNIE BANKS BASEBALL CARD CUBS
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1967 topps Ernie Banks #215
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1970 Topps Ernie Banks #630 – GAI 7.5 - NM+ HI! Cubs!
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2005 UPPER DECK LEGENDARY CUTS LASTING LEGENDS ERNIE BANKS LL-EB BOX # 18
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1971 Kelloggs #50 Ernie Banks Ref#122914
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2005 Upper Deck Hall of Fame Green #25 Ernie Banks 200 - NM-MT
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