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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1963 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS #380 (100.00)
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2014 Topps Rookie Reprints Framed Black #RCF2 Ernie Banks 93 199 B76413
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1971 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS VG EX CHICAGO CUBS #525
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1977-84 Galasso Glossy Greats #29 Ernie Banks Cubs B56460
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ERNIE BANKS JERSEY-NUMBERED CARD! IS 14 47! HIS JERSEY NUMBER 14!
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1971 Kelloggs 3D Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Cereal Box Mini Card
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ERNIE BANKS PSA DNA certified auto HISTORIC AUTOGRAPH HOFer, "MR. CUB".
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Ernie Banks-1957 Topps-# 55-VG-EX! No Reserve! Free Shipping!
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1963 Salada Coin 17 Ernie Banks PSA 8 (7064)
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1964 Topps Coin 42 Ernie Banks PSA 6 (6771)
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1962 POST CANADIAN BASEBALL #188 ERNIE BANKS CUBS
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1959 Topps Cubs' Clubbers Ernie Banks Dale Long Earl Moryn #147 NM
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1961 Topps #485 Ernie Banks MVP PSA NM-MT 8 *8445
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1965 Topps #510 Ernie Banks PSA NM-MT 8 *7431
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1971 Topps #525 Ernie Banks PSA NM-MT 8 *4522
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