Ernie Banks Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ernie Banks

Date of Birth: 1/31/1931
Rookie Card Year: 1954
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

For years, Ernie Banks was the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs. Adored by fans, "Mr. Cub" remains an ambassador for the team. Ernie Banks cards and autographed memorabilia hold a special place in the collections of his numerous fans still today.

Banks' accomplishments led to his Hall of Fame induction in 1977. He is a member of the 500 Home Run Club. Banks was also a 14-time All-Star and won the National League's Most Valuable Player Award twice.

Ernie Banks' rookie card can be found in 1954 Topps Baseball. He also has a photo card in the 1954 All-Star Photo Pack.

His early autographed cards include 1992 Front Row and 1993 Nabisco All-Stars. His first certified autograph card produced by a major trading card manufacturer is from 1997 Donruss Signature Series Baseball, which is serial numbered to 2,000. He also has a Notable Nicknames parallel that is numbered to 200.

In 1999, Upper Deck produced Ernie Banks' first memorabilia card. The card is part of the Piece of History set and commemorates him being a member of the 500 Home Run Club. It contains a piece of game-used bat. The card is not serial numbered but has a known print run of 350 copies. In addition, an autographed version of the card also exists. It is serial numbered to just 14 copies, which happens to be his jersey number.

Ernie Banks has always been a gracious in-person signer. He also regularly participates in organized signing events. The values of his memorabilia have remained consistent through the years. Demand is constant as new generations of Cubs fans come to appreciate his infectious personality and Hall of Fame credentials.

Ernie Banks Rookie Card

1954 Topps Ernie Banks RC #94

1954 Topps Ernie Banks

The 1954 Topps Baseball set is a favorite with vintage collectors. It is truly an iconic set in the hobby. Banks shares the rookie card spotlight with fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Al Kaline. So desired is this card that even low-grade examples often command hundreds of dollars.

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1958 topps #482 ERNIE BANKS AS chicago cubs (CENTERED) BGS BCCG 9
$50.00

2009 UPPER DECK, ERNIE BANKS OF THE CHICAGO CUBS, SPORT ROYALTY #231
$5.99

Ex-Mint+ 1970 The Ernie Banks Story--Topps Booklet #10 (Small Baseball Inserts)
$5.50

2015 Topps 5x7 ERNIE BANKS #10 49 Made Cubs LEGEND #140 Gold Jumbo 1952 Tribute
$23.99

2015 Topps 5x7 ERNIE BANKS #11 49 Made Cubs LEGEND #140 Gold Jumbo 1952 Tribute
$23.99

2015 Topps 5x7 ERNIE BANKS #27 49 Made Cubs LEGEND #140 Gold Jumbo 1952 Tribute
$23.99

1969 Topps #20 Ernie Banks Cubs
$7.00

9 2008 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS LOT # 525 CY YOUNG,ERNIE BANKS,STAN MUSIAL + NR MINT
$25.00

1964 TOPPS COINS #42 ERNIE BANKS CUBS HOF POP 10 PSA 9 B2047833-792
$332.99

1964 TOPPS #55 ERNIE BANKS HOF SGC 84 B1597408-072
$54.99

1963 TOPPS #242 ERNIE BANKS-HANK AARON SGC 88 B1597403-014
$139.99

Ernie Banks Baseball Card #482
$35.19

2008 Topps Sterling Ernie Banks 50 White Framed #283
$19.99

1984 Cubs Brickhouse Playing Cards #12D Ernie Banks - NM-MT
$5.00

2014 Panini 75th Anniversary Hall of Fame Ernie Banks Cubs Dominator Insert
$8.99

1964 Topps Stand-Up Ernie Banks Graded PSA 5 EX Excellent Chicago Cubs HOF
$79.99
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Autograph Guide

Ernie Banks Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ernie Banks' 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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Ernie Banks Cut Signature Exemplar:

Ernie Banks Signature example

Ernie Banks Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ernie Banks 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. It is a fairly easy autograph to discern by letter.
  2. The "E" resembles a backwards "?"
  3. The ""r" is drawn as an up and down stroke with a plateau at the top.
  4. The "n" resembles more of an "m."
  5. The "i" is always dotted.
  6. The "e" is usually formed with an open loop.
  7. The "B" is open and makes a bit of a kidney bean shape as the humps of the letter are very shallow.
  8. The "a" is usually open.
  9. The "n" resembles the one in the first name.
  10. The "k" consists of a vertical line, an angled line that does not always touch the vertical. The second angled line is used to flow into the "s," which is open at the bottom.

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Ernie Banks Signed Bat

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Ernie Banks Signed Jersey

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Ernie Banks Signed photo

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Ernie Banks Signed Big Stick Bat w Banks Holo COA Label JSA
$449.97

ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED CARD
$55.00

WRIGLEY FIELD LIMITED ED. BASEBALL BAT SIGNED BY ERNIE BANKS -JSA Authenticated
$375.00

Ernie Banks signed 2009 Topps Tribute card #62 PSA DNA CUBS HOF AUTO
$99.95

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA DNA COA DECEASED HOF
$84.99

Ernie Banks Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA Sticker ONLY Chicago Cubs HOF
$28.00

ERNIE BANKS (Cubs) signed framed baseball shadowbox #1 PSA
$395.00

ERNIE BANKS (Cubs) signed framed baseball shadowbox #2 PSA
$325.00

CHICAGO CUBS ERNIE BANKS Signed Sports illustrated Magazine Bat SI PSA
$199.99

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED 1977 BOB PARKER HOF CARD PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED
$134.99

1955 BOWMAN ERNIE BANKS #242 AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO CUBS PSA
$389.95

ERNIE BANKS Autographed Signed Adirondack Bat 512HR & 14 insc. JSA COA
$235.00

1969 Topps Autographed Signed Ernie Banks Cubs PSA DNA WOW!
$99.99

Ernie Banks Signed Official Feeney NL Baseball w Case Vintage Auto JSA COA
$129.99

ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED O.N.L.BASEBALL W JSA
$129.99

CUBS Ernie Banks signed Louisville S2 game model bat JSA COA AUTO Autographed
$349.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I remember sending a card to banks to sign with a check donation and I got my card back about 8 months later torn into 10 or more pieces and he was good enough to include in the envelope a bunch of orange rinds and a handful of other garbage…

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