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.

Top eBay Listings

1965 Topps # 510 Ernie Banks PSA 8 NM-MT
$175.00

1961 Topps, #350, Ernie Banks, Cubs, VG EX+, Nice Card, Set Break.
$19.00

1960 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS ALL STAR CARD:NO:560 NEAR MINT
$60.00

1963 Jello #169 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
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ERNIE BANKS TRUE 1 1 2005 DONRUSS CLASSICS SINGLES AUTO GOLD BLUE JERSEY PATCH
$4,499.95

ERNIE BANKS 2012 TOPPS GOLDEN MOMENTS BAT RELIC #GMR-EB CHICAGO CUBS HOFer
$21.99

Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs 2004 Upper Deck GG-EB 08 25 Legendary Cuts Game Graphs
$175.00

1954 Topps Ernie Banks rookie card Chicago Cubs HOF Shortstop #94
$1,000.00

ernie banks will clark (back & front covers)1989 july baseball BECKETT excellen
$9.00

1959 TOPPS #147 CUBS CLUBBERS w ERNIE BANKS - CUBS - EX-MT
$23.00

1955 Bowman #242 - Ernie Banks - SGC 60 -- Chicago Cubs HoF (mikedenero)
$145.00

1955 Bowman #242 - Ernie Banks - PSA 6 -- Chicago Cubs HoF (mikedenero)
$270.00

1957 Topps #55 - Ernie Banks - PSA 8 -- Chicago Cubs HoF (mikedenero)
$315.00

2011 TOPPS REPRINT & COMMERATIVE CARDS of ERNIE BANKS & SNIDER
$7.50

1958 Topps #310 Ernie Banks Cubs PSA 5 EX 474
$55.99

1954 Topps #94 Ernie Banks RC - VG
$409.50
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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 photo

Top eBay Listings

1975 Topps Mini Ernie Banks Jackie Jensen 1958 MVPs #196 signed auto PSA DNA
$399.99

Steiner Ernie Banks Signed Rawlings Pro Bat w HOF 77Insc
$509.99

Ernie Banks - Billy Williams Cubs Autographed Signed 8X10 PHOTO with JSA COA
$125.00

ERNIE BANKS signed Baseball HOF Mr Cubs Steiner COA
$99.99

ERNIE BANKS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CUBS MINI-HELMET w 512 HR insc. PSA DNA COA
$125.00

Ernie Banks Signed 1969 Chicago Cubs Cooperstown Bear JSA G92881
$295.00

WRIGLEY FIELD BASEBALL BAT Signed by Ernie Banks -JSA Authenticated #E26398
$325.00

CUBS HOF 1977 ERNIE BANKS SIGNED CUBS 8X10 PHOTO JSA AUTHENTICATED #H86817
$49.95

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED "ROOKIE YEAR" STRAT-O-MATIC BASEBALL CARD - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$175.00

ERNIE BANKS (Chicago Cubs) signed WRIGLEY FIELD 100th Year baseball +PSA COA
$99.95

Ernie Banks Autographed Signed MLB Baseball "Mr. Cub" PSA DNA #T19600
$69.00

Willie Mays & Ernie Banks signed autograph auto Postal Cover HOF PSA DNA Slabbed
$195.00

ERNIE BANKS (Chicago Cubs) signed Official Batting Helmet w PSA COA
$189.95

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED BASEBALL PSA AUTHENTICATED WILLIAM WHITE NL BASEBALL
$99.99

1954 Topps #94 Ernie Banks PSA DNA Autographed Signed RC Rookie Cubs HOF
$699.99

Ernie Banks AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED Full Size Adirondack Baseball Bat - PSA DNA!
$199.99
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