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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1954 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS # 94 ROOKIE SGC 80 (6) EXCELLENT NEAR MINT CHICAGO CUBS
$990.00

1962 TOPPS #25 ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS BASEBALL CARD SGC 82 EX MT+ 6.5
$75.00

Topps Dover Reprint Ernie Banks Topps 1962
$6.99

1963 Topps Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs & Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves #242
$34.99

1959 Armour Coin - Ernie BANKS - Cubs (Green - Translucent) PSA 8 NM MT
$157.50

1963 Topps Peel - Offs Ernie Banks Sticker With Insruction Back Chicago Cubs
$19.95

1963 Topps Peel - Offs Ernie Banks Sticker With Insruction Back Chicago Cubs
$29.95

2004 Leaf Certified Cuts Mirror Red G U Jersey Ernie Banks 49 50 Chicago Cubs
$20.99

Ernie Banks 1977 Sportscaster Card Chicago Cubs
$6.99

2015 Panini National - Ernie Banks - Cracked Ice Promo #'d 02 25
$34.99

SKU#00410 ERNIE BANKS Oddball Baseball Card UNIQUE HANDMADE WILD
$8.77

2004 Ernie Banks Alex Rodriguez Topps Finest Autographs #20K-RB #03 13 Auto
$449.00

1959 Topps Ernie Banks MVP #469 Card HOF
$10.00

1963 Topps Baseball #380 Ernie Banks Card Ex-Mint Great Color
$17.50

2 CUBS VINTAGE BASEBALL ARCADE EXHIBIT CARDS - ERNIE BANKS - BILLY WILLIAMS
$15.00

6 5x7 CUBS LOT Ernie Banks Soler RIZZO Lester 2015 Topps National Exclusive Rare
$19.99
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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 photo

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Ernie Banks Signed Charles Feeney National League Baseball PSA DNA COA Cubs Auto
$189.99

ERNIE BANKS HAND SIGNED CUBS FULL SIZE AUTHENTIC BATTING HELMET PSA 5A48867
$379.99

ERNIE BANKS HOF 77 JSA SIGNED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH #H54853
$148.95

Ernie Banks 1992 Front Row Ernie Banks Signed PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto
$39.00

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED SPORTSCASTER CARD PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED HOF
$89.99

Pete Rose & Ernie Banks SIGNED Sports Illustrated NO LABEL Mounted Memories COA
$499.00

Ernie Banks " Lets Play Two " Signed Chicago Cubs Jersey AUTO PSA DNA COA HOF
$78.77

Ernie Banks " 512 HR 's " Signed 34" Adirondack Bat AUTO PSA DNA COA Cubs HOF
$97.00

Ernie Banks " HOF 1977 " Signed Baseball AUTO PSA DNA 10 GEM MINT w LOA Cubs
$88.00

Ernie Banks " Mr Cub " Signed Baseball AUTO PSA DNA 10 GEM MINT w LOA Cubs HOF
$114.50

PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS & HANK AARON DUAL AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO P74529
$299.82

PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS #14 MR CUB-HOF 77-512 HR AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED BASEBALL V97026
$199.99

PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS MVP 58-59 AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE WHITE BASEBALL
$149.74

1959 Topps Ernie Banks JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB136
$100.00

Cubs ERNIE BANKS Signed Adirondack Blonde Name-Engraved Bat w HOF'77 - PSA DNA
$311.22

ERNIE BANKS & BILLY WILLIAMS Dual-Signed MLB Baseball w HOF 77 & '87 - PSA DNA
$233.22
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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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