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

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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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1961 Topps #350 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs PSA 6 Graded Baseball Card
$34.96
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1979 TCMA #5 Ernie Banks Graded Mint 9 Chicago Cubs
$8.99
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VINTAGE BASEBALL CARD LOT 1969 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS TOM SEAVER ROD CAREW
$29.99
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ERNIE BANKS 1970 Topps Ernie Banks Story Cartoon Booklet #14 NR-MT Chicago Cubs
$5.50
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2005 UPPER DECK HALL OF FAME PLAQUES INSERT - ERNIE BANKS SP-16 CHICAGO CUBS
$6.00
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Ernie Banks 1999 Hillshire Farms Autograph WCG slabbed and authenticated
$19.99
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2004 Throwback Threads Generations #25 Banks Ripken A.Rod - NM-MT
$7.50
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ERNIE BANKS 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Blue Backs #209 CUBS HALL OF FAME INSERT
$9.99
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2001 Upper Deck Hall Of Famers "The Endless Summer" #ES7 Ernie Banks
$7.00
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2001 Upper Deck Hall Of Famers "20th Century Showcase" #S9 Ernie Banks
$7.00
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ERNIE BANKS 2 CARDS 1978 TCMA #255 & 1979 TCMA #5 Mr. CUB HOF NM-MT FREE SHIP
$18.74
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1959 Topps#469 ERNIE BANKS (EX) HOF-HUSTLER BANKS WINS MVP AWARD-CHICAGO CUBS
$7.89
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ERNIE BANKS 2013 PASTIME Card 1 1 SKETCH Color Art Card #d1 1 Cubs
$45.00
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1959 Topps #559 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs All-Star PSA 8 Graded Near Mint - Mint
$175.00
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1959 Topps Ernie Banks #350 PSA 6 EX-MT Chicago Cubs HOF
$48.99
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1970 Topps Baseball Ernie Banks #630 Chicago Cubs HOF PSA 8 NM-MT
$90.00
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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:

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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.

Ernie Banks Signed Baseball Pricing

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Ernie Banks Signed Photograph Pricing

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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed Baseball GAI COA Stacks Of Plaques
$84.99
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed Cubs 16x20 Photo "Mr. Cub" PSA DNA #M91598
$69.00
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Ernie Banks Signed MLB Bill White Baseball -TriStar Platinum #1 1 - Auto Cubs
$74.00
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Ernie Banks Signed MLB Selig Baseball -TriStar Platinum 5 Autograph Auto Cubs
$65.00
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PSA DNA 1969 TOPPS #20 ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS AUTO SIGNED CARD
$50.00
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PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS 2006 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER SIGNED AUTO CARD
$35.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed Upper Deck UDA ball Cubs
$180.00
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ERNIE BANKS Signed Autographed Rawlings ROMLB Baseball w '58 MVP Insc, STEINER
$89.99
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Ray Dandridge Ernie Banks Catfish Hunter Duke Snider Signed Autograph Ball PSA
$200.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed signed baseball w Tristar authentication Cubs
$89.99
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Cubs Ernie Banks Signed 1957 Topps Card #55 PSA DNA MINT 9 Card Is EX MT-NM
$124.99
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1975 Topps Mini Ernie Banks Jackie Jensen 1958 MVPs #196 signed auto PSA DNA
$399.99
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Steiner Ernie Banks Signed Rawlings Pro Bat w HOF 77Insc
$509.99
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ERNIE BANKS JSA CERTED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$49.00
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ERNIE BANKS & HANK AARON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1963 TOPPS CARD #242 - PSA DNA CERT
$425.00
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ERNIE BANKS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CUBS MINI-HELMET w 512 HR insc. PSA DNA COA
$125.00
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