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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(16787) 1961 Topps 43 NL HR Leaders-Ernie Banks-Hank Aaron-Eddie Mathews-VG+
$7.50
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2008 Topps Sterling Ernie Banks White PSA 10
$97.00
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CUBS' CLUBBERS 1959 Topps Baseball # 147 Dale Long ERNIE BANKS Walt Moryn
$30.00
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(17129) 1956 Topps 15 Ernie Banks White Back Cubs-VG
$32.50
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1969 TOPPS #6 N.L. HOME RUN LEADERS WILLIE McCOVEY RICHIE ALLEN ERNIE BANKS NRMT
$6.00
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(17343) 1964 Topps 55 Ernie Banks Cubs-GD
$14.00
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1957 Topps — Ernie Banks #55 — PSA 6 — HIGH END (CS001)
$125.00
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1958 Topps #482 Ernie Banks All Star-Near Mint
$19.99
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1975 Topps Mini #196 Jackie Jensen Ernie Banks MVP - NM-MT
$13.28
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1975 Topps Mini #197 Nellie Fox Ernie Banks MVP - NM-MT
$7.97
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1965 TOPPS #510 ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS VG EX
$30.00
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Ernie Banks Signed Rawlings Stat Baseball Bat with 3 Inscriptions PSA DNA Auto
$149.99
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1956 Topps #15 Ernie Banks Baseball Card in VG- Condition Box 2, #44
$40.00
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Cubs Ernie Banks 1961 Topps AllStar # 575 NrMt
$74.95
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1955 Topps #28 ERNIE BANKS (HOF) PSA 4 VG-EX - 22127586
$75.50
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1957 TOPPS Ernie Banks PSA 3, 1970 Banks Topps story book, more Cubs, free ship
$29.99
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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:

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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.

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Ernie Banks Signed Rawlings Stat Baseball Bat with 3 Inscriptions PSA DNA Auto
$149.99
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo with JSA Sticker for COA
$35.00
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PSA DNA Ernie Banks 1988 Pacific Legends #36 Signed Autograph
$20.00
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ERNIE BANKS CUBS SIGNED "512 HR's" RAWLINGS BLACK BAT PSA DNA D43761
$259.95
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CUBS ERNIE BANKS AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1956 TOPPS #15 PSA DNA SLABBED
$134.99
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Ernie Banks AUTO Autographed Signed 1961 Topps 485 PSA DNA
$69.99
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ERNIE BANKS signed Baseball autographed HOF 77 JSA K77464
$59.99
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ERNIE BANKS HOF Cubs 1953-71 512 HR's Signed Twice Limo Bill JSA Authentic
$84.95
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Ernie Banks (Mr Cub) & Andre Dawson Cubs, Expos HOFers signed ML Baseball JSA
$69.99
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ERNIE BANKS HOF Auto Autograph Signed Photo 16X20 Chicago Cubs Tristar Tri-Star
$89.99
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1954 Topps #94 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs RC Rookie HOF Signed PSA DNA AUTO
$227.50
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed AUTOGRAPH 8 x 10 Photo PSA DNA
$58.99
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ERNIE BANKS signed OMLB Baseball Autograph Auto Ball PSA DNA COA Mr. Cub HOFer
$99.99
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PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS "MR CUB" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL V97003
$74.70
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PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS #14 MR CUB-HOF 77-512 HR AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED BASEBALL V97032
$114.90
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Ernie Banks Signed HOF 77 Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball JSA W96149
$99.00
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