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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ERNIE BANKS AUTOGRAPH 2013 Tristar Signa (HOF) Chicago Cuts Cubs 3 5
$59.99
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1958 TOPPS #482 ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS ALL STAR BASEBALL CARD NEX MT
$30.00
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1968 TOPPS #355 ERNIE BANKS EX WAX FRONT *126822
$20.00
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1954 TOPPS 94 ERNIE BANKS ROOKIE RC ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC VG NO CREASES! A62 CUBS
$78.01
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1953 BOWMAN COLOR 153 ED WHITEY FORD NY YANKEES HOF EX OC A63
$36.89
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1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Greats Of The Game Ernie Banks auto autograph *268
$50.99
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1957 TOPPS # 55 ERNIE BANKS CUBS PSA 6 EX-MT 247540
$95.00
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1963 TOPPS #380 ERNIE BANKS CUBS PSA 6 EX-MT 247631
$79.00
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1956 Topps #15 Ernie Banks DP
$10.00
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1971 ERNIE BANKS - Topps Baseball Card # 525 - Chicago Cubs - Vintage
$25.95
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1992 Front Row Ernie Banks Sealed Set Cards 1-5 Cubs B29488
$19.97
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2004 Donruss Classics Legendary Lumberjacks Ernie Banks Cubs Game Bat #51 100
$19.95
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2002 Topps Archives Relics Ernie Banks Cubs Wrigley Field Seat 1958
$19.95
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2008 Topps Heritage Flashbacks Relics Ernie Banks Cubs Wrigley Field Seat
$19.95
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1960 Topps Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs #560 Baseball Card
$14.99
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1969 topps ernie banks EX MT
$9.99
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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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PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS #14 MR CUB-HOF 77-512 HR AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED BASEBALL V97016
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed NL Baseball "To Ricky & Bruce" PSA DNA #V02563
$299.00
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ERNIE BANKS Signed Chicago Cubs 16x20 Photo JSA
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CHICAGO CUBS ERNIE BANKS SIGNED JERSEY AUTO JSA HOF 512 HR INSCRIPTION
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Ernie Banks signed Chicago Cubs jersey - PSA Authenticated - Hall of Famer
$269.95
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$72.00
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED PSA DNA 1999 TRISTAR HILLSHIRE AUTHENTIC
$43.00
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ERNIE BANKS Signed CHICAGO CUBS 11x14 photo + JSA COA #F11966
$65.00
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ERNIE BANKS PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1965 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH
$70.00
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA P80158
$89.99
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ERNIE BANKS STATS SIGNED & FRAMED MITCHELL & NESS JERSEY-COA JSA-CUBS
$699.99
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CUBS ERNIE BANKS "HOF 77" AUTHENTIC SIGNED WHITE MAJESTIC JERSEY PSA DNA
$249.99
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1956 CHICAGO CUBS SIGNED SPALDING BASEBALL ERNIE BANKS PEPPER MARTIN PSA DNA
$195.00
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA H71297
$89.99
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1980 Baseball Immortals Ernie Banks PSA DNA signed card HOF Chicago Cubs
$34.99
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED 1962 TEAM ISSUED PHOTO DISPLAY FRAMED TO 15X18 JSA COA
$44.99
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