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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1963 Post Cereal Baseball, Ernie Banks, Card# 169
$5.99
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Ernie Banks Donruss 2003 Bat Kings 31 50 and 2005 Prime Cuts Icons 09 25
$24.33
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Ernie Banks 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Materials 2 Card Lot 71 225
$19.99
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ERNIE BANKS (HOF) CHICAGO CUBS 1967 TOPPS #215 EX(MC)
$13.99
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1971 TOPPS # 525 ERNIE BANKS PSA 5
$19.99
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2014 Topps Finest ERNIE BANKS Finest Greats Black Refractor Auto #58 99 CUBS
$53.00
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1958 Topps #482 Ernie Banks All Star Baseball Card
$15.00
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2008 Topps Sterling #287 Ernie Banks Ser #ed 215 250
$6.99
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2006 Fleer CHC-EB Game Used Pants Ernie Banks
$6.99
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2009 Topps Sterling #106 Ernie Banks Serial #ed 077 250
$9.99
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1958 ERNIE BANKS Topps #310 HOF M Chicago Cubs Baseball Card
$19.99
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3 Topps 1961 cards Ernie Banks,Stan Musial, Billy Williams
$25.00
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1966 Topps Venezuelan #110 ERNIE BANKS, PSA 2 DISPLAYS WELL HOF
$84.15
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1970 Kellogg's Cereal #40 Ernie Banks PSA 9 MINT "Mr. Cub" Chicago Cubs HOFer
$44.95
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1954 Topps Ernie Banks #94 EX-MT PSA 6(MC)
$600.00
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2011 Topps Cognac Diamond Anniversary ERNIE BANKS #247b (49141)
$6.00
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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.

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Ernie Banks Signed HOF 77 Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball JSA W96149
$99.00
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ERNIE BANKS Signed CHICAGO CUBS 8x10 PHOTO + PSA DNA COA #4A26660
$59.99
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA P80154
$89.99
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA P80155
$89.99
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Ernie Banks 2012 Topps Prime 9 signed autograph auto Trading Card PSA Slabbed
$45.00
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA P80153
$89.99
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Ernie Banks Perez Steele Celebration PSA DNA Autographed Signed HOF Cubs
$59.99
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Ernie Banks signed Chicago Cubs Perez Steele MLB HOF Great Moments JSA
$49.95
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CHICAGO CUBS ERNIE BANKS plus 3 Signed Cut Pic JSA COA
$124.99
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$30.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed Cubs Mini Helmet UDA BAE89878
$149.95
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball Mr.Cub PSA DNA G16555
$89.99
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA P80162
$89.99
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HALL OF FAME PLAQUE CARD HOF PSA DNA HOLDER COA
$25.00
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Ernie Banks signed autograph 1961 Topps PSA Slabbed
$90.00
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Ernie Banks signed auto 1961 Sporting News PSA Slabbed
$82.50
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