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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1962 TOPPS # 25 ERNIE BANKS CUBS EX-MT 205160
$48.00
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1960 TOPPS # 10 ERNIE BANKS CUBS EX 216497
$25.00
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1969 MILTON BRADLEY ERNIE BANKS NR-MT 159319
$26.95
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1954 TOPPS # 94 ERNIE BANKS CUBS VG 223685
$295.00
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1955 TOPPS # 28 ERNIE BANKS CUBS VG-EX 156175
$78.00
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2012 PRIME CUTS ERNIE BANKS AUTO JERSEY AUTOGRAPH # 1 25 CUBS
$60.00
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1955 TOPPS # 28 ERNIE BANKS CUBS EX 223680
$89.00
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Ernie Banks 1967 Topps #215 Graded PSA 9 OC Cubs Legend HOF FREE SHIPPING
$185.00
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2005 Sweet Spot Classic Ernie Banks The Wingfield Classic Collection
$14.99
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1969 MLB Photostamps Ernie Banks PSA 8 NM MINT Undergraded
$9.99
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1965 Topps Baseball #510 Ernie Banks EX *B0508
$39.99
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1961 POST ERNIE BANKS VG CHICAGO CUBS #191 BOX
$25.00
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2005 TOPPS TURKEY RED #315 ERNIE BANKS HOF POP 3 PSA 10 B1603122
$8.99
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2001 UPPER DECK HALL OF FAMERS #S9 ERNIE BANKS HOF POP 1 PSA 10 B1603133
$13.99
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2008 Topps Sterling Ernie Banks White PSA 10
$97.00
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1954 Topps ERNIE BANKS Rookie Cubs RC #94 HOF NM
$849.99
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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 Photograph Pricing

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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED PSA DNA 1996 CANADIAN CLUB CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$47.00
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ERNIE BANKS signed Baseball HOF Mr Cubs Steiner COA
$69.99
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Ernie Banks Signed Official Major League Baseball w PSA DNA Chicago Cubs
$84.95
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ERNIE BANKS "mr cub" TRISTAR PLATINUM BASEBALL PSA DNA COA Autographed Signed
$139.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed 1998 Upper Deck Retro Card PSA DNA #83173092
$49.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed NL Baseball PSA DNA #M55720
$79.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed NL Baseball PSA DNA #M55722
$79.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed NL Baseball PSA DNA #M55727
$79.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed NL Baseball PSA DNA #M55718
$79.00
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed 1965 Topps Card PSA DNA #65087253
$79.00
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ERNIE BANKS PEE WEE REESE JUDY JOHNSON TRIPLE HOF SIGNED NL BASEBALL PSA DNA
$139.99
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Ernie Banks Autograph Signed Rawlings Official Baseball PSA JSA
$49.99
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ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH N.L. BASEBALL JSA COA #I07008
$94.99
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PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS "HOF 77" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL V77084
$74.70
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PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS "HOF 77" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL V77085
$74.70
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PSA DNA ERNIE BANKS "512 HR" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL V97053
$79.72
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