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 Game-Worn Jersey - 2004 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Swatches #LSW-EB
$12.99
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1969 TOPPS #20 ERNIE BANKS CUBS
$10.00
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1987 BASEBALL'S ALL-TIME GREATS ERNIE BANKS HOF POP 2 PSA 9 B1733792-032
$12.99
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1959 Topps #463 Hustler Banks Wins MVP Award VG (Slight Crease) Chicago Cubs HOF
$9.95
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VINTAGE SALADA JUNKET ERNIE BANKS + KEN BOYER METAL BASEBALL COINS
$20.00
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1960 Topps Baseball Card AS Ernie Banks #560
$50.00
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ERNIE BANKS (HOF) CHICAGO CUBS 1956 TOPPS #15 P
$24.99
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1956 Topps #15 Ernie Banks EX+ 67301
$100.00
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1961 Topps #350 Ernie Banks EX+ 67675
$30.00
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1961 Topps #43 NL Home Run Leaders Ernie Banks Hank Aaron EX 67651
$22.00
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1961 Topps #350 Ernie Banks EXMT 67676
$35.00
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1959 Topps #559 Ernie Banks AS VG-EX 57655
$24.00
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1970 Topps #630 Ernie Banks EXMT 71652
$35.00
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1970 Topps #630 Ernie Banks VG-EX 71653
$16.00
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1969 Topps #20 Ernie Banks EX 71960
$13.00
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1970 Topps #630 Ernie Banks VG-EX 71648
$18.00
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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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1985 Topps Circle K #10 Ernie Banks HOF SIGNED PSA DNA
$59.00
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Ernie Banks Hand Signed 16x20 Photo W Mr Cub Inscription PSA DNA COA Autograph
$110.50
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Ernie Banks Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo with JSA Sticker for COA
$25.00
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1996 Canadian Club Signed ERNIE BANKS PSA DNA Cubs HOF Auto
$32.98
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ERNIE BANKS CUBS SIGNED "512 HR's" RAWLINGS BLACK BAT PSA DNA D43761
$168.97
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball Mr.Cub PSA DNA G16529
$89.99
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA 3A80104
$89.99
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CUBS ERNIE BANKS AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1956 TOPPS #15 PSA DNA SLABBED
$134.99
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball Mr.Cub PSA DNA G16531
$89.99
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Ernie Banks (HOF '77) Signed ROMLB ( PSA, JSA Guaranteed)
$49.99
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PSA DNA SIGNED ERNIE BANKS WITH HR INSCRIPTION AUTOGRAPHED OFFICIAL NL BASEBALL
$33.00
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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 Signed Autographed Official MLB with HOF 77 JSA Witness
$34.45
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Ernie Banks signed baseball PSA DNA COA Graded 9.5 Chicago Cubs HOF
$109.99
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ERNIE BANKS Autograph SIGNED OML Ball PSA DNA Graded GEM MINT 10 Cubs HOF 500 HR
$21.27
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CUBS ERNIE BANKS "HOF 77" AUTHENTIC SIGNED JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
$142.50
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