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

1954 Topps Ernie Banks

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.

Top eBay Listings

1979 TCMA Ernie Banks FGS 9 GRADED
$9.99

1957 TOPPS Baseball #55 - ERNIE BANKS - HOF Chicago Cubs SS - NM or NM-MT
$350.00

1993 NABISCO (NO CARD #) ERNIE BANKS W CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AUTOGRAPH
$29.96

Ernie Banks Cubs Modern Insert Lot Of 32 A&G Topps Heritage Donruss Fleer More!
$14.00

1955 TOPPS DOUBLE HEADER HOWIE POLLET 31 ERNIE BANKS 32 NEAR MINT
$200.00

1963 Post #169 Ernie Banks READ Chicago Cubs Baseball Card 0n0
$8.24

1982 Jackie Robinson stamp first day cancel on Ernie Banks HOF postcard
$12.95

BASEBALL CARDS 1967 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS HOF PSA 6 EX-MT
$30.00

1964 Topps Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks # 55 NM-MT Tough Low Pop Card !!!
$60.00

2001 DONRUSS ELITE #BB-1 ERNIE BANKS BAT CARD #81 100, CHICAGO CUBS, HOF, 100914
$28.46

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Minis #133.1 Ernie Banks (Base) Chicago Cubs Card 0c4
$16.45

1997 Donruss Signature Ernie Banks Notable Nicknames Variation
$75.00

1980 Exhibits Set of 32 Ernie Banks, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Stan Musial Maris
$25.00

1987 Hygrade Lot of 13 Mickey Mantle Hank Aaron Ernie Banks Willie Mays Snider
$35.00

1983 Diamond Classics Series 2 Set of 55 Cards Ernie Banks Hank Aaron Wagner
$25.00

1980 Exhibits Set of 32 Ernie Banks, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Stan Musial Maris
$25.00
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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:

Ernie Banks Signature example

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 Baseball

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Ernie Banks Signed Bat

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Ernie Banks Signed Jersey

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Ernie Banks Signed photo

Top eBay Listings

1962 Topps # 25 Ernie Banks Card Autograph Signed Chicago Cubs PSA DNA
$149.99

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED "4 30 92" WHITE 8.5x11 PAPER SHEET PSA DNA PRE-CERTIFIED CUBS
$29.99

1950's Ernie Banks Signed Autographed Game Model Baseball Glove JSA COA
$799.20

Ernie Banks Cubs Signed Whole Magazine Autograph Auto PSA DNA X76762
$59.00

Cubs ERNIE BANKS (d) Signed NL Baseball AUTO - Hall of Famer - JSA!! - Lot A
$199.99

Cubs ERNIE BANKS (d) Signed NL Baseball AUTO - Hall of Famer - JSA!! - Lot B
$199.99

Ernie Banks Autographed Signed 1954 Topps Rookie Card RC PSA DNA Slabbed CFS
$999.99

Ernie Banks ( Deceased ) Signed and Framed Jersey PSA
$499.95

1987 Perez-Steele Autographed Signed Ernie Banks Great Moments PSA DNA WOW!
$69.99

1988 Baseball Legend signed autographed Ernie Banks JSA
$49.99

Ernie Banks Signed Autographed '89 Perez-Steele AUTO PSA DNA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
$43.00

Ernie Banks Signed Autographed Baseball Sweet Spot AUTO PSA DNA 7.5, COA (PWCC)
$39.00

1957 Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks + 5 Signed Vintage Album Page Autograph RARE JSA
$39.99

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CHICAGO CUBS 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$199.00

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CHICAGO CUBS 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$199.00

Ernie Banks Signed Autographed 1982 TCMA Trading Card PSA DNA
$47.20
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I remember sending a card to banks to sign with a check donation and I got my card back about 8 months later torn into 10 or more pieces and he was good enough to include in the envelope a bunch of orange rinds and a handful of other garbage…

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