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.

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1958 TOPPS #482 ERNIE BANKS EX+ C9008
$19.99

2008 SPORTKINGS Series B Base ERNIE BANKS #98 Chicago Cubs SEALED
$9.95

1961 CHEMSTRAND IRON-ON PATCHES ERNIE BANKS HOF POP 12 PSA 9 B1832700-853
$117.99

1965 TOPPS Embossed Insert ERNIE BANKS # 58 VG-EX
$12.71

1999 TOPPS HALL OF FAME #HOF7 ERNIE BANKS HOF PSA 10 B1951993-085
$7.99

2006 Greats of the Game Copper #34 Ernie Banks 299
$8.00

1958 Topps Ernie Banks All-Star
$7.50

ERNIE BANKS 58 ALL STAR SELECTION #482
$12.99

1958 Topps Ernie Banks All Star Chicago Cubs #482 BVG 6.5
$35.00

PSA 1989 Perez Steele Ernie Banks Autograph HOF
$75.00

2010 Topps Base Variation Shortprint #590 Ernie Banks SP
$15.82

2011 Topps Base Variation Shortprint #247 Ernie Banks SP
$12.62

ERNIE BANKS 2006 TOPPS HERITAGE REAL ONE RED INK AUTOGRAPH #35 57 BGS 9 10 AUTO
$199.00

2014 Finest Greats Ernie Banks Auto 125
$75.00

1959 topps ernie banks all star card # 559 no creases
$6.01

1970 Topps Set Break #630 Ernie Banks Card. Semi-High #. Nr Mint Mint
$20.68
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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

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Ernie Banks 1990 Legends Magazine Signed Auto PSA DNA
$99.99

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED BASEBALL PSA DNA COA AUTOGRAPHED CUBS MR CUB LETS PLAY 2 HOF
$99.99

ERNIE BANKS SIGNED BASEBALL PSA DNA COA AUTOGRAPHED CUBS MR CUB
$99.99

Ernie Banks Signed Cubs Baseball Card PSA DNA COA Hall of Fame Limited Autograph
$69.99

ERNIE BANKS PSA DNA SIGNED PEREZ STEELE CELEBRATION POSTCARD #3 AUTOGRAPHED
$54.95

ERNIE BANKS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1961 TOPPS CARD #485 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$145.00

ERNIE BANKS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1958 TOPPS CARD #310 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$165.00

ERNIE BANKS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1958 TOPPS CARD #310 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$165.00

ERNIE BANKS (DECEASED) SIGNED MVP RAWLINGS BASEBALL BAT PLUS 7 SIGNATURE PSA DNA
$325.00

ERNIE BANKS BASEBALL CARD #1 PSA DNA CERTIFIED COA CUBS AUTO AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED
$125.00

ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS SIGNED ONL BASEBALL JSA
$149.99

1963 Chicago Cubs Team Signed B&W Photo ERNIE BANKS RON SANTO KEN HUBBS JSA AUTO
$699.95

ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BOOK
$95.00

Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball Mr. Cub PSA DNA G16544
$149.99

Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Autograph Baseball HOF 77 PSA DNA P80161
$149.99

ERNIE BANKS "HOF 77" SIGNED CUBS JERSEY JSA COA Y77322 GA 60954 GTSM EB0542
$199.99
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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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