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 208x300 Image

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.

ebaysmalllogo Image
1815907128134040 1 Image
1957 TOPPS #55 ERNIE BANKS PSA 5 CUBS *11650
$65.00
1914200389664040 1 Image
1957 TOPPS #55 ERNIE BANKS PSA 5 HOF CUBS *10834
$65.00
3809807755824040 1 Image
1958 TOPPS #482 ERNIE BANKS ALL-STAR VG+ CORNER CREASES *142196
$12.00
2313138512874040 1 Image
1958 TOPPS #310 ERNIE BANKS VGEX WAX BACK *142359
$35.00
1615193833684040 1 Image
2010 Topps #590B Ernie Banks SP
$10.00
3512510553794040 1 Image
1958 TOPPS BASEBALL #482 ERNIE BANKS CUBS HOF EXNM
$15.01
3507826243864040 1 Image
2013 TOPPS GYPSY QUEEN #200 ERNIE BANKS #129 199 MINI - CHICAGO CUBS
$8.95
3501926631524040 1 Image
1979 Wausau Timbers BOB JOHNSON Uncle is Ernie Banks
$12.99
3606668213694040 1 Image
1961 Topps baseball card #575 Ernie Banks All Star Chicago Cubs SGC 96 MINT 9
$575.00
2717092465354040 1 Image
1954 TOPPS #94 ERNIE BANKS (Rookie Casd) HAMILTON CERAMIC CARD
$19.99
1313780111494040 1 Image
1962 SALADA BASEBALL COIN #177a Ernie Banks OF Chicago Cubs PSA 7
$24.00
4005948852534040 1 Image
1966 Topps # 110 Ernie Banks Ex-Mt
$32.00
3712138060464040 1 Image
Ernie Banks Hand Bonded Artwork card baseball card Plain Black Back 1990s
$5.90
3712138073454040 1 Image
Ernie Banks Ballstreet 1993 Platinum Limited Edition Foil Baseball Card Promo
$5.00
3309158891304040 1 Image
2013 TOPPS GYPSY QUEEN #200 ERNIE BANKS #168 499 BLUE FRAMED - CHICAGO CUBS
$8.95
3706278952744040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS ETOPPS IN-HAND CHROME-LIKE
$13.99
« Previous1234
 Image

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 260x173 Image

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.

Ernie Banks Signed Baseball Pricing

Active Listings for Ernie Banks Signed Baseballs

Ernie Banks Signed Baseball 260x260 Image

Ernie Banks Signed Bat Pricing

Active Listings for Ernie Banks Signed Bats

Ernie Banks Signed Bat 260x105 Image

Ernie Banks Signed Jersey Pricing

Active Listings for Ernie Banks Signed Jerseys

Ernie Banks Signed Jersey 260x266 Image

Ernie Banks Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Ernie Banks Signed Photographs

Ernie Banks Signed photo 260x202 Image

ebaysmalllogo Image
1115473175964040 1 Image
Ernie Banks signed baseball HOF, PSA-DNA!
$32.99
3810928666784040 1 Image
Ernie Banks signed Chicago Cubs Perez Steele MLB HOF Great Moments JSA
$49.95
3708247392664040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 JSA I07064
$79.99
3708247405874040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS HOF 77 SIGNED 8X10 JSA STAMP OF APPROVAL
$89.99
3611226900304040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS SIGNED JSA CERTED OLD TIMERS PROGRAM AUTOGRAPH
$54.00
2313975024754040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS JSA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC SIGNED
$74.00
4008105397864040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS JSA AUTOGRAPH NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC SIGNED
$69.00
4008105397974040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS JSA CERT AUTOGRAPH NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC SIGNED
$69.00
2313975049604040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS JSA AUTOGRAPH NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED AUTHENTIC
$72.00
3611226982934040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS JSA CERT AUTOGRAPH NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC SIGNED
$74.00
1414786450224040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MITCHELL & NESS 1969 CHICAGO CUBS JERSEY HOF PSA
$299.99
1313553922444040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS AUTO SIGNED ORIGINAL 1969 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED POSTER CHICAGO CUBS PSA
$99.99
3103638211214040 1 Image
ERNIE BANKS CHICAGO CUBS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA AUTHENTICATION
$75.00
2815042281284040 1 Image
Chicago Cubs ERNIE BANKS Signed Autographed Gray Jersey HOF 77 with COA PSA
$249.99
1215190558764040 1 Image
Ernie Banks SIGNED & INSCRIBED HOF 77 OML Baseball PSA DNA 9.5 MINT+ SEALED LOA
$70.00
2717073083414040 1 Image
Ernie Banks autograph index card SGC JSA HOF signed Cubs FREE SHIPPING
$29.99
« Previous1234
 Image

More Info

For general information and player statistics about Ernie Banks, visit:


 |  E-Mail Author | 
Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.

Leave a Comment: