Ron Santo Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ron Santo

Date of Birth: 2/25/1940
Rookie Card Year: 1961
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Ron Santo cards and autographed memorabilia holds a special place for Chicago baseball fans. Although he played for both the Cubs and the White Sox, Santo is best known as being a Cub. He was the heart and soul of the franchise for decades. Long after his retirement, he remained committed to the Cubs as a radio broadcaster.

Santo's rookie card is from the 1961 Topps Baseball set. He also has numerous other cards printed that same year that are also very popular with collectors. While they do not qualify as rookie cards because they're premiums and inserts, they are first-year cards.  These include releases from Bazooka, Post Cereals, Jay Publishing and a Cubs team-issued card.

His first official autographed card was issued in 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Greats of the Game. In 2001, Santo's first memorabilia card, a game-used bat card, was included in 2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970's.

Ron Santo was a  frequent guest at regional sports collectibles and autograph shows. He was also a very willing in-person signer. Demand for Santo's signature remains consistent, even after his death in 2010. While there is still ample supply to meet that demand, eventually that will shift creating an increase in value for his signed memorabilia.

Ron Santo Rookie Card

1961 Topps Ron Santo RC #35

1961 Topps Ron Santo RC

This card features a classic image of a classic Cub. The large Topps All-Star Rookie Trophy is a nice compliment to the card's overall appearance.  Very few Gem Mint 10 copies of this card exist. They sell for well into the five figures when they come to auction.

Top eBay Listings

1965 Topps Ron Santo Chicago Cubs #110 Baseball Card
$45.00

TOPPS PSA 9 OC 1961 & PSA 9 OC 1962 Ron Santo cards
$375.00

1961 Topps Ron Santo Rookie RC #35 PSA 10 Gem Mint
$7,500.00

2010 LEAF SPORTS ICONS TRIBUTE CUT SIGNATURE "RON SANTO" # 12 OF 17 CUBS LEGEND
$69.99

1970 Kellogg's #42 Ron Santo CUBS PSA 9 MINT
$11.99

3 card lot 1970 Topps #454 Ron Santo All-Star Cubs NM+
$15.00

1961 TOPPS RC RON SANTO #35 (125.00) EXMT UT3181
$40.00

1961 TOPPS RON SANTO #35 (125.00) EX UT1837
$32.00

Ron Santo 2005 Donruss Signature Series Baseball SSP AUTOGRAPH Card! CUBS LEGEND
$12.27

1968 TOPPS #235 RON SANTO NM-NMMINT SET BREAK
$5.76

1972 Topps #555 Ron Santo Chicago Cubs VG+ 0614
$6.95

1962 Topps #170 Ron Santo Cubs PSA 6 EX-MT 487
$28.99

1964 Topps Baseball Card, #375, NM-, Ron Santo, Chicago Cubs!
$17.49

1961 TOPPS RON SANTO RC #35 (120.00) EX UT1658
$35.00

1961 TOPPS RON SANTO RC #35 (120.00) NRMT+ UT1656
$55.00

2012 baseball HALL of FAME HOF induction PROGRAM cancelled RON SANTO-larkin+ ud
$7.49
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Autograph Guide

Ron Santo Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ron Santo's 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.

Ron Santo Cut Signature Exemplar:

Ron Santo Signature Example

Ron Santo Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ron Santo 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. The signature is written in cursive on an even horizontal plane with a slight lean to the right.
  2. The letters "R" and "S" are larger than the other letters.
  3. The "R" is unique and resembles a treble clef music symbol.
  4. The vowel letters each contain a small opening.
  5. The "S' is standard cursive with a upside down tear-drop shaped loop at the top.
  6. The "t" looks like a lower case cursive "l" that is then crossed.
  7. He often inscribes his jersey number "10."

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Top eBay Listings

RON SANTO SIGNED 1967 TOPPS PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED HOF CUBS
$74.99

CUBS RON SANTO AUTHENTIC SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA SLABBED
$44.99

Ron Santo 1963 Fleer AUTOGRAPH HOF Chicago Cubs Signed Card PSA DNA Autographed
$59.00

Ron Santo PSA DNA 1969 Topps Deckle Edge 1 1 Chicago Cubs Signed Autographed HOF
$72.25

1975 Topps Ron Santo PSA 10 Autographed Card 1969 Chicago Cubs Signed HOF DNA
$68.00

1971 Topps Ron Santo PSA 10 Autographed Baseball Card Signed Chicago Cubs HOF 69
$63.75

1975 Topps Mini #35 Ron Santo PSA Autographed Signed Card Chicago Cubs 1969 HOF
$68.00

1962 Topps Ron Santo PSA Autograph Authentic Auto HOF 1969 Chicago Cubs Signed
$68.00

Ron Santo PSA DNA 1970 Topps #454 Signed Autographed 1969 Chicago Cubs HOF Auto
$68.00

1965 Topps #110 Ron Santo Autographed PSA Signed Chicago Cubs Auto 1969 HOF 69
$68.00

1961 TOPPS VINTAGE SIGNED CARD #35 RON SANTO RC ROOKIE CUBS PSA DNA HOF
$199.99

1969 TOPPS #420 RON SANTO SIGNED CARD CUBS DEC HOF PSA DNA GUARANTEE
$49.99

RON SANTO SIGNED 1962 TOPPS PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED HOF CUBS
$79.99

RON SANTO SIGNED CHICAGO'S GREATS PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED HOF CUBS
$69.99

Ron Santo Autographed Signed " BLACK CAT" 8 x10 Photo PSA DNA COA
$99.00

Ron Santo 2001 Topps archives 1975 AUTOGRAPH HOF Chicago Cubs Signed PSA DNA
$59.99
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User Comments

  1. Nice Articular. His cards I think are undervalue.

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