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

1969 TOPPS #4 N.L. RBI LEADERS WILLIE McCOVEY RON SANTO BILLY WILLIAMS NRMT MT
$9.00

1961 BAZOOKA #3 RON SANTO HOF RC EX *86552
$99.00

1967 Bazooka Baseball Complete 3-card Panel with Pete Rose & Ron Santo. MINT
$950.00

1966 Topps Rub Offs Panel Ron Santo Cubs, Pete Ward White Sox, Pete Richert, SGC
$27.99

1966 Topps Rub Offs Panel, Ron Santo Cubs, Juan Marichal, Kranepool NY Mets, SGC
$31.99

Ron Santo Card Lot hof
$12.99

1961 Topps #35 Ron SANTO - PSA 8.5+++ RC HOF
$427.49

1968 Topps Game Ron Santo #19 PSA NM-MT 8 ST6
$27.55

1964 Topps Stand-Up - Ron Santo - PSA 7.5 -- HoF -- Stand Up Ups (mikedenero)
$200.00

1964 Topps Stand-Up #67 - Ron Santo - PSA 8 -- HoF - Stand Up Ups (mikedenero)
$400.00

1965 TOPPS #110 RON SANTO VG CREASE TOP RIGHT *106380
$8.00

1969 Topps #19 Ron Santo PSA 5 EX "Deckle Edge" "Chicago Cubs"
$12.99

1964 TOPPS CARD #375 COIN#146 RON SANTO HOF CUBS HOF + 2001 ARCHIVES REPRINT
$12.99

1963 FLEER # 32 RON SANTO SGC 70 !!
$34.99

1973 Topps #115 Ron Santo PSA 9
$13.45

(14294) 1964 Topps 375 Ron Santo Cubs-EX+
$17.50
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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

7 alltime CUBS signed Wrigley Field Plate PSA DNA -Ernie Banks + Ron Santo +++++
$499.99

Ron Santo Signed 1974 Topps card PSA DNA Cubs Auto
$89.00

Ron Santo Signed 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes card PSA DNA Cubs Auto
$89.00

Ron Santo signed autograph auto FDC First Day Cover Cubs Legend PSA DNA Slabbed
$125.00

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs 1961 Topps RC Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$249.99

Ron Santo Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine June 30, 1969 Chicago Cubs JSA COA
$95.00

RON SANTO Autographed Signed 2008 Walgreens Annual Report PSA DNA COA
$85.00

RON SANTO signed Chicago CUBS Mitchell & Ness Jersey w PSA COA
$799.95

RON SANTO SIGNED INDEX CARD MINT PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPH HOF CHICAGO CUBS
$49.99

RON SANTO AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1965 TOPPS CARD #110 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$95.00

RON SANTO VINTAGE PSA DNA SIGNED 1972 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$49.00

RON SANTO VINTAGE JSA CERTED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$56.00

RON SANTO JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

RON SANTO VINTAGE JSA CERTED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$56.00

Ron Santo signed "11x14" 1972 Chi-Foursome Caricature PSA!!! Chicago Cubs
$79.99

RON SANTO CHICAGO CUBS,342HR,9XAS,5XGG JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
$700.00
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User Comments

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

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