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.

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1968 Venezuelan Topps # 235 RON SANTO Chicago Cubs
$100.00

1971 Topps #280 Fergie Jenkins +#220 Ron Santo +#248 Hoyt Wilhelm Cubs -EX MT++!
$9.99

1961 Post Cereal Company Chicago Cubs Sheet of 10 Ernie Banks, Ron Santo
$325.00

1965 Topps Embossed #28 Ron Santo EX U900
$7.75

1961 Topps #35 Ron Santo Chicago Cubs EX-MT Nice Card Set Break
$48.00

1968 Bazooka Ron Santo PSA 6 Chicago Cubs HOF
$225.00

RON SANTO #35 BASEBALL CARD
$20.00

RON SANTO 2004 Topps Fan Favorites #19
$5.00

1966 Venezuela Topps #290 Ron Santo PSA 2 Cubs HOF
$175.00

1966 Venezuela Topps #290 Ron Santo PSA 4 Cubs HOF
$250.00

1965 topps #6 KEN BOYER WILLIE MAYS RON SANTO nl rbi leaders BGS BCCG 8
$10.00

1965 topps #6 KEN BOYER WILLIE MAYS RON SANTO nl rbi leaders BGS BCCG 8
$10.00

1969 topps #4 MCCOVEY RON SANTO BILLY WILLIAMS nl rbi leaders BGS BCCG 8
$8.00

1969 topps #4 MCCOVEY RON SANTO BILLY WILLIAMS nl rbi leaders BGS BCCG 8
$8.00

1969 topps deckle edge #19 RON SANTO chicago cubs BGS BCCG 8
$8.00

1969 topps deckle edge #19 RON SANTO chicago cubs BGS BCCG 8
$8.00
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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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Ron Santo Signed Autographed Chicago Cubs Sweetspot Baseball W Jsa
$99.99

Ron Santo signed This Old Cub DVD Video Psa Dna authenticated
$65.00

1988 Pacific Legends #97 Ron Santo PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Signed *1798
$39.00

1988 Pacific Legends #97 Ron Santo PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Signed *1799
$39.00

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Signed Bat Pro Model PSA DNA A
$359.99

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Autographed Signed PSA DNA COA MLB Baseball A
$199.99

RON SANTO SIGNED INDEX CARD PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPH HOF CHICAGO CUBS
$44.99

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Signed Bat Pro Model PSA DNA
$259.99

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Autographed Signed PSA DNA COA MLB Baseball
$134.99

RON SANTO SIGNED MINT INDEX CARD PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPH HOF CUBS
$59.99

RON SANTO VINTAGE PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1964 TOPPS GIANTS AUTOGRAPH
$69.00

Ron Santo signed card. PSA DNA authentic autograph. Hall of Famer Ronnie!
$34.99

Ron Santo signed Card. PSA DNA authentic. PSA 8 auto grade only. HOF Ron Santo!
$34.99

RON SANTO SIGNED GOLD GLOVE AWARD BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA COA CUBS HOF
$225.00

Ron Santo Autographed Signed Chicago Cubs Mini Helmet PSA COA
$150.00

RON SANTO SIGNED TCMA THE 1960'S CARD PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED HOF CUBS
$54.99
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User Comments

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

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