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

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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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1975 Topps Chicago White Sox Team Set With Ron Santo
$7.79
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1970 TOPPS RON SANTO AUTOGRAPH CHICAGO CUBS *48474
$25.00
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2004 Bazooka One-Liners Relics Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Game Used Bat
$14.95
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1961 Topps #35 RON SANTO Rookie RC Vintage Baseball Card ! NM(slight oc) ! 73802
$59.99
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1961 Topps # 35 Ron Santo RC NM-MT
$200.00
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8743* 1975 Topps # 35 Ron Santo NM-MT
$10.00
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1961 POST CEREAL RON SANTO #196
$8.05
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1961 TOPPS #35 RON SANTO CHICAGO CUBS BASEBALL ROOKIE CARD RC GOOD GD
$6.99
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1970 Topps Baseball N.L. RBI Leaders #63 (Willie McCovey; Ron Santo) PSA 5
$8.99
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1969 Topps #420 Ron Santo CHICAGO CUBS ALL STAR NM MT
$10.00
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1972 Topps Ron Santo Ia #556 Hof Psa 8
$15.99
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1966 Topps Venezuela #290 Ron Santo Chicago Cubs PSA 3 (dist. in Venezuela)
$22.93
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1965 Topps Ron Santo $110 PSA 8
$85.00
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1962 POST CEREAL #184 Ron Santo CHICAGO CUBS EX-MINT HOF
$9.00
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1962 POST CEREAL HANDCUT AUTHENTIC RON SANTO #184 PSA
$35.00
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1963 TOPPS #252 RON SANTO HOF CHICAGO CUBS VGEX
$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:

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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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1974 Topps Ron Santo #270 signed PSA DNA Authentic Auto Autograph Baseball Card
$44.89
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RON SANTO JSA AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED
$149.00
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RON SANTO SIGNED CHICAGO CUBS GOLD GLOVE OMLB BASEBALL JSA COA
$199.99
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RON SANTO Signed Baseball Autographed Giamatti PSA DNA X25109
$149.99
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RON SANTO (Chicago Cubs) signed engraved ash bat w PSA COA
$349.95
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Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Autographed Signed PSA DNA COA MLB Baseball
$134.99
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Ron Santo signed Chicago Cubs team issued picture pack photo Psa authenticated
$65.00
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CHICAGO CUBS LEGEND RON SANTO HAND SIGNED RAWLINGS BIG STICK BAT W JSA COA
$224.99
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Ron Santo signed autograph auto 1967 Topps PSA Slabbed
$70.55
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RON SANTO Signed MLB Baseball -JSA Authenticated #J45758
$110.00
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Ron Santo Signed Warren Giles Baseball AUTO JSA LOA Cubs HOF Deceased 2010
$199.07
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Ron Santo signed autograph auto 1972 Topps PSA Slabbed
$78.85
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RON SANTO CUBS PSA DNA Signed ML Baseball W GO CUBS
$169.99
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RON SANTO SIGNED PSA DNA 1993 TED WILLIAMS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$44.00
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Ron Santo Signed 1994 Score Baseball Card #648. Chicago Cubs. PSA DNA.
$39.00
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RON SANTO JSA AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED
$142.00
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User Comments

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

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