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

Ron Santo 2000 Danbury Mint Sealed 22 kt Gold Card # 98
$12.95

1963 FLEER # 32 RON SANTO CUBS GD-VG INK FRONT 184203
$21.95

1969 TOPP'S RON SANTO DECKLE EDGE Baseball CARD # 19 XF
$14.99

1964 Topps # 375 Ron Santo Ex-Mt
$20.00

Ron Santo RC (PSA 9 Mint) 1961 Topps #35 All-Star Rookie Cubs HOF
$999.00

1971 TOPPS RON SANTO EX MT CHICAGO CUBS #220 (002)
$6.00

1973 Topps CHICAGO CUBS Complete TEAM Set RON SANTO Monday WILLIAMS Jenkins
$26.99

1965 OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL #6 WILLIE MAYS RON SANTO
$24.99

1967 Topps #70 Ron Santo PSA NM-MT 8 *5178
$45.00

1970 Topps #670 Ron Santo PSA MINT 9 *8581
$200.00

1969 MLBPA PINS RON SANTO CHICAGO CUBS "PSA GRADED 7 NEAR MINT"
$49.99

1964 TOPPS RON SANTO VG EX CHICAGO CUBS #375 CORNER CREASE
$6.80

1974 TOPPS #270 RON SANTO CUBS HOF PSA 8 B1905441-617
$14.99

1965 NL RBI Ldrs #6 WILLIE MAYS - RON SANTO - KEN BOYER SGC 84
$28.75

1969 TOPPS ALL STAR #420 RON SANTO CUBS HOF POP 5 PSA 7.5 B1905699-551
$16.99

1972 Topps #556 Ron Santo Vault File Copy 1 of 1 Authentic Chicago Cubs HOF
$49.99
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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 1961 TOPPS "ROOKIE" CARD #35 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$225.00

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 Chicago Cubs Hand Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA
$65.00

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA
$65.00

Ron Santo 1961 Topps signed autographed card PSA DNA Chicago Cubs HOF Rookie
$499.99

Ron Santo Signed 1971 Topps Card #220 Cubs Died-2010 JSA COA #1
$69.99

Ron Santo Signed 1974 Topps Card #270 Cubs JSA COA
$69.99

Ron Santo Signed 1975 Topps Card #35 White Sox JSA COA
$69.99

RON SANTO PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1964 PHOTO GPC AUTOGRAPH
$69.00

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

d2010 RON SANTO auto 75 UPPER DECK UDA SWEET SPOT BAT signed autographed UD SP
$57.99

RON SANTO SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1960`S CUT PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00

RON SANTO 2001 DONRUSS SIGNED PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$49.00

Ron Santo Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Cubs PSA DNA #Q94857
$59.00
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User Comments

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

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