Ernie Banks Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ernie Banks

Date of Birth: 1/31/1931
Rookie Card Year: 1954
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

For years, Ernie Banks was the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs. Adored by fans, "Mr. Cub" remains an ambassador for the team. Ernie Banks cards and autographed memorabilia hold a special place in the collections of his numerous fans still today.

Banks' accomplishments led to his Hall of Fame induction in 1977. He is a member of the 500 Home Run Club. Banks was also a 14-time All-Star and won the National League's Most Valuable Player Award twice.

Ernie Banks' rookie card can be found in 1954 Topps Baseball. He also has a photo card in the 1954 All-Star Photo Pack.

His early autographed cards include 1992 Front Row and 1993 Nabisco All-Stars. His first certified autograph card produced by a major trading card manufacturer is from 1997 Donruss Signature Series Baseball, which is serial numbered to 2,000. He also has a Notable Nicknames parallel that is numbered to 200.

In 1999, Upper Deck produced Ernie Banks' first memorabilia card. The card is part of the Piece of History set and commemorates him being a member of the 500 Home Run Club. It contains a piece of game-used bat. The card is not serial numbered but has a known print run of 350 copies. In addition, an autographed version of the card also exists. It is serial numbered to just 14 copies, which happens to be his jersey number.

Ernie Banks has always been a gracious in-person signer. He also regularly participates in organized signing events. The values of his memorabilia have remained consistent through the years. Demand is constant as new generations of Cubs fans come to appreciate his infectious personality and Hall of Fame credentials.

Ernie Banks Rookie Card

1954 Topps Ernie Banks RC #94

1954 Topps Ernie Banks

The 1954 Topps Baseball set is a favorite with vintage collectors. It is truly an iconic set in the hobby. Banks shares the rookie card spotlight with fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Al Kaline. So desired is this card that even low-grade examples often command hundreds of dollars.

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1962 Topps #25 ERNIE BANKS Cubs VINTAGE HOF
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1963 Topps Hank Aaron Ernie Banks #242 Baseball Card
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ERNIE BANKS 2003 Topps Gallery Currency Connection 1958 Wheat Penny
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1961 Topps #350 Ernie Banks SGC 70 Chicago Cubs Baseball Card
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1961 Topps #350 Ernie Banks SGC 70 Chicago Cubs Baseball Card
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1961 Topps Set Break #575 Ernie Banks PSA 6 EX-MT j28839
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1954 Topps Ernie Banks Rookie #94 SGC 45 T43
$425.00

1961 Nu-Card Scoops #420 Ernie Banks Belts 47 HomersEarns MVP Chicago Cubs PSA 9
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1963 Topps #380 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Baseball Card
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1963 Topps #380 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Baseball Card
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2011 Topps Hertiage Ernie Banks Flash Back auto. #5 of 25
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1962 Topps Stamps lot Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs HOF VG-EX
$7.50

2005 Upper Deck Hall of Fame Green #25 Ernie Banks 200 - NM-MT
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1968 Topps #355 Ernie Banks POOR Cubs V4793
$9.59

1971 KELLOGG'S #50 ERNIE BANKS 1975 TOPPS #560 PEREZ #616 JIM RICE RC SGC 92 88
$150.00

1984 TCMA #09 - Ernie Banks NEAR MINT-MINT - Chicago Cubs - Hall of Fame
$7.99
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Autograph Guide

Ernie Banks Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ernie Banks' 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.

Ernie Banks Cut Signature Exemplar:

Ernie Banks Signature example

Ernie Banks Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ernie Banks 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. It is a fairly easy autograph to discern by letter.
  2. The "E" resembles a backwards "?"
  3. The ""r" is drawn as an up and down stroke with a plateau at the top.
  4. The "n" resembles more of an "m."
  5. The "i" is always dotted.
  6. The "e" is usually formed with an open loop.
  7. The "B" is open and makes a bit of a kidney bean shape as the humps of the letter are very shallow.
  8. The "a" is usually open.
  9. The "n" resembles the one in the first name.
  10. The "k" consists of a vertical line, an angled line that does not always touch the vertical. The second angled line is used to flow into the "s," which is open at the bottom.

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Ernie Banks Signed Bat

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Ernie Banks Signed photo

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Autographed Set Break 1960 Topps #10 ERNIE BANKS HOF PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO D.2015
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH MLB JERSEY Cooperstown Cream Blue Stripe Cert GAI
$100.00

Ernie Banks Signed Perez Steele G.M. - PSA DNA
$48.00

Ernie Banks Mr Cub Signed Louisville Slugger Mini Bat - PSA DNA
$139.00

ERNIE BANKS JSA SIGNED CERTIFIED 4X7 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED BASEBALL PSA DNA COA AUTOGRAPHED CUBS MR CUB LETS PLAY 2 HOF
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ERNIE BANKS SIGNED HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD PSA DNA ENCAPSULATED AUTHENTIC
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Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Auto Official MLB Stats Baseball JSA
$195.00

1967 Chicago Cubs Team Signed Baseball Ernie Banks Ron Santo Durocher PSA DNA
$995.00

Ernie Banks signed Rawlings Official MLB Cubs 100th Anniversary Baseball HOF JSA
$233.99

ERNIE BANKS (Chicago Cubs) Signed Engraved BAT w PSA COA & MR.CUB Inscription
$229.95

Mr.Cub Ernie Banks signed autograph 8x10 photo with PSA certfication
$89.99

Ernie Banks Autographed Signed NL Game Used Baseball Cubs Vintage PSA DNA
$895.00

Ernie Banks Autographed Signed NL Game Used Baseball Cubs Vintage PSA DNA
$449.00

Ernie Banks Signed Charles Feeney National League Baseball PSA DNA COA Cubs Auto
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LOT OF 2 ERNIE BANKS Signed HOF Logo OML Baseball JSA MLB COA FREE CASE CUBS
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More Info

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I remember sending a card to banks to sign with a check donation and I got my card back about 8 months later torn into 10 or more pieces and he was good enough to include in the envelope a bunch of orange rinds and a handful of other garbage…

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