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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 CITGO COINS RON SANTO CUBS EX-MT SET BREAK 287921 (KYCARDS)
$14.00

1961 TOPPS # 35 RON SANTO CUBS GD-VG INK BACK 281442 (KYCARDS)
$30.00

PSA 8 1970 Topps #63 1969 NL RBI Leaders Willie McCovey Ron Santo Tony Perez
$35.97

1967 TOPPS #70 RON SANTO
$15.75

1962 TOPPS BASEBALL #170 RON SANTO
$9.99

1965 Topps #6 NL RBI Leaders Ken Boyer & Ron Santo Willie Mays HOF 9.5 Mint +
$9.77

1963 Topps Ron Santo Chicago Cubs #252 Baseball Card PSA 8 NM-MT Centered
$59.99

1961 Topps #35 Ron Santo RC HOF BVG
$200.00

1973 Topps # 115 Ron Santo Cubs HOF NM PSA 7
$15.00

(35654) 1965 Topps 6 NL RBI Leaders-Willie Mays-Ken Boyer-Ron Santo-EX
$9.00

1971 Topps RON SANTO Cubs #220 EXMT
$7.99

(35732) 1965 Topps 110 Ron Santo Cubs-EM
$16.75

1975 Topps Baseball #35 Ron Santo (White Sox) PSA 9 Mint 16-023
$25.00

1975 Topps Baseball #35 Ron Santo (White Sox) PSA 8 NM-MT 16-024
$12.00

1961 TOPPS RON SANTO VG CHICAGO CUBS #35 ROOKIE; LIGHT CREASE 52616HM
$25.00

1969 NABISCO TEAM FLAKES RON SANTO "ODDBALL" BASEBALL CARD, CHICAGO CUBS, 010714
$27.96
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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 PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1960`S CUT PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$41.39

Ron Santo Glenn Beckert Signed Matted 11x14 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA AC65242
$59.00

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Signed Auto 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Certified Autograph
$49.00

RON SANTO JSA COA HAND SIGNED WILSON STAFF 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$68.99

Ron Santo Cubs Signed 8.5x11 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA AB76450
$49.00

Ron Santo Cubs Signed 8x11 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA AB76451
$49.00

Ron Santo signed Cubs 1990 Swell baseball card Psa-Dna
$49.00

RON SANTO VINTAGE JSA SIGNED CERTIFIED 8X11 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$58.99

RON SANTO Signed Index CARD Chicago CUBS 3B 1969 HOF MLB Baseball SOX PSA DNA
$59.99

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

RON SANTO SIGNED COLOR 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA AUTO #AB76117 CHICAGO CUBS LEGEND
$169.00

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
$63.47

Ron Santo signed autographed JD McCarthy Postcard - JSA COA
$159.00

Ron Santo This Old Cub Autograph Signed DVD PSA DNA Chicago Cubs
$69.95

Ron Santo Chicago Cubs Hand Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA
$65.00
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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. Nice Articular. His cards I think are undervalue.

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