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Finally completed my Ernie Banks run 1954-1971 - Scan heavy!

swish54_99

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Dec 12, 2012
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Got the last card I needed today, so thought I'd share the run with everyone. I think....hopefully...that I have them all, even included the OPC (still need '71) and Venezuelans (still need 60/64/67). Those non-USA ones are so few and far between that I'll just add those when I can, since I don't know when the next one will pop up for sale.

A little back story for why Banks. I have been a huge Cub fan for 35 years. I've met him a couple of different times before he passed and he was truly an amazing human being. He would take the time to talk to every single fan he could. During one signing, when it was my turn, he talked to me for about 5 minutes about my job...while the couple of hundred people behind me waited for their turn. He just was dumbfounded (in a good way) that I am a stay-at-home dad and took care of the kids without the help of a nanny while my wife worked all day. While I was telling him about it, he said "wait a minute, I want to stand up and shake your hand young man." But that's just who he was, he wanted to treat you like a friend. When he was done, he signed my ball and even added 2 inscriptions for free without me asking...HOF'77 and Mr Cub. For those of you who have been to a signing, especially a paid one, you know that inscriptions usually don't get added for free....let alone 2 inscriptions.

Ernie Banks ball.JPGErnie Banks ball 2.JPG

I also have these two 8x10's I got at other signings.

Ernie Banks 8x10.jpgErnie Banks 8x10 2.jpg

I started out buying his rookie card about 6-8 years ago. I had maybe another one or two cards of his when I had that experience I mentioned above but wasn't actively trying to get as many as I could. I decided that I've already got the most expensive one out of the way, why not try for all the others. As you can see, I tried going for nice looking mid-grade examples...especially the older ones.


1954 Topps PSA 4 RC
1955 Bowman PSA 4
1955 Topps PSA 5
1956 Topps Grey Back PSA 4
1956 Topps White Back PSA 5
1957 Topps PSA 4

Ernie Banks 1954 PSA 4.jpgErnie Banks 1955 Bowman PSA 4.jpgErnie Banks 1955 Topps PSA 5.jpg
Ernie Banks 1956 Topps Gray Back PSA 4.jpgErnie Banks 1956 Topps PSA 5.jpgErnie Banks 1957 Topps PSA 4.jpg
 
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swish54_99

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1958 Topps SGC 4.5
1958 Topps AS PSA 5
1959 Topps AS PSA 6
1959 Topps Clubhouse Clubbers PSA 6
1959 Venezuelan Clubhouse Clubbers SGC 2
1959 Topps PSA 7
1959 Topps Hustler Banks Wins MVP PSA 6.5
1959 Topps Hustler Banks Wins MVP Buyback
1960 Topps AS PSA 5
1960 Topps PSA 6


Ernie Banks 1958 Topps SGC 4.5.jpgErnie Banks 1958 AS PSA 5.jpgErnie Banks 1959 Topps All-Star PSA 6.jpg
Ernie Banks 1959 Topps Cubs Clubbers PSA 6.jpgErnie Banks 1959 Venezuelan Cubs Clubbers SGC 2.jpgErnie Banks 1959 Topps PSA 7.jpg
Ernie Banks 1959 Topps Hustler PSA 6.5.jpgErnie Banks buyback.jpg
Ernie Banks 1960 Topps AS PSA 5.jpgErnie Banks 1960 Topps PSA 6.jpg
 
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swish54_99

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Dec 12, 2012
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1961 Topps NL HR Leaders PSA 6
1961 Topps AS PSA 6
1961 Topps MVP PSA 6
1961 Topps PSA 6
1962 Topps PSA 5
1962 Venezuelan
1963 Topps Power Plus PSA 6
1963 Topps PSA 7
1963 Topps NL HR Leaders PSA 6
1964 Topps PSA 6

Ernie Banks 1961 NL HR Leaders PSA 6.jpgErnie Banks 1961 Topps AS PSA 6.jpgErnie Banks 1961 Topps MVP PSA 6.jpg
Ernie Banks 1961 Topps PSA 6.jpgErnie Banks 1962 Topps PSA 5.jpgErnie Banks Venezuelan 2.jpg
Ernie Banks 1963 Power Plus PSA 6.jpgErnie Banks 1963 Topps PSA 7.jpgErnie Banks 1963 Topps NL HR Leaders PSA 6.jpg
Ernie Banks 1964 Topps PSA 6.jpg
 
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mrmopar

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Jan 19, 2010
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Who?

Just kidding, very nice. Aside from the RC, I think he was always a little under appreciated as a HOF player in the hobby world.
 

swish54_99

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Dec 12, 2012
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Who?

Just kidding, very nice. Aside from the RC, I think he was always a little under appreciated as a HOF player in the hobby world.
I agree. 500 HR club, back-to-back MVP's (as a shortstop), 14x AS, GG. Actually, he had his best seasons as a SS in a time when SS was a week position. I'm sure being on some bad Cubs teams for most of his career doesn't help in the hobbies perception.
 

nevermore

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Aug 7, 2008
3,221
New York
Nice collection, thanks for sharing the cards and story.

Love his 1969 Topps pose with the Cubs sleeve patch.

By 1970 seems he was transitioning to a golf swing lol.
 

delsant2

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May 29, 2010
220
Very cool, congrats on that accomplishment! And neat story about the signing, he sounds like a swell person, I really wish more people who are considered role models would act the same way. Also have to mention, I love that trifecta in 1966!

Do you plan to grade the raw cards?
 

swish54_99

Well-known member
Dec 12, 2012
1,033
Very cool, congrats on that accomplishment! And neat story about the signing, he sounds like a swell person, I really wish more people who are considered role models would act the same way. Also have to mention, I love that trifecta in 1966!

Do you plan to grade the raw cards?

Yes, I do plan on getting the raw ones graded. I like PSA and am waiting for them to open back up with specials....so who knows when that'll actually be. Not sure if I'll end up crossing over the few SGC's or not.
 

delsant2

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May 29, 2010
220
Yes, I do plan on getting the raw ones graded. I like PSA and am waiting for them to open back up with specials....so who knows when that'll actually be. Not sure if I'll end up crossing over the few SGC's or not.
Very nice, good luck with the grades....when things start to get back to normal. Fingers crossed for decent ones!
 

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