Category Archives: Ernie Banks Collection

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

There were a lot of things that I liked about the 2013 release of Allen & Ginter – and I am not a ‘Ginter Guy’.

Of all of the prior A&G releases, I think that the 2013 set brought us the nicest framing.  The muted Blue works well with a lot of team color schemes, and when the portrait features a Blue background, like this one of Ernie Banks, it ties the whole design together very nicely.

As a vintage collector that loves his legendary Cubs players, this is a match made in heaven.

Want proof?

Check out the card of Ernie Banks from the 2013 set!

GINTER BANKS

 

It is the Blue that ties it all together without being ‘too Blue’.  The framing is perfect, the background is just right, and the wording under the player’s image is the icing on the cake.

PERFECT!!!

Happy Birthday To ‘Mr. Cub’ Ernie Banks!!!

Happy Birthday To ‘Mr. Cub’ Ernie Banks!!!

Amazingly, Ernie Banks is turning 83 years old today.

I have seen recent pictures of Ernie at various Cubs and baseball related events and he looks great!!  Still has the famous smile of his!!!

‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization.  His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’.  Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.

Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs.  For someone who means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most.

Happy Birthday Mr. Banks!!

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1977 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1977 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization. His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’. Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.

Ernie Banks was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot. He received 321 of 383 votes cast.

banks HOF postcard

1971 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

1971 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

On this day in 1971 Chicago Cubs great, Ernie Banks, retired from major league baseball after 19 seasons.

‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization.  His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’.  Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.

Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs.  For someone that means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most!

1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!

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Ernie Banks 2012 Topps ‘Golden Moments’ – “Welcome To The Club, Ernie”

Ernie Banks 2012 Topps ‘Golden Moments’ – “Welcome To The Club, Ernie”

For all of the Topps ‘Gold Standard’ and ‘Golden Moments’ cards that I have seen in the last year and a half, I have no idea how I missed out on this one of Ernie Banks all of this time.

I found it while doing some random shopping on Ebay, and from there I was able to easily add it to my cart during a shopping spree on Sportlots.com for just $0.18.

Have a look:

VINTAGE BANKS GOLDEN

The card comes from the 2012 Update set and celebrates Banks joining the ’500 Home Runs Club’ on May 12, 1970.

And I’ve got to say that I really like this one!!  Great photo selection.

Ernie Banks 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Ernie Banks 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Wow, how old does Ernie Banks look in this card from the 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set???

VINTAGE BANKS GOTG

I love it!!!  It is always nice to grab a new (modern) card of Banks for my collection, and I especially like that I have not seen this image used on a baseball card prior to nabbing this card.

It goes to show that sometimes a little more attention to image selection will net you some respect.  And for me, I am thrilled not to see a ‘repeat’ image on such a classy looking baseball card!!!

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – More Of The Same Image…. UGGH!!

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – More Of The Same Image….  UGGH!!

I always try to do my best in bringing modern cards of Ernie Banks into my collection as they are released.

And while I am certainly not a ‘Banks Collector’, I do this because I fully respect what he did on the field and how he is regarded within baseball and specifically the Chicago Cubs franchise.

During the 1960′s, Banks was one of baseball’s greatest stars – and I am certain that he was photographed at a very high rate.

So, it drive me a little nuts when I continue to see the same image used over and over when there have to be much more options available.

Here is Banks’ card from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball card set:

VINTAGE BANKS

The image featured is a nice one.  And normally, I would celebrate it.

But, I have just seen it way too often…

Like in 2103 Topps Museum and 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Hallmark Heroes and 2012 Topps Five Star and 2011 Topps Marquee and 2010 Topps Sterling and on and on and on…

1970 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Joins The ’500 Home Runs Club’

1970 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Joins The ’500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1970, Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks crushed his 500th career home run!!!

Ranking at #21 on the All-time home run list with 521 career round-trippers, Banks’ ranking continues to drop as more players overtake his career achievement of 521. It’s quite possible that Banks will drop 2 to 3 more spots over the course of the next 4-5 seasons, but one thing is for sure – ERNIE BANKS’ STATUS WILL NEVER FADE AMONGST CUBS FANS!!!

Banks personifies what Cubbie Baseball is all about, and he is without a doubt the most popular baseball player to ever call Wrigley Field home.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Banks!! We Still Love You!!!!

Ernie Banks 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Chicago Cubs Manufactured Patch Card

Ernie Banks 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Chicago Cubs Manufactured Patch Card

Would you believe that I paid just $1.99 for this card?  Well, I did.  Actually, I paid $2.49 if you divide my shipping costs and apply them equally to the four cards that I bought from this seller.

When I found this one, I thought that the Buy It Now price was a mistake.  Maybe the seller put the wrong price?  Maybe he missed a digit?  But, after searching his other listings, I saw that most cards were priced to sell, and I pounced!!

I picked up four cards in total, all at $1.99 each!

And this one of Banks looks great.  It comes from the 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics set.  And it features a very nice, and bright Chicago Cubs patch as the centerpiece.

This card is uber-thick, quite possibly the thickest card in my collection…

Have a look:

GU Banks Patch

Nice, huh??

Wait until you see the other cards that I picked up from this seller.  You’re gonna love it – I know that I do!!!