Category Archives: 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Ernie Banks Rainbow

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Light Blue – 03/49

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Light Blue – 03/49

Well, well, well….

It took more than 1 month, but I have finally nabbed another card in the rainbow that I am trying to complete from the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set.

This card, the Light-Blue version, is serial numbered to 49 and is now my lowest numbered card in the set.

Check it out.  This is officially the 9th card that I have obtained in the set.

And now with this one out of the way just 2 cards stand in my way from completing the ‘Ernie Banks Rainbow’.

If I find them, they will be mine.  Mark my words!!!

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Emerald

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Emerald

It’s been ‘easy’ for me to scoop up some of these Ernie Banks, Mike Schmidt, and Frank Robinson trio cards from the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set.  And as I sit here and wait for one of the few Ernie Banks cards to find its way into the web marketplace, this sure is a great way to pass the time.

The version, known as Emerald, is serial numbered 499/499.  And I have to say that I find it particularly hard to look at this card.  That vibrant Green background color plays tricks on my eyes…

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Red

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Red

Still suffering from a lack of Ernie Banks cards from this 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set, I grabbed a few colored versions of the ‘Trio’ card from the same set.  And it features 3 guys that I love – Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, and Mike Schmidt.

This version, the Red one, is serial numbered 44/249.  The Red is a bit much for me, bu the shading that they did to give you two different contrasts of Red helps break up the very bright background color.

And while the Red background looks great behind the Schmidt photo since it matches his helmet color, it does very little for the rest of the card…

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Base

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Base

It has been way too long since I added a new addition to the rainbow of cards I have been working on of Ernie Banks that were issued as part of this set.  And since I am barely able to find anything to buy to get me closer to finishing this off, I will simply move on to the next, most logical extension….

Along with his base card, Ernie Banks is also featured on a card bearing the photos of Frank Robinson and Mike Schmidt.  The cards are available in the same array of colors as the regular Banks cards and since I happen to be a big fan of both Robinson and Schmidt anyway, this should be an enjoyable interlude as I keep my eyes peeled for the last few Banks’ cards I need to knock off the set.

This card, the base version, is not serial numbered liked the colored parallels.  But still, it is a great start to this minor excursion.

Enjoy!!!

My Ernie Banks Rainbow Has Hit A Major Snag…

My Ernie Banks Rainbow Has Hit A Major Snag…

What to do, what to do.

I have not purchased a 2008 Upper Deck Heroes card of Ernie Banks in almost a month.  And it is not for lack of effort, let me tell you!!

Simply put – I just cannot find any more of my ‘Needs’ for this set I was hoping to build to honor Mr. Cub.  To date, I have amassed 8 of the colored parallel versions of this card, and with just three more to go, I cannot find them.

Actually, I have never seen them. 

They are:

  1. Purple – numbered to 25
  2. Light Blue – numbered to 49
  3. Sea Green – numbered to 99

I don’t really know where to go from here.  I mean, I have really enjoyed the challenge of trying to put this set together.  But if the cards aren’t out there to be had, what can I do???

Actually, I do kind of know something that I can do…

Here’s a hint – 3 HOFers, 3 members of the ‘500 HR Club’.

Are you thinking what I am thinking???

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Emerald

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Emerald

Finally, I land another piece of the puzzle in the ‘Ernie Banks Rainbow’ that I have been trying to put together!

It had been a while since I found a new one, so when I saw this Green beauty pop up on Ebay I nabbed it swiftly.  This one is numbered 329/499, and I have to say that I like the look of the bright Green border color of this version.

And now I have 8 pieces of the puzzle!

Update: Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow

Update: Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow

Here I sit with 7 of the 11 cards that make up the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow.  In just under three months, I have been able to attack this set pretty successfully while also picking up two Game-Used jersey relic cards in the process.

Of the four cards that remain on my ‘Needs’ list, three of them are the most limited – Purple(25 copies), Light Blue(49), and Sea Green(99).  These will be tough to come by as I have yet to see them appear on Ebay since I started this journey.  The fourth card that I need is the Emerald version, and that should be easier to locate since 499 copies exist.

Anyway, here are the seven cards that I have picked up so far:

And now the two relic cards:

Stay tuned as I hope to grab a few more of these as they make their way onto Ebay or any of the other web baseball card websites that I visit…  Wish me luck!!!

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Charcoal– Game Used Jersey Card

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Charcoal– Game Used Jersey Card

Once again, I interrupt my adventures of collecting ‘The Ernie Banks Rainbow’ to bring you this special card.

From the same 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set, this card is the Charcoal parallel and it features a piece of Game-Used jersey from Banks’ playing days with the Cubs.

As for the jersey, the color is very close to that of the Charcoal border.  Made from wool, I have to imagine that the heavy material kept Mr. Banks comfortable while at Wrigley Field and dealing with the crazy weather that Chicago offers!!

A truly great bonus to my ‘Ernie Banks Raonbow’!!!

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Black

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Black

As you may have read last night, I picked up a ‘U Pick 10’ lot of these 2008 UD Heroes cards on Ebay a few weeks ago.  Strictly seeking out the Ernie Banks card for my rainbow, I nabbed a bunch of high quality players that will enhance my personal collection and a few other collectors that I am friendly with as well.

And as I mentioned, the main reason for grabbing this lot was to add another card to my Ernie Banks set.

So, without further ado, here is the Black version of the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set featuring Mr. Cub himself, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks!!!

Update: Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow

Update: Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow

6 base cards and 1 Game-Used relic card in, I thought it was time to offer up another glimpse of the ‘Ernie Banks Rainbow’ that I have been working on.

Enjoy!!!!

And one more look at that incredible Game-Used jersey card too!!!