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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 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

This card of Ernie Banks was one of many modern cards featuring legends of the game that came to me through a huge donation from a ’30-YOC’ loyal reader, Jared.

The card, from the 2013 Topps Triple Threads baseball card set, features Mr. Cub in his sweet White, wool Cubs uniform that boasts one of my favorite Cubs patches!

Have a look:

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I love the patch that adorns Banks’ left shoulder.  And while Topps may not have purposely used this image to show-off that sweet Cubby Bear, they certainly got my attention.

 

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

The 1971 baseball season was the last one in Ernie Banks’ major league career.  He was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card set, but he did not appear in the 1972 issue.

So, maybe this is what his card would have looked like if he did have a card in that set:

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Topps oftentimes will retired players in sets the year after they retire, and I am not sure of the reason.  Maybe the cards are already designed? Maybe the checklists are already complete?  Maybe they do it as a tribute to the player?

Either way, we can ‘Thank’ Topps for giving us a card of Mr. Banks using their 1972 baseball card design.  The card pictured above comes from the 2013 Flagship set, it is a mini and obviously it employs the sweet, and legendary 1972 design.

Thank you, Topps!

Ernie Banks 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Chicago

Ernie Banks 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Chicago

Normally, the lack of team names and logos on baseball cards does not bother me.  Certainly not as much as I know it does others.

But, this card definitely stands out – way too much blank space!!

Between the blank cap on Banks’ head, the blank jersey he is wearing, and the empty space in the upper-right corner of the card, this one is pretty bad…

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Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Here’s another single from the lot I recently bought.  This one is of Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks and it is from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

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I like it.  I like the 1973 Topps design.  And I like the contrast of the large image showing Banks in a posed batting stance and then the small, silhouette of a player making a play at shortstop is the perfect complement.

Banks’ career ended when he was 40 years old and at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  While he was always a younger-looking guy, he looks to be in is late twenties or early thirties in this shot.  If I had to complain about anything about this baseball card, it would be that Topps could have chosen an image of an older Ernie Banks to make the ’73 theme work better with the image.

 

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!!!!

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

It has been a long time since I did one of these ‘Evolution’ posts, so I thought it would be a good time to get back and take a peek at my full collection with one single, solitary picture.

The growth of my collection over the last few months has stalled a bit as I have focused more time, energy, and funds into my modern player collections and the start of my 1975 Topps set build.

Still, while the growth in terms of size is not what it has been in the past, the growth of these player collections has been phenomenally fun!!

Between my Dustin Pedroia, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton collections, each has grown by leaps and bounds.  And while I never thought that I would truly get ‘into’ collecting modern players, I am happy about how rewarding this has been thus far.  And I look forward to seeing how much I can grow each of them in the coming collecting year.

Also, as you can see in the below picture, the three albums that I have dedicated to my Marlins teams sets have filled up nicely.  I don’t yet need to expand to a fourth album, but that may be my reality by the end of 2014.

Lastly, you will also see the binder I am using for my 1975 Topps set build in the lower right corner of the picture.  I have all of the pages pre-loaded, and I am trying to keep it as organized as possible so as I add new cards to my set, I can quickly drop them into the spots reserved for them.

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Next time around I will not wait this long to show of the full collection.  It has been too long and I truly enjoy keeping this process rolling as it is a nice way to celebrate the growth and progress of ’30-YOC’.

Oh, and someday soon I see my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ expanding to a fourth box…

Thanks for reading.  Have a nice night.