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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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Ernie Banks 2011 ’60 Years Of Topps’ – 1968 Topps Design

Ernie Banks 2011 ’60 Years Of Topps’ – 1968 Topps Design

I don’t own too many vintage baseball cards of Ernie Banks.  Of all of the former Cubs legends – his cards draw the most money, and they seem to maintain their value pretty well.

Of the few cards of Banks that I do have in my collection that were issued during his playing days, I have his 1968 Topps card.  It is in pretty good condition, and is probably my favorite card of the very small collection.

And now, I have a re-print of the same card.

VINTAGE BANKS 60YOT

This one comes from the 2011 Topps ’60 Years Of Topps’ set.  And while the corners are more crisp, and the image is sharper, I will say that I still prefer the one that is now 45 years old!!

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

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

Amazingly, Ernie Banks is turning 82 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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Ernie Banks 2004 Donruss Playoff Honors

Ernie Banks 2004 Donruss Playoff Honors

What a beauty here!!

Issued in 2004 by Donruss as part of their Playoff Honors set, this card is a must-have for anyone that values Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks.

The card is beautifully done, and the muted tones in the background really add a nice vintage-feel.  Seeing that Ivy covered wall in the outfield just brings me right back to Wrigley.

And I have to say that the light background really allows for the Blue and Red from Banks’ uniform leap off of the card.

Under Banks’ nameplate it says ‘Shortsop’ as his position.  But from the vantage point of the photo, I cannot quite tell if he is playing shortstop or first base in the shot.  And the glove he is wearing is concealed just enough to not be clear if it is an infielder model or first base mitt…

Regardless, this is a classic addition to my growing Ernie Banks baseball card collection!!  YES!!!