Friday, September 11, 2015

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Five Star : Ernie Banks Base Autograph (24/50)

Let's play two !

The man that would love to play all day in the form of a doubleheader and frequently did during his career finally makes it into my collection. Mr. Banks has been a very elusive autograph to acquire for me and became moreso when passed away earlier this year as prices jumped as they usually do when a famous person dies.

I missed out the couple of times Ernie was out here in California for a public signing and the few times I found out he was at Dodger Stadium signing for fans I was unfortunately not at the stadium that day. I never had a signed ball of his when I collected autographed balls so this is the 1st time I have owned a Banks auto. The hold up has always been that it had to be an on card autograph on a reasonably attractive card which there just wasn't that many of. I knew of this card but I could never lock one down at a decent price until the day this one popped up on the bay on a BIN auction with a best offer option. After going back and forth for a couple hours on offers the seller and I finally agreed on a price and within the week I had my Banks autograph card. Looks even better in person.

Even though this card has probably seen its peek in value I will probably send it in to BGS for grading even though I know the best it will do is a mint 9 as one of the corners is fraying just a tad which should earn it either a 9 or 8.5. I think it will just look better in a case so the grade isn't overly important to me but I still would like it to be a 9. We shall see.

24 of 50

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.



  1. Awesome card! Very appropriate to show it off today, since the Cubs just so happen to be playing a traditional double-header in Philly.

    1. Had scheduled it for it to go live today before double header was announced. Great coiencidence from above. It really is a nice card

  2. 2013 Five Star never disappoints...

    1. Agreed. Much better than 2014 but 2015 looks pretty damn good