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Ernie Banks



Among many other things, Ernie Banks, aka Mr. Cub, was famous for saying "Let's play two!"  which was a reflection of his boyish joy of the game of baseball. He started in the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, and then was an All-Star shortstop and first baseman with the Chicago Cubs.

1969 Milton Bradley

1970 Topps
1970 is the year I started collecting baseball cards, and these booklets quickly became favorites of mine.

1970 Topps
I hate to say it, but as a young boy I took a pen to the back of this card to underline his greatest statistics. They were so good! He had hit 47 home runs in 1958, and over 40 five times! He had 143 RBI's in 1959 and over 100 eight times! I couldn't help it!

1975 Topps

1975 Topps 
Back to back MVPs! I wasn't aware until I wrote this post!


1977 TCMA Galasso
Love this photo - the more bats the better!

1987 (?) Baseball Immortals

1981 Cramer

1982 Superstar - Second Series 
1987 (?) Hygrade

1988 Pacific

1990 Pacific

1993 Cardtoons

2001 Fleer Greats of the Game

1991 Kellogg Sportflics 3D

2001 Post (Topps)

2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

2008 Donruss Threads

2011 Topps. I think the upper left logo says "Topps Diamond Anniversary." This is a very sparkly card!

2010 Topps Tales of the Game

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Hallmark Heroes

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen mini.
I'm pretty pleased with this collection. It's a nice mix of cards from every decade since 1969. Now it's time to start looking for something from the 1950's!

Thanks for stopping by!

CinciCuse Bill

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  1. Thanks for sharing your Banks with your readers. I'm off to find a 1993 Cardtoons set on eBay. That Mr. Cub card is way too cool.

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    1. My pleasure. This is what happens after 50-years of on and off card collecting!

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