Heartland March 2020 Auction
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"He never complained about his team's bad luck or bad talent, never stopped playing the game with joy, never stopped giving his all, never lost his proud demeanor, and never acted like anything but a winner. He was a symbol of the Cub fan's undiminishing resilience. If he could be happy to come to the park each afternoon, then so could we." - Joe Mantegna

While the Cubs may be the but of many jokes about the length of time since their last World Championship in 1908, true baseball fans often cheer for a Cubs World Series appearance so that Ernie Banks can throw out the first pitch in Wrigley Field. Chicago has never had a more beloved athlete. Banks played his entire career in Chicago, winning back-to-back MVP awards, belting 512 career home runs, and blasting over 40 roundtrippers in five different seasons. How good was Banks? He changed the position of shortstop and moved it into the modern era. Banks was the only NL shortstop to record a 30 home run, 100 RBI season in the Senior Circuit’s first 135 years. Troy Tulowitzki was the second, turning the trick last season, in 2011. Additionally, Banks 19 home runs as a rookie in 1954 set the NL mark for shortstops. The record stood for 53 years until it was also broken by Troy Tulowitzki in 2007. Banks’ rookie card is a Topps classic. For collectors wishing to complete the 1954 Topps set, the Banks rookie and Hank Aaron rookie cards, along with cards of Ted Williams, are the keys to the set. And a NM-MT 8 is quite a prize to place alongside the likes of Mays, Berra, Campanella, Snider, Jackie Robinson and more. So put Mr. Cub in your lineup. This Banks rookie falls into the category of a “great eight” as we like to say here at Heartland.

1954 Topps Ernie Banks Rookie #94 PSA 8 NM-MT
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