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Ernie Banks Signed LE 16.25x17.25 Custom Framed Original Handprint Display




Ernie Banks Signed LE 16.25x17.25 Custom Framed Original Handprint Display - Limited Edition #3/1,000 (PSA)


Custom framed display measures 16.25" x 17.25" in size and features Ernie Banks original authentic handprint that has also been hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Ernie Banks (D. 2015, Cubs, HOF). Limited edition #3 of 1,000.

The lot / autograph(s) includes an official PSA/DNA hologram and matching COA for authenticity purposes. Also includes a proof picture from signing.

Authentication: PSA COA

Ernie Banks was one of the great heroes of Wrigley Field, playing his entire 19-season career for the Cubs. Despite the clubs’ poor fortunes during his professional career, Banks was feared around the league as one of the most dangerous sluggers in the post-Babe Ruth era. The big shortstop was an instant success on the North Side, hitting 19 home runs with 79 RBI in his first full season. His sophomore campaign was the stuff of legends, as Banks obliterated expectations of the usefulness of a shortstop, mashing 44 home runs with 117 RBI. Previously, the shortstop position was manned exclusively by “slick fielders”, players whose abilities at the plate greatly trailed their prowess in the field. Banks, an All-Star for the first time in his second year, began an incredible streak of campaigns that culminated in two National League Most Valuable Player awards. In this string of seasons, from 1955 through 1962, Banks was named to eight consecutive All-Star teams while averaging an incredible 43 home runs and 118 RBI per 162 games.

     Unfortunately for Banks, the Cubs were mired in a period of poor play and a strong National League. It took the Cubs until Banks’ 11th season to finish over .500, and even then they placed seventh in the National League, 17 games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Regardless of the team’s final places in the National League during his career, Banks and his teammate Ron Santo became two of the Cubs most enduring figures. Banks’ strong play and abiding love for Chicago earned him the nickname “Mr. Cub”; and he even helped popularize Wrigley Field’s now-beloved nickname of “The Friendly Confines”. Banks, a one-time Gold Glove award recipient, hit 512 home runs in his Cub career that sadly ended without an appearance in the postseason. His post career accolades include the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 as the only non-Veterans Committee member of his class, and the retirement of his number “14” jersey in 1982. Banks was the first member of the Chicago Senior Circuit ballclub to receive this honor, although he was later joined by Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, and Greg Maddux.

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