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    1954 Topps Ernie Banks #94 PSA NM-MT 8. "Let's play two!" is what Ernie Banks exclaimed before he ran out of the Cubs' dugout at Wrigley Field. True baseball fans revere Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub," who played with extraordinary skill coupled with unconcealed enthusiasm. Banks was one of the last Negro League players to make the Majors, as he came to the Cubs directly from the Kansas City Monarchs at the end of the 1953 season. He played the last ten Cubs' games in '53, not missing another until August 11, 1956, 424 consecutive games. He played his entire career with the Cubs, 19 seasons. For nearly the first half of his career, he played shortstop, winning a Gold Glove in 1960. He hit 277 homers as a shortstop, a feat that was not topped until Cal Ripken Jr. passed him in 1993. Switched to first base, Banks hit 235 more round trippers, for a career total of 512. An All-Star 14 times, he also managed to run off another streak - 717 straight games, ending in 1977. Fellow HOF slugger Ralph Kiner admired Banks' technique. "He would lightly wrap his fingers around the bat. He looked like he was playing the flute." Banks' Cubs teams never won the pennant, but Ernie was still enthusiastic - through his final year in 1971. He made the Hall of Fame in 1977.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. What a beautiful rookie card. In the team emblem, the colorful bear cub seems to look down approvingly at Banks, pictured both hitting and in a smiling portrait. The colors just pop. A valuable remembrance of Mr. Cub, of whom writer Maury Allen once said, "The rain might be beating down on top of the Cubs' dugout, and Ernie would say, 'Let's play two. Or sometimes three.' "

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