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    1954 Topps Ernie Banks Rookie #94 PSA Mint 9. Born the second of a dozen children to Eddie and Essie Banks in the segregated South, Banks attended high school not far from the Heritage Auctions world headquarters in Dallas, where he lettered in basketball, football and track. He was coaxed into the sport of baseball by his father, who bought him his first glove for three dollars at a local shop and bribed his reluctant son to practice with nickels and dimes.

    But by the time the young Texan had made his way to the Majors, debuting with the 1953 Chicago Cubs, Banks' affection for our national pastime was profound, and he'd quickly earn the nickname "Mr. Cub" for his infectious "Let's play two!" exuberance. Despite ownership of the career record for most games played without a postseason appearance (2,538), Banks never regretted his allegiance to the hapless Cubs and remains arguably the most beloved figure ever to call Wrigley home.

    Here's a glorious example of his essential rookie, a card that looks as young as its baby-faced subject, who bears a closer resemblance to a batboy than an iconic slugger en route to immortality in Cooperstown and the 500 Home Run Club. Banks would finish the 1954 season second behind Wally Moon in National League Rookie of the Year balloting.

    The presented exemplar likewise finds itself just short of the top rung of the ladder, bested only twice in over 4,000 submissions to PSA. The Mint condition of the card leaves us little work to do in a condition report, so we'll instead encourage interested bidders to marvel at the card in high magnification through our online photography.


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    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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