Sunday, July 11, 2021

Ernie Banks 2004 Topps Retired refractor auto

Here's a big name I was recently able to pick up for my 2004 Topps Retired refractor autograph quest: Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks!

Now that's a fine looking card.

I remember when I first started going after these cards several years back, there was one of these Banks refractors hanging around for a few months with a Buy-it-Now price tag that wasn't a bad deal considering today's cardboard inflation, but back then it was a bit too high for me, though I likely would have pulled the trigger on it eventually to celebrate a raise or something probably. Somebody else beat me to it, though, and then I didn't see another one till this one popped up. Glad I finally got one.

One of the all-time greats! 

Didn't realize how slow he was on the basepaths.. only 50 lifetime steals? (Yep. And wow, 53 caught stealin's.. ha)

Let's play two!


  1. Banks was more of a big slugger then a little speedster - in fact played more 1B than SS in his career.

  2. When I look at Banks, I don't see a guy who hit 500+ home runs. I see someone with 500+ stolen bases. I guess that's why we don't judge books by their covers. Beautiful card Gavin! Super happy for you and your recent purchases.