When I realized that I had purchased my 99th card of Ernie Banks, I knew that I wanted to do something special for #100. After looking over different options, I decided to go after an autographed card.
I had a few specs for the card:
...the autograph needed to be on card
...the card would be numbered or certified, or both
...the picture on the card needed to be in color
With all of this in mind, I did a daily search for Ernie Banks auto on eBay and waited to see what would be available. It only took a couple weeks for the right card at the right price to come my way.
Here it is:
The card is from Donruss' 1997 Significant Signatures set. The picture of Ernie is the Ernie Banks I knew as a kid, the aging star first-baseman. It's got the home uniform and the ivy (and Astroturf) of Wrigley Field in the background.
On the back of the card there is another color shot of Mr. Cub, taken in 1968. And you can see that my card is #298/2000.
With all of my specs met, I am very happy to add this to my collection, and look to add many more of Ernie.