1956 Topps Ernie Banks Card - Wrigley Field Painting
This 1956 Topps Ernie Banks card has a surprise on the back - an original painting of Wrigley Field. Artist Michael Koser always leaves a little bit of the original card visible through the painting, so you will notice "Ernest Banks" and "shortstop Chicago Cubs" in the sky above the "Friendly Confines". This item is 1 of 1.
Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub", began his career in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. He became the Cubs first African-American player when he joined the team in 1953. He was a 14X All-Star, 2X NL MVP, Gold Glove winner, 2X NL HR leader, a member of baseball's All-Century Team and a 1977 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame!
"Mr. Sunshine" finished his legendary career with 2,583 hits and 512 home runs!
"'Mr. Cub' leaves a grateful game behind. Let's play two, my friend," said Joe Torre at Banks' funeral in 2015.
The Cubs have played at Wrigley Field since 1914. The ballpark was known as Weeghman Park from 1914-1920 and then Cubs Park from 1920-1926.
“It’s impossible to not be excited doing Chicago Cubs baseball, especially at Wrigley Field.” - Harry Caray
"The thing we've always loved about the bleachers is that you never know who you're going to meet. One day we talked to some people sitting next to us and joined them after the game. That was the day I met my wife, Cece. We now have five children. Today, while the Ricketts family is responsible for Wrigley Field, it is also true that Wrigley Field is at least somewhat responsible for my family." - Tom Ricketts, Cubs CEO
"I love Wrigley Field. I love what it stands for. I understand the South Side and Comiskey Park and Soldier Field - I played in all of them. But there's something about Wrigley Field that is Chicago, maybe the North Side more than anything else. It's a great place with great history and I'm glad I was part of it." - Mike Ditka
Quotes from the book "A Century of Wrigley Field"
Card is ungraded. Corner wear with some peeling, discoloration and fading and slight crease over Banks' cap.