When I stopped by my local card shop the other day I found something new in the vintage case. The owner said the 5 3/8 inch by 3 3/8 inch card was manufactured by the Exhibit Card Company over fifty years ago, and said that it books for much higher than the $4.99 on the sticker. I'm not a big fan of book prices, but I do like things under five dollars, especially when the item in question is of Ernie Banks!
Sure, my Mr. Cub is a little soft around the corners and there are four creases on the surface that stand out, but this card is beautiful! What some may see as flaws I see as gorgeous vintage!
I did a quick search on eBay to see if I could learn anything else about the card. Apparently there were multiple sets back in the 40's, 50's, and 60's produced by Exhibit, and the card I possess is the tougher of the three Ernie Banks cards to find.
Oh, and surprise-surprise... one was graded and up for auction.
Yikes! That's a steep asking price!
My Ernie's condition would probably rate as VG (very good) at best, yet I'm very proud to add him to my humble little collection.
For those of you who get bored of vintage* here's the pair that shine:
I do love shiny cards, but I'd take the aged creases on my Ernie card everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.
* Seriously though, who gets bored with vintage?