In this series we highlight the cards that have seen better days but the rough times have made them infinitely more interesting. You can find previous Heartbreaking Damage entries HERE.
Ernie Banks fans can find four separate cards in 1959 Topps featuring Mr. Cub. You have his regular base card, a "Baseball Thrills," an All-Star card, and this "Cubs' Clubbers" card which also features Dale Long and Walt Moryn. During the 1958 season, Long hit 20 home runs, Moryn added 26 more, but it was Banks that led the National League in home runs with 47...which was more than Long and Moryn combined.
But I've included this in the Heartbreaking Damage category so there must be something more going on then the dinged up front side of the card.
Sure enough! Turn that card over and not only do we have tape damage but we have what looks to a Dale Young autograph in hot pink ink! While a near-mint copy can go for $30 and a rougher copy for $5, this one was $1.00 at the Atlanta card show a few weeks ago.