Pete Rose made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on April 8, 1963. Valuable Pete Rose baseball collectibles include original Perez-Steele artwork, 1963 Topps rookie cards, autographed uncut baseball card sheets, U.S. passports, signed balls and rare Topps stand-up test cards.
Cincinnati-born Pete Rose (1941-) is baseball's all-time hits leader. Called "Charlie Hustle" because of his aggressive style on the field, Rose played his 1963-1986 major league career with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos, amassing 4,256 hits, 160 home runs, 1,314 runs batted in, 198 stolen bases and a lifetime batting average of .303. The 1963 National League Rookie of the Year, a 17-time NL All Star, the NL's 1973 Most Valuable Player and a three-time NL batting champ (1968, 1969, 1973), Pete Rose remains ineligible for Baseball's Hall of Fame because of his admission that he bet on baseball games while serving as player-manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Here are ten valuable Pete Rose baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Rose fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now sprinting down to first base once again – don't tell the commissioner! – #14 Pete Rose...
Pete Rose 1970 Cincinnati Reds Game-Used Uniform
In 1970 Pete Rose collected a league-leading 205 hits and batted .316. Rose is perhaps best remembered that year for his aggressive play in the All-Star Game, where he scored from second base in the bottom of the 12th inning after putting a vicious hit on Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse at home plate, winning the game but effectively ending the latter's baseball career. Rose's 1970 Reds game-used home uniform – #14 jersey and matching pants – sold at auction $15,275.
Pete Rose 1970 game-used uniform $15,275 - Robert Edward Auctions
Pete Rose 1985 Autographed Renata Galasso Uncut Baseball Card Sheet
A total of 91 Pete Rose cards grace an uncut sheet from the 1985 Renata Galasso Pete Rose tribute baseball series. Incredibly, Rose has signed all 91 cards along with two spaces at top noting his 4,256 career hits, making for 93 autographs total. This item, framed in plexiglass and once the property of super collector Barry Halper, brought $2,232.50 at auction.
Pete Rose 1985 signed uncut sheet $2,232.50 - Robert Edward Auctions
Pete Rose Signed 1983 U.S. Passport
Collectors like oddball items, such as Pete Rose's 1983 U.S. passport which he signed as "Peter Edward Rose." This unique artifact sold at auction for $2,643.75 at auction.
Pete Rose 1983 passport $2,643.75 - Robert Edward Auctions
Pete Rose 1963 Topps Rookie Baseball Card
Card #537 in the coveted high number series of the 1963 Topps baseball issue constitutes Pete Rose's rookie card, one which he shares with Pedro Gonzalez, Ken McMullen and Al Weis. One example in spectacular SGC 98 gem mint 10 condition – and that's the very best there is – fetched a top bid of $19,975 at auction.
Pete Rose 1963 Topps rookie card $19,975 - Robert Edward Auctions
Pete Rose 1967 Topps Test Stand-Up Baseball Card
Card #1 Pete Rose heads the extremely rare 1967 Topps test stand-up baseball issue. One example in excellent condition sold at auction for $7,637.50.
Pete Rose 1967 Topps test stand-up card $7,637.50 - Robert Edward Auctions
Pete Rose 1969 Topps Super Baseball Card
Card #41 in the 1969 Topps super baseball series features Pete Rose. One graded example in PSA mint 9 condition brought $705 at auction.
Pete Rose 1969 Topps super card $705 - Robert Edward Auctions
Pete Rose 1983 Perez-Steele Original Artwork
Pete Rose appears in the 1983 Perez-Steele Phillies Great Moments postcard set. The original Rose watercolor as rendered by artist Dick Perez sold at auction for $464.
Pete Rose 1983 original Dick Perez watercolor $464 - Robert Edward Auctions
Pete Rose 1965 Topps Baseball Card
Card #207 Pete Rose graces the 1965 Topps baseball series. One graded example in SGC 92 near mint/mint+ 8.5 condition brought $451.71 at auction.
Pete Rose 1965 Topps card $451.71 - Heritage Auctions
Pete Rose Single Signed Baseball
A ball signed by Pete Rose on the sweet spot and graded PSA/DNA mint 9 condition sold at auction for $62.
Pete Rose 1969 Topps Baseball Card
Card #120 Pete Rose appears in the 1969 Topps baseball series. One graded example in SGC 92 near mint/mint+ 8.5 condition brought $126.67 at auction.
Pete Rose Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey, and Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Pete Rose and Steve Garvey signed home plate painting commemorating the September 11, 1985, game in which Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record $478 - Heritage Auctions
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