Pete Rose Baseball Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Pete Rose

Date of Birth: 4/14/1941
Rookie Card Year: 1963
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Pete Rose was one of the most dynamic and entertaining baseball players of the 1970s and early 1980s. A proven winner, "Charlie Hustle" never cheated the game or his fans as a player. As a result, Pete Rose cards and autographed memorabilia both have a storied history. While allegations of illegal betting as a manger led to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989, many fans and collectors disagree over the validity of such a punishment.

Pete Rose's rookie card, which is part of the 1963 Topps Baseball set, is highly desired by vintage collectors. High-grade samples sell in the $2,500 - $3,000 range. Even lesser grade cards command several hundred dollars, which is a testament to Rose's overall collectibility. As the hobby reinvented itself in the mid and late 1990s with the advent of autograph and memorabilia cards, Rose was a displaced player. Left off of checklists for years, it wouldn't be until 2007 Sportkings that Pete Rose had a mainstream autograph or memorabilia card.

However, his first autographed card has a fairly interesting story behind it. In 1985, Topps produced a 120-card set dedicated to Rose. The sets were distributed through Renata Galasso Inc. At some point, a majority of the sets were obtained by Ken Goldin of Scoreboard Inc. who then had Rose sign the first card in the set. The autographs were created on the secondary market, but they're readily available and widely accepted.

In more recent years, Upper Deck, Panini and Leaf are among the companies to have released Pete Rose autograph cards. While some are recognized by the MLBPA, no MLB set has yet to have a Rose autograph.

Pete Rose's signature can be found on just about anything. He has not been shy with peddling his signature and as a result, supply has long exceeded demand. You can pick-up a Pete Rose autographed card for under $10 and balls for under $30. Rose signed items that have the best possible potential to ever increase in value are items related to his days with Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" of the 1970s. Some of his inscribed pieces, especially pertaining to his betting and subsequent ban, are also popular.

Pete Rose Rookie Card

1963 Topps Pete Rose #537

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As was customary for the era, Rose is just one of four players included on his official rookie card. This particular design is often referred to by collectors as "the floating heads" card. A truly iconic card, but more for it's ugly design than any aesthetically redeeming qualities.

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1985 Topps Pete Rose Collection On Card AUTO Leaf COA Reds PHILLIES EXPOS
$19.99
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Pete Rose "Graded " 3 Card Lot - 1978, 1981, 1982 Topps
$12.50
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1970 Topps Pete Rose BVG 4
$17.50
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2013 Leaf Sports Heroes autograph trading card Pete Rose Save the Tatas 16 25
$99.99
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2012 Leaf The Living Legend Pete Rose Authentic Autographed AU-16 Autograph Auto
$20.99
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2012 Leaf The Living Legend Pete Rose Authentic Autographed AU-23 Autograph Auto
$20.99
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1967 Topps Pete Rose #430 BV $100
$29.99
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$21.99
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1967 Topps Pete Rose #430 BV $100
$29.99
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Baseball junk drawer lot Ted Williams Joe DiMaggio Pete rose cards ticket topps
$10.50
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1985 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Uncut Sheet Sandberg Ozzie Mattingly Pete Rose
$49.50
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PETE ROSE Showing ON TOP of 1984 Topps UNOPENED Vintage CELLO PACK MATTINGLY?
$14.95
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1986 Fleer #191 Pete Rose **Cincinnati Reds**Graded 10 GEM MINT
$15.99
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Vintage Baseball card lot Pete Rose, Clemete, Ryan, HOF $$$
$33.00
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PETE ROSE 1971 Topps card #100 SGC A
$24.95
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PETE ROSE 1971 Topps..Card #100...PSA Graded 6 EX-MT
$64.95
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Autograph Guide

Pete Rose Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Pete Rose's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Pete Rose Cut Signature Exemplar

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Pete Rose Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Pete Rose signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics.  Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature displays a  pride of penmanship, even into his older years.
  2. The signature leans to the right.
  3. The "P" and "R" are over-sized and dominate the signature.
  4. The letter "P" makes a kidney bean type shape with the starting and ending lines crossing in the middle of the shape.
  5. Both of the letter "e"'s are distinguishable with the first being slightly larger and forming a more open loop than the second.
  6. The pen strokes of the letter "R" are difficult to decipher; What can best be described as a partial "@" flows into a oval shaped loop that drops below the signature.
  7. The "o" is legible and open as are the "s" and "e."

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PETE ROSE Signed Baseball AUTO JSA H72882
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Pete Rose Signed Baseball JSA COA
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PETE ROSE AUTO SIGNED BASEBALL INS STEINER SIGNED COA
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Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Phillies Signed Hit King Baseball Bat JSA W482266
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PETE ROSE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO TRISTAR HOLOGRAM
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Pete Rose Signed Cincinnati Reds 24x45 Autograph Photo "Hit King" Auto PSA DNA
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Pete Rose Phillies Reds Signed FS Rawlings Bat Jsa Inscription
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PETE ROSE "HOF ?" SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BLACK LEATHER MLB BASEBALL PSA DNA COA
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PETE ROSE "HIT KING" SIGNED REDS STAT JERSEY CUSTOM FRAMED TO 25X35 PSA DNA COA
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PETE ROSE autographed signed Reds white STAT jersey Hit King- jsa w688263
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Pete Rose Autographed Signed 1977 Topps Card #450 PSA DNA #83504446
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RARE Pete Rose Signed Black MLB Baseball In Japanese PSA!
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PETE ROSE autographed signed Reds white STAT jersey Hit King- jsa w688264
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Pete Rose Reds Phillies Signed I'm Sorry I Bet On Baseball Baseball JSA W710128
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JSA PETE ROSE DAVE WINFIELD DUAL SIGNED PHOTO AUTOGRAPH REDS YANKEES AUTO COA
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PETE ROSE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO CINCINNATI REDS PSA DNA STOCK #15251
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