Card gallery: Leaf readies Pete Rose Legacy set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball’s career hits leader is one of the sports world’s most polarizing — and, yet in some areas, beloved — figures.

And that enigma that is Pete Rose not lost on Leaf as the company is readying a Pete Rose Legacy set coming in November, which will apparently be chock-full of autographs, memorabilia and more. The high-end offering will include signatures, game-used pieces (a bat and a game-used Montreal Expos jersey were used) and inscriptions … lots of inscriptions.

Because he was banned from baseball for betting on the game, Rose has not appeared on an MLB-approved trading card in a standard set since 1989. That has made his releases since then — there have been plenty from companies that are not MLB-approved — of interest to collectors who prefer to remember Rose for his achievements on the field, not his failures off of it.

Click on the images for a full view of the cards below if it shows a thumbnail.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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9 comments

  1. Community Gum 21 September, 2011 at 18:49

    Either someone helped him with these inscriptions or his handwriting varies a lot. Look at his numbers especially. The “2”s “5”s and “1”s in particular change styles between cards.
    Probably all him, but still interesting.

  2. James 21 September, 2011 at 19:18

    Wow! Its been along time since I was truly impressed with a new product. This one looks amazing. I hope the price is right..

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