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 Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Posted September 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    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
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

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

  3. Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I love this freaking set! I can’t wait.

  4. Kent Dalpan
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Do we know if there is going to be regular cards or just insert?

  5. chrisolds
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    There will be base cards.

  6. Brent
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Anyone know where I can pre-order this?

  7. Posted September 22, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Great looking cards! We will have boxes and cases available for pre-order when we receive the info from Leaf.

  8. chrisolds
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    It’s not been formally solicited/announced yet. This is just a big ol’ teaser.

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