Pete Rose banishment agreement part of Goldin Auctions debut event

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Ken Goldin is kicking off the auction side of his business with a little flair.

The sports memorabilia dealer’s Goldin Auctions Fall 2012 Premier Auction of Sports Memorabilia will include nearly 1,000 lots from all types of sports, starting Oct. 10.

Items include a 1934 signed New York Yankees baseball, a 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Series ring, a 1977 Roger Staubach game-used jersey, Bernie Parent’s game-worn “Winter Classic” goalie mask and a 1995-96 Michael Jordan game-worn jersey.

There are also several non-sports items in the lots including Avengers No. 1 Marvel comic book and signed document by Abraham Lincoln.

But one of the most interesting items in the auction is a five-page document signed by baseball’s all-time hit leader Pete Rose. The paper is Rose’s banishment agreement from Major League Baseball, according to ESPN.

“I feel this is the most important document in baseball history,” Goldin told ESPN.

The document describes Rose’s punishment for gambling, which has kept Rose out of the Baseball Hall of Fame since he signed it in 1989.

The document, which is also signed by commissioner A. Bart Giametti and deputy commissioner Fay Vincent, is one just a number of unique items part of Goldin’s auction.

The signed Lincoln letter refers to an appointment of a Union officer to Second Lieutenant. It has a crest with a large eagle and “President of the United States of America.” The bottom of the document features an ornate illustration of the originals flags of the colonies.

Also in the auction is a 16”-tall 1999 St. Louis Rams Super Bowl Trophy, which is numbered 332 of 400 and comes with its original presentation box.

As far as unique items go, Goldin Auctions also has a signed American Express card that used to belong to Michael Jordan.

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Mark
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Ummm!!!!!! Wasn’t this guy a large part of the fake auto company Scoreboard….. I think he was the owner and was found guilty in a federal court in the 80’s early 90’s. I would have to think anyone would stay clear of this guys garbage. If I am wrong excuse me and am sorry……BUT I DON’T THINK I AM !!!!!!!!!

  2. deeez
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    i would not touch a ken goldin auction with a 100 ft pole
    i would rather hit snooki than buying something from him

  3. Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    yea he was that guy on QVC or HSN and with Scoreboard, Chris this is what is wrong, this guy sell Pete Rose banishment papers and he was a crook himself. why is this guy not in freaking Jail.

  4. Jeff B
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    “The document describes Rose’s punishment for gambling, which has kept Rose out of the Baseball Hall of Fame since he signed it in 1989.”

    Susan, I must say that the statement above is at least partially inaccurate. When Pete Rose signed this document he was just as eligible as any other retired player to be elected to the HOF. Because of that exclusion from this document, Rose dropped his lawsuits against MLB, and agreed to the ban from MLB.

    There is absolutely NO mention of the HOF, or anything pertaining to his eligibility, to the HOF. (A pdf can be read here:

    However, this is not where the story ends. In 1991, “The Pete Rose Rule” was added to the eligibility requirements (

    But that part of the story has been covered up. So many people say “well Pete agreed to it…” Yes, to a ban from MLB, but not to him being ineligible for being voted into the Hall. Pete got the shaft.

  5. Bryan Holbrook
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Is Don West presiding over the auction as the MC?

  6. Steve G
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Actually Mark you are wrong. Score Board always sold legitimate autographed product and paid athletes tens of millions per year for their autograph rights. They famously sued forgers as well as worked with law enforcement to prosecute forgers. .Ken Goldin never was found guilty in federal court of anything and was never tried or accused. Shocking you would make such items up and post publicly . After Score Board went out of business in 1998, sadly forgers have been counterfeiting their certificates so many fake items come with a fake Score Board certificate, which is well known in hobby but may have led to your confusion.

  7. Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    scoreboard and ted Wiliams come to mind

  8. Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    For the record Scott, the infamous Wilt auto had a COA from Goldin at Scoreboard. Twice it was deemed a fake.

    Also had a Willie Mays auto on a 1993 UD trade card that I sold on eBay with a COA from Goldin. Also deemed unauthentic. Had to refund the purchase.

    Pete Rose auto on 1964 Topps card with COA from Goldin. Also TWICE deemed unauthentic, once by JSA and once by PSA.

    Friend of mine has a Walter Payton jersey with an auto certified by Ken Goldin at Scoreboard. Also deemed a fake.

    My personal opinion on the evidence I have seen is that he is a con-artist and hope he rots in hell

  9. Mike
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I would hope that if Ken’s reputation was in doubt that Beckett would not be promoting these items.

  10. APRIRR
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Does the American Express come with MJ’s credit limit?

  11. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    APRIRR, I wish … I might do some bidding if that were the case. Also, as long as he got the bill too.

  12. Steve G
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Do you people not realize or grasp the fact that it is well known that people counterfeited Score Board certs with Goldin name on it and then placed it with items? It still goes on, and there are many cases especially in state of NJ NY and FL where people were prosecuted for forging certficates and using them to sell fake items. Just because an item came with a Score Board certificate sadly it does not mean it was actually sold by Score Board or Goldin. Back them people did not put holograms on their items or their certificates and even today fraudsters still reprint then.
    You can be certain companies like Beckett and PSA/DNA would not be promoting the site if the owner of the company ever was known to sell bad autographs. However common sense will not stop some people from trying to damage a reputation based on false facts.

  13. Jack C
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I worked at Score Board for a time and can tell you that Walter Payton never signed for Score Board and Score Board never issued a certificate for his item. If someone sold you a Payton autograph with a Score Board cert they defrauded you…NOT score board and not Ken Goldin.
    Some forgers have been so bold as to sell Babe Ruth autographs with a Score Board certificate saying ‘witnessed under the supervision of score board (a company founded in 1987) Obviously fake and anyone who bought was obviously idiot.
    however, as sad as it is , none the fault of Goldin or Score Board.

  14. Randy
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    What a coincidence., The Babe Ruth signed in sweet spot, while other autos off to the side of the ball. Sorry but I personally don’t trust anything associated with Goldin.

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