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Pete Rose Inscribed Hall of Fame Lifetime Pass
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $18,800.00
The irony of this unique piece always made it not only one of Barry's favorites but also an often featured item in articles written about the Halper Collection over the years. Offered here is Pete Rose's personal lifetime pass to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This pass, made out to Pete Rose, was issued to him in "May 1984" and is the standard pass issued by the Hall to all players who donate items to the museum. Rose, of course, was later suspended from baseball indefinitely by Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti in 1989 for betting on baseball, thus effectively removing his name from any future Hall of Fame ballots. While the pass itself is a desirable item, it's what Rose has written to Barry on the reverse that makes it so special. In his customary printed notations, Rose has inscribed the card in blue Sharpie, "Barry, I shouldn't need this pass to get in to the Hall of Fame - Your Pal." Rose has signed the card twice, once at the end of his printed inscription and again on the front of the card. Both signatures, as well as the inscription, are boldly penned and grade "10." This pass was most likely issued to Rose for his donation of items relating to his 4,000th career hit, which occurred on April 13, 1984. Rose's suspension from baseball and, in turn, the refusal of the Hall of Fame to consider him for nomination, has always remained a sore spot for baseball's all-time hit king. Despite years of at first denying the charges against him, Rose later repented and admitted to betting on baseball. Thus, this pass will probably remain his only acceptable form of admittance into Cooperstown's hallowed Halls. The pass (3.5 x 2.25 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $18,800.00
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