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1977-1979 Pete Rose Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,350
Pete Rose H&B signature-model "R195" bat dating from the 1977-1979 manufacturing period. Graded a perfect GU10 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays medium-to-heavy use, including numerous ball and stitch marks, cleat marks, and rack marks. Additionally, the right side of the barrel appears to have been cleaned with alcohol, which, as John Taube notes in his accompanying LOA, is a well-known characteristic of Rose bats. The number "14" (Rose's uniform number) is written on the knob in black marker. Rose has signed the bat in green marker (grading "7/8") directly below the barrel stamping. A colorful illustration of Rose, picturing him as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, is painted on the sweet spot (the artist's initials, which appear to be "CLO" and the date, "4-12-84" appear below the illustration). Despite his foibles, which are many and well documented, and his major off-field transgressions, no one can deny Pete Rose his due as a player. For three decades Pete Rose was the epitome of a baseball player and one of the finest all-around performers in the game. The only player to appear in over 500 games at five different positions, Rose was the heart and soul of the legendary Big Red Machine during the mid 1970s and later brought the same spark and leadership to Philadelphia, where he helped lead the club to its first World Championship in franchise history. This bat dates to three of his most productive seasons, two of which were spent in Cincinnati (1977-1978) and the other in Philadelphia (1979). Rose batted over .300 every season between the years 1977 and 1979, and in 1978 tied a National League record by hitting in forty-four consecutive games. He retired in 1986 as the all-time leader in hits (4,256), singles (3,215), at-bats (14,053), games played (3,562), and finished his career with a .303 lifetime average. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.8 ounces. Graded GU10 by PSA/DNA. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
SOLD FOR $2,350
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