Pete Rose was a monster on the field; his 4256 hits will most likely stand for many many years to come. His intensity was unrivaled. He didn’t play the game, he was the game. Actions off the field have led him to be banned from the game he loved. He has only been seen on cardboard a handful of times since 1989.
Building on their recent success with Metal and Valiant Leaf has created a set based on the man and his career. The Pete Rose Legacy set is a single player themed set, offering 6 card per box/pack, featuring 5 base cards (from a 60 card set) and one Pete Rose auto.
Leaf was kind enough to provide me with some scans of a few cards to share with ya’ll.
The cards cover both Rose the player and the personality.
This card is sure to be a headline maker. During a Beckett box break Leaf owner Brian Gray mentioned he was surprised by some of the inscriptions Rose gave them. I think this may be what he was talking about.
Boxes are running for about $75 on ebay. A steal considering you are guaranteed a Rose Auto, some nice base cards and a shot at one of the sick inscriptions or a low number relic auto.
I wouldn’t mind a few more player specific releases. I put a bug in Brian Gray’s ear about a Kent Hrbek set. Who would you want to see?