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    Rose pulls even with Ty Cobb using a corked bat!

    1985 Pete Rose Game Used & Signed Career Hit #4,191 Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. A ship of single-minded determination rarely sails upon calm seas, and, as "Shoeless Joe" Jackson enters his second century of banishment from baseball, there is little indication that Pete Rose won't suffer a similar term of exile to baseball's Elba. Ousted from the organized game due to gambling, Rose spends most of his days autographing memorabilia in a Las Vegas casino, his enduring addiction to the thrill of illicit competition that had been his downfall leaving little opportunity for Big League brass to consider Rose a changed man.

    But could any man without that compulsive competitive drive ever stand a chance of claiming baseball's greatest individual record? The answer is certainly no.

    So whether or not Pete Rose ever finds the forgiveness he craves is somewhat beside the point, though there is no question that any and all Rose memorabilia--and particularly elite pieces such as this--will see a significant value jolt if it happens. We must instead view Rose in his own, singular context, as the only man since Ty Cobb with the specific talent and psychological profile required to claw his way to the top of baseball's Everest.

    This is the bat that drew Pete Rose even with the Georgia Peach at 4,191 career hits, unquestionably one of the most significant game used artifacts of the "modern" game that Heritage has had the privilege to present to the collecting community. Check the television footage from that event, a September 8, 1985 road game for Rose's Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field, and you'll see every detail is a perfect match, from the custom "PR4192" stamping of his specially-crafted Mizuno to the seven separate rings of grip tape to the boldly painted number "14" at knob and barrel end.

    Rose personally testifies to the supreme importance of this lumber in bold silver sharpie on the barrel, his inscription reading, "This Bat I used on 9-8-85 for Hit #4191 to Tie Ty Cobb's All Time Hit Record, Best Wishes, Pete Rose." It's worth noting that Rose recorded hit number 4,190 in the first inning of this game, and considering the "excellent use" apparent on this bat, as characterized by the experts at PSA/DNA, it's somewhere between possible and probable that this is the actual record-breaking bat, as Cobb's career tally was downgraded to 4,189 in 2019.

    But the intrigue doesn't end there. The PSA/DNA letter notes, "During our examination of this Pete Rose professional model bat we noticed an irregularity on the top of the barrel causing us to opine the bat has been corked. This irregularity has been seen on a few of the bats of Pete Rose in our PSA database," each of which is the Mizuno PR4192 model with which Rose chased down Cobb. Once a scoundrel, always a scoundrel.

    The bat measures thirty-four inches (34") in length and weighs just short of thirty-two ounces (31.7 oz.), but for those historians able and willing to love baseball for all of its beauty and its blemishes, the allure of this relic is quite simply immeasurable. Note that the baseball matching this bat is likewise on offer in this Platinum Night auction. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10. Full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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