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    1985 Pete Rose Game Used Corked Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. We were shocked, frankly, shocked to learn that Mr. Hustle might have broken the rules, but the evidence is tough to deny. This Mizuno model PR 4192 is quite clearly altered, with bat authenticator John Taube noting in his detailed letter, "During the referenced labeling period, Pete Rose was known to cork a few of his bats. The general thinking is that he was looking for an advantage while approaching the All Time Hit Record. The appearance of the top barrel raised suspicion that the subject bat was corked. To answer any questions, the barrel has been x-rayed and does reveal that the barrel has been drilled and filled with material that we assume is cork. A copy of the barrel x-ray accompanies the bat." But let's face it--if you still love Pete Rose after all the scandals, lies and begrudging admissions, this infraction isn't going to change anything.

    Destined to be the best conversation piece in your collection, this late-career gamer exhibits tremendous use, with multitudes of ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat gouges. Red bat rack streaks are likewise apparent. The handle has been taped with five rings and a large spiral on the upper handle, each known Rose traits. Rose's number "14" appears in white marker on knob and barrel end. A similar instrument was utilized to apply a large, "Best Wishes, Pete Rose" to the barrel, rating 9+/10. A fascinating and controversial relic from the hunt for one of the greatest individual records in American sport. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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