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    Ultra-rare format in 100% original condition!

    1964 Pete Rose Game Worn Cincinnati Reds Jersey, MEARS A10--Photo Matched! "Somebody's gotta win and somebody's gotta lose," Rose once told reporters. "I believe in letting the other guy lose." Like the man whose seemingly untouchable record he bested in 1985, Pete Rose was a man whose single-minded determination made him one of the most successful players in the history of the sport, and one of the most feared. The pendulum of public opinion appears to be on a slow swing toward forgiveness, but like another Dead Ball Era legend, "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, it is apparent that Rose's excommunication from our National Pastime has done little to dampen the desirability within the collecting market.

    Certainly his autograph is now almost literally a dime a dozen, the result of years spent cranking out the product in his Las Vegas residency, but game used material remains high on many collectors' wish lists, and particularly those rare few uniform pieces predating the Majors' transition to knit construction. Here we present one of the finest known representations from the flannel age, a glorious pinstriped vest worn as reigning National League Rookie of the Year.

    Rose's sophomore season saw its shares of ups and downs, but Charlie hustled down to the Venezuelan Winter League after the season's conclusion to work on his game, returning in 1965 to record his first of seven seasons as the National League's most prolific hitter (209).

    Most of the 1964 Reds wardrobe was sent down to the minors and stripped of various identifiers, but this rare specimen somehow dodged that unfortunate fate, the only deviation from its days with the future Hit King being the gentle toning of five and a half decades of careful storage.

    Rose's fabled number "14" shares space with a chenille and tackle twill Reds crest on the chest, but it's the crazy inverted design of the verso that puts this format on every uniform collector's wish list, as the "Rose" surname underscores the stubby digits here. Interior collar holds proper "MacGregor Size 44" label, with the balance of tagging appearing at the bottom of interior button path: "MacGregor Set 1 1964" and washing instructions.

    The experts at MEARS characterize game use as "moderate," and supply a great posed photograph of the baby-faced legend wearing this jersey, the ultimate hallmark of authenticity. It's one of the coolest uniform styles in post-war baseball history, worn by the game's all-time Hit King, with ironclad proof. What's not to love? LOA from MEARS, A10. Photo match. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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