Lot # 14: 1969 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Signed Game-Used Road Jersey - Second NL Batting Championship - MEARS A9

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2019",
which ran from 3/6/2019 3:10 PM to
3/24/2019 6:00 PM

Cincinnati Reds road jersey worn by all-time hit leader Pete Rose in 1969. Graded A9 by MEARS. Rose flannels have always been highly prized by collectors, especially high-grade examples dating from significant seasons. This is the only 1969 Rose jersey we have ever seen, home or away, making it an exceedingly rare garment as well. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "Cincinnati" across the front and features the number "14" on the left breast and reverse. "Rose" is lettered on the reverse, directly above the number. All front letters are appliquéd in red on white tackle twill. All other letters and numerals are appliquéd in red tackle twill. A Major League "100th Anniversary Patch" adorns the left sleeve. The name "Rose" is chain-stitched in red upon a gray strip tag located in the collar. Located on the left front tail is a "Wilson 42" label and the year, "1969," which is chain-stitched in red. Rose has signed the jersey twice. The first signature, executed in what appears to be blue marker on the left front tail, is badly faded and grades "1." The second signature, which reads "Pete Rose #4256," has been boldly scripted in black Sharpie on the right front tail and grades "9/10." The jersey is original as issued, with no alterations, and displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including a small area of torn stitching in the collar. 1969 was perhaps Pete Rose's finest overall season as he recorded career-high marks in batting average (.348), home runs (16), and RBI (82). Rose's .348 batting average was also the top mark in the league and earned him his second consecutive batting title (out of an eventual three). Playing primarily in right field, Rose won his first of two Gold Glove Awards that season as well. As noted by Rose on the jersey, he retired in 1986 as the game's all-time hit leader with 4,256. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 1 point deducted for the torn stitching in the collar). LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000+.

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