Compared to other players of the period, Pete Rose used a fairly diverse selection of bats during his career.  During the first couple of decades, Rose switched from using H&B (endorsement contract) bats to Adirondack (block letter) bats on a regular basis.  Later in his career, Rose started using Mizuno bats of various styles as he marched towards the all-time career hits record held by Ty Cobb. 

In fact, perhaps to provide extra motivation, Mizuno had the number "4192" added to the barrel of Rose’s bats.  That was the number needed to break Cobb’s record, although his official career total has been reduced to 4,189 since.  After Rose surpassed Cobb in the record books, Mizuno replaced the "4192" with the acronym "ATHL" (All Time Hit Leader).  Most of these Mizuno bats were made with a black finish, but some had a more natural blonde-looking appearance.

Rose also changed his bat preparation method like he mixed up the use of certain bat models and brands during his career.  During the 1960s and 1970s, you will encounter Rose bats with varying degrees of pine tar applications.  Later on and during his transition to Mizuno bats, Rose utilized one of the more unique taping methods a collector will ever see.  Rose would often affix several small ringlets of tape along the handle, while adding a large wrap of tape just north of the ringlets at the top of the handle.  This taping pattern is evident in many Rose photos from the era.  In some cases, you will find Rose gamers from this stage of his career with the tape wrap only, absent any ringlets.  Rose’s uniform number "14" is often found marked on the knob, from the 1960s until the end of his career, but not all of his gamers possess this notation. 

Finally, gamers that date to Rose’s early playing days are much tougher to locate than those from the mid-1970s and later.  When Hank Aaron was chasing the all-time home run record, his bats became hot commodities, and the same is true for Rose gamers as he approached the career hits record.  The price range for Rose gamers can be as wide ranging as any professional model bat in the hobby, and it depends on a number of variables.

Peter Edward Rose (April 14, 1941 - ) is the arguably the greatest player who ever played the game but is omitted from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1963, Pete Rose broke into the National League with 170 hits, 25 doubles, 41 RBI and a .273 batting average en route to the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Rose’s passion for the game was abundantly clear by the work ethic and intensity he brought to each and every contest, earning him the name "Charlie Hustle" and remembered as much for his head first slides as for his mop-top look. Rose was a 17-time All-Star selection, led the National League seven times in hits and plate appearances, three times in batting average and five times in doubles. Pete Rose was a member of the famed Big Red Machine that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976, and produced three Hall of Famers (Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez). Rose added another World Series title as a member of the Phillies in 1980. Pete Rose played for the Cincinnati Reds (1963-1978, 1984-1986), the Philadelphia Phillies (1979-1983) and the Montreal Expos (1984). Rose was a perennial Most Valuable Player candidate, finishing in the top 25 in voting 15 times in his career, winning the 1973 NL MVP after batting .338 with 230 hits in 680 at-bats. Pete Rose retired as the all-time Major League leader in games played (3,562), plate appearances (15,861), at-bats (14,053) and hits (4,256) adding 2,165 runs, 160 home runs, 1,314 RBI, 198 stolen bases and a career .303 batting average over 24 years. Three years after Rose retired, he agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball due to allegedly gambling on baseball when he was a Cincinnati Red player and manager, including allegations that he wagered on his own team. Pete Rose remains on the ineligibility list despite numerous appeals.

SMR PRICE GUIDE

Approximate Value: $2500

Important Notes:

  • (Pete Rose bats have a wide range in price)
  • (a 1973 Pete Rose All-Star bat sold for $7,678 in 2001)
  • (a signed 1970 Pete Rose All-Star bat sold for $16,002 in 2003)
  • (a PSA/DNA GU 9 1986 Pete Rose Mizuno bat sold for $7,938 and a 1985 PR4192 bat for $6,532 in 2005)
  • (a 1986 Pete Rose PSA/DNA GU 10 Final Hit Bat (4256) sold for $158,776 in 2010)
  • (a 1972 Pete Rose Signed World Series bat, graded PSA/DNA GU 8, sold for $10,157 in 2014)
  • (a PSA/DNA GU 10, 1965 Pete Rose bat sold for $20,230 in 2015)
  • (a PSA/DNA GU 9, 1985 Pete Rose signed Mizuno bat sold for $7,365 in 2018)
  • (a PSA/DNA GU 10, 1963 Pete Rose signed rookie bat sold for $44,190 in 2019)
  • (a PSA/DBA GU 10, 1986 Pete Rose signed Mizuno bat sold for $6,436 in 2019)