Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Since now is the time to reflect on the past and look toward the future I'll reflect on my past for a moment.  I helped SCD compile a lot of checklists for the "bible" way back in 1987 all with photocopying and hand written checklists you can see my name in the acknowledgment section in I believe in every edition.  That is something I still do today pass along information to Bob Lemke in the never ending quest to checklist everything :>.  It is something I take up more of in my other blog

Many may not know I was first published by Baseball Cards magazine way back in 1990 Jan issue with my what at the time I thought a complete Pete Rose checklist.  Before the internet and Google era I think it was OK for a 19 year old it had about 600 items listed.  All originally typed out no spreadsheet or computer sorting.  Pretty laughable by today's checklist I keep 4,358 items of which most are pictured on the site

As for the future I hope to continue on in both aspects checklisting everything and growing the sites with more scans.  I am constantly amazed I can still find things I've never seen before or even heard of before and even more so when I know that something should exist but has never been seen to come across it in person.  The hunt for cards is a deep deep sickness, I believe, but it seems to occupy my time in semi productive manner than some other vises out there.

So I hope everyone met their collecting goals for 2010 and has new ones for 2011.

New Stuff 12/31

Ending the year on a bang hope you had a good collecting year and look forward to 2011.

New Stuff 12/31

Friday, December 17, 2010

New Stuff 12/17

Some more foreign items would still like some more scans of your foreign mags and other rare items.

New Stuff 12/17

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Stuff 12/06

I moved the foreign items into their own category to clean things up and they are generally so rare to find they needed a special spot anyone with some foreign scans please send them in.

New Stuff 12/06

Monday, November 29, 2010

New Stuff 11/29

Picked up and sold some great items at the Moeller card show here locally meet some great collectors also hope to meet some more.  Got to see some new items also.

New Stuff 11/29

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Stuff 11/04

Some more new stuff to feast upon.

New Stuff 11/04

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Stuff 10/04

The ever growing collection.

New Stuff

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pete Rose "The Hit King" Signing

Pete Rose
"The Hit King"
is coming to Sports Gallery.
November 17th 2010  
6:30-8:30 PM

Tickets on sale now

$50 for Balls or any size Flat item (Includes one Inscription)
$75 for Bats, Jerseys or Equipment (Includes one Inscription)


Mark S. Fugate
Sports Gallery
7967 Cincinnati Dayton Rd
West Chester OH 45069

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pete at the game 11th My Pics

I had pretty good view of the scoreboard and of Pete entrance here is all my pictures from around the stadium from that day.

Sept 11, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pete at the game 11th

Pete Rose stood on first base Saturday night and tipped his cap to a screaming crowd - just like he did 25 years ago when he broke the major-league hit record. A few hours later, Rose broke down in tears at the end of a laugh-filled roast and repented for betting on baseball.

• Photos: Pre-game celebration | Rose roast
Ceremony 'exciting' | Roast is lovefest

Saturday, September 11, 2010

25th Anniversary is here

In case you forgot relieve the moment.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Rose cards coming

Upper Deck announced a new set coming out Dec 20 World of Sports according to preliminary checklist there will be 2 Rose cards a base card and a parallel autograph card.

Annoucment and print runs from Beckett

Monday, September 6, 2010

New Stuff 09/06

Have a good Labor Day some new items.

New Stuff

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Stuff 08/28

A few new items added to the site.  And can anyone verify the 1981 FBI disc it is a photoshop job but should exist?

New Stuff

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I'd like to offer anyone that would like to post their Rose wantlist or really anything to send it to me and I'll post it with their email.  Here is mine.  Mine doesn't included exactly everything I'd love a 68 disc or plak but realistically those are a tad out of the budget.  My top 2 63 French Bauer been 2 highest bidder now on about 4 of them and 2008 Threads Reds Diamond King black border /10 will complete this set I've won one but lost in the mail.  Email me at

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Reds to Celebrate Hit 4,192 on the 11th

Reds have officially announced Pete will be there Sept 11th

Press Release

Now I have extra tickets to the 12th game :< but Pete will be there also :>

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Reds to honor Pete Rose on 25th anniversary of hit record

Big announcement today more to be finalized -

The Reds will honor Pete Rose at Great American Ball Park on the 25th anniversary of Rose breaking baseball's all-time hits record, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Reds CEO Bob Castellini told the newspaper that the organization received the approval from commissioner Bud Selig to honor Rose, who is banned from baseball.

This will mark the first time since his lifetime banishment that Rose will be honored on the field in Cincinnati.
The newspaper noted that the ceremony likely won't take place on the exact anniversary (Sept. 11) of Rose's 4,192nd hit because Rose has a prior commitment to Hollywood Casino that day. Instead, the ceremony might take place Sept. 12.

Rose, still the majors' all-time hits leader, finished his 24-season career with 4,256 hits, a .303 average, 160 homers and 1,314 RBIs. He spent 19 of those seasons with the Reds.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

4,192 movie on TV sort of

Producers of the new Pete Rose documentary, “4,192: The Crowning Of The Hit King,”  are making a one-hour special to air on WXIX-TV Friday, Aug. 20. Channel 19 says the one-hour “4,192″ special will be produced by Covington’s Barking Fish Entertainment, and that the producers’ goal is to “build interest to come and see the film.”

Full Story

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Stuff 8/7

Some new items added Famous Fabrics has released second edition jersey swatches with no pictures not my cup of tea but new is new.

New Stuff

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Stuff 07/29

Been a slow couple of weeks tracking new stuff down decided to add the unopened kellogg's to the mix not really new but pretty rare.

New Stuff

Monday, July 19, 2010

4192 Hit King Movie

Got to go to the premier and while the people running and organizing were a tad disorganized the movie itself exceeded my expectations of it and even my wife enjoyed it.  For those that missed it they are trying to get it in a few more theaters but doubt it will play much outside of Ohio market, but they are trying to get it on TV and it does come out on video Sept 14.  Be sure to checkout the credits might see a few names you recognize. 

And not to play spoiler but Pete does get hit 4192 :> For more picture go to 4192movie facebook page link.

Batty Pete II

Here's a good interview from Ken Broo and Chuck Lumb on the corked bat that surfaced that outlines the issues pretty clearly.  Starts on 7/18 Hour 2.

Friday, July 16, 2010

New Stuff 07/16

A few items from the movie premier plus more.  Will have more about the movie later on but quickly A+ movie go see it if you can.

New Stuff

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hot off the Presses

The July 7th edition of the enquirer has some good articles on Pete and the upcoming movie if you'd like to read it here

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Stuff 07/06

Some very unique items.

New Stuff

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1976 Hostess

Been working on a hostess checklist for awhile now and still not close to finished but wanted to share some quirks of the 76 set and variations.  They were issued on East coast, northeast, and west coast and Rose is known to be on the Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Ho-Hos boxes.  There are 2 semi interesting variations and maybe more the Twinkies boxes on the east coast are 13 oz on the west coast must put more filling in them they are 15 oz.  Another East/West coast variety in general the L panels show up on cupcake boxes on the east coast but the straight 3 panels on the west I've never seen a 76 Rose L panel so this seems to not be for every cupcake box anyone have one?

But onto the real reason there is a picture variation on the Rose and most likely every card as detailed on Bob Lemke's Blog awhile ago.  I broke out and scanned my Twinkies and Ho-Hos box and there in lies the variation.  The Ho-Hos picture is cropped longer the peaks on Cincinnati on the jersey shows 4 peaks both NN I believe.  While on the Twinkies there are only 3 peaks.

A super minor variation that won't set the world on fire but for the Rose collector with everything there's a new thing to go after.

New Stuff 6/29

Some more new stuff

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Stuff 6/20

A few new items for Father's Day.

New Stuff

Saturday, June 19, 2010

4192 Hit King Movie T Shirts now available

The new T-Shirt for the movie is available now from Sports Zone USA.  They have a Red sized up to 5x or Black up to 10x for $20 a piece.   And they will ship anywhere in the world.

If interested send an email and mention you saw it here with color, quantity and sizes to

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

4192 the movie tickets on sale now

Order tickets via Eventbrite:



JULY 14, 2010


7:00 p.m. - Introductions
7:30 p.m. - 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King Movie Premiere
9:30 p.m. - After Party at Toro's on the Levee (Event Ticket Required)

They also redid their web page

66/67 Bazookas

Can you tell the difference in the 2 Roses?

the one on the top is a 1966 the other 1967 it was always told in the checklist they are identical just the panels had different players on them (the slight color difference is just in how they scanned FYI).  But taking a closer look at the bottom picture cropping the 67 has about 2 or 3 pixel columns missing.  The letter above his bat on the sign is a B or E is clear in the 66 but just the left side of it is visible in the 67.

This cropping does appear on the others players on the Rose panel between 66 and 67 and my guess the entire set but haven't verified that as these are tough to find in any year as a panel or even the box.  Doubt PSA will relabel any of them as without both to compare you'd never know.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Stuff 6/12

Couple new items tracked down for your enjoyment.

New Stuff 6/12

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Batty Pete

I'm going to refrain from talking too much about the corked bat news except to state the deadspin article really didn't do anything eye opening.  All it proves is Pete held that bat at sometime on the on deck circle.  Did he knowingly cork the bat?  Or even was that bat corked at the time?  Did he knowing swing that bat in a live game?  Until you show me Pete swinging a bat and it breaking open like Sosa did awhile ago nothing really newsworthy.  While yes I'm bias and give Rose the benefit of the doubt corked or not still extremely difficult to get 4256 hits.

Which bring us to bat 4256 his last hit is up for auction at Lelands.  Opening bid $75,000 should be interesting to see the finial hammer price.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cleaned up my Collection

I've been wanting to replace my one open display cabinet with a glass one and found a nice one at IKEA for $60 that couldn't pass up actually got 2 and probably get a few more later.  But here is my new display anyone else like to post their Rose display pass the pictures along.

Stephen Display

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tobacco Classics

Just wanted to let everyone know these are just custom cards sold by their maker on eBay they are not authorized by Pete or MLB more like a broder type issue.  I list them on the site just to track them.  But if you like them get them.

New Stuff 6/05

A few new additions.

New Stuff

Friday, May 28, 2010

Link to channel 12 report on 4192 movie

Here's the facebook link to the channel 12 news report on the 4192 movie.

Interview about Pete

Here is a nice podcast about the Reds and Pete of course check it out interview of Chris Eckes of the Reds HOF.  Also scroll lower about GABP not sure if this is really true seems a stretch but Great American Ballpark pays a quiet tribute to Rose each night.  Past the center field fence lies two smoke stacks.  Each smoke stack has seven baseball bats which total fourteen, Rose’s number.

New Stuff 05/28

Hot off the presses some new cool items.  And just a clarification on the 1963 reds photo pack picture it differs from the 65-68 one by slight cropping differences or if you have the whole set Eddie Kasko is in this one. 

New Stuff

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Stuff 05/22

Some new stuff and additions to the website.  I added a checklist sub section to non pictured page to show the checklist cards Rose appears on not exactly a sexy item but still something to go after.

Also the previous 1964-1965 Reds postcards can be split into 2 years as the 1964 is blank backed and the 1965 contains the postcard back.

New Stuff

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

4192, Will The Hit King Ever Get His Crown?

Thursday at 11 on channel 12 WKRC will have a story on the new movie coming out so if you're in the area check it out if not will probably be on their website. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Stuff 5/18

Keep coming up with new and interesting items keep them coming.  Warning mainly non pictured items but still cool.

New Stuff

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pete Inductucted into Shrine of the Eternals at The Baseball Reliquary

July 18 in Monrovia, CA Pete is to be enshrined into Shrine of the Eternals at The Baseball Reliquary.  So if you're in the area stop by not sure if Rose will be there but good chance.

Here's full story from ESPN.

New Stuff 05/14

A few more additions always looking for more if you have something rare send it in.

New Stuff

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another new Kid on the Block

Another new trading company is set to launch May 5 with a product called 2010 Hall of Fame & All-Star Edition looks similar to Tristar but more higher end.  Pete will be included as a slabbed cut no mention of print run just yet.  Every box will contain (3) PSA/DNA Encapsulated Cuts/Index Cards - guaranteed to have (1) Hall of Famer and (2) All-Stars in every box so not bad on paper but some HOFers and All Stars aren't quite on pare with Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.  Here is link to the company Historic Autographs.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Phillies Book

There is a new book being released about the Phillies called "Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition" that explorers the Phillie's history through photos and memorabilia.  Pete is on the cover and of course was on the 80 world champion Phillie's team so should have a few items in it.  Looks to be very informative if you're a Phillie's fan or just a baseball fan.

More info here

Preorder / buy on amazon

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Stuff 05/06

Some new items to go through enjoy

New Stuff

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Camaro in Person

Went and saw the Hit King Camaro in person over the weekend and entered for the chance to win I didn't :<.  But if you like cars it is a beauty they said for another $20,000 in options can make it a speed demon.  Really how could you drive a car like this normally I'd need a car cover with me and have to park mile away in parking lots.  Hoping they sell just the accessories for the car or wait until 1 unlucky person totals one and parts out the car.

Here it is live.

Monday, April 26, 2010

New Stuff 4/26

A few more items tracked down.

All of them

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Stuff 4/19

Been a tad busy to post the new stuff so it's been growing.

New 4/19

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Ever wonder how close I'm too completeness?  I did my checklist of Rose items with his likeness on them which I don't include the game cards or non pictured items in my count stands at 2,246 this also excludes the publications (1,387).  Of that count I'm only missing 165 scans or I have almost 93%.  Of the 165 missing items a lot of them are rated on my rarity scale of 1-5 most fall in the 1 to 2 range.  And of those there are a lot of store display pieces missing I'd really like to get those pictures so if you have anything even 1 scan of the rare odd ball item I'd love to see it.  Who doesn't want to see Pete holding a doughnut for the WaWa store?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Finest Graded Rookie

If you haven't been over to REA auction you should they have some of the rarest cards up for auction and this stunning 63 Topps Rookie looks like it just came off the line hard to believe that was in a pack.  I'm not a big graded card guy I like my cards to show a little love but this card is amazing in color and centering.  Only at $11,000 with 16 days to go so plenty of time to sell off some other cards and get some funds together to make a run at it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Pete

Pete's 69 today how time flies.  Happy Birthday to you and many more to come.  I noticed something yesterday that I can guarantee will never happen in baseball history again I'm willing to bet my 1963 Rookie card on it.  No player will ever hit his 4,000th hit on the exact date as his #1 hit that all happened yesterday the 13th.  A pretty safe bet as the 4,000 hit club seems pretty safe at 2 members for the foreseeable future.  Only player I could see getting close would have been Ichiro if he played his entire career in the US.1,278 japan hits + as of 12th 2,038 mlb hits = 3,316 hits at age 37 impressive a tad ahead of Roses pace.

Enjoy the day and send Pete a birthday greeting.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hit #1 4/13/1963

I forgot to mention on the 8th was Pete's first at bat a walk off Earl Francis he then went 0-11 until the 13th where he promptly got hit #1 a triple off Bob Friend and the race was on to 4,256.  Below is my autograph of all the pitchers (un)lucky to have given up a significant milestone in the race to 4,256.