Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
Nineteen sixty-four marked the first year baseball's all-time Hit King, the legendary Pete Rose, appeared alone on a Topps baseball card. His sophomore card, #125 in the set, boasts 30 examples in PSA-graded Mint 9 condition, with none scoring higher. According to Vintage Card Prices, the hobby's leading price guide, 12 of the extant 30 PSA 9s exchanged hands in 2016, with six of them achieving sales figures of $9,500 or better. If a PSA 10 is ever uncovered of this classic Rose card, it would undoubtedly approach, if not exceed, $100,000, especially given the fierce competition for pristine cardboard among both '64 Topps collectors and Charlie Hustle aficionados.
In fact, in PSA's 25-year company history grading sports cards, there has been only a sole gem mint specimen from Pete's second year in the majors. Enter the #4 lot in our Inaugural Set Registry Masters Premium Auction: Offered here is a 1964 Kahn's Wieners Pete Rose in stunning PSA 10 Gem Mint condition. This card was part of the regionally-limited baseball set produced by the Cincinnati-based meat processor, and 1964 marked the first year Kahn's printed their 3" x 3-1/2" cards in color. Incidentally, it is that very color—bright, beautiful, but full-bleed—that makes this set so notoriously condition sensitive, as the dark-toned front edges show even the most minuscule touches of wear, downgrading the assessment of what otherwise would be a mint card by two or three number grades.
The fact that this Rose, after 53 years of existence, arrived at PSA's Newport Beach offices in such immaculate condition is a venerable miracle. When you factor in the scarcity (it's a tough regional issue), desirability (the Hit King has an extremely passionate collector base), and fragility (it's an oversized, all-color card distributed by a meat company) of this item, its status becomes even more solidified: It is the single most significant 1964 Rose card in the hobby, and one of the single most important Rose cards from the entire 1960s decade.
Pete Rose PSA Master Set collectors take notice: This is literally one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for hobbyists, because this one will end up in someone's registry for years, if not decades. And with 76 entrants on the Pete Rose Master Set Registry, including six top-tier sets over 70 percent completed, competition for the world's finest cards of Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader is super intense. This is a truly exceptional card worthy of the highest-caliber collection.
Immaculate 1964 Kahn's Wieners Pete Rose PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1 Second Year Issue
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