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Upper Deck signs autograph deal with Pete Rose by Chris Olds

This is another of those benefits of being unlicensed.

Upper Deck announced Wednesday that it has signed all-time hits leader Pete Rose to an autograph deal to include him in the company’s 2010 baseball sets.

He will make his debut alongside “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in 2010 Goudey Baseball, which is set to arrive on March 18.

Like Jackson, Rose is on baseball’s ineligible list after he was banned for life for gambling. Because of this, Rose cannot appear on any cards or memorabilia licensed by Major League Baseball Properties. Upper Deck’s 2010 cards are only licensed by the MLB Players Association.

Because of this, Rose has appeared on just one card produced by Upper Deck — a card in the the 1994 Upper Deck: The American Epic set (above). His only appearances on cards since 1989 (not many) have been in products that were not licensed by MLB Properties.

“Despite his current ban from baseball, Pete Rose’s signature and game-used memorabilia cards continue to be sought-after by baseball fans and card collectors everywhere,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s baseball brand manager in a release. “We are extremely excited to have Pete be a part of our newest baseball card releases.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at


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Ironic this is released the same day as the Hall of Fame announcment?

Comment by James

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Nothing’s ironic when it comes to Pete Rose and Hall of Fame announcements. Ever.

Comment by chrisolds

Unless they do an on-card autograph,it’s been done before. I hope that MLB looks at this and the Joe Jackson thing as an insult so that if/when UD tries to get back into making real cards, they are denied for that reason.

Comment by Paul

why so much hate towards UD? they have the best sports cards out there.. that’s just my opinion, but i’m sure a lot of ppl would agree that their stuff looks better than a lot of other products out there..

Comment by Anthony

I’m looking forward to this product.

Comment by James

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