CSG Registry Featured Set: Pete Rose

Posted on 2/2/2023

This month's CSG Registry Set features "Charlie Hustle" himself, Pete Rose, the all-time MLB hits leader. Don’t miss a Q&A with the set owner.

Our featured set for February, DoubleB by Damiel Brown, includes 139 of the 156 cards currently needed to complete this player set. With 6,793 points, this set features several cards from Rose’s early MLB career, including a 1963 Topps #537 ’63 Rookie Stars graded CSG 2.5, a 1965 Topps #207 graded CSG 7 and a 1966 Topps #30 graded CSG 7.5. Don’t miss our Q&A with the set owner here.

1963 Topps #537 '63 Rookie Stars Gonzalez/McMullen/Rose/Weis graded CSG 2.5
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Pete Rose played in the MLB from 1963 to 1986, mostly with the Cincinnati Reds, but he also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. During and after his playing career, he served as the manager of the Reds from 1984 to 1989.

As a switch-hitter, Rose is the all-time MLB leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and singles (3,215). He won three World Series, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves and the Rookie of the Year Award. Additionally, Rose made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five positions (second baseman, left fielder, right fielder, third baseman and first baseman).

1965 Topps #207 Pete Rose graded CSG 7
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Q&A with CSG Registry Set Owner

How did you get into collecting sports cards?

I got into collecting baseball cards in 1975, when my dad brought home two packs of cards for me. I got into baseball by playing for my church. My dad and I would watch baseball games on Saturday and Monday nights. I remember my dad saying Pete Rose was one of the least talented players on the field but was the best player on the field. Being 9 years old, I did not understand. My dad went on and said, he plays every pitch to the best he can, he never gives up. He told me to play the game the way he does, and to do my best every pitch.

We're featuring your Pete Rose set, what drew you to collecting and building this set?

My first Pete Rose card I got was out of the first pack I ever opened and still have, the 1975 Topps. It means so much to me, not just because it's a '75 Pete Rose, but because my dad brought them and we opened them together! Over the years, I always put my Pete Rose card in the special box, no matter if it was just a 10-cent card.

Is there a card out there you're hoping to add to your collection? Similarly, is there a set you hope to complete someday?

The second and third players I hope to get graded will be Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan and other Big Red machine players.

What do you enjoy most about adding your cards to the CSG Registry?

I sent cards to different grading companies to see which one I liked the best and who was fair about the grades. I thought CSG was the best for me. Then, when I found out about the Registry set, I was sold on it.

About the CSG Registry

The CSG Registry, launched in September 2021, has over 4,300 competitive sets available with over 4,100 registry users and over 132,000 registered cards. The CSG Registry continues to be active with requests for new sets and slots and we appreciate your enthusiasm. Our CSG Registry team adds new sets daily and welcomes your requests as it provides us the opportunity to learn your collecting interests.

The CSG Registry is a free online platform where collectors can register and display their CSG-certified sports cards. The CSG Registry helps you to organize your collection and interact with other collectors. Start adding your CSG-certified cards and creating CSG Registry sets here.

We are just getting started! If you don’t see a set for your cards, you may request a set. Please review our CSG Registry FAQs for details on how to add requests for sets and slots.

The CSG Registry team is here to help. Questions or comments? Go to the CSG Registry Chat Boards.

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