Pete Rose 1986 Cincinnati Reds Game-Used, Signed & Insc. “Hit King #4256” Last Hit Bat (Player LOA, PSA Graded GU 8.5 etc.)Go Back
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1986 Cincinnati Reds – Pete Rose Game-Used, Signed & Inscribed “Hit King #4256” Mizuno A.T.H.L. Bat (PSA Graded GU 8.5)
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Pete Rose 1986 Cincinnati Reds Game-Used, Signed & Insc. “Hit King #4256” Last Hit Bat (Player LOA, PSA Graded GU 8.5 etc.)
Presented is a great game-used bat of the legendary slugger, Pete Rose. The “Hit King” endorsed this bat in a signed letter as the bat that was used during his final career hit #4256.
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter will confirm that you are in possession of my game used baseball bat, used by me to get the final hit of my career – #4256. The bat is black and was manufactured by Mizuno “M” logo appears on the label in large letter form. On the barrel of the bat is the word Genuine in white block letters. Below that in white script is a copy of my signature. Below my signature, also in white are the letters A.T.H.L. in block letter form which stand for ALL TIME HIT LEADER.
On the knob of the bat is stamped in block letter form, the letter A. On the lower end of the handle is about 5 inches of medical tape which is substantially now a dirty brown color. It was a common practice of mine to tape the lower handle of my Mizuno bats late in my career. On the barrel of the bat is some dead wood, most likely due to all those hits.
I have also autographed the bat in Silver Pete Rose. I hope this bat which represents an important piece of baseball history will be a cornerstone to your Great Collection. Sincerely, Pete Rose.
An additional provenance letter from Tyler O’Brien relays the details of Rose’s confirmation of its history upon presentation of the bat at a signing in 2003.
To Whom It May Concern,
In 2003, I was present with my father Glenn O’Brien in Las Vegas at the signing event with Pete Rose. I remember the details of the signing and what Pete Rose and my father discussed in front of me. Pete signed a Phillies Rose Game Worn jersey from the Barry Halper collection, Pete Rose’s Reds First basemans glove, and then he signed the letter for this Pete Rose All Time Career Hit Bat.
In particular, Pete was very fond and interested in this bat more so than any of the other items. He was confident that this was in fact his All Time Career Hit bat. He told my father that this was the bat that he broke the record with and he asked my father where he obtained the bat. My father said it was team sourced. Pete asked my father if he could buy the bat from him. I was there and present and heard the conversation. Pete then signed the letter which verified the authenticity of the bat being his All Time Career Bat and Pete also signed the bat with the career stat. My father kept the bat in his collection until his passing. — Tyler O’Brien
Furthermore, game-use was confirmed by the PSA/DNA game used letter. The “All Time Hit-King” Pete Rose used this bat in his last season (1986) with the Cincinnati Reds. It was graded an 8.5 and the details include: This black Mizuno A.T.H.L. gamer is uncracked with heavy use. It shows soiling on the spiral pattern custom tape on the upper handle. There are many ball marks, stitch impressions hit/cleat marks concentrated on both sides of the barrel. The handle has a light coating of pine tar. Rose signed the barrel boldly in silver paint pen (“9”) with his, “Hit King #4256” record.
Measures 34″ and has an “A” is stamped into the knob (for ash wood). The length is stamped into the knob (4). Int the early 8’s until the end of his career, Rose would rub his bats with alcohol and in many cases, lightly sand the left and right barrel contact areas. On these type of Mizuno bats the left and right side of the barrel would appear as if the finish was removed. This is the case with this one. To note, the bat has been refinished which does not negatively affect the authenticity of the bat.
Authentication: Psa Bats-John Taube (Game Use), Signed Pete Rose Letter which includes a JSA Full Letter of Authentication for signature (on letter) and Provenance Letter from Tyler O’Brien.
|Dimensions||12 × 12 × 12 in|