Sunday, January 29, 2017


The next 1978 “Future Stars” card in the thread is of Pete Rose, the Player of the Decade as named by the Sporting News at the end of the wild-70’s:

Nice shot of the young Rose in-action before he became the all-time hit king along with a photo of him playing third at the back-end of his prime years.
“Charlie Hustle” was still kicking-it, with a 44-game hitting streak and no-less than a decade left on his (should-be) Hall of Fame career.
The man was a baseball-machine, only to have his career derailed by gambling problems.
I hope that can all be worked out so he can finally get his rightful spot in Cooperstown, next his former teammates Morgan, Bench and Perez.


  1. Great card! He always gave us kids our money's worth whenever we'd go down for a game. :-)

  2. This horizontal creation reminds me that you have yet to make a 1979 Topps Traded card of Rose on the Phillies -- if you want, of course.

    1. Yeah but he wasn't traded Joe. He signed as a free agent. I could make one anyway I guess. I always LOVED the 1979 Burger King Rose card. What other traded guys have I overlooked? I know there are a bunch. With this thread I kind of created them as I stumbled across the next player traded.

  3. Fantastic card. Always loved the Sparky Anderson version of the card and I really love this one.

    BTW the little black and white photo is from Pete's high school days at Western Hills High School in the western suburbs of Cincinnati. Other famous baseball alums of West Hi are Chuck and Eddie Brinkman, Russ Nixon, Jim Frey, Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes and Don Zimmer. Entertainers Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day also attended as did linebacker Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds.



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