Rookie Card Upgrade: 1963 Topps Pete Rose

I wasn’t exactly expecting to upgrade my 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card, but it had been on my mind. About five years ago I acquired a Rose for my collection and decided to have it graded as “authentic” by Beckett Grading. This “grade” isn’t a grade, it’s merely a means of pointing out to everyone that the card was authentic. It hasn’t been altered. It it had, the slab would say “authentic” AND “altered.”

But Friday night while I was at a annual card show looking for deals I can across a seller with a BVG 5 Rose rookie in his showcase. And without any real negotiation he knocked off $50 making the deal one that I could not refuse.

So, here’s the latest Rookie Card Upgrade:

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