Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Rose memorabilia value should remain high



By Dustin Dow
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Pete Rose's admission of betting on baseball will have little effect on the value of his memorabilia according to Sports Investments Inc. president Steve Wolter.

PETE ROSE

DAUGHERTY COLUMN
Truth for sale

ENQUIRER EDITORIAL
Rose's confession doesn't change a thing

ENQUIRER COVERAGE
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Rose grooves one for Selig
Rose felt heat in summer of '89 (WEB)
Roadblocks still occupy Rose's Cooperstown path
Gambling problems underestimated
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Revelation evokes relief, shock (WEB)
Attention will shift to Selig's decision
What others are saying
Pete Rose timeline
(WEB) = Extended version-Web exclusive
"It won't have any significant impact up or down," Wolter said. "His memorabilia is already at a high level because of the infamy he gets for being a modern-day Joe Jackson. He's gotten so much exposure from that controversy, it's hard to beat that. I'd like to say it's going to shoot up, but I don't think it is."

Nor will it drastically drop, Wolter said, even though Rose has admitted to betting on baseball, thereby losing some of the renegade quality that made his memorabilia more valuable. Wolter pointed out that Rose's 14-year saga of denying that he bet on baseball always will be remembered as will the fact that he is baseball's hit king.

"He's become almost a fictional character," Wolter said. "Like something you read in a book."

If Rose ultimately is reinstated into Baseball and elected into the Hall of Fame, Wolter said that would be a major event but wouldn't affect the value of Rose's memorabilia any more than the previous 14 years have.

"It's possible, but I just don't see that happening," Wolter said. "It will probably stay the same."




PETE ROSE
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Daugherty: Truth for sale
Editorial: Rose's confession doesn't change a thing
Rose grooves one for Selig
Rose felt heat in summer of '89
Roadblocks still occupy Rose's Cooperstown path
Gambling problems underestimated
Straight from Pete
Admission brings redemption
Hometown support strong
Rose memorabilia value should remain high
Revelation evokes relief, shock
Attention will shift to Selig's decision
What others are saying
Pete Rose timeline

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