Smart Money on Pete Rose in 2010 Baseball Packs

Upper Deck continues to add retired stars to its 2010 baseball card lineup.

He’s still ‘banned’ from baseball– but not baseball cards. In fact, Pete Rose has just signed an autograph contract that will put his face and signature inside packs of Upper Deck products this spring.

Due in part to Rose’s ongoing roller-coaster ride with baseball, his autographed cards remain in high demand and Upper Deck officials say they are "ecstatic" to have the all-time hits leader (4,256) on board with them as they seek to build a lineup for 2010 without a Major League Baseball license.

“Despite his current ban from baseball, Pete Rose’s signature and game-used memorabilia cards continue to be sought-after by baseball fans and card collectors everywhere,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s baseball brand manager. “We are extremely excited to have Pete be a part of our newest baseball card releases.”

Rose, who finished his 24-year playing career in 1986 with a lifetime bating average of .303, was the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year as well as the league’s MVP in 1973. A 17-time All-Star selection, Rose was also named MVP of the 1975 Fall Classic when he batted .370. He concluded his illustrious career on the baseball diamond with three championship rings to his credit.

The first Upper Deck product that will include Rose’s game-used memorabilia cards is 2010 Goudey Baseball, which is scheduled to hit store shelves on March 18.