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Pete Rose Ball Auction: Ty Cobb Record-Breaker Fetches $400K

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Pete Rose speaks during induction into Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Monday, 03 Jul 2017 11:17 AM

A Pete Rose ball auction -- the one he swatted to left-center field to break Ty Cobb's record with 4,192th hits -- has sold at auction for more than $403,000.

The auction site Lelands.com reported that the ball sold Saturday for $403,657.20, according to The Associated Press.

Rose's single off San Diego's Eric Show on Sept. 11, 1985, at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium broke Cobb's hits record.

Lelands didn't say who bought the ball, which came with documentation including copies of a notarized letter signed by Rose and a letter from the collector who first bought it from Rose.

Lelands said the ball initially was sold in 1987, becoming the first piece of sports memorabilia to fetch six figures.

Rose was banned from baseball and remains ineligible for the Hall of Fame for betting on Reds games when he managed the team.

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A Pete Rose ball auction -- the one he swatted to left-center field to break Ty Cobb's record with 4,192th hits -- has sold at auction for more than $403,000.
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