Pete Rose selling his baseball exit papers

Nov. 30, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Pete Rose, the Cincinnati slugger nicknamed "Charlie Hustle," is hustling autographed copies of the papers that banned him from baseball.

For $500, buyers get the facsimile papers with Rose's notarized signature and the message "I'm sorry I bet on baseball," the Las Vegas Sun reported. Rose will add a personal message for free.

Rose has become a familiar sight in Las Vegas. Usually, he is sitting at an antique shop waiting for baseball fans to step up and buy his autograph. The price is $99 for an autographed Cincinnati Reds cap or a signed copy of his book "My Prison Without Bars."

After setting records for hits, at bats and games played and going on to work for the Reds as a manager, Rose was barred from Major League Baseball for betting on the game. He later served a short prison term for income tax evasion.

Well-heeled fans who want more of Rose can spring for $5,000 for dinner, with the price including his company, the food and $100 worth of alcohol. He will also speak at corporate events.

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