According to a report from EPSN’s Darren Rovell, some of the checks Pete Rose used to gamble and that were used as evidence against him in the Dowd Report and his lifetime ban from baseball are being auctioned off on Friday.
Ken Goldin, the president of Goldin Auctions based out of New Jersey, touted the importance of the documents, according to the report.
“There is no doubt of the historical significance behind these checks.” he said. “Pete is one of the greatest players of all time and certainly one of the most intriguing.”
The embattled Rose, who is Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader with 4,256, is undoubtedly deserving of a Hall of Fame nod as a player. But his inability to lay off gambling, both as a player and coach, may see him never reach Cooperstown.
Bud Selig has been unwilling to reverse the ban handed down by Bart Giamatti and the Dowd Report, but since his retirement is coming soon, one has to think any new commissioner will have to revisit the case.
Will these documents be as valuable to potential buyers if Rose is allowed back into baseball by a new commissioner? The possibility is there, and that uncertainty will probably lead to a lower price for the auction house. Then again, something is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, as the saying goes.