Pete Rose’s autograph is helping the disgraced MLB player scrape by at the sum of $1 million per year.
When Rose was kicked out of baseball in 1989 for betting on his own games, there was no certainty about his future. Rose petitioned the league’s front office on numerous occasions, but he was never reinstated.
So how does he earn his big paychecks these days? Rose hangs out in Las Vegas where he regularly signs items for enthused fans at the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
Starting in 2005, Pete Rose began spending around 15 to 25 days per month signing autographs. His appearances have been so popular that he now works 12 months out of the year.
Rose and his business partner sell various pieces of memorabilia for prices between $75 and $800. Want a signature? You need to buy a piece of baseball history.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Rose proclaims: “I must say that what I do, and I don’t mean to sound arrogant about this, but what I do, I think I’m the best at it.”
Most Pete Rose autograph purchasers arrive during business trips and conventions. Rose says it is those travelers and not partygoers who buy his merchandise.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that a simple Pete Rose signature could fetch so much money. After all, the man was nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” during his Cincinnati Reds games, and that hustle has translated well during his life after baseball.
Fans are more than willing to pay big money to receive the John Hancock for the MLB all-time Major League leader in hit with 4,256, games played at 3,562, at-bats (14,053), and outs (10,328).
Do you think the Pete Rose autograph is worth $1 million annually, or have overeager fans started overpaying for the right to receive Pete Rose’s signature as they spend big cash in Las Vegas?