The Pete Rose Years – 1986 Topps part 3
The third card in the Pete Rose Years subset features one of Pete Rose’s finest seasons as a baseball player.
Topps inserted a special subset into the beginning of its 1986 regular set to honor Rose for becoming major league baseball’s all-time hit leader with 4,192 hits on Sept. 11, 1985.
The second card in the tribute series featured thumbnail versions of Rose’s cards from 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 Topps set.
By the mid-1970s, Topps started using action photography rather than the standard posed photos.
In 1973, Rose put together a complete season that would lead to his only mvp award and another post season appearance for the Big Red Machine.
That season Rose led the majors with 230 hits, which was the highest single season total for the Hit King, and paced the National League with a .338 batting average.
In addition, he also collected his 2000th hit on June 19 in San Francisco.
The season before he became the Cincinnati Reds’ all-time hit leader by collecting his 1,882 hit to pass outfielder Vada Pinson. By the time Rose was finished, he had 3,358 hits in a Reds’ uniform.
During the four-year span, Rose made three more all-star appearances, went back to the World Series in 1972, losing to the Oakland Athletics in seven games and lost to the New York Mets in five volatile games in the 1973 National League Championship Series.
At the end of the four years, Rose had 2,337 hits and was more than halfway on his way to catching Cobb.