The Pete Rose Years – 1986 Topps part 6
The sixth and final installment of the Pete Rose Years subset featured the ascension of the Hit King, however it also included one glaring omission.
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 sixth card in the tribute series featured thumbnail versions of Rose’s cards from 1983, 1984 and 1985 Topps set. This was the only card with an original image of Rose. Topps showed the Cincinnati native apparently day dreaming of Cobb.
My favorite card from this three-year span doesn’t even appear on this colleague. Topps opted to showcase its 1984 regular card of Rose with the Phillies rather than the traded set card that featured Rose in a Montreal Expos uniform.
The novelty of Charlie Hustle with the Expos is what makes this card so appealing. It is even more troubling that Topps didn’t include it considering Rose was in Montreal when he collected his 4,000th hit on April 13, 1984.
I also enjoyed Rose’s granny picture complete with the bowl haircut on the 1983 card (top right).
Before heading north of the border, Rose and several other former members of the Big Red Machine helped the Phillies return to the World Series in 1983.
In addition to becoming the second player to reach 4,000 hits, Rose set a few other marks while with Les Expos.
He passed Carl Yastrzemski for most games played with 3,309, Cobb for most singles with 3,053 and Stan Musial for the most doubles in National League history with 726.
After rejoining the Reds and before passing Cobb, he passed Hank Aaron for most runs scored in the National League with 2,108 tallies on May 22, 1985. That same season his 17th and final all-star game appearance.
At the end of the 1985 season, Rose had totaled 4,204 hits. He ended his 24 season career in 1986 with 4,256 hits.