Pete Rose may never end up in the baseball hall of fame, but one of the greatest hitters of all time is now no longer in the world of Topps baseball cards either. According to Yard Barker on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, Rose was officially erased from the history of baseball by the Topps baseball card company.
Rose actually hasn't appeared on his own Topps card since being banned by Major League Baseball back in 1989. It has now been noted that any mention of Rose's name at all has now been scrubbed from Topps first new set of cards for 2013.
Rob Harris of Chicagoside notes:
On the back of each card, wedged between each player’s personal information and his "Complete Major and Minor League Batting Record," there’s a little line labeled "Career Chase." On every card, whether the player is a living legend or a rookie, there is a sentence indicating how close that player is to reaching one of the game’s big records.
According to Topps, it appears as if the all-time hits record doesn't belong to Rose anymore. Topps has made notice of the baseball omission of Rose and calls it a "simple decision."
Clay Luraschi, a spokesman for Topps, called the omission of Rose “a simple decision” but declined to elaborate. When pressed, he repeated that it was “plain and simple” that Rose’s name should not appear on cards.
This may not be the first time this has happened though. Back in 2010, a team card for the Cincinnati Reds makes no mention of Rose in any record at all.