In another sign that Upper Deck has more flexibility with their MLB-free baseball products, the company has announced they've signed Pete Rose to a deal that will see autographs and memorabilia cards in their products.
The all-time hit king has been in other unlicensed sets in recent years with Donruss and Sports Kings. And even though Rose is one of the most common autographs in the memorabilia world, his ban from baseball has led to very few trading cards. Even with the Upper Deck deal, there still aren't any that are fully licensed to include MLB logos and such.
Rose joins controversial players Shoeless Joe Jackson and Jose Canseco who have signed with the company in recent months. Rose's Upper Deck memorabilia debut will be in 2010 Upper Deck Goudey.
But there still aren't any images. It's also somewhat ironic that Upper Deck is making this announcement on the same day as the Hall of Fame announcement. Coincidence? I doubt it.