Image of ball courtesy of Leland's
Correction: A prior version of this story incorrectly indicated Rose had driven the record-breaking hit out of the ballpark. WCPO regrets this error.
The ball Pete Rose smashed to left center field for his record-breaking 4,192nd hit sold for a cool $403,657.20 Saturday on Leland’s Auctions.
Rose hit a single to left-center field Sept. 11, 1985, breaking the record of lifetime hits set by Ty Cobb.
The ball comes with documentation, including copies of a notarized letter signed by Rose, a letter from the collector who first bought it from Rose and a photo of Rose and the collector.
The ball also has PSA/DNA authenticating that the baseball bears Charlie Hustle's handwriting.
Charlie Sheen's Ruth items top $4 million; Rose 412nd hit ball over $400K in @Lelandsdotcom auction: https://t.co/WZE1um9kIE pic.twitter.com/jrzgzHegaM— Sports Collector (@SportsCollector) July 1, 2017
Charlie Sheen's Ruth items top $4 million; Rose 412nd hit ball over $400K in @Lelandsdotcom auction: https://t.co/WZE1um9kIE pic.twitter.com/jrzgzHegaM
The ball was first bought in 1987 as the first piece of sports memorabilia to be sold for six figures, according to Leland’s website.
The ball had been up for bidding since May 23, and the starting bid was $50,000.