Pete Rose's business agent says baseball's all-time hits leader king never intended for an unusual collection of baseballs to be sold publicly.
The balls have Rose's autograph and an inscription: "I'm sorry I bet on baseball."
Agent Warren Greene says Rose signed the balls for collectors who are his friends, but didn't expect them to be sold.
Thirty of the balls were given to another collector who died last December. His family is selling his memorabilia at auction next spring.
Rose accepted a lifetime ban for gambling in 1989, but denied betting on baseball for nearly 15 years. He finally acknowledged in his latest autobiography that he bet on baseball while he managed the Cincinnati Reds.