Vintage Baseball Gloves & Mitts for Sale by Bruce Rodgers
continuing to work to update/revamp this page!!
Thanks again for your unending patience...
Click to jump to the new "Featured Glove of the Week" section.
I can't seem to keep up with the demand for these great gloves. I know, I know, most everything seems to be "SOLD", but I'm working on it! :-) I leave them here so that newcomers to the page can get a feel for the kind of pictures, descriptions, and so forth are here.
So, if you'll bear with me a little longer while I sort through some more great leather to come... Thanks!!
I'm finding that there are more and more people interested in vintage baseball gloves, from the curious beginner to the discriminating veteran collector. I hope to provide something for everyone, because I truly believe that in the vast arena of glove collecting, that there IS something for everyone's taste. Happy hunting!
A personal note from Bruce:
Hello, and welcome to my website. Chances are, if you're here, you're actually looking for something.
What is it?
Click here to read what this site is all about.
As for all this leather that I have... I have MANY more (too many more, really) where these came from - all sorts of models, endorsers, and price ranges. So, if you don't readily find what you seek, email me and let me know what you're looking for.
(Sometimes, the price reflects that fact that even
though a glove will really clean up nicely, I simply don't have enough time to
do it. )
I DO PayPal!
All gloves are for a right-handed throwers (RHT)
unless otherwise noted (LHT).
Add S/H: usually $10-12/glove (depending on where you live)
By the way - the kid in the background image
on this page is my Dad,
Jack, way back in 1936, about age 8.
What I'd do for THAT glove!!
|None, but... with a web THIS cool, who needs one?||You have to hand it
to Mizuno. Of all the glove companies over the years,
they have produced some of the most innovative gloves on the
market, some bordering on bizarre.
Witness the great Mizuno MT8000, aka "Opti-Web".
By all rights, it's actually a fairly normal glove, with pretty decent construction, and a well laced-in web. But... what is UP with that web?
That's right, it's sort of some thick green-tinted polyvinyl material that is actually SEWN into the web, making it very secure indeed. Think if it as a pair of "flip-up" sunglasses built right into the glove. An "Optics-enabled" web. Built-in Ray-Bans. Huh.
Still after all these years, the vinyl is still flexible, and shows no sign of cracking. It has some fine surface "swirls" from years of use, but... it's still going strong. And definitely funky. And uber-cool
I actually looked up the Patent for this one. As I recall, the description somehow rationalized how this sort of tinted lens web would assist the ballplayer when fielding fly balls on a sunny day. Yeah, that must be it! Hmmm.
So... if your collection is looking a little... "ordinary" lately, here's your chance to spruce it up with a real conversation piece. Especially when you take it to the game!
|Reach 12A "Triple Face"||Mickey Cochrane||While not an "original" early glove, This cool reproduction is done by the Akadema Glove company, who bought the rights/designs/patents to the early "Reach" gloves. This one is NEW, with original bag and tag, signed by the President of Akadema. VERY cool, thick leather, smells great. MINT/tags||SOLD
|Stay tuned for MANY more 40s-era gloves. I have a BUNCH of them: Elmer Riddles, Doak Model Hs, Goldsmiths, MW Musial SFs, etc.|
|Wilson A2180||Don Johnson||
Another 1940s BEAUTY. Buttery soft, very smooth, puffy and very cool! High-quality leather binding model from the 40s. Great leather, nice and thick. Another GREAT glove. Slide the cool leather on your hand, and you'll fall for it. NrMt
|Wilson A2040||Ted Williams Personal Model||Ah, the A2040.
A great glove, top
of the line, and always in demand. This particular one has
leather, inside and out, with a great patch, original laces, and a
super strong stampings all around. Feels fantastic
on the hand. Slight staining here and there, and a faint
surface rough spot along the thumb, but not too
bad. Overall a great glove. Every collection has gotta have
an A2040 Teddy! Ex+
(I have more of these that just need cleaning/relacing. Interested? Inquire!
|Wilson A2010||Johnny Antonelli Personal Model||Late 1950s A2010 model, which really is pretty much identical to the A2000 that everyone wants from 1958. This has "Major League" along the thumb, original pinky/thumb loops, and good stampings throughout. Beautiful soft and smooth leather in/out, super solid, and despite a hint of surface wear on the palm, feels great on the hand. I had to relace this one, as the laces dried out before the glove did (Common problem). The good news is that you can play catch with this one, with NO FEAR of a lacing "blowout". GREAT example of the A2010. Ex++.||SOLD|
|Rawlings XPG20||Mickey Mantle||Here is a beauty of an example of the suddenly very in-demand XPG20 Mickey Mantle glove. This glove was produced in '62-'65 only, and was a mid-upper quality Mantle glove. This one is a beaut, with great smooth light palomino tan leather, inside and out. Super-strong stampings, original laces, and NO INK. The rolled leather binding is great, as is the Rawlings patch. Overall, outstanding. Check out recent completed ebay auction prices - and IMO the leather on this one is better. Ex+/NrMt||SOLD|
|Rawlings XPG26||Mickey Mantle||Here is a beauty of an example of the ubiquitous model XPG26 Rawlings glove, but the best endorsement - Mickey Mantle. This model was produced in the '60s, and remains today a favorite for catch, because it's a larger glove. Again, this was a mid-upper quality Mantle glove. This one is also a beaut, with great smooth light palomino tan leather, inside and out. Only 1 place where some smaller ink is found, but retains super-strong stampings, some replacement laces, still some shearling under the strap, and the rolled leather binding is great, as is the Rawlings patch. Overall, outstanding. Ex++.||SOLD
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|None||Back in the '80s, Spalding must have commissioned Nokona to rebadge their legendary and ever-popular BM-76 fielders glove as a RARE USA-made Spalding glove, part of their Top-Flite Eagle series of products. This RARE model TFK-100H (42-3015) is a dead ringer for the BM-76, and I even wonder if the "K" indicates Kangaroo leather, which Nokona used for several of their AMG series glove. This particular example is in outstanding condition, with leather that looks barely used. Small pen name on back of finger does not detract from this awesome glove. #3 written inside the lining, and this quality glove is of Pro Quality for sure. Ex++||
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|None||(No, it's not
"Double-vision" - I have another one, nearly
identical, just a bit deeper in color, but every bit as nice.)
Back in the '80s, Spalding must have commissioned Nokona to rebadge their legendary and ever-popular BM-76 fielders glove as a RARE USA-made Spalding glove, part of their Top-Flite Eagle series of products. This RARE model TFK-100H (42-3015) is a dead ringer for the BM-76, and I even wonder if the "K" indicates Kangaroo leather, which Nokona used for several of their AMG series glove. This particular example is in outstanding condition, with leather that looks barely used. Very faint name in red marker along thumb and letter on pinky back does not detract from this awesome glove. Ex++
|This is a rather special
section. They are all TOP quality Rawlings Heart of the Hide (or
equivalent) gloves that have been professionally restored (most of them
COMPLETELY) by Kenny Jenkins, who worked for 20+ years at Rawlings, making and
repairing gloves.. Complete restoration includes: New
lining, binding (piping), lacing, Rawlings patch, pinky/thumb loops, path, and
a full reconditioning and reshaping. These are done so well that
you will like have to do some light break-in again. Don't be fooled
by the price; all you need to do is slip one of these one your hand and
smell the "old leather become new". It's like slipping behind the
wheel of a completely restored 69 1/2 Dodge SuperBee with a SixPak and
lift-off hood. Just awesome. These gloves are designed
(and were restored) to be PLAYED with, they are that much like
new. But it's hard to bring myself to taking them out and use them,
so I only do that with a couple of them (my keepers).
I have a limited number of these, and am ready to part with most of them. Click here to ask about other Restored gloves that I might have!
|Rawlings SH-PRO Heart of the Hide||Ken Boyer||My last one: Rare and desirable Ken Boyer SH-PRO HOH. Another great restoration job done by the Master (Kenny Jenkins) that includes lacing, lining, binding, patch, pinky/thumb loops, etc. Great shape, still super strong HOH leather that's held up for 40 years and counting, The usual great feeling on the hand. Despite the leather on this one being better than my other SH-PRO (recently sold), it has ink/marker issues. Ink/marker has never been an issue for me - it's all about the glove itself, and the feel, and .... Well, I could digress on the "ink" topic for a full page. Nevertheless, in this case, SH-PROs are very difficult to find in ANY sort of condition. This glove is essentially the same design as the famous XPGH. If your collection has an SH-PRO-shaped hole in it, here you go - and great one to fill it! It's my last one, but sadly, it's time to go. Ex+.||
|Rawlings XFG-2 Heart of the Hide HOH||GAME USED
|Here is a truly unique glove...
From the famed Zane Burns game-used collection.
For starters, It's an unusual and hard to find Rawlings XFG-2, made in 1977. Closed back, small infielder's glove, GREAT condition.
It's also signed/personalized - VERY faintly - in ink on the back of the pinky:
"To Josetto (sic) - Best of Luck, Bill Madlock"
The most interesting part is derived from the vintage, faded marker on the glove. The original name in marker appears to be the black, "SHEIK" and "3". The name is crossed out with newer (yet more faded) marker, and re-badged "MAD-18", and the "3" has been converted to an "18". Bill signed his game gloves "MAD-18" (I had another one marked the same way!), and his number was indeed #18 when he was with the SF Giants in 1977-78. Also on that Giants team was career *catcher* Mike Sadek, nicknamed (yes) "Sheik", and his number was.... (yes) "3". So... it would appear that Sadek (the catcher) gave this fielder's glove to Madlock to use, and Bill "made it his own" by changing the marking. Of course, without asking these guys, I can't prove this (I have no LOA; I did, however get this glove from noted game-used collector Zane Burns. Later in his career, MadDog did use a Rawlings PRO-6X-HC type glove), but if you have a more plausible explanation of this great glove - I'd love to hear it!
Cool glove! GU/Signed/Numbered/Ex++
More Cool Links:
Art Katsapis' Incredible Glove Sale Page
Kenny Jenkins' Glove PROFESSIONAL Repair and Restoration
Mike Wakefield's "Glove-Works" - Glove Relacing and Reconditioning
Joe Phillips - The Glove Collector
Rob Mucha's Glove Page
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