Special Order Gloves.

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Re: Special Order Gloves.

Postby mikesglove » June 13th, 2024, 1:16 pm

Thanks for the info Derek.
Below is a photo of Bob Gibson sporting a Spalding glove. He didn't have a personal model in the retail catalog but this one surfaced from an SCP auction about a decade ago. It's a model 42-2037. The provenance wasn't strong as a gamer so it sold for $715. A super nice glove in its own right.
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Re: Special Order Gloves.

Postby greaseape » June 13th, 2024, 2:23 pm

Mikesglove, the Gibson PM in the pictures is superb, I was unaware that it even existed. Now I want one! Great Gibson photo, looks like he's using a Spalding 42-203 Don Drysdale PM. I thought at first it might be a Frank Bolling model as it shares the same web . The X-laced wrist strap was the deciding feature. Pics are from JDs gallery.
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Re: Special Order Gloves.

Postby mikesglove » June 17th, 2024, 12:59 pm

It's hard to find 1930-40's gloves and mitts that were clearly special orders. I found a pretty cool one though. It's a late 1930's Rawlings Jim Bottomley model base mitt. The retail version had the partially sewn/laced strap web. The mitt below has that strap and also ungraded with an additional sewn strap to form a T-bar web. The mitt has a thumb protector sewn completely around the thumb. Not something Rawlings would typically do. The really cool feature is the wrist strap eliminated the buckle and the strap was sewn directly to form a fixed wrist opening. It looks like Sunny Jim also cut a hole in the ring finger stall so he could place that finger outside the mitt. The original Rawlings Holdster slot. Hah! The mitt is from the Bottomley estate. It sold in an auction about 6 years ago for a little over $5K. Just click on the image to enlarge if interested.
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