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On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: October 30th, 2011, 12:04 am
by Clemente21

Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: October 30th, 2011, 1:55 am
by okdoak
Looks pretty early, but not from 1958. The earliest ones had the Triple Lock Web as shown on this page from the 1958 catalog.

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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: October 30th, 2011, 9:33 am
by softball66
Probably '59 though. Solid Full barrel triple lock web as opposed to the 3/4 Triple Lock of '58.
The '60 A2 had spiral-laced web top, all fingers X-laced, index finger loop on back.

Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: October 30th, 2011, 3:18 pm
by okdoak
Looks to be 1959 indeed, Joe. I uploaded the 1960 catalog page from JD's site that show the spiral-laced web and other features you pointed out.

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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: October 30th, 2011, 10:20 pm
by Clemente21
Thanks so much for the info.

I recently got an old A2000 that Earl Malone is relacing for me.
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He says it's a '61-'62. I had forgotten about JD's catalog pages. Going to check 'em out now.

Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: November 8th, 2011, 3:32 pm
by spedrunr
Does anyone know when this model was introduced?

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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 10:47 pm
by mikesglove
Thought I'd add some more photos since photobucket crapped out. Mainly sticking to the "Shooting Star" models. They're the most collectible. First is a 1957 model (pre A2000 "Shooting Star") to get some visual context.
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The 1958 "Shooting Star" model below. What changed from '57? Continuous crotch lacing eliminated, redesign of the "Triple Lock Web", redesign of the palm pad & lacing, streamline fingers.
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From a 1958 catalog below.
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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 11:01 pm
by mikesglove
Below is a 1958 example. Sweet!
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A 1959 model below. What changed from '58? Full length barrel web, "Snap Action" stamp at the break
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A 1959 example below.
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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 6th, 2018, 12:45 am
by mikesglove
1960 model. What changed from '59? Additional finger tip lacing, outside forefinger loop, reinforced crotch lacing, spiral top web.
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A 1960 example below.
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Below is a 1961 model. What changed from '60? The big change was the "Horseshoe" shaped heel & lacing.
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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 6th, 2018, 1:02 am
by mikesglove
A 1961 Nellie Fox Ad
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A 1961 model below
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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 6th, 2018, 12:34 pm
by mikesglove
A 1962 model. What changed from '61? The "horseshoe" heel was changed to an L heel. No outside finger loop.
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A 1962 example
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A 1963 model. What changed from '62? Triple lock web replaced by a twin vertical split web.
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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 6th, 2018, 12:37 pm
by mikesglove
A 1963 example. Have to work Brett into the mix. He's busy snowshoeing at Brimfield right now. Interesting how Wilson tweaked the "Shooting Star" model every year.
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A 1963 Wilson ad featuring Al Kaline.
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Below is an interesting custom A2000 WIlson glove made for Joe Morgan from the mid 1960's. No more shooting star logo but it features the 1961 heel pattern, eliminates the x-laced fingers and has a retro 1957 "Triple Lock Web" design with minimal crotch reinforcing lace.
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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 6th, 2018, 3:54 pm
by mikesglove
According to Joe Phillips, The only significant change to the A2000 glove in 1964 was the redesign of the wrist strap and addition of the round "W" logo patch. 1964 was the 50th anniversary for Wilson Sporting Goods.
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In lieu of a 1964 catalog illustration, I dug through some other sources. The '64 Topps baseball card of Wes Stock shows him with the revamped A2000 glove.
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A '64 model below
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The 1964 twin split web web A2000 glove was continued in 1965. An additional A2000 model was introduced in '65 with an open web.
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Re: On eBay - Earliest A2000 model?

PostPosted: May 9th, 2018, 1:13 pm
by mikesglove
The new '65 open web A2000 model below. This is a rare one!
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A 1966 catalog ad below. What changes from '65? A single vertical split web, added lacing at the palm.
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A 1966 model below.
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1967 marked the end of the "Shooting Star" model. The A2000 was redesigned with a new pocket logo, dual hinge web and two piece palm.
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