Last August, I took some heat on the forum from a righteous reader for writing about a Ripon ambidextrous in my Forbes column that I bought on eBay for BIN for $20. (It's worth about $500). Since then, I've been on a bit of a mission to educate sellers untutored in vintage baseball gloves. In that spirit, I've been in contact with the seller of a super rare 1968 Mickey Mantle XPGH, advising him to keep his auction going rather than ending it early. http://ebay.to/2oC7HAa
Although this example has tons of Magic Marker, the patch is perfect and the stamping is super sharp. As many of you know, the XPGH came out only in 1968, was top-of-the-line, and was the closest retail version to Mantles XPG6-H which Billy Crystal bought from Sotheby's in the 1999 Barry Halper auction for $239,000. I wrote an article for Joe Phillips' new Rawlings source book about this extreme rarity. The last time one sold on eBay, in the spring of 2014, the final price was $2,425-- surely a record for a post-war store model.
I wished the seller the best of luck and you, too, if you're bidding. His 95-year-old father, a longtime antique collector, picked the glove many years ago. He is frail, but getting a big kick out of all the excitement he is generating.