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Postby candlestick » August 22nd, 2008, 12:33 pm

as far as i know the rbg36 comes endorsed by dale murphy, jose canseco and ken griffey jr. can anyone provide a "ballpark" estimate of when each endorsed model was manufactured? I assume they would correspond somewhat to their baseball careers:

dale murphy 1977-1993
jose canseco 1985-2001
ken griffey jr. 1989-present

was their a version that predated the dale murphy?
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Postby pharmboycu » August 22nd, 2008, 1:00 pm

I can't say for sure on the dates of manufacture, but I got my Dale Murphy model in 1991.
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Postby Cowboy7130 » August 23rd, 2008, 2:35 am

Information from the 2007 Vintage Baseball Glove Catalog Source Book, a scholarly tome of immense importance, and hereinafter referred to as "The Source."

According to "The Source,"

Date Endorsed by List Price
1980 Reggie Jackson $50
1981 Dave Winfield $54
1982 Dave Winfield $56
1983 Dave Winfield $55.50
1984 RSG36 Dale Murphy $58.10
1985 RBG36 again, Dale Murphy, $64.90
AND 1985, RBG36 Cal Ripken Jr, $32.20.
1986, back to RSG36, Dale Murphy, $62.40
1987, no catalog listing for Rawlings in "The Source."
1988, RBG36, Dale Murphy, $70.80
1989 Dale Murphy $91.00
1990 Dale Murphy $84.50

In 1989, there was the RBG-36Y, and the RBG-36JR, both endorsed by Cal Ripken, Jr., and listing at $52.30 and $61.60, respectively. There was also a $31.30 RBG36-JR in 1986. My guess is that the 1985 Ripken and the JR's and the Y's are youth models.

The RSG models were special edition models I believe, with a bit better leather. Not quite HOH, but not the standard RBG, either.

There are no catalog listings in "The Source" for Rawlings gloves after 1990. It is probable that Murphy endorsed the glove in 1991, but soon thereafter Canseco's name appeared in its palm, and followed by its current endorser, Ken Griffey, Jr. I believe there may have been some other endorsers in that era; do I remember seeing a Nolan Ryan RBG36 a few weeks ago on eBay?

If you haven't bought "The Source," I highly recommend it. it's great to take a look at how the manufacturers originally priced the gloves we collect today, and can give you some idea of the comparative worth of the gloves.
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Postby Cowboy7130 » August 23rd, 2008, 2:38 am

and by the way ... there was a discussion about a year ago about the most widely sold glove of all time ... and according to our in-forum experts, it was the Dale Murphy RBG36! 8)
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Postby candlestick » August 23rd, 2008, 9:34 am

woa, cowboy you are helping me out all over the place today. thank you for more information than i ever expected. i think i have been shamed into buying a copy of THE SOURCE. not that i would be ashamed to buy it you understand.
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Postby yankees23 » August 23rd, 2008, 12:10 pm

Where can I buy a copy of The Source book?

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Postby dapert » August 23rd, 2008, 12:39 pm

He sells them on eBay under seller store The Baseball Glove Collector.
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Postby Cowboy7130 » August 23rd, 2008, 9:51 pm

Just to be clear, it is not me that sells the source book. It is Joe P., softball66 as he is affectionately known here in the forum, and he is the editor and compiler of the information in The Source. He is a great resource in the glove community, himself!
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