Some new before/after photos

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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby mikesglove » July 6th, 2019, 2:59 pm

First of all, I wouldn't use the Dr. Jackson's on light colored leather. It would just darken it too much unless that was the object. On the Rawlings, I didn't use any conditioner on the white leather. I used it only on the dark inner lining and piping. I used an old tooth brush on the Rawlings and brushed it good. That worked remarkably well on the buckskin in getting rid of the dingy look. I was careful not to use it near the markings on the front. For that weird stain on the front, I used a 320 grit sandpaper and buffed it again with the brush. For the markings, I used the edge of an x-acto knife and scraped around the letters. That was a little tedious. The glove was really nice to begin with and had a ton of potential.
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby mplsgloves » December 1st, 2019, 2:50 pm

I'm proud to share some before and after pics of my latest project - a late 50's Hal Naragon Wilson catchers mitt (A2556). This is a lower end mitt and it was in pretty poor condition with a frankenstein-ed web from a fielders glove but I needed a Naragon endorsed model for my collection of MN Twins gloves. So I plunked down $10 plus shipping and bought myself a challenging project that kept me busy most of November. Check it out:
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Not to get too sentimental but in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I want to send out my gratitude to all the members of this forum and the glove collecting community in general. The only way I could have ever brought the Naragon mitt back to life is by using all the great info I've absorbed from reading this forum, baseballglovecollector.com and the Catalog Sourcebook. In particular, the x-acto knife technique mikesglove mentioned earlier in this thread was a huge help in bringing this mitt's stampings and signature from a nearly completely obscured state to relatively decent legibility. Thanks and cheers everyone!
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby mikesglove » March 4th, 2020, 2:31 pm

I found this on ebay. It was well used for sure. I could see it was white buckskin, the seams were good, the tag was intact and most important, the factory markings were there. You just don't find many white buckskin gloves with intact markings. The only unknown was the liner and luckily no rips or tears in the finger stalls. It took some work but was satisfying to restore.
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby atabats » March 4th, 2020, 10:58 pm

Wow. Very impressive work as always Mike.
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby mplsgloves » June 9th, 2020, 11:46 pm

Just finished cleaning up this KenWel 560 Elmer Valo to add to my collection of gloves endorsed by Minnesota Twins. (In his 20th and final MLB season at age 40, Elmer appeared in 33 games for the 1961 Twins in their inaugural season.)

Can anyone help pinpoint when this glove was made? I'm guessing late 40's/early 50's but haven't been able to track down any Kenwel catalogs or listings from that era to say for sure. From what I have gathered about KenWel, it looks like the 560 was their top of the line model in earlier decades. Any chance that was still the case when this glove was made? I'd appreciate whatever insights or info anyone might be able to provide.
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby okdoak » June 10th, 2020, 7:54 pm

My guess is 1950s. I don't have a catalog listing for it but it looks high quality, with the rolled piping and snugger wrist strap. Nice job cleaning it up!
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby cbrandis » August 28th, 2020, 1:11 pm

Ok, you guys have hit some really beautiful gloves / mitts with some incredible restorations. This is somewhat older time-wise as I did this a few years back. But the result was worth the grief I got when I purchased this for $11. Got the last laugh after clean-up. (If I posted this before, sorry for duplication. You know, memory goes as age advances). Old, Home Run Special Babe Ruth, Spalding glove.
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby mplsgloves » September 2nd, 2020, 8:31 pm

Really nice work! Cleaned up way better than I would have ever expected. What did you use to get such nice results? (if you don't mind me asking)
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Re: Some new before/after photos

Postby cbrandis » September 4th, 2020, 11:10 am

to clean up the Ruth mitt, I started out with Horseman's One Step and a textured rag (old towel as opposed to t-shirt) to clean and revitalize the leather. Small area by small area until original color sneaks thru. In some spots, the use of Mr. Clean MagicErasers helped remove some of the really tough crap. Once that was done, the key was old-school shoe polish, the type where the oils float to the top of the jar if left sitting around. This gave more color and texture back to the glove. And at this point, the leather just absorbed the oils. Polish by brushing with shoe brush. No tacky residue as glove feels like newly cleaned shoe leather. FYI to those that haven't tried to clean a glove--it is a slow process. Old leather, re-stringing, tough, ingrained dirt, etc. but well worth the effort (and to some of us, a ton of fun to see new life in old leather).
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