Great job Mike ... I can't wait to see it!
As I mentioned to Mike, this particular glove has a lot of sentimental value to me. I picked it up in the my early days of collecting at an antique flea market outside of Toronto, after a week of being shutout all over upper New York. I was staying in Rochestor for a week on business surrounded by two weekends of glove hunting trips. The first was a trip to Cooperstown -- my first and only to date -- and instead of taking main routes I took back-highways all the way, stopping at every antique shop along the way, big or tiny. I didn't get a darn thing, except for a speeding ticket right out of Cooperstown (hello speed trap). Cooperstown was nice, but there really were no affordable gloves available. I actually had a good visit with Liam O'Bannon on the way back where I picked up a glove, but longed for a nice glove find on my own.
The next weekend I took another spontaneous trip to Niagra Falls and Toronto, again stopping at every antique area along the way. Still nothing. I heard about an antique flea market an hour or so north of Toronto, so I left Toronto in the wee early hours in time to make it to the fairgrounds before dawn, only to come upon a big sign that it was canceled. Argh! I drove all the way back, and then heard about an antique show an hour or so west of Toronto. I headed out there and waited in line for the 9:00AM opening, but there were only 20 or so dealers in a high school gym with absolutely nothing of interest. Nothing, and that is saying something. Right as I was about to leave I told one of the dealers about my experience for the day, and he said that I should have just gone to the outdoor flea market down the road (closer to Toronto).
All of my previous experience had been that if you arrive after 8:00AM you aren't going to find a darn thing, but decided to go anyway. Long story short, this place was a dream field. It ended up being the best day I ever had for finding mass quantities of decent priced quality items. I remember being envious of all those pictures of you guys after Brimfield with trunks filled with goodies, but had never really experienced anything close until that day (and haven't since). I bought some eight or so gloves, four bats, 3 masks, and a couple framed pictures, most of which were keepers. I was truly amazed and still often wonder what I must have missed out on earlier in the day (and kick myself for passing on other things).
The pictures don't do this mitt justice because it is massive, but it is my prized pickup from that trip and the item that I'll always keep as my Cooperstown/Toronto souvenier. And now it's whole. Thanks again Mike!
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