Vintage Children's/Salesman's Sample Baseball Glove Collection (7)

Sold For: $300

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1529

Item Year: 1905

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Collection of six right-handed store-model baseball gloves, and one homemade example, dating from the early 1900s. All of these gloves are extremely small and were either produced for very young children or, more likely, represent salesmen's samples. Four of the gloves, two first-baseman's mitts, a catcher's mitt ("Boy's Delight" model), and a fielder's glover were produced by Spalding. Another fielder's glove was manufactured by the Midwestern Sporting Goods Co.. The last store-model glove, a catcher's mitt, displays no manufacturer's markings. Also included is a unique piece that may represent a homemade catcher's mitt. If so, it is strange in that it has no opening on the reverse for the player to slide his hand into. All of the gloves displays heavy use and are in Good condition overall, with the homemade example also exhibiting two large tears on the front. Total: 7 gloves. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.

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