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Old 12-27-2011, 10:10 PM
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Bought a couple of vintage gloves this past week at a yard sale.
Even though I don't know much about them, I thought they were very cool and didn't even argue the $50 price tag for the pair.
First one is a Hutch Cy Young model and the other is a Wilson Rogers Hornsby model.
Kind of thinking about restoring (looks like they need some oil treatment since they are a bit stiff) them to display or play catch with the kids, but don't know how much would it cost, who to contact and if it's even worth it.
Here are some pics and thanks for your input.




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Old 12-28-2011, 05:21 AM
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First of all...waaaaay to go!!! You made a wise purchase and have two terrific gloves worth a few hundred dollars minimum. I used to know the glove market well, but it's been five or six years since I've been in it. Hornsby gloves are not rare, but sell in the $200-$300 range. Cy Young gloves are rare and can bring $300 to $400 on up.

All values are highly linked to condition. Mint gloves would go well beyond the values I gave you. The stamping needs to be easily readable, and the leather needs to be in good shape. The top glove is not in great condition, but still has nice leather on the outside and it looks like the stamping may be pretty nice, but there are issues on the back that won't kill the glove by any means, but will limit the value. The bottom glove looks to be in excellent condition if the stamping is clear.

The bottom glove (I suspect is the Hornsby?) needs a light cleaning and moisturizing. There are a million ways to clean it, but I have always had great luck using Murphy's Oil Soap and a SOFT bristle tooth brush or face brush. Scrub an area then wipe off with a clean cloth then repeat over rest of glove. After it dries, rub in Vasoline to soften, moisturize, and condition.

Here is my oppinion on restoration. The top glove could use new piping on the back and the lining is rough, but the outside leather looks good. Some buyers would avoid it because they insist on higher grades, but most would want a glove that has a good face (the palm and signature side) for display purposes. I would buy a glove that had piping replaced, because I would rather see replaced than trashed piping. The lining is a big deal to some guys, but not a huge thing to others. Linings are more expensive to replace however.

I would go to Brett Lowman's site for "better" advice from glove guys who know the current market and resources for restoration. He is a great guy and will help you out.

Here is a link to the glove board and another to Brett's personal site:
http://www.vintagebaseballgloveforum.com/
http://www.playokantiques.com/

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Mike, thanks very much for your input. Really appreciate it.
Stamping on the Young is very clear, the Hornsby is a tad light. I suck at taking pictures.
I'll visit Brett's site for more info. Really can't wait to play some light catch with these puppies!
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50 for the pair is great! they look to be in decent shape still

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