So Why Did I Buy A 1940's Baeball Mitt?

Up to this point all the baseball gloves I've owned were purely functional...they were for playing Little League, Babe Ruth, or now some old man softball.  But one day I stumbled upon a listing for a glove on eBay I just had to have.   It looks a little rough on the outside as this was clearly used by someone.  

The label shows that the glove was made by J.C. Higgins which was the distributor of gloves that were featured in Sears catalogs.  This sort of gloves were made through 1961 with this particular one probably dating from the late 1940's.

Flipping it over we get a little peak at the reason why I suddenly needed a 1940's mitt:

Here's a close up...I would recognize that signature anywhere.  

This glove is actually an Andy Pafko brand glove.  I guess not too surprisingly there weren't too many bids on it and in the end it cost more for the seller to send it to me then what I paid in total.  Nevertheless, it has become on of the jewels of my Pafko collection.  

Speaking of that, I've got a very, very, very, special Andy Pafko card coming which should be here early next week.  I don't want to ruin the surprise so I'll stop here for now.


Thats a beauty! Nice display piece.
Stealing Home said…
what a snag! great eye to spot that
Weston DeShon said…
WOW!!! That is cool!
Old leather ... too cool. I've got an old Ted Williams glove I picked up in Vermont.