Gloves 101 with Professor Rous

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  1. Rous

    Rous Addicted to Softballfans

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    Vinci Catcher's Mitt. "Simple" clean/condition/relace. Man I hate mitts.

    It is already back home and the mom wanted to know how I got rid of the smell!

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    what was the smell?
     
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    Oooo that smell, cantcha smell that smell
     
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    ANNASDAD The Veteran

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    Rous, is this the dad I gave your contact info to?
     
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    A mixture of sweat, dirt and funk that had settled into the shearling. You'd be amazed at how much dirt I get out of catcher's mitt shearling. And the glove was from Louisiana, so you know plenty of sweat was involved.
     
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    Yep! And thanks for the referral!!!
     
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    Rous, you are a miracle worker!!!

    I would've never guessed the original color of that glove looking at the 'before' pictures...........

    I'm guess that there was a lot more than just sweat going on with that glove. How does the saying go???
    "Rode hard & put away wet......."
     
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    What exactly is that color, gray?? There's been either 3 or 4 Vinci FP mitts come through our house and all were black! That one is funky looking......
     
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    It's a silvery grey and the color has worn off in the pocket and edges even though the leather is still smooth. It's like the color didn't soak in but stayed on the surface.
     
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    Wilson A2K 1797. Local 13 year old player owns it, but his dad got it used from a nephew who found it at his house and couldn't identify the owner. It was made in 2004 and the tan leather just did not handle sweat well at all. The binding is as bad as I have ever seen althouge to soften it up with enough conditioner. Even the button lap leather is deteriorating pretty badly. Black leather has held up well inside and out. Kid mostly plays first base and outfield, so this glove only sees action occasionally at third base.

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    just WOW! That 13 yr old is going to be the envy of his team! Would have loved to see his face when he got it back from you.
     
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    Rous Addicted to Softballfans

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    He was pretty stoked. They picked it up on there way home from a practice. I don't usually get to see that (although one mom sent me a pic of her daughter right after she opened the box and put on a glove that had had some major surgery) and she was pretty happy too.
     
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    that has got to be the greatest reward....... that look of a kid's face full of excitement
     
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    While the wear is definitely there, that's actually from Wilson's "2014" line that used Vintage Tan and Black. A2Ks didn't come out til 2007.
     
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    Holy cow! The date code was either 2004 or 2014 and I assumed 2004 from the deterioration. This kid got it about a year ago and the binding was already completely thrashed. So sweat ate this thing up within two years of use? Wow.
     

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