A Zombie Glove case study

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The glove was in fairly good condition. The leather had no tears or rips, but was quite hard and dried out. I thought I could save the original laces, but they fell apart immediately. That’s when I decided to restore the entire glove.

Liar.  He played in the 40s, for the Red Sox, Phillies, and White Sox, with the following lifetime numbers: 268, 18HRs, and 230RBI. A very respectable Major League career.

I found this glove at a flea market on Cape Cod Massachusetts. It’s a 1950s Rawlings T90 Tony Lupien 1st Baseman’s glove. Raise your hand if you knew who Tony Lupien was?

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Once the laces were removed, the inside of the glove was in excellent shape. I was able to salvage the finger loop, but the padding and finger inserts would need to be replaced.

Using the damaged pieces for a pattern, I cut new padding and plastic finger inserts.

I then clean the glove several times using various products. The leather begins to soften and get back to its original color.

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Cleaning the glove also brings out the manufacturer's original stampings, including the Rawlings logo, and the player’s name.

When the glove has dried completely, I condition it thoroughly, careful not to saturate the leather.

Once I’m satisfied with the condition of the leather,

I begin to re-lace the glove.

Since the original laces for the trapeze section were missing, I need to research online for the correct pattern. Here is the finished glove, ready for the field or the display case.