We are often asked what baseball gloves are made of….who knows? Some are made of cheap vinyl, that will NEVER break in. They are typically sold at K-mart and Wal-Mart. They are a good choice for beginners or for Little Timmy’s backyard tossing with the neighborhood kids. Try Pigskin…Woah, who would take the skin of a pig and make a glove out of it? Don’t they make footballs out of pigskin? Well, yep, you can make a glove out of pigskin and actually it feels GREAT!!!! For a kid or a beginner, there is nothing like a super soft pigskin glove. Most major brands have very nice lines of Pigskin gloves for kids and adults alike. They break in fast usually with a day or two and most are under $50 so the price is right! OK, OK…sounds ideal right? Well, of course there is a catch. Pigskin gloves don’t last very long. Derek Jeter wouldn’t use one. A 98mph fastball would rip right through that sucker! Pigskin is great, but any accomplished player should move up one more step to cowhide, kangaroo, or Buffulo
Ok…now we get into steerhide. Sounds like a Texas steakhouse in here! Believe it or not, I am a 31 year old very girly south floridian, not a cattle rancher!
There are MANY different grades of leather, as you may know, and there are many different grades of gloves. Base steerhide can make a nice glove, but it could be very hard and tough to break in. They won’t typically break the bank, costing anywhere from $20 and up. This is great for a beginner. Better players would choose a better quality glove, ranging in cost from $50 and up. Better leather, more choice of style and color, and better longevity are all great reasons to spend a few extra bucks.
Now, if you are making millions in the big show or just need to have the latest and greatest, then top of the line is for you. Every company has gloves to meet your needs. Beautiful top of the line steerhide, buffalo hide and kangaroo gloves are pro stock, limited edition models that will carry you for all of your baseball needs. This is one to pass down to the grandkids. Most are not oil treated, but the leather is so good that you usually don’t need much treatment. It will last you forever. Remember though, this is the best of the best and diamonds don’t come cheap…plan on spending upwards of $200-$500 for the absolute pro glove! But hey, aren’t you worth it?
Well, hope this helps…cows, pigs, kangaroos? Nope, we’re not in a zoo…we’re on the field, playing America’s favorite game. Battersboxonline has great stuff to check out!