Holy Grail Vintage Nokona Cal Abrams professional model baseball glove

$750.00

Somewhat of a Holy Grail, this is one of the rarest vintage baseball gloves going. Few examples of this Cal Abrams Professional Model Nokona are in circulation, and I would be surprised if there was one much nicer than this example. The photos show the glove with zero conditioning, as is. The silver is still on most of the script in the palm. Leather is bright, full of color, and supple. Lining is clean, bright and soft.

Here's the crib sheet on Cal Abrams's professional major league baseball career:

Abrams was born in Philadelphia and signed by Joe Labate, a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers, out of James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1942, and assigned to the Olean Oilers of the Class D PONY League. He played in 19 games that season.

In January 1943, he was inducted into the Army. He was assigned to Battery B 500th Anti-Aircraft Artillery, and served in Europe and the Pacific with two battle stars in the Pacific. Abrams was also awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star. He was released from the service in January 1946.

He then played for the Danville Dodgers in the Class B Three-I League for the 1946 season, hitting .345. The next two seasons, Abrams was with the Mobile Bears in the Class AA Southern Association.

Abrams was making $90 ($1,000 today) a month in the minors when he got married in 1947, and the most he ever made was $22,000 ($201,000 today) a year with the Baltimore Orioles.

On April 20, 1949, he made his Major League debut with the Dodgers, and then was sent to the Fort Worth Cats of the AA Texas League for the rest of the season, where he hit .333. He split 1950 between the St. Paul Saints of the AAA American Association and the Dodgers. A New York Post headline once read: Mantle, Schmantle. We Got Abie.

In 1950, he changed his uniform number to 18, explaining later: "18 means a lot." The number 18 stands for the Hebrew word for life. He wore this number for the majority of his career.

On October 1, 1950, the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies were playing a game that would determine which team would win the National League pennant. In the bottom of the 9th inning, with nobody out and the game tied 1–1, Abrams was on second base when Duke Snider hit a single to short center field. He was waved home by third-base coach Milt Stock, and was gunned down at the plate by a perfect throw by Phillies center fielder Richie Ashburn, who had fielded the ball on one bounce. The play resulted in the preservation of the 1–1 tie, and facilitated the Phils' Dick Sisler's 10th-inning pennant-winning home run.

In 1951, his manager Charlie Dressen, who was "capable of cruelty", failed to play him on "Cal Abrams Day." He finished the season with a .419 on-base percentage.

On June 9, 1952, he was traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds for Rudy Rufer and cash. On October 14, 1952, he was traded by the Reds with Gail Henley and Joe Rossi to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Gus Bell.

In 1953, he hit 15 home runs, his career high, and had 13 assists.

On May 25, 1954, he was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Baltimore Orioles for Dick Littlefield. In 1954, he was 7th in the AL with a .400 obp, and 10th in the league with 7 triples. He came in 26th in the AL MVP voting.

In 1955, he had a .413 obp, was 8th in the league in walks with 89, and was 4th in the league in assists by a center fielder with 6. On October 18, 1955, he was traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Chicago White Sox for Bobby Adams.

He remained in the Major Leagues into the 1956 season, when he was sent to the Miami Marlins in the AAA International League. The next year Abrams retired from play.

In all of his minor league seasons, his lowest batting average was .331.

He played in 567 major league games with the Dodgers, Reds, Pirates, Orioles, and White Sox.

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Shipping from United States

FREE SHIPPING POLICY: ALL ITEMS MARKED AS SUCH WILL BE SHIPPING USPS GROUND OR FED-EX GROUND DEPENDING ON THE ITEM. IF A ITEM IS FREE SHIPPING AND YOU NEED IT SOONER, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SHIPPING GROUND TO PRIORITY. ONCE PURCHASE IS MADE SHIPPING IS FINAL.


7-20-18 WE NOTICED A SHIPPING GLITCH RELATIVE TO OVERSEAS SHIPPING. SOME OF OUR ITEMS ARE MARKED AS $14 FOR SHIPPING BOTH DOMESTIC AND "EVERYWHERE ELSE." THIS IS IN ERROR -- WE DO SHIP INTERNATIONALLY, BUT THE PRICE NEEDS TO BE SET INDIVIDUALLY, SO CONTACT US IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SHIPPING, AND DISREGARD THE $14 PLEASE. WE HAVE SHIPPED OUT TWO ITEMS INTERNATIONALLY IN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS AND WERE GLAD TO EAT THE SHIPPING OVERAGE, BUT WE NEED TO TIGHTEN THAT UP. HENCE WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL INTERNATIONAL ORDERS TO REDO THE SHIPPING ON THEM. THANKS EVERYONE!

PLEASE CONTACT US PRIOR TO PURCHASE IF YOU NEED ANY CHANGES TO SHIPPING, I.E. SHIPPING COMPANIES, EXPRESS MAIL ETC. WE CANNOT CHANGE SHIPPING ONCE PURCHASE IS MADE.

Even though international shipping is not priced, we will ship outside the US; please contact us and we will calculate shipping costs for you, please contact us PRIOR to placing your order!!!!!


If shipping looks too high for an item, please email us your zip and we will calculate new rate! Shipping cost includes handling. We ship USPS ground (please see outline from the USPS site for shipping information). If you would like another method of shipping please let us know, we would be happy to recalculate shipping costs for your needs
Just an FYI with USPS ground shipping. Their delivery date is just an estimate, so if you need to make sure the item is shipped on a specific date you will need to advise us of this. Here is the outline from the USPS website on estimated deliveries:

"Before you assume that your mailpiece is delayed or possibly lost, it pays to check the delivery standards for the mail class being used to send the mailpiece. Delivery time varies from one class of mail to another. It may be possible that the mailpiece is still in transit and is not lost or delayed depending on what class of mail is being used and how long ago it was mailed. The following chart outlines the delivery standards for various mail classes and indicates how long you should wait before you contact customer assistance with a concern:"

MAIL CLASS DELIVERY STANDARD
CONTACT CUSTOMER SERVICE AFTER:
First-Class Mail®
2-3 days (not guaranteed)
5 or more Days from the date of mailing

Priority Mail®
2-3 days (not guaranteed)
5 or more Days from the date of mailing

Priority Mail Express™
1-2 days (guaranteed)
Guaranteed Delivery Date/Time Missed

Standard Post®
2-8 days* (not guaranteed)
14 or more Days from the date of mailing

Media Mail™
2-8 days* (not guaranteed)
14 or more Days from the date of mailing

Bound Printed Matter
2-8 days* (not guaranteed)
14 or more Days from the date of mailing

Standard (Direct) Mail
3-10 days (not guaranteed)
14 or more Days from the date of mailing

We have had issues with the USPS ground taking 3 or more days past the estimated date. Once the package leaves our office, we have no control over the shipping time, unless it is shipped priority express (which will be a significant change in shipping price of course). You will need to take into consideration weather depending on the location in the US.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns

Just contact me within: 5 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

I don't accept exchanges or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale

Returns and exchange details

Please look pictures over carefully, or ask any questions you have prior to purchase. These are vintage items remember, they are not going to be perfect. We do however always acquire items that are in the best of condition that it can be for it's era. If you are not completely satisfied at all with your item, please contact us within 5 days of receipt of item to discuss options for return. Thank you!

Additional

PLEASE CHECK ALL PICTURES PRIOR TO PURCHASE. THESE ITEMS ARE VINTAGE, WE DO OUR BEST TO FIND ITEMS WITH AS LITTLE TO NO DAMAGE AS POSSIBLE. WE TAKE UP CLOSE PICTURES OF ANY FLAWS AND DESCRIBE WHAT WE CAN ABOUT CONDITION. ONCE PURCHASED, WE CANNOT ISSUE ANY REFUNDS. PLEASE ASK ALL QUESTIONS PRIOR TO PURCHASE.

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