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Rawlings Introduces 24-Karat Gold Leather Baseball
6/3/2011
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, why shouldn't Rawlings' new 24-karat gold leather baseball be a man's best buddy?

Rawlings recently announced a joint venture with New York-based Gold Sports Collectibles to bring official Major League baseballs made with 24-karat gold leather to baseball collectors.

Gold Sport Collectibles will manufacture the ball featuring official Major League Baseball team logos as well as All-Star Game, World Series and National and American League logos.

“At Rawlings, we pride ourselves on providing athletes with high-performing products that surpass the traditional standards of quality,” said Mike Thompson, senior vice president of marketing for Rawlings. “The partnership with Gold Sport Collectibles was a natural fit for the Rawlings brand as it allowed us to build on our existing relationship with Major League Baseball and create a unique, high-quality collectible item for baseball enthusiasts.”

The unique process of fusing gold into leather was mastered by Italian company Mi Piaci s.r.l--an exclusive affiliate of Gold Sport Collectibles. The proprietary and 100 percent environmentally friendly process, known as Precious Surface™, fills the leather with 24-karat gold yet leaves the leather feeling soft and untreated.

Using this 24-karat leather, each ball is hand sewn to official Major League specifications, stamped with an official team logo and placed into a vivid display case. Each ball is backed by an official certification that will be included with the finished product.

“Gold Sport Collectibles is proud to partner with Rawlings--the most authentic and trusted brand in baseball--in bringing this revolutionary item to the collectibles market,” said Stefano Ongaro, Senior VP of Marketing and Product Development for Gold Sport Collectibles. “This collaboration reflects our mutual goal of creating collectables that baseball fans can rely on to commemorate their favorite teams in a way that is truly exceptional.”

Rawlings has been the official supplier of baseballs to Major League Baseball for nearly 35 years.

Visit RawlingsGear.com or contact a Rawlings Gear Customer Care representative at (866) 678-GEAR(4327) to purchase your special event baseballs.
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