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About the Ball: The official ball made for the Rawlings 2011 Gold Glove Awards Dinner and Ceremony. These were provided to attendees of the Dinner along with some other swag in gift bags. Never made available for sale, they are very limited and will be difficult to find for collectors.
This year's ball have several key changes from previous version. The stamping is in gold, as opposed to black. Laces are the common red found on official game balls, as opposed to customary gold.
This ball also provides the names of all Gold Glove winners from the 2011 season, serperated by league on each side panel (as seen on the two inserted shots.
These ceremony balls are the first given only to guests since 1993 (a custom that started in 1991). Every Gold Glove ball since has been made for regular retail sale.
One final difference, these new baseballs are a step down from the previous versions are far as production quaility and grade of leather. They are China stamped, and more similar to lower professional league baseballs - with raised stitches.