Wilson introduced its line of 2012 Limited Edition Gloves. This year’s line-up includes gloves from 2012 Hall of Fame-inductee Barry Larkin, Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds, C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels and Cat Osterman of the USSSA Pride. Accompanied with each glove is a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by the player and Wilson glove Master Craftsman, Shigeaki Aso. Only 500 gloves were produced for each model.
For decades, Wilson has incorporated the insights of elite athletes into its products. Wilson created the gloves, designed to perform for all hardworking players, with the players' expertise in mind. “Working with the athletes is at the center of our design process”, said Michael Markovich, global business director for Wilson Sporting Goods. “It’s an honor to extend that relationship beyond the ball field while supporting the charities that mean something to them.”
For every Limited Edition Glove sold, a significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity of each player’s choice. Sales of Barry Larkin’s glove will benefit Baseball Assistance Team, Brandon Phillips’ glove will benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta, C.J. Wilson’s glove will benefit C.J. Wilson’s Children’s Charity and Cat Osterman’s glove will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The 2012 Limited Edition line includes a variety of Wilson’s best Game Model gloves. Barry Larkin’s throwback glove from the early 1990s reminds players what Wilson A2000s looked like two decades ago while CJ Wilson’s Anaheim Angels red A2000 highlights today’s custom A2000s. Brandon Phillips’ silver/red/black custom A2K, which he named “Casper”, is the quintessential custom glove for elite players. Cat Osterman’s glove is a white fastpitch model and features the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s HOPE ribbon.