“Making Wallets Great Again!”

Vintage Catch Leather Co. repurposes old baseball gloves and footballs into unique leather items, primarily wallets and card holders. Ball glove (or football) leather is combined with other top quality cowhide or horsehide leather to form these one-of-a-kind products. For me, the smell of the leather and the great look of the patina are a reminder of my playing days of the past….from the years of my youth as a Little Leaguer when I was the puniest kid on the team to my high school days of still being the puniest and probably the worst player on my team. Then after years of playing men’s softball as well as coaching baseball and softball at various levels, I could no longer handle the physical toll it took on my body nor the mental anguish on my mind. At some point thereafter, I discovered leatherworking as a way to reconnect with the past.

FAQ about Vintage Catch Leather Co.

How do you make your wallets?

The wallets are all handmade. After selecting a glove or a football, I disassemble, flatten, clean and condition the leather. Then parts of the glove (or football) are cut out to be included in the design and construction of the wallet. The leather sections are then glued, punched and hand-stitched before finishing touches are made to complete the project.

 What style of wallets do you make?

Styles vary, and hopefully one or more of them will fit your needs. I make classic bi-folds, spring clip wallets, and various versions of card holders. Some people like bigger, fatter wallets while others (like me) prefer a smaller, thinner piece that can fit conveniently in your front pocket; some may carry lots of cash while others get by primarily with debit/credit cards....these are just a couple factors that might determine what style is best for you.

 How do you choose what ball glove to use to make a wallet?

The wallets are primarily custom made, so I try to select a glove that appeals to the customer, perhaps a certain brand (such as Wilson or Rawlings), color, age or player signature model can all play a part in the design of a wallet. I have a number of old gloves from which to choose from….or a customer can bring in their own glove and have it transformed into a wallet.

 How much do your wallets cost?

Pricing varies. If you purchase directly from my shop, generally the cost will range between $40 and $100 depending on a number of factors. These wallets feature some great leather and are hand stitched so they could very well last your lifetime. If you only have $10 or $15 to spend, it’s best you run to the local department store to pick up a cheap, machine-stitched wallet made in China.

 How long will it take to get a wallet made?

It all depends on what is going on in my life (usually nothing too exciting) and how busy I am at my regular job, but generally speaking allow a couple weeks or so for me to complete the project. I do have a few wallets already made that are available at my shop; you can see some of their pictures and descriptions below.

 How do I contact you if I have more questions or want to make a purchase?

It’s best to shoot me an email at dregentin@yahoo.com or a text to 810.710.1099....or you can call me at 810.376.3805. If a wallet is still pictured on this site and not listed as sold, then it is available. I will try to post more products as time allows.

  • Wilson Football Vertical Wallet

    This is a handy-dandy wallet made from a Wilson NFL football. The football leather is hand stitched to a panel of Horween horsehide leather. Horween Leather is an American company founded in the early 20th century and is known as a manufacturer of some of the world’s finest leather, in this case dark brown waxed horsehide leather. There are two outer pockets for quick access to your driver’s license and frequently used cards. On the inside of this beauty are three pockets including one on the left that is deep enough to accommodate half-folded bills. The cash pocket has a vintage looking football embossed into the leather. This compact wallet would be a great front pocket carry. Folded dimensions: 3” x 4 1/8”. Price: $75

  • Vintage Wilson Football Card Carrier

    This is a neat little card holder with 2 outer pockets for cards and a large interior pocket for a thick wad of cash or other cards, receipts, etc. The exterior card pockets are sections of an old Wilson NFL football which gives this piece a great old vintage look. The pockets are stitched to an inner panel of dark brown Horween horsehide. This compact card wallet reduces bulkiness and fits great in your front pocket. Dimensions: 3” x 4”. Price: $45

Wilson Football Vertical Wallet

Vintage football embossed into interior cash pocket

Wilson Football Vertical Wallet

Two horizontal exterior card pockets

Wilson Football Vertical Wallet

Football pebbled leather on the front

Wilson Football Vertical Wallet

Three interior pockets for folded cash, credit/debit cards, and much more

Wilson Football Vertical Wallet

Great contrast between the football leather and Horween horsehide center panel

Vintage Wilson Football Card Carrier

Small in size, but large in capabilities

Vintage Wilson Football Card Carrier

Vintage football leather form the outer card pockets

Vintage Wilson Football Card Carrier

Access your stash of cash tucked away in the roomy interior pocket

Vintage Wilson Football Card Carrier

Outer pockets provide enough space for multiple cards and even your school sports pocket schedule

Vintage Wilson Football Card Carrier

Easy access to your cards

  • Rawlings Classic Bi-Fold

    This classic bi-fold wallet features an outer shell made from two sections of a Rawlings “Player Preferred” catcher’s mitt. The ball glove leather is stitched to the wallet’s spine, a buffed dark brown cowhide leather. There are four interior card pockets – the front pockets made of Rawlings mitt leather and the other two made of beautiful waxy dark brown horsehide. That horsehide also comprises the bill divider panel. Burgundy stitching provides beautiful contrast and goes so well with this leather. Folded dimensions of the wallet are 3 ½” x 4 3/8”. Price: $75

  • Rawlings “Black Beauty” Bi-Fold

    This black bi-fold wallet features an outer shell made from two sections of the backside of a Rawlings catcher’s mitt (which includes a red Rawlings label), and is cross-stitched to a spine of full grain cowhide leather. The interior has four horizontal card pockets made of black top grain cowhide pebbled leather. The red stitching provides beautiful contrast and goes so well with the red Rawlings patch. Folded dimensions of the wallet are 3 ½” x 4 3/8”. Price: $75

Rawlings Classic Bi-Fold

Great looking contrast with the Rawlings glove and Chromexcel leather spine

Rawlings Classic Bi-Fold

Four inner card pockets

Rawlings Classic Bi-Fold

Burgundy stitching for a vintage look and feel

Rawlings Classic Bi-Fold

Rawlings logo makes this wallet stand out in a crowd

Rawlings Classic Bi-Fold

"Player Preferred", the mark of a popular Rawlings glove

Rawlings “Black Beauty” Bi-Fold

Another Rawlings "Player Preferred" glove model

Rawlings “Black Beauty” Bi-Fold

Black leather and red stitching looks great together

Rawlings “Black Beauty” Bi-Fold

Familiar red Rawlings patch decorates the wallet exterior

Rawlings “Black Beauty” Bi-Fold

Four interior pockets for all your cards

Rawlings “Black Beauty” Bi-Fold

Chromexcel spine cross-stitched to the glove leather

  • Vintage Spring Clipper

    This spring clip wallet has an outer shell made from a vintage 1950-60’s era first base mitt. Brown Chromexcel leather is used for the spine of this wallet, and it also forms the inside panel for a beautiful clean looking interior to contrast with the old ball glove leather exterior…a great combination! The red stitching throughout adds to the vintage look and feel of the wallet. There is one exterior pocket and one interior pocket, so there’s lot of room for cards and the spring clip on the inside allows you to carry a large stash of cash. The outer panel is embossed with crossed bats and balls. With its small size (folded dimensions of 2 3/4” x 4 1/8”) this wallet can be carried conveniently in your front pocket. Price: $70

  • Regent Minimalist Cash Strapper

    For those of you who would like something light and compact to carry in your front pocket, this Regent cash strap wallet might be the ticket! Made from a 1960’s Regent glove, this wallet features two compartments: a card pocket on one side and a cash strap on the other side, both stitched to a center panel of beautiful Chromexcel leather. This USA handmade wallet will hold many cards and a large wad of cash. Dimensions: 2 7/8” x 4”. Price: $45

Vintage Spring Clipper

Beautiful brown Chromexcel leather on the interior

Vintage Spring Clipper

Crossed bats and balls embossed on front pocket

Vintage Spring Clipper

One exterior pocket for quick card access along with an interior card pocket

Vintage Spring Clipper

Not bulky but can hold lots of cards and cash

Vintage Spring Clipper

Brown Chromexcel stitched to vintage glove leather

Regent Minimalist Cash Strapper

Front pocket made from an old Regent ball glove

Regent Minimalist Cash Strapper

Back of wallet features ball glove leather strap to hold a wad of cash

Regent Minimalist Cash Strapper

A view from above

Regent Minimalist Cash Strapper

Slim profile makes a great carry in your front pocket

Regent Minimalist Cash Strapper

Not much can beat the look of the patina of an old ball glove

  • Metal Eyelet Vintage Bi-Fold

    This classic bi-fold style wallet is comprised of an outer shell made from old first baseman gloves, cross-stitched to a spine of beautiful brown Chromexcel leather. Metal eyelets have been preserved along the top of the wallet. On one of the panels, two glove pieces are stitched together with red baseball stitching thread while the rest of the wallet is stitched with burgundy thread for that great vintage look. The four inner horizontal card pockets are made of brown Chromexcel (which matches the spine) and thin full grain cowhide. The folded wallet dimensions are 3 ½” x 4 ½”. Price: $70

  • 1960s Era Catcher Mitt Classic Bi-Fold

    This great looking bi-fold wallet is made from an old catcher’s mitt from the 1960’s era. Formed from the mitt’s interior palm leather, the outer panel of this wallet reflects a great vintage look -- and the years of wear are quite evident. The cash compartment panel is embossed cowhide and gives the inside of this wallet a gorgeous rugged look that contrasts with four waxy card pockets. The front pockets are made from the catcher mitt’s interior palm and the two back pockets are made of think dark brown horsehide. The brown stitching looks great on this wallet, especially with the interior cash compartment panel. Folded dimensions of the wallet are 3 ½” x 4 3/8”. Price: $70

Metal Eyelet Vintage Bi-Fold

Chromexcel leather forms the spine on this classic

Metal Eyelet Vintage Bi-Fold

Old and new leather all brought together with red and burgundy stitching

Metal Eyelet Vintage Bi-Fold

Four horizontal pockets make up a great looking wallet interior

Metal Eyelet Vintage Bi-Fold

Hand stitching will keep this wallet strong for years to come

Metal Eyelet Vintage Bi-Fold

Metal eyelets helps give this wallet a neat vintage look and feel

1960s Era Catcher Mitt Classic Bi-Fold

Rugged looking embossed cash compartment panel

1960s Era Catcher Mitt Classic Bi-Fold

The holes from the finger stitching gives this wallet an awesome look

1960s Era Catcher Mitt Classic Bi-Fold

Four horitzontal interior card pockets contrast with the cash compartment panel

1960s Era Catcher Mitt Classic Bi-Fold

The great look of a well used glove repurposed into a classic bi-fold

1960s Era Catcher Mitt Classic Bi-Fold

Leather lacing compliments the outside of the folded bi-fold wallet

More wallets .....

I am also affiliated with "WHEN IT WAS A GAME", a company based in Nebraska which has a website featuring some of my "Vintage Catch Collection" wallets in addition to a large selection of more baseball glove wallets and other goods. 

View their website here:

www.whenitwasagame.org

 

 

Come back soon for updates...and thanks for visiting! ⚾️🏈🥎

Doug Regentin