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Old 06-22-2013, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay. I have ROMLB baseballs and I use blue ballpoint on them, but I'm not going to waste them for average players. I have these Rawlings little league baseballs that have a china thing on them that say its a leather cover but it feels a bit rubbery and synthetic like. Is there any way I can take some of the finish off the sweetspot for a nicer auto?
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I might recommend the typical powder people put on cards, but I highly doubt that would actually work for this situation. For ROMLB, as the ink soaks into the ball over time, the signature doesn't stay just on the surface.
The problem with the synthetic covers is that the signatures don't exactly soak in, but rather pool on the top and can fade like crazy. I don't think there's anything you can put on the surface to prevent it...

As long as you don't care what they look like or aren't selling them or whatever, I really wouldn't worry about how they might turn out. One of my favourite signatures is on a crappy synthetic Rawlings I got in like 2008, it looks a little sloppy now but I still appreciate it!
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I don't know if you've ever heard of this.... But using nail polish remover on the china logo takes off the logo Andalusia the ball a lot softer and smoother. I might try sand paper as well.
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*and not Andalusia
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I dont think you should waste these balls on even average players.. If they have a rubbery finish to them they contain oils in the synthetic leather. This is what makes the ink bleed. Even if you used sandpaper, which would tear these balls to shreds, you'd just be sanding down to another layer of the same material... A good example of what these will look like in a few years is the 2007 Sweet Spot Cuts.... they look horrid. When they first surfaced, they looked great but over time they turned into this:


The "plastic" or "rubbery" type balls absorb the ink, then bleed it out... There are very few substitutes for ROMLBs... You might be better off buying in bulk from someone that has slightly used balls for sale. These are pretty common on ebay and you can get them at a nice discounted price. Plus a lot of people like the patina of lightly used balls, gives them that "game used" feel... good luck, and for sure dont use a sharpie on those type balls...
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It's so terribly sad that they used the cheap synthetic cover for those cards ! I would be so angry if I pulled one now years later and it looked like that
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Anyone think an auto on the side, below the MLB logo looks better than the Sweet spot?

I kinda like it!
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