What is best leather series for a Rico Glove?

Mar 8th 11:11am

The best leather for Rico Gloves for pro, college, and elite high school is either Select Series or Ultra Series. Those two series are Rico Gloves highest end leather. Select Series features Maruhashi Japanese tanned leather for most colors. The Select Series Caramel color is Horween leather. 

The new Ultra Series coming soon will feature more leather colors. The new Ultra Series will be made of a high end Grade 1 steer hide leather. This series will also include the option for direct stitching of the Rico logo on the wrist instead of the Rico patch logo. 

The Star Series is our third best leather series. Its ideal for young teens and adult players or customers looking for a good glove at a reasonable price point for a custom glove. The Star Series is made from smooth cowhide leather and looks and feels very similar to Ultra Series. 

The Prime Series is the lowest cost custom that we make. Its made of tumbled cowhide leather. It has a slightly tumbled look to the leather. Its a very good custom for the price point and most companies can't beat our prices for a custom glove with this quality. Its the best price for a custom that we make. 

Rico Youth Series is for players that are at least 8 years old and ideal for players ages 9-11 years old. Some 12 or 13 year old could use youth series because the wrist is more of a tapered sizing (not a super small youth sizing that is seen in 5-8 year old gloves). Our youth series is not recommended for 5-7 year olds based on sizing and leather.  The Youth Leather is the same as our Prime Series and made of a tumbled cowhide leather. The glove has stiffness new and requires some breaking in but shouldn't take long with use. 

Should I get a pre-break-in on my Rico Glove?

Mar 8th 10:44am

At Rico Gloves we use only real leather for our custom gloves. We don't make any custom gloves with synthetic leather, treated leather, or plastic. We do use some mesh on the back of the hand of a glove if requested but its also stitched to real leather. When using real leather the gloves are stiffer when new. Real leather lasts longer and requires a break in period. The highest end leather like our Select and Ultra Series are the stiffest and last the longest.

We can do a steam, condition, and pre-break-in on any gloves we make. It helps break in the initial stiffness from the factory. One thing to keep in mind thou is we can't make the glove 100% broke in. We would actually have to use the glove to get it to feel 100% broken in. I would say that our glove pre-break-in speeds up the process and breaks in the glove about 40%. So the pre-break helps but its not a game ready break in. We don't want to make the glove look used and we have to be careful doing the pre-break in that we don't make the glove look used.

A benefit of the steam, condition, and pre break in is that we condition the whole glove with Rico Leather Conditioner. It conditions the leather so it won't need more conditioner when you receive it. It will just need use to break the glove in. Our Rico Leather Conditioner doesn't leave a residue like other conditioners (see sporting goods conditioners) so you won't be able to tell its even in the leather. That is why we designed our own Rico Glove conditioner because once the glove is dry it won't discolor or make the glove feel greasy but will still do an excellent job of protecting and conditioning the leather. 

If you have any questions regarding condtioning or pre-break in don't hesitate to ask. 

Email us at ricogloves@gmail.com 

Why don't glove companies make youth gloves in the highest end quality leather?

Mar 8th 10:03am

The quick answer is functionality. The reason Youth gloves for 5-12 year olds are made of a lower grade of cowhide leather or many times synthetic leather (or plastic/polyurethane) is because the strength of the hand of a 5-12 year old can't break in the highest end quality leather glove. That is why you typically see youth gloves made of synthetic leather or softer cowhide leather. These gloves are squeezable for a kid that age. An MLB or college high grade leather glove won't be functional for 5-12 year old. This leather doesn't work for them and I would advise against trying to get high end leather for kids under 12 years old. What would be the point of getting the highest quality leather for a kid under 12 if they can't squeeze the glove? Its not functional and they can't break it in right away.

At Rico Gloves our youth gloves sizing starts at the minimum of 8 years old and goes to approximately 12 years old or a teenager/adult with a smaller hand. We make our Youth gloves from tumbled cowhide leather and its stiff when new but the break in is fairly quick if the glove is being used regularly. I often have the question that my kid is 9 and plays elite/major baseball and he needs the high end leather. A 9 year old doesn't need the high end leather because it may take him 6 months to break it in with his hand strength. The parent is better off getting the tumbled cowhide leather used for Youth Series that he can break in faster and then replacing the glove in a year or two if needed. The functionality is much more important than the idea of getting the high end most expensive glove used by MLB and college players. This is my personal opinion and at Rico Gloves we try to make a custom glove that is ideal for age and the level of play. We do offer the high end leather for MLB, college, and Elite HS players in our Select and Ultra series gloves. These series of gloves just aren't ideal for youth players.

Rico Gloves Youth Series Leather

Feb 22nd 8:26am

Learn about our Youth Series leather and glove quality.

I want a High End Custom Glove for the lowest cost that you have for any series. Is this possible?

Sep 26th 12:45am

First, no matter what anyone tells you. Its impossible to get a high end custom pro leather glove for a $140 dollars and under.
You can of course get a custom glove for under $150 dollars but it won't be high end custom. The leather is the difference.
The highest end leather custom gloves will be the most expensive from any company. (minimum $250 and up custom)
A high end non-custom glove will be lower cost (relative to high end custom) because it can be mass produced.
(see sporting goods closeouts)
Most glove companies have several series of gloves that try to hit a few different price points.
Rico Gloves actually hits every price point. Select and Ultra are the high end gloves. Star Series is mid-range custom.
Prime and Youth series is the lower end for a custom.
IF you want Prime series that will be the lowest cost custom we make. Its a great custom for the price that you pay BUT you can't compare it to our highest end Select or Ultra series or another companies high end custom glove.
IF you want the highest end custom glove from Rico Gloves then I advise that you get our Select Series or Ultra Series gloves.
This is what we make for professional players. Be aware that high end custom gloves require breaking in so if your under 12 a high end custom probably is not a good choice.

What glove conditioner should I use for my baseball glove?

Oct 17th 1:18pm

Do you need to clean and condition your baseball glove?

At Rico Gloves we have developed our conditioner to aid in breaking in your new glove, or to restore the appearance and supple feel of your favorite already broken in while maintaining a dry-to-the-touch feel. Rico Glove Care and Condtioner is formulated with Vitamin E to breathe new life into your glove or batting gloves. Rico Glove Care is formulated with UV protection to resist cracking, fading, and discoloration caused by harmful solar rays. Rico Glove Care and Conditioner works excellent on all the new high quality leathers, leatherette, and faux leather gloves. The condtioning formula penetrates deep into the leather for the softest feel on any leather surface. Rico Glove Care and Conditioner has natural cleaning abilities to remove light stains from the surface. Rico Glove Care and Conditioner restores the natural leather scent back to your glove. Rico Glove Care prevents your original leather from becoming dry, aged, and cracked. Treat your glove right with Rico Glove Care and Conditioner.

These are the advantages of using this Rico Glove Care and Conditioner.

  • Softens and reconditions the leather.
  • Protects leather from harmful UV rays.
  • Doesn't make glove heavier. Its light.
  • After absorbing it isn't greasy on leather (like vaseline or nokona glove conditioner).
  • Doesn't mess up your clothing.
  • Conditioner doesn't permanently darken the leather.
  • Also for use on horse saddles and bridles, All motorcycle leathers, leather jackets, For use on smooth leathers.
  • Not to be used on aniline leathers, suede, or nubuck

    If interested in Rico Glove Care and Conditioner please let us know. We will have this new amazing product available for sale in our store in September of 2015. Please contact us at info@ricogloves.com

    Personal Testimonial from Tony Ross Maddi :

    First, I played pro baseball for 8 years. I have had a lot of gloves and used a lot of glove conditioning products. Mink oil, vaseline, shaving cream. Personally, I believe that this Rico Glove Care and Conditioner is the best product that I have ever used. Mink Oil weighs the glove down and darkens the leather. Not something I wanted. Vaseline seemed okay but I knew there had to be something better. I know this product is better than anything that I have ever used before. It conditions the leather and softens it at the same time. It absorbs into the leather without permanently staining it darker. You don't have to use a lot of this conditioner. Start by using a small amount and work it into the leather. If anyone needs any glove conditioner for there gloves please contact me at tony@ricogloves.com. This conditioner is the only thing I recommend for any kind of baseball glove and Rico Baseball Gloves.


    Tony Ross Maddi- Rico Custom Gloves


Buying a youth Rico custom glove? You need to read this!

Oct 17th 1:16pm

The most common mistakes people make when ordering a custom Rico youth glove. Please read this!

1. Customer- My son is 8 years old almost 9 and is a big kid. I think he needs an adult glove so he can use the glove for a long time. Then he can grow into it. Then I don't have to buy another glove for a long time.

Glove Pro Expert Answer- An 8 or 9 year old shouldn't be using an adult size glove no matter how big the kid. The glove needs to fit around the hand better. An adult glove will be falling off a youth players hand. A youth series glove would be the best choice because it will have a better fit around the hand. At Rico Gloves the recommendation is definitely to use our Rico Youth series for kids 8 to 11 or 12 years and older (if the hand isn't big.) Don't get your 8 or 9 year old an Adult glove!

2. Customer- I want the Youth series glove but I want the Select series leather on the glove because I know its probably the best leather that Rico Gloves makes.

Glove Pro Expert Answer- Our Select Series is really great for elite HS, College, and Pro players. The Select Leather for a Youth Player would be the wrong choice. The youth player would spend a season or two trying to break in a Horween Leather glove like Select series. The Youth Series leather is the best choice and is made of premium cowhide leather that is tumbled so it will break in easier for the youth players. The reason you don't see the high-end leather on youth gloves from any company is because youth players can't break in those gloves. Its better to go with something that best suits the youth player for the season coming up.

3. Customer- My son wants a certain color not available on Rico youth series. I am thinking about just ordering an adult size glove so we can get the color he wants.

Glove Pro Expert Answer- Any company will make what you order from a Glove Builder but if your son is 8-11 years old and needs a youth size then its best to order the youth series because the way the glove fits on the hand. Don't change your order to an Adult glove when your youth player needs a youth size glove. Don't base your custom glove order on a color. Its the fit for the player that is the most important.

4. Customer- My son is 6 years old and I want to get him a Rico youth series glove. Will it work for him?

Glove Pro Expert Answer- The quick answer is no not like it should. Our youth series is for youth players that are at least 8 year old to 13 years old. The Rico youth series isn't a Tball size glove like you would see at Walmart or those type of retailers. The youth series is much better quality and bigger around the hand than the cheap Tball gloves you see at those retailers. Our recommendation at Rico Gloves is to wait until your son or player is at least 8 years old before ordering a custom youth series glove.

These are the most common mistakes customers make when ordering or not ordering a youth series glove from Rico Gloves. Please let us know if you have any questions about gloves by posting here or contacting us at info@ricogloves.com

What size baseball glove should I get?

Sep 4th 2:23pm

At Rico Gloves, we typically get the question, "What size glove should I get my child?" . We will give you are best advice in this blog post! Please read below.

First, let's go over some details of why we have certain sizes for positions.

The reasons for a smaller glove in the infield are below-

The ball won't get lost in the glove when trying to get the ball out.
Quicker hands on transferring the ball on double plays.
This equals getting the ball to first faster.
The reasons for a closed web for pitchers-

Main reason is the hitters won't be able to see movement of hand.
Pitchers won't give any tips on pitch coming with a closed web.
The reasons for a larger outfield glove-

Possibly a better extension on extending the glove for a fly ball on the run.
Outfield gloves should be bigger but they don't have to be 13 inches or more to get the job done.


5-6 years old- Probably too young for a custom youth glove unless you are going to save it until he is at least 7 or 8.

8-9 years old Infield- Definitely go with our Youth Series

Youth 11 inch, 10.75 inch, or if wanting bigger 11.5 inch. 11 inch would probably be best for this age.
10-11 years old Infield- Youth Series

11 or 11.5 inch Youth for infield would be our recommendation. 12 inch youth probably be big unless you want it for outfield.
12 years to Adult Infield- Prime series, Star Series, Select Series, or Ultra Series

11.5 (any infield position)
11.25 inch (if playing 2nd base)
11.75 inch (SS, 3rd, pitch)
12 inch (3rd base, pitch)

8-9 year old Outfield-

Our recommendation is to use the infield sizing for outfield.
The reason is because you dont want the glove falling off your childs hand.
10-11 years old Outfield-

11.5 inch (this will work for outfield at this age
Don't go above 12 inch for Outfield at 10-11 years old
12 years old to Adult Outfield-

12 inch (12 inch will work for ages 12-13 years old)
12.25 inch (great size for smaller outfield glove for adults or teenagers).
12.5 or 12.75 inch (Most typical Outfield size for adults)
13 inch or 13.25 inch (Very large glove for baseball and probably better served for Softball)
We hope this recommendation chart helps you make the right choice in size for a Rico custom glove! If you have any questions please contact us at tony@ricogloves.com. We specialize in making a one of kind custom glove with pro quality leather. Check out our glove customizer www.ricogloves.com/glovecustomizer