Leather Head Sports

Collectible Sports Balls and Accessories

Catch-able Collectibles

Most sports memorabilia sits on a shelf collecting dust. Not these beauties.

Paul Cunningham grew up a baseball lover in the ultimate baseball city, Cooperstown , N.Y, and even worked summers at the Baseball Hall of Fame. After leaving Cooperstown, he took a job as photo editor for Major League Baseball — a career he left behind
to make hand-sewn baseballs and footballs that are as all-American as you can get.

Paul’s LEMON BALLs™ are made in the tradition of “lemon peel” baseballs that date back to the early 19th century. The name comes from the four pieces of leather, shaped like segments of a lemon peel, that are stitched together to create a cover for the ball’s solid core. The design, materials and construction techniques are authentic, like any quality reproduction. But these aren’t display pieces. LEMON BALLs are meant to be tossed around. Take them outside, play with them, and over time the leather will soften and develop a superb, rich patina like a favorite baseball glove.

The same goes for Paul’s LEATHER HEAD™ footballs, which are also sewn by hand in the tradition of old-school footballs. Each football is made from American tanned leather, then dyed and oiled. “Paul and I threw around one of his prototype LEATHER HEAD footballs at the beach in Maine and had a blast,” says Paul’s sister-in-law Angie Hockman, who told us about these rugged keepsakes. “Paul makes them all by hand out of beautiful leather with a lot of love.”

You can see, feel and even smell that passion when you get your hands on one of these classic recreations. Paul’s dedication to a lost craft can be appreciated by sports lovers everywhere, and his throwback baseballs and footballs only get better with age.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Paul

    My name is Paul Cunningham. I’m a leather craftsman with a sports pedigree. I’m really happy to be joining you at Daily Grommet today.

    I had a long career at Major League Baseball before shifting my focus to leather. I make LEMON BALL™ lemon peel style baseballs and LEATHER HEAD™ footballs. Thoughtfully designed, each ball is handmade, one at a time, in New Jersey.

    With Spring just around the corner, everyone is itching to get outside.

    A LEMON BALL™ baseball or LEATHER HEAD™ football would be a perfect companion. I’ll be sticking around to answer all your questions, so give me a shout.

  • Kate
    3/16/2010 12:47 PM

    These are very cool, I loved seeing how you made them! They would be great for a unique 'autograph' ball. So excited that Baseball season is just around the corner!

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    3/16/2010 12:48 PM

    Paul's leather products feel so great in your hand. The leather is smooth and soft and Paul's workmanship is impeccable. Whether you play with it or display it, I think these are terrific gifts for your favorite (and hard to buy for) sports lover.

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    3/16/2010 2:06 PM

    Hey, thanks for the kind words. We're definitely itching to get back outside, and thrilled that baseball season is just around the corner.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/16/2010 2:11 PM

    Paul - So as a baseball fan, any predictions for the season?

    Kate - that's a great idea about an autograph ball. When my son was getting his favorite autographs, I wanted a special ball that would hold the value of the signature! I could only find average ordinary balls.

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    3/16/2010 2:27 PM

    As a baseball fan I'm non-partisan. I'll take the easy way out and say that the Yankees will be tough to beat.

    I will say that I'm rooting for the Cubs to make baseball fun again though...

  • Kevin
    3/31/2010 11:28 AM

    I ordered a ball about 2 weeks ago. How long should it take to arrive?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/31/2010 11:34 AM

    @Kevin - we will look into your order and get back to you directly. Thank you for posting!

  • Lisa B
    Lisa B
    6/11/2010 9:30 AM

    Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE the Baseball, and Football Leather Designs! Very Unique, and these will make a great Gift for the young and the young at heart ;-) So Glad I found you on Face Book!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 9:52 AM

    @Lisa - thanks, we think Paul does great work, too. We are also very glad you found us. Welcome to the Daily Grommet community!

  •  lauren
    7/12/2012 12:29 PM

    Please, please, please can you make a softball?

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