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  Rawlings BLACKHORSE and Dot Code - Baseball Glove Dating Guide  -Steven KeyMan  
 
 
    The Rawlings dot and BLACKHORSE codes were used on all top of the line gloves. Date codes were for internal use, added to the gloves for inventory control. Not to provide the consumer or a collector to use for dating. The dot code was first used around 1973 through to 1983. The BLACKHORSE code was used from 1984 until 1997, and then in 1998 Rawlings reverted back to the dot code. In 2003 Rawlings started a 4 letter BLACKHORSE code with a two digit numeric tannery code at the end.  
   
1973-1983 Dot Code
 
 
  • 1971, (if it started that year), 1976, and 1981, were represented with 1 dot.
  • 1972, and 1977, were represented with 2 dots.
     ('77 the year Rawlings started the same dot code with MLB baseballs)
  • 1973, (the year I believe it did start) 1978, and 1983, were represented with 3 dots.
  • 1974, and 1979, were represented with 4 dots (1984 was the start of BLACKHORSE)
  • 1975, and 1980 were represented with 5 dots.
Note: These dots were stamped on the backside of the thumb.

In 1984, the BLACKHORSE Code took over, with each of the letters interchanging for the numbers 1234567890 in sequence. The code consisted of three letters, and two numbers. The first letter for the year, the next two letters the month, and the last two numbers indicate the leather from which tanner.
 
B L A C K H O R S E
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0  
 
 
Two Digit Numeric Tannery Code
  • 01 is the Horween Leather Co.
  • 09 is the Tennessee Tanning Co.
  • 14 is the Gutmann tannery Co.
  • 29 made in the Philippines
Rawlings BLACKHORSE CODE EXAMPLE: The first letter 'E' represents the year, E=0 or '90 (1990). The next two letters 'EA' represents the month, EA=03, or March (3 month of the year). The two numbers at the end '01' represents the tannery, 01=Horween Leather Company.

 
 
 
    In 1998 Rawlings brought back the dot code. 1998 - 3 dots, 1999 - 4 dots, 2000 - 5 dots, 2001 - 1 dot, 2002 - 2 dots  
  Rawlings Dot Code  
 
 
   In 2003 the BLACKHORSE code was brought back but with a 4 letters this time, followed by the two number tanner code.  
     
 
EXAMPLE: The first two letters 'EO' represents the year, EO=07 or '07 (2007). The next two letters 'BB' represents the month, BB=11, or November (11 month of the year). The two numbers at the end '29' represents the tannery, 29=Made in the Philippines. Rawlings BLACKHORSE Code
 
     
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