Have you ever considered custom basketballs as a way to spruce up your man cave or she shed, or as a unique and thoughtful gift for the sports fans in your family or circle of friends?

If not, consider this

Just about everyone has fond memories of shooting hoops in the driveway, or spirited pickup games in the park or in the school gymnasium after the final bell rang.

And, for everyone who’s ever taken a shot or dribbled down the court, there is a particular type of ball that just *feels* better than all the rest — the look, the texture, the weight, the inflation levels.

You know it when you feel it.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have balls that you just hate to play with, that make your on-court life miserable, or at least not-so-nice.

Between those extremes, there are tons of different basketball styles and specs that have risen and fallen in popularity over the years, but they’ve all left an indelible impression on everyone who’s ever played with them.

One sound …

One touch …

One smell …

One smack to the face …

And you’re right back there on that makeshift court playing 21 or H-O-R-S-E or 3-Point Champ, or whatever game you had going, sometimes long after the sun went down or the school cleared out.

A custom basketball can bring all that back in an instant, too, and it can serve as a keepsake that you (or your hoops-loving friend or family member) will come back to time and again — to ogle, touch, maybe even caress.

Beyond the types of balls that we all played with as kids, the history of basketball also offers up some amazing images of times gone by, when the game itself was ironing out its kinks and trying to find a foothold on the American (and world!) sporting landscape.

Many of those early game pieces look a *lot* different than the balls you’ll find in Walmart or Dick’s today.

Leather coverings … odd shapes … even laces, for heaven’s sake!

And, while it can be tough to locate authentic vintage balls, the good news is, there are modern alternatives.

(Note: The following discussion contains affiliate links to products offered by Leather Head Sports.)

Leather Head Sports, for example, offers a full line of leather basketballs, all harkening back to the game’s early days.

Some of my favorites include the Naismith Basketball

Naismith custom Basketball

… the Blue and White Basketball

Blue and White Basketball

… the Red and White Basketball

Red and White Basketball

… and the Brown Suede Mini Basketball

Brown Suede Mini Basketball

There are plenty of others to choose from, and you can see them all right here:

Oh, and if you want something a bit more tailored to your needs, memories, and wishes, Leather Head offers several options to build custom basketballs, too. Check out all the options right here.