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netman
11-10-2008, 11:04 AM
Just picked up a racquet I had never heard of before. Its the Spalding GC-30. Looks like an attempt at a Yonex clone.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a287/K_K_Bucket/SpaldingGC-30.jpg

Already have a GC-20 and now I'm curious about this line of frames. Can anyone shed some light on production dates, specs other models in the line up?

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a287/K_K_Bucket/SpaldingGC-20_30.jpg

Thanks
-k-

retrowagen
11-10-2008, 12:28 PM
You have the bifecta there. The GC-20 came out first, IIRC, in 1982. The GC-30 followed in 1983 or 1984. Production lasted until circa 1986 or so. These were the only two models in that particular Spalding line-up.

Decoding the model names is easy, too: "GC" stands for Graphite Composite; the "20" or "30" connotates the percentage larger than traditional standard size hitting area.

These are both very flexy rackets (by modern standards; moderately flexy by the standards of their day), and were on the cheaper end of the spectrum to buy when new. In California in the mid-1980's, I recall seeing them on the racks at discount chain stores such as Best, Ardan, and Gemco. However, they are fun to hit with. The GC-30 compares favorably with the Pro Kennex Copper Dominator.

treblings
11-10-2008, 12:37 PM
I have a list of Spalding rackets in front of me, and find a GC 55, GC 60, and a GC 100 on it. Was that a different racket line?
Also if the numbers refer to the head size, than the GC 100 must have been quite some oversize.

retrowagen
11-10-2008, 12:47 PM
I have a list of Spalding rackets in front of me, and find a GC 55, GC 60, and a GC 100 on it. Was that a different racket line?
Also if the numbers refer to the head size, than the GC 100 must have been quite some oversize.

Hmm, very curious; I'll check into this later tonight.

netman
11-10-2008, 12:53 PM
Thanks retrowagen. As always, you are great source of info.

Look forward to finding out about the others treblings listed.

-k-