Bancroft registration numbers

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  1. Bulli bjorn Borg

    Bulli bjorn Borg New User

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    Hi all, just recently won on **** two bancroft Borg racquets in one lot. Both the same racquets and my intention was to pick the best one to keep and display and the other to perhaps give to a friend. My question is one has a registration number and one doesn't. What's the significance of the registration numbers? Is the racquet more valuable with or without? And is it the lower the rego number the earlier model it is and therefore more valuable?
    Cheers all
    Col
     
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  2. Bulli bjorn Borg

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    Anyone? Hopefully some one can tell me ASAP as I would like to give one to my friend for her birthday.thanks
     
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  3. Geoff

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    The "registration" number that you mention was a code that they used for grip size, weight and balance. I played with the Borg Personal, 1976-1980 and that was the case then. I can't recall whether it was metric or not for weight and balance. I am fairly certain the grip size was the customary system used today (e.g. 4 3/8 = 3). This way you could match racquets. If I recall those were decal/stickers that could potentially fall off or they were hand written and have rubbed off over time. My guess is that if they are both Bancroft Borg Personal frames that is what has happened.
     
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  4. Snaab

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    I do not think the poster is referring to the grip size but rather an actual "Registration #" like W193648X or some combination of alpha and numeric characters (NOT the grip size sticker). I remember these on some of the Bancroft rackets - but to the posters pointed question, I do not know their significance.
     
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  5. Geoff

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    There is a series of numbers and letters just above the grip. They were hand written. I also think one of the characters signified when the racquet was made.

    Scroll down on this page and you will see examples

    http://www.woodtennis.com/newWood/
     
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  6. coachrick

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    Wow...four decades! Seems like there was a month/year code and one number matched the grip size.

    I wouldn't think a few months either way would make a difference in the value of the stick...unless you could somehow determine it was among the very first or very last frames made.
     
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  7. Bulli bjorn Borg

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    Thank you to all who replied. I greatly appreciate it. I think I'll give the one with no rego code on it to my friend and keep the one that has, JUST in case it's more valuable down the track. Who knows....
    Cheers all
    Bbb
     
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  8. Bulli bjorn Borg

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    Also one more thing, what's the best way to clean the leather grip of the racquets as they are both a bit grimey and slightly sticky?
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    Leather grips were tacky back in the day.
     
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  10. retrowagen

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    A light rub with some denatured alcohol, followed by a very light rubbing-in of castor oil, should restore the grip to its original cleanliness and tack.
     
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  11. _skunk_

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    Very tacky, missed a lot those fantastic grips, nowdays ....... even fairway are not terrific, compared to the older one, I wish I could still find them.
     
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  12. OnTheBall

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    After reading this, I dug up my old Bancroft Borg Personal. The code is BP551. Weighs 14.2oz with a swingweight of 383. Going to hit with it tomorrow before it goes back in it's box.
     
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  13. JW10S

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    Boy is that the truth, if I could find the same leather grips I had on my Slazenger Challenger No.1s or Dunlop Maxply Forts I'd use them today--with no overgrip...
     
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