Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. slowfox

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    Interesting. I thought the shared holes were 7 and 9, not 7 and 8 as show above. :confused:
     
  2. michael_1265

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    Dunlop A Player and Prince Woodie, $2 apiece. The Dunlop is near mint and the receipt shows that it was owned by a prominent Womens junior player from the 1970s. The Dunlop has a head reminiscent of a PK.

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  3. Steve_j_theo

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    I got a Max 400i recently, with the case :)
     
  4. frinton

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    Waow, Really nice find :) ...I did not have all that much luck lately, but will take my last find, a PK Fiber Ace for a spin tomorrow morning, if the weather plays along!
     
  5. coachrick

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    I have managed to stay OUT of the GoodWill store when I drop things off. For those who know about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas a few weeks back, I've been helping our downsizing efforts by sending needed clothing, tools and utensils up to the site. I haven't touched my racket collection since posting about our downsizing efforts. It would take something darned special for me to ADD to the collection at this time :) .

    I reckon I'll live vicariously through the exploits of you veteran and newer collectors, throwing in my two cents from time to time !
     
  6. Hannah19

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    Today I hit the Motherload.....!!!
    During my regular visit to the local thrift store I was looking for a cooler box and, since the last 3 visits were very disappointing racquet wise, I only leasurely took a glimps at the sports section. At first it looked like there was nothing there but the usual stack of old alloy's and toy racquets but then my eye caught the unmistakeable red color that belonged to a Prestige Classic. My heart skipped a beat and as I homed in on it I recognized the same colorscheme in the corner of my left eye and saw not 1 but a total of 3 Prestige Classic's. Two were Czech made and one was an original Austrian made Classic 600. One Czech was broken in the top but had nice capped grommets and dito grip. The other two were in used but good condition with some scuffs on the grommets. Since the one was damaged beyond repair they gave it to me for free. The other two were $4.00 a piece. As soon as I got home I exchanged the grommets and now they are waiting to be strung........What a rush.!!
     
  7. hrstrat57

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    I continue to visit my local thrift shops on a regular basis hoping the hit the very exact stash you have found.

    Very, very jealous I am.

    In all of my tennis travels I still have never owned or even hit with a PC 600:oops:
     
  8. max

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    I live in the *******. You guys are SO extremely fortunate to be at places where tennis gets played year-round/more regularly/more intensively.

    All I've found in the main were junk metal department store frames; chiefly bent to the right. My two lucky finds, over many years, were a pristine Stan Smith woodie unstrung and a banged up Pro Kennex Bronze Ace.

    I'm no collector and have no notion of what to do with the Smith; the PK is fun for chasing around with my son.
     
  9. Hannah19

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    Apparently your country of residence is banned by TW :)
     
  10. frinton

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    Nice catch today :)
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    ... apologies for the crappy picture quality:shock:
     
  11. Hannah19

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    Ahhhh.....Switzerland and their exotic rackets...!
    I'm officially jealous.....:)
     
  12. max

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    Oh my! that's really something, very beautiful and rare, imho.
     
  13. coachrick

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    Arm-wrecker(at least a the common tensions of the day); but what a cool looking racket! Great find!
     
  14. jonestim

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    Was hasty yesterday and picked up a POG OS 4 stripe for $3.20 only to find when I got it home that there is a slight crack in it. Bummer.

    Last week I picked up a Pro Kennex Graphite Destiny in about an 8.5 condition for $12 that I have yet to hit with. Maybe tonight.

    I have had better luck at used sports stores as of late picking up both a Head Radical Tour Trisys 260 and an Austrian Pro Tour 280, both for quite reasonable prices. I hit with the Radical and it wasn't my cup of tea so it has moved on. I'll be hitting with the 280 this week. I think the sub 330 swing weight is more in my ballpark than the Radical Tour.
     
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  16. rodracquet

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    Ok my best finds to date:
    half a dozen MAX200G's for $5 regularly sell E Bay for $25 and if in top condition $70.
    Adidas GTX PRO T sold $160
    Snauwaert Hi Ten 50 kept but these sell for $250
    Weed II
    Chris 5 star blue sold $60
    and then you can add stuff bought on E Bay and local markets which are resold....
    One item bought $25 sold $500+

    Plus of course heaps of woodies/ steel, graphite that have appeal...

    All this effort goes to creating a budget to buy stuff I really want..........
     
  17. Hannah19

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    My most recent finds:
    Donnay Formula Pro II (Perez Roldan) in mint condition ($1.40)
    Dunlop MAX150G in 7/10 condition ($5.00)
    Weed 3/4 Open in 8/10 condition ($3.00)
    2x Dunlop Maxply McEnroe Graphites in 8/10 condition ($30.00 for both)
    4x Dunlop MAX200G's in 6-7/10 condition ($7.50 for all 4)
     
  18. SFrazeur

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    I hate some of you guys with a passion :twisted:
     
  19. max

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    It's a sexy place if you like soybeans.
     
  20. max

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    My feeling exactly! I'm dumbfounded and found dumb.

    At any rate, I found a minorly minorly warped Borg Donnay woodie. If it wasn't warped I'd be thrilled entirely.
     
  21. Hannah19

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    North Korea...??
     
  22. retrowagen

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    Haha. Not quite, I believe he meant a region in the United States, called the *******, or (if the filters kill it, "M i d w e s t"). :)
     
  23. Doctor of Tennis

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    found a old Wilson Hammer 6.2 for $3 in decent shape. Awesome find!
     
  24. Steve_j_theo

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    Max 400i, pro staff 7.5, Hyper Pro Staff 5.0, Head Tour XL and iPrestige :)
     
  25. v-verb

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    Very nice Steve!
     
  26. SFrazeur

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    Picked up a Tenex "Master" Model 7200 for $1. New old stock. Plastic is still on the handle.
     
  27. max

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    Wow. Entirely.

    Amazing stuff like that is out there. You must live in S. Florida.
     
  28. michael_1265

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    I found a nice Bancroft Borg Personal today, clean and straight. I have backed off lately on wood racquets, but this one was too nice to pass up at $3.00.
     
  29. Steve_j_theo

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    actually, southern Ontario Canada :)
     
  30. S&V Specialist

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    Had the same thing happen to me a few days ago. Same racquet, same price.
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  31. joe sch

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    IMO the bancroft borg personal is one of the best wood rackets ever made and for hitting its also one of the tops. I love hitting that model, nice finds !
     
  32. valleyparade

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    My friends that played in high school have always bugged me to start playing, and I finally took the plunge a few weeks ago and started checking out local thrift shops for a cheap racket.

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    Dunlop McEnroe Competitor ($1.30 at Goodwill), and a Prince Power Pro 110 ($5 at a random antique store in VT). They both obviously need new grips, but they play pretty well! I think I ended up spending more on a few cans of balls than I did the rackets.
     
  33. valleyparade

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    I suppose I should also add that hey, they were right, tennis is pretty damn fun.
     
  34. michael_1265

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    That's nice. I didn't get the head cover.
     
  35. michael_1265

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    That is an interesting find at an antique store. I have had some nice finds in Goodwill stores in the Burlington area.
     
  36. Rock Strongo

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    I could post an "almost" here. I found what I thought was a nice Graphite Pro for 2$ but then I noticed a pretty substantial crack in the throat, so no luck there. Time though to scour the county for old frames!
     
  37. max

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    I just stopped at a local flea market, passing by and seeing some junker town bikes; turns out I snagged a $5 Prince woodie in very good condition.

    Now if I can find muscle to swing the thing! :)
     
  38. michael_1265

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    Those are solid finds.
     
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    Wilson Hyper Carbon Pro Staff 6.5, $3.25. I'm going to get this one strung up, add some lead tape, and give it a try.

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    You have no clue, this place was huge and bizarre. I didn't think the building was ever going to end. It's somewhere in the northern part of Bennington, I think. Also found a still of Strother Martin in Slap Shot. "Reggie, you see this quarter? It used to be a nickel!"
     
  41. Hannah19

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  42. VamosRafa89

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    I found a P.O.G. a couple of months ago. Only $5!
     
  43. max

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    I ran into that racquet! At a Sally Ann in the ******* in the late 1990s, for a buck, and passed it by. Kind of wish I'd snagged it, but heck, these kinds of things always end up stuck in closets or in the basement.
     
  44. Matt G

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    First time ive found anything of value!

    Puma Boris Becker Winner & Pro Kennex Composite Dominator
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    Really good condition in 4 1/2 grip size with original leather grip in great condition
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    Only small rash
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    Pro Kennex is a monster at 366g!
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  45. Hannah19

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    Nice Kennex....!!
    Looks like new, is'nt it?
     
  46. Matt G

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    Yeah looks very good condition. No major marks at all and leather grip is in perfect condition.

    Going to string both up with some syn gut and give them both a good run.

    I've read a little bit about the puma but not a lot about the pro Kennex
     
  47. Matt G

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    And managed to get original full length covers for both!!
     
  48. Sweet-Spot

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    Nice Matty! you gonna string em up and take em for a spin or add them to your 'collection' as is?
     
  49. Matt G

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    Definitely going to string them up and give them a hit.

    The puma winner is supposed to be flexy which I like in frames.

    And nothing beats playing with a frame that's older than I am!!
     
  50. coachrick

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    Like so many of the Euro designed egg/keystone shaped rackets of the day, hitting a touch low in the face is key. Otherwise, the flutter of hitting too high will make you think you've got a wood stick in your hand. ;) Don't trust that original grip if you sweat...that gray/ghost white leather was slick as glass!

    Contrast that with the Dominator series...actually designed to encourage hitting high in the frame(a la Head Director). The composite will have a fair bit of flex while the Graphite Dom was a touch stiffer(similar to the Head Gr. Dir vs the Comp Dir).

    Cool combo to try!
     

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