Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by flashfire276, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. coachrick

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    Come on down!!! 74 degrees today and tomorrow(Friday), but Friday and Sat may be wet...then the bottom falls out...relatively speaking ;)
     
  2. BDAZ

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    Sounds like a Prince air handle, as found on the NXG Graphite. I've seen "Experimentals" of these out there. Did it have a cross bar in the throat? If so, sounds like the MP version.
     
  3. frinton

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    Happy New Year and good luck for racket hunting in 2014

    Happy New Year....at least it started well with a successful trip to my local thrift store where I found this:

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    Name the racket and I post more pics... :twisted:

    Also picked up a Prince Graphtech DB 90 - similar to the CTS Lighting 90, but made of a Graphite-Fiberglass composite instead of just Graphite...looks like the same mold though, but not 100% - maybe somebody would know?

    ...may the year continue like this :)
     
  4. Florico

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    Lacoste equijet
     
  5. v-verb

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    WOW! OK please tell us the story - frinton that is
     
  6. WilsonPlayer101

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    This is the classic racquet talk so I suppose should be classic raquets.

    Wilson T-2000/3000 and Head Arthur Ashe in mint condition with cover. Looks barely used.

    Now if we are talking new racquets or modern then Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP and Wilson BLX. I know Liquidmetal series don't get a lot of love by players but it's still a great find.
     
  7. frinton

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    Lacost Equijet 355

    It is an Equijet. But from the info I have found so far on the net, it seems to be quite a special frame / construction. I have no clue if it is any good or not - the strings are broken and I have to get it strung up and give it a spin.
    If anybody has played with it, please let me know what your experience is.

    a few more pics:
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  8. v-verb

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    That's beautiful frinton! If I may suggest string it with poly at low tension - 30 lbs ish. Less stress on the frame.

    If it was me I would cut the strings out and hang it on the wall. It's a special frame. But enjoy it however you wish and please let us know how it is?
     
  9. mhkeuns

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    OMG... Isn't that Guy Forget's stick? That's amazing..., and I'm jealous!
     
  10. retrowagen

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    Anyone can make his or her own "do it yourself" Equijet with any conventional racquet and a netpost. It's easier than you might think! :) :shock: :twisted:
     
  11. frinton

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    Thanks - it is a pretty cool racket. As the strings were broken, I have already cut them out.
    Unfortunately I do not have any wall space left that I am allowed to use for racket display and I actually at least want to try all of the rackets in my collection a little bit.
    Why such a low tension - is there a risk of the frame breaking? I usually string rather low, at around 48/50 lbs and my regular string is: Signum Pro Poly-Speed Spin 16 (1.28 )


    it has been tried before, but with a metal frame and without great success. http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=7317376&postcount=87
    Maybe try with a graphite instead of a metal stick?

    ...might have also been a lack of skill though :shock: but shoot us some pics of your "do it yourself" Equijet, once you have made one :)
     
  12. coolblue123

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    you beat me to the punch. I was going to say, did JohnnyMac endorsed this racquet?
     
  13. struggle

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    I once, as a teen, slung my PK Power Ace (basically a mid-sized Prince Pro) at the fence in anger only to have it bounce back (rapidly) at me after hitting the fence post instead of the chain link in between.

    Had sort of a uni-jet, with the dimple at 12 o'clock as it hit end-wise. I kept playing with it, but it was done. Toast, nada, zero, zilch.
     
  14. dak95_00

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    I just bought 5 racquets on that auction site as a lot for $43 shipped to my door. They include a Prince Boron 1st generation in very good condition, Prince CTS DB 26 OS, a nearly new Prince Comp 110, Prince More Precision MP, and the newer crappy Prince Pro.

    I'm not a collector. That's what I keep telling myself so I better rid myself of these ASAP. The wife isn't happy.
     
  15. dak95_00

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    I can't stop myself!

    $1 Rossignol R40 "S"
    $1.50 Wilson T2000

    $0.50 new package of Tournagrip
     
  16. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Prince CTS Precision MidPLus (90) $2.00 garage sale

    This thing is fantastic!!! No idea why it's called a mid plus as it is obviously a mid, about 93" head size..

    had a hit with it, destroyed the fossilzed strings but was impressed enough to string it up again.

    now I want another one!
     
  17. brbak

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    I picked up a wilson sledge hammer 6.3 for $2.99 today
     
  18. cneblett

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    Christmas Eve last year
    Yonex r22
    Max 200 g
    Original prince graphite mid

    $2 each

    Could not believe it for the life of me
     
  19. slice bh compliment

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    ^wow, that is a haul,^
     
  20. frinton

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    Last week I found a Rucanor Pro - pretty much as can be seen in the link here:http://www.thevintager.de/RUCANOR-PRO/en in about the same condition, the leather and cover look a bit less fresh though. Seems not to have seen the courts much (unless it was standing around in the TV room for a while :) ) ...was about 4$
     
  21. slice bh compliment

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    Rucanor. not at all common here in the us. Best era. Reminds me of a davis cl500, a head edgewood, a kennex golden ace or a slazenger v24.
     
  22. aliasrichmond

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    Today I picked up:

    Puma Boris Becker Super
    Yamaha Hi-Flex 600

    Rgds
    Jim
     
  23. netman

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    I've got over 200 classics. Never paid more than $5 for them. All came from Goodwill, other thrift stores or yard sales.

    Best of the best were a St. Vincent Pro Staff 85 for $1, a Donnay Borg Pro for $2 and a mint Kniessl White Star Twin for $3.

    -k-
     
  24. Steve_j_theo

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    grabbed a CTS Blast MP for 3.99$...
     
  25. Rorsach

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    A Dunlop MAX200G and a Wilson Profile 4.8 SI Stretch (for launching the ball to the moon) and a couple of non-pictured frames that are gonna be donated to the club.

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  26. michael_1265

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    Nice finds! I found a 7.4 Stretch last week.
     
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    I've arrived at the opinion that, sooner or later, I am going to find just about every racquet ever made at my local thrift stores. I've wanted one of these for my collection. Those steel strings would probably make it a good cheese slicer too. One dollar.
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  28. WhyNotLetItFly

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    Traded an old hyper hammer for a POG mid 4 stripe and CTS lightning 90. Pretty happy with how that deal played out.
     
  29. Rorsach

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    Wilson Javelin in good condition, only need to get the tape junk off. For the princely sum of € 0.60

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  30. struggle

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    very nice.
    were these made alongside the Ultra/Ultra2?
    Somewhere around there anyhow, but I can't remember...
     
  31. Rorsach

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    Well, no thriftstore, but the Dutch version of Craigslist. Still cheap though and both in really good condition:

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    It's hard to photograph how incredibly neon-orange the Zebra is.
     
  32. frinton

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    I am in love with the Völkl... Really cool! How much did you get them for?
     
  33. Rorsach

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    I got them for 20 for the pair.
     
  34. retrowagen

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    Very nice!

    I've always wanted a Stan Smith Superform XL, Stan Smith is one of my tennis heroes, and I also liked Anders Jarryd and Jonas Svensson, who also used this racquet.
     
  35. Steve_j_theo

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    Prince CTS Synergy 24DB for 3.99 :D
     
  36. jaggy

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    That Fischer is sweet
     
  37. frinton

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    Last Saturday a Head Radical tour 690 made in Austria - pretty beaten up, but still a nice racket! Unfortunately the installed tournagrip has disintegrated and this mad the original synthetic grip horrible...came with a yellow string.
     
  38. Sarcastic

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    I went to my go to thrift store yesterday. I hadn't found anything interesting in a few weeks. They had sad T-2000s and department store rackets the past month. I went to the section they put the sporting goods in and saw a PS 85 case and crossed my fingers. Zzzzziiiiipppppp, WAH WAH! Composite director :(. Next was a Prince Tournament metal, ZOINK! Then a Spalding POJ! Another sad T-2000. And the last generic black Prince vinyl cover held the prize, with a $3.00 sticker.
    http://s1304.photobucket.com/user/MrPatrick1/media/photo_zps89dd2560.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
     
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  39. SFrazeur

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    Picked up a TX3000 with a head cover today. That is all. As you were.
     
  40. frinton

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    Would love to see you pic, but how would I see you pic without signing up with photobucket? ...why dont you include the pic into the post instead of the link?
     
  41. Rorsach

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    I'm not signed in to Photobucket, but i can still see the pic:

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    beautiful club!! is it straight, no warping?? if so, wow!
     
  43. Sarcastic

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    Totally straight, minimal nicks and no wear at the head. Almost like it was never played. The head had 6 layers of head tape on it and a ton of glue residue. Strings and grip give away that it was played.
     
  44. Sarcastic

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    Rorsach, my first photo in a post and that is how this forum would let me post. This is the only forum I've seen in Tapatalk that doesn't allow you to post your own photos.
     
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    Years ago, I found an excellent Head TXE Mid for like $6 or $7 at a Play It Again store.
     
  46. frinton

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    Good Day yesterday... 1 Völkl Grand Prix almost like new, 2 very nice Donnay Borg Allwoods...heavy, but hitting a really nice slice!
     
  47. WhyNotLetItFly

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    Prince CTS Synergy 24DB, POG Mid 1 stripe, Wilson Profile 2.7 (the beam on that one :shock:), Head Graphite Director TXD, and Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95 for $15 on the Vegas Craigslist.
     
  48. Steve_j_theo

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    grabbed a Hammer 5.5 (rare slim beam) for $6
     
  49. Steve_j_theo

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    also just picked up an Australian Prestige Classic mid for $6 :D
     
  50. retrowagen

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    That's about maximum value for those. The ones from Austria are worth significantly more...;-)
     

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