Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. joe sch

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    That is a classic and plays great !
    Still my playing racket.
    Same racket as the prestige classic PC600 and PT600
     
  2. struggle

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    Yeah, if nothing else I figure i can fetch a few bucks for it.....

    :):twisted:
     
  3. Gonzalito17

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    Head radical liquidmetal oversize and midsize
    Tony Trabert CS6 graphite from 70s
    Wilson pro staff 4.3
     
  4. _skunk_

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    Not really a cheap find according to standards of this thread.
    To me anyhow this is the best find i had.

    Pro-stock Andre Agassi at 60 USD on the big site,
    condition of the racket almost 9.5 on 10.

    It costed me almost more in delivery and custom exp to import in europe.

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  5. Hannah19

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    I recently found a nice near mint Borg Pro II for €1,95.
    Straight and with it's original string in it.
     
  6. PaulC

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    The clear-coating is awesome!!!

    Me hate matt finishes, particularly the tofu paintjobs from I-Prestiges and I-Radicals. :mrgreen:


     
  7. frinton

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    That is a really cool find at a very reasonable price! Congratulations
     
  8. Rorsach

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    It's been quiet the last few weeks, but today i found this one for 2 euros, unused:

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  9. slice bh compliment

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    That is beautiful^
    Is it like a vilas v24? Or smaller head?

    Paul c, what is the tofu paintjob on on the iradicals and iprestiges?
     
  10. Rorsach

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    No idea, i don't have a V24 handy for comparison.
     
  11. Teardrop

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    $3 pretty minty as well!
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    … I need to move to the States… :neutral:
     
  13. Prestige s player

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    I found a Dunlop max ply 10bucks at a thrifty at a thrift store the when I was leaving the back said $4.95. But it is still a good deal.
     
  14. retrowagen

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    Those Vilas Pros were offered concurrently to the V24, and were a downmarket step, made in Taiwan (the V24 was made in England, of course). The head shape is slightly different, and almost imperceptibly smaller. The dimensions of the shoulders are noticeably different. I don't have any official confirmation to back this up, but it appears that the Vilas Pro and the Dunlop "Davis Cup" are the same models, under the graphics, and the Pro Kennex Golden Ace is too.
     
  15. slice bh compliment

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    ^thanks, retrowagen, yes, makes sense.
    Looks like a pk golden ace.

    I miss my v24s.
     
  16. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I bought a Dunlop Maxply today for five dollars at a junk shop. Bit knocked about but has the original leather grip and is straight and solid. Had a quick hit with it on the way home. Seems fine.

    Happy days.
     
  17. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Had it on the scales, 14 oz!!
     
  18. retrowagen

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    Well, I think I used up my year's allotment of racquet finding luck all in one afternoon. A couple of fortunate visits to thrift stores in California today netted these:

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    The original Pro Staff has a Chicago butt cap code, and is bumperless. Was $7.00, marked down to $4.50. Has a structural issue in the upper hoop, though. The original 1988 Prestige Pros are a matched pair, used and dusty, but clean. Original leather grips and plastics are in surprisingly good shape. Graphics have cleaned up very nicely, to 9/10 condition on both. In the shop, after discovering them, and coming to the realization of what I had found, I had to put on my best poker face. After leaving the store, though, I was giggling aloud, like a little schoolgirl. Why? See for yourself:

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    :shock: :D
     
  19. coachrick

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    Impressive ! Well done!!!
     
  20. Chotobaka

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    Good God! This is simply amazing. If I were you I would be very worried going forward -- you have just spent your allotment of luck like a drunken sailor.
     
  21. Rock Strongo

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    For the grand total of $20! Max 150G, Head Royal (appears to be exactly the same as the Max, even weighs the same), Yonex RX-32 and a Golden Gripper (curved handle, never been used, but no info about it?)
    And that's a fly on the Head. Not a crack.
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  22. struggle

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    they don't even look the same in this picture. similar but not at all the same, throat and stringing pattern are quite different.

    nice finds!
     
  23. joe sch

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    Awesome Retro !
    Im glad those rackets are now in your stash, hope you have some great fun hitting them.
     
  24. retrowagen

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    Thanks, Joe! It's been fun so far.

    I'm on the road today, on holiday, and already found a nice Head Vilas in a thrift store for less than the cost of a Big Mac at a McDonald's. Came in its original cover, and the leather grip still had nice tack to it!

    The same store also had a Tony Trabert "The Captain," but it had a hairline crack.
     
  25. Rock Strongo

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    Yeah I meant to say similar. Not much differs between them when stacked in top of one another.
     
  26. dak95_00

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    Just got these all for $20 off of Clist. My wife won't be happy!

    It's a St. Vincent w/ bumper and code BYQ along with a sticker on and next to the Wilson quality hologram that says MADE IN St. Vincent.

    That's a Wilson Cobra largehead and Prince aluminum that doesn't say Classic.

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  27. BGod

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    I hate you.

    Canadian thrift stores just don't have the same variety.
     
  28. v-verb

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    Very true darn it
     
  29. Steve_j_theo

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    Canadian stores have blessed me :)
     
  30. v-verb

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    I know Steve you take all the good stuff my friend!:)
     
  31. joe sch

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    Hope your having a great road trip, CA is such a great place for such treks. Was the vilas also strung with gut ? That makes for a heavenly experience. Cheers !
     
  32. retrowagen

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    Road trip was fabulous, thanks!

    The vilas was indeed strung with gut, but alas, had a broken string. I'll string it up soon.
     
  33. struggle

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    here 'tis:
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  34. struggle

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    I haven't messed with it yet, but i think all the scuffs etc will clean right up nicely.

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    I may have to hit with it first, but likely will let it go to someone who will covet it like it should be.
     
  35. austintennis2005

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    ill give you six dollars for it......:)
     
  36. Rock Strongo

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    I'll give you $6,50!
     
  37. dr325i

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    You licked it?
     
  38. retrowagen

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    Yikes, partner, that Prestige Tour 300 looks as though it was dragged through Tombstone City behind a spooked horse!

    Or did someone use it to drag a clay court? Or a hard court they mistook for a clay court??

    :lol:
     
  39. struggle

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    it's actually not nearly as bad as it appears, no chips, headguard in good shape. just some marring etc that all looks like it will clean off.

    perfect playing condition and once i spend a little time with it, it'll look real nice.
    i believe.
     
  40. retrowagen

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    A bit of rubbing alcohol and some good old fashioned elbow grease should get it pretty again. Be careful around the "accordion" at the top of the grip - those tear very easily, or could be damaged by too enthusiastic a cleaning (or too harsh a cleaning agent).

    If the grip system doesn't have the dreaded "squeak" in the pallet, yuo've got a good racquet there. I believe that version was current around 1995, give or take a year - I bought some of them, new, around then.
     
  41. struggle

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    yeah, i don't know anything about the suspension system or whether it squeaks or not.

    funny thing, i worked in a tennis shop in the late 80's when all of these (prestige line, etc) frames were just out (or fairly recently anyhow) and i didn't think anything of them except for the damned cap grommets and the problems the posed, seemingly.

    at the time i played mostly PK rackets and then Wimbledon rackets, HEAD just wasn't something that appealed to me, but we sold them all (i did like the graphite edge and a buddy played the TXE version).

    here it is 25-30 years later and they are highly coveted. i could have had all of them i wanted on pro-form/shop-form/free demos etc.

    oh well, even now I'm playing and loving the current version of the MG Rad MP, so whatever.........life goes on, they're just rackets.
     
  42. retrowagen

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    You know, I playtested some of the first of the white TXP's available in early 1986, the first version of the Prestige mid available in the US (though identical under the paint to the first European version). I didn't like it. I thought it felt harsh, maybe a little too stiff, and the most annoying thing of all was the "tweet" of the racquet through the air (courtesy of a little Bernoulli effect with the slot on the CAP bumper-grommet).

    Two years later, I'd be playing full-time with the similar 1988 Elite Pro (with partial CAP). And when those became unavailable, I had to switch to the Prestige Tour 300, which i didn't like as well as the Elite.
     
  43. michael_1265

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    I found a nice, 9.0/10.0 200g for $2 last week.

    I've gotten away from acquiring more wood racquets, but I found a TAD Imperial Deluxe that looks like it might never have been used, with headcover, for $1. It is the most beautiful wood racquet I have ever seen.
     
  44. retrowagen

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    I know it's not a classic, but the other day, I found an almost new Prince Tour 98 ESP at a PIAS for the whopping sum of $26.99. Not sure how it wound up at the used sporting goods store, nor am I sure how they calculate pricing (when, next to it on the hook was a totally roached-out Wilson Hammer of some sort for $49.99), but I think it was a nice snag nevertheless.

    Played three sets with it last night against some 4.5 buddies. Interesting racquet; for a very modern frame, it has a somewhat classic feel.
     
  45. joe sch

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    Nice find on the TAD Imperial Deluxe.
    Those rackets are beauties.
     
  46. frinton

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    How about some pics of these nice finds? :shock:
     
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    Found a very clean - with its original cover, even! - Puma Davis Cup Finalist yesterday. It was nestled in a bundle of cheap, neon-colored aluminum and junior frames, and I happily paid $8.99 for it! :)
     
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    Yamaha Secret 10 for one dollar!
     
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    Yesterday bought a strung Snauwaert Gold Mid (maroon/gold) in 9/10 condition, for $3.99 at Goodwill in Maine.
     

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