Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. Steve_j_theo

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    I found an old Donnay 3 Set graphite tennis racket, standard size, for $4...
     
  2. michael_1265

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    I found this in the local Goodwill sporting goods bin today for $3. There was also an old Kramer in the bin, and the only theory I have is that the JK must have gotten jiggy with one of the golf clubs and produced this...abomination.

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  3. racquetreligion

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    that looks like a racquet head on a prosthetic arm limb of some kind!
    Great score!!! The Terminator especially handicapped racquet :)
     
  4. retrowagen

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    I was traveling in the Sacramento area this weekend, and went by a few thrift shops and a PIAS. The racquets at the PIAS were insanely overpriced, almost as though their pricer looked up completed listings on an auction site, and took the biggest number. However, they did have a mislabeled Völkl Tour 9 V-Engine (I'm sure he had trouble researching a "Tour S V-Engine," so gave up) for a paltry $20. Trawling through the thrift stores netted a decent Wilson Sting Graphite Mid, with bumper guard and head cover, and a very chippy Pro Kennex Kinetic 7g Pro midplus with cover, both for around $3.50. I also saw a Wilson Sting aluminum "snowshoe," but someone had painted it very badly with red (it looked like it had been dipped in blood!), so I left it behind - bad juju.
     
  5. Rock Strongo

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    Looking back, I feel a bit sad that I demolished my Head Royal. But we all do stupid things in tough times, right? I'm going to go out there and find more sweet stuff. Found a Max 200G cover once but there was no racquet to be seen. Would love to add a second one.
     
  6. agassifanboy

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    Took a trip and found a few racquets today. A Dunlop McEnroe Competitor and a Dunlop Maxply Fort.

    Can't find any information on the McEnroe Competitor. Does anyone know anything about them?
     
  7. Rorsach

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    a buck-fifty each:

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    A Prince Graphite Powerflex 110 and a Wilson Hyper ProStaff 6.5

    I love the classic Prince designs.
     
  8. Rock Strongo

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    Yesterday I drunkenly bought an original Wilson Profile (Saint Vinny!) for €5... It had been on an auction site for such a long time that I in my drunken wisdom just had to buy it.
     
  9. Rorsach

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    I found another few rackets at the local recycling store for 1,50 a piece:

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    Left to right:
    Yonex RQ150
    Asics AIM CG-80
    Asics ACCURATE CG-50
     
  10. v-verb

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    Love those sticks!
     
  11. Rock Strongo

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    Tell me a little about it! It's the original 95 one so I at least know it's head light.

    Anything else I should know? Like weight, that fabled power... I'll just ask now, is it more powerful than say the Pure Drive or the KPS88 (Which I still haven't tried, only heard of)?
     
  12. austintennis2005

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    is the hyperprostaff 6.5 oversize or midplus?
     
  13. v-verb

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    I have a 95 Taiwan and a 110 St Vincent. I also have had a Pure Drive and I have a KPS88.

    The Profile 2.7s are powerhouses. They are about as powerful as the Prince Thundersticks (I have a Mid and an OS of those too). Way more power than the PD and KPS88

    Weight? Heavy. 13 ounces strung. Use proper body and shoulder rotation for ground strokes and serves and it becomes a non issue due to the headlight balance

    The Profiles I find unplayable with syngut or multi at recommended tensions (mid or high 50 lb range). They are total rocket launchers with that string and tension.

    The magic (for me) happens with deadish poly (Kirshbaum Spiky Shark for example). String at 30 lbs or below and the racquet becomes a controllable weapon. Spin is enhanced, you can take full strokes and the ball will dip in the lines.

    Serves are powerful (VERY) even at the low tension, with the added benefit of enhanced spin.

    Drawbacks:

    Increased vibration if the tension is too low. I have my Profile 110 strung with Spiky Shark at 25 lbs (not a misprint). I had to experiment with vibration dampeners to find one that worked for me, but now the hits are solid and it's a killer doubles weapon.

    Shanking if you are using topspin or slice. If you are intently watching the ball you won't shank. Let your focus waver and you'll be launching to the sky.

    That said I love the Profile 110 (and 95 although shanking is increased with the smaller headsize) for doubles.

    Cheers
     
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  14. BlueB

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    I picked a nice (and rare) Prince Synergy Pro DB M+, other day. I thought it would be heavy like all older Prince, but lo and behold, after I striped it the thing was like a hairpin! With a new 20g grip, overgrip, 16L poly strings and a rubber band it came to 322g, 4 HL, 313 SW. Nice and soft, CTS beam 22-20-18, 16x18 pattern (dense in the sweet spot, progressively open towards the perimeter), about 98 sqin head.
    I'll play a round as is, then probably load it to my usual slightly heavier spec.
    Pics later...
     
  15. Rorsach

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    It's the midplus version.
     
  16. Rock Strongo

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    Sweet! This is going to be incredibly fun once it arrives. Best drunken purchase I've ever made then :lol:
     
  17. Rock Strongo

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    So today I found a beautiful Ashe Comp, a Tretorn detachable (rare as hens teeth but for some reason pops up here every now and again... Could it be because Tretorn had a factory down here?), and a Völkl T9 45 which I wish I gave a closer look upon as the grommets are completely shot. Shame because it looks rather okay otherwise... What is it with sticks from the 80s and white grommets?
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    For being 21 on Monday I really should watch myself over where this is going...
     
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  18. MrRandom247

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    Yonex RDis100 Midplus - $3, broken string, I repaired 8 mains in 15minutes & sold it for $90 inc old cover.

    Donnay 3 Set carbonglass GT, broken strings $3 This is a fossil bridging gap between wood era & graphite tech. Head is so small.

    Prince Graphite Pro 110 $8

    Bosworth Fox - yellow & black $3. Rectangular head shape a little like Yonex.

    Head Radical Liquid Metal oversize - missing buttcap, $3, bought a Head radical Jnr cover day before for $1. Bought new buttcap for $10 & fixed grip myself.

    Emrik Sovereign Graduate graphite - $3
    Not too bad for a training stick. Terrible burgundy & dark green paint scheme.

    Arthur Ashe Competition - $3

    Prince Synergy DB 26

    Wilson Hammer 4.0

    Wilson T2000 - if Skynet made racquets, they would look like this.

    Wilson Pro Staff 5.1 Midplus (Stretch) another grubby dirty non stretch found in trash can. Cleaned it up, gripped it & it's great. A stiffer version of my favourite 6.1 95 Classic.

    Dunlop Max 200g inc cover

    Dunlop Flame Ti Titanium Midplus, broken string. Did a quick repair. Found I liked hitting with it & did a full restring.

    Sportino Aluminium Midplus

    A few others I've forgotten
     
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  19. austintennis2005

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    let me know if you have any interest in selling or trading

    austintennis2006@gmail
     
  20. Rock Strongo

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    And the Profile arrived. That beam is absolutely ridiculous.

    Re-grip it and take it out on the court when opportunity arrives. Afraid I'll take an eye out!
     
  21. prgault

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    Finally found something...

    I live in fairly small town with a couple of thrift stores that I hit occasionally. Never found anything worthwhile and often they have no tennis rackets at all. Today I discovered a huge prince bag, and on a hunch decided to look inside...Jackpot! (for me) 2 Prince Woodies! Got 1 for 4.99 well used and as a bonus it has a slight little scoop shape to the head to help me cradle the ball...

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  22. BlueB

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    Picked a Head Rad FP OS this morning. Very nice condition except the grip.
     
  23. Steve_j_theo

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    Picked up two new Pro Kennex Destiny AVC rackets for $3.99 each.
    The Ceramic Destiny & Composite Destiny :)
     
  24. arnott

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    Visiting Santa Clara, CA for 2 days, any tips on which does to look for racquets ? Thanks.
     
  25. MrRandom247

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    Prince Warrior graphite 25inch. Broken X strings. original cover. $5.25. It'll be going on the Epsilon rig & getting a new overgrip. Ideal for juniors.
     
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    I bought this off Craigslist for 10 bucks, it looks like some kind of knock off of the Snauwaert Ergonom design, anyone ever seen one of these ?
     
  28. Sanglier

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    Very interesting find! Never heard of this outfit; maybe they only got as far as Austin before they went out of business? http://www.trademarkia.com/rofor-76212276.html

    The head tilt here seems to be set at about 30 degrees, whereas the Ergonom and the still-in-business X-45 both sport a 45 degree tilt, so your Rofor probably feels a little less 'unusual' during play than the more decisive tilters?

    The thing I really dislike about these tilt-headed frames is that they don't fit properly on a normal six point machine. I don't know how they do it at X-45, but my own experience stringing an "Xtreme' is one that I am extremely unlikely to repeat!
     
  29. Rock Strongo

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    Now what is THIS? All I can figure out about it is that it appears to be a tapered beam mid, weigh roughly 355 grams and looks to be in excellent condition. Mother of mine just came home with it and said "here, now wake up."

    Any Fischer buffs know anything?

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  30. MrRandom247

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    Picked up Wilson Titanium aluminium stretch for $5. Gave it as a gift to a friend when I was coaching their kids. I like spreading the tennis love around. Also gave the kids a Wilson 25 & Head 23.
     
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  31. Steve_j_theo

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    Picked up a Triad 3 (T3) & Ti. S6 today for a combined $13 :D
     
  32. MrRandom247

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    Saw a broken strings Yamaha Force 80 bright pink & black $10. Didn't buy it. Looked awful, cracked grommets. But an interesting tapered beam. Maybe a custom paint job challenge? Stealth black with orange main & clear nylon crosses? Maybe next time.
     
  33. MrRandom247

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    Bought it. $5. Going to string just 8 mains & see how it hits on a practice wall. Then stealth begins...
     
  34. michael_1265

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    In three years of Goodwill Hunting, this is my best tennis haul.
    Two Head Tour Team Combi, both brand new with tags, $10 each
    Two Dunlop Aerogel 200, brand new, $4.25 apiece.

    When I walked into the store, one of the local flippers I see regularly was right ahead of me. He headed to the front display cases, and I went back to the sports stuff. As I was headed to the front with my armload of goodies, he passed me on his way to the back, and I heard him say, under his breath, "crap!"

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  35. michael_1265

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    I try to stay away from any racquet with grommet issues, unless I know they are available. Many aren't, and some that are command a very high price. I had a Donnay Revolutive Apollo that I really wanted to try again. Grommets were not available at any price.
     
  36. daniel42

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    I got a Prostaff 85 with case for 3 dollars, got it home and there was over 3 dollars in change in the case! Sold it for 50.
     
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    With small kids and my own business I haven't had much time for thrift shopping in the last couple years. I took half an hour today and walked out with a Max 200G in 8+ condition with bag, and a Spectrum Comp 90.

    That ticks off most of the list. I have found POGs (mid and OS), three St Vincent Pro Staffs, a Pro Tour 280 and a Max 200g. Still looking for an older Prestige Mid.
     
  38. dak95_00

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    Got a Wilson 6.2 skunk for $3. Got two Prince Graphtech DB 90 for $5/each. The best was the pairs of hex dumbbells from 5-50lbs in 5lb increments for $25 with a stand too!
     
  39. frinton

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    that is painfully cool :twisted: ....never seen something like it myself!
     
  40. Cobra Tennis

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    scored a Triad 4.0 for $3 yesterday. Will probably just put it in the kiddie frames bin at the club.
     
  41. MrRandom247

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    1. Prince Precision 730 Longbody (9/10) Prince SG duraflex strings, leather grip gone bad
    2. Fischer Vacuum Pro midsize (9.5/10) Babolat double line string, with cover, grip average
    3. Fischer Elliptic midsize (8/10) Babolat VS string, with cover, grip average
    4. Prince Graphite Pro 90 (7/10) superspeed string, grip awful, added a Kennex replacement
     
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  42. BDAZ

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    Got these for total of $12 at a thrift store. Once I cleaned them up a bit, they're probably in 8/10 condition. Good shape, other than the discoloration, of which white racquets are prone to.
     
  43. atatu

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    Found this interesting frame, it's a "Major" (technifibre) that looks to be about 95" with a thinner beam around 19mm maybe, nice leather grip, it says "ceramic" at the top of the racket. Got it for 10 bucks off craiglist in Hutto, Texas of all places.


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  44. sbaniak

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    Not from a thrift store... But I found a pretty much unplayed Head Pro Tour 630 just sitting high up on a shelf under about an inch of dust at my club. The club President asked me if I would please take it home, he was just ****ed that so many people left their crap around over the years. Got a (very underrated) Prince DB 90 that day too... Same shelf.
     
  45. Rock Strongo

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    A Prince CTS Synergy DB 26 Oversize (say that ten times quickly) in great shape (has a demo marking on it) for 4$. Picture will be up in about an hour.

    Didn't have enough cash on me, otherwise I would've picked up a Kneissl White Star Big too, but I'll come back for that one in a few days.


    Now this is cool. Apart from a small crack in the buttcap , the tattered grip and the yellowed cover it's in excellent shape. It even has the original warranty/identification card and a "P-Key" for opening the buttcap!
     
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  46. MrRandom247

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    Getting a 10year aged white/red Wilson NCode six-one tour 90 or 95 this evening. No cover, a paint few chips, super ratty grip, yellow Wilson :0 face vibro dampener. Strings are complete. All for a couple of bucks...Lucky I have a NCode cover at home. I'll show some before & after photos soon.
     
  47. MCallanan

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    Found this at Goodwill yesterday.. Don't know much about it but it was cheap and has a nice look so I grabbed it. Anyone have any info or value on it?

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