Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. struggle

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    $37.71

    POG 110 4 stripe - $12
    Precision Graphite - $2
    CTS Lightning OS - $12
    T2000 (newer, crappier version) - $2
    Tad Davis Imperial (nearly pristine) -$7
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    even left a head (redhead style but with a tan/yellow throat-piece) and a wilson
    chris evert pro. they had a spectrum comp 110 cover.....couldn't find the racket.

    cheers!!
     
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  2. Tar Heel Tennis

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    just picked up three frames at PIAS...

    Head Graphite Edge in excellent condition: $7.99

    Wilson Sting Midsize (95 s.i.) in good condition: $14.99

    Regent PTX-80 a wood frame with open throat in excellent condition (not warped): $2.99

    very psyched! the Regent will be used when my buddies and I play 'old-school' matches with our wood 65" rackets.
     
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    Fischer Pro Number 1 (Red and Black)

    Cash Converters Launceston Tasmania

    $9.99

    I doubt I will ever really use it, but, you know??
     
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  4. max

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    You guys are finding the great stuff; I'm finding only garbage.
     
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  5. flashfire276

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    It's just a matter of luck, and maybe a LOT of hunting! Usually when I head down to Goodwill, I just see cheap kid's racquets and a couple of beat-up woodies. Nothing that really interests me...
    And timing is a big thing too. Right when I came into a store, I saw a guy at the register buying a HPS95. A shame that traffic prevented me from scoring that right there....
     
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    imaculate kneissl 20 with cover for ten bucks!! scored
     
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  7. Antónis

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    wilson excalibur and some others

    well, here in Portugal it's very hard to find some nice deals, but there are some exceptions:

    I got an add from a guy selling a 12 rackets pack for 200€ in Lisbon

    The list was very impressive, and once me and my coach got to the meeting spot, there was a great extra that wasn't in the announced pack: one wilson excalibur - this one from this thread http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=217339, in mint condition, no cover included

    there's one of thoise rackets being sold in an dutch auction website for € 950,00 - that could be too much, but i'm sure the racket worth much more than the 200€ we paid for all the pack - here http://sport.marktplaats.nl/tennis/433875959-wilson-excalibur-tennis-racket-collector-s-item.html?return=eJwty1sKgzAQheG9CPqmMVqoREJJdxI0YjCXITNCaeneO0Lfvv%2FAsUqqj1f9jEpOg6rQ2bLs804ESogjg0tdtOUgCNYSdikIhFyodandPCWHKMil5FEskxy7nWJ4vIKWzYqacj0aWY9POBk9I3CZ%2B3S7ODD5cpGYbw9M3FbkuD70%2F0TeTTqjK37hzOC5hwbg1H2DhTSs1fz9AZcCPsc%3D&df=1&fta=eNotkF1uwyAQhO%2FCQ575MwuLfIVeIVoMpJacBgU7tRrl7oU4b6OZZRh9hIDPihbZdl%2FOD1oq8xXBIduXUZxiHdcbCl825H4RCFb7RaIVyi8r%2Fs3F1xwr%2BrK2%2FFrwZ7um%2Bzz5W5lRnkrZRn6q93UssddqZIUuifm5VVZUyOb4%2Fk%2Ba9qEg4wQQ7E0E4oPahYuTCfnjaGObAMgKzOGAoUMErttxmBzXrjlWW0P5iFIITcgk8xT785yUcf3YDCpNzdFAwfbmIWnrumPsZGLahQ1Zq9x7LHDHoe8ZlKXUe4QzvEciamt782CyGj4OZX6IYOEdNW59GM%2Bg9XQ4wPswSEIm%2B54apJJHRIJ3KqIBWm%2BFYj0v6eeyfndwvAUN1pX2c2fZ8EUUQnaIyOiX%2Ba%2BPfDBPyPH5ev0DI06RaQ%3D%3D&fta_ind=3&fs=1.

    for 100€ (i bought that pack along with my tennis coach) i got a POG series 90 (8/10 condition), one head prestige 600 (9/10) and a mint pro staff 6.0 95(absolutely no scratches) - this is a very, very nice bargain here, in Portugal.

    my coach got a prince Michael Chang, one pro staff 6.1 classic strech, both 8/10 condition, a couple of other uninteresting rackets and that excalibur - and i had to call him lucky *******, that's a life time racket deal, buying for 20 € a racket that worth at least 500 €...
     
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  8. Cesare

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    probably the Prestige intelligence Mp for 16 dollars..
     
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    runway model.
     
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    My wife picked up a couple racquets for me today from the Goodwill. One is a Spaulding Pacho Gonzales Tournament Model and the other is a Head Graphite Pro. Total cost under $5 including tax. The Head has a 'time to restring' label date of June 2002.
     
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    Looking for stuff for the game room wall, I found a TA Davis Imperial today in fantastic condition. What a a pretty stick! Also, a good condition Bancroft Bill Tilden All-Star. $4.25 apiece.
     
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  12. The Djoker

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    Just picked up an original Wilson Sting midsize graphite racquet for $1 at a local thriftshop.

    I walked in with tennis on the mind and saw a guy walking from the back with a Head i.Radical. I was super bummed and figured he had snatched up any racquets worth a second glance. Turns out he left the Sting and I got lucky. Wish I would have arrived 5 minutes earlier though so I could have picked up the head.

    I haven't hit with the sting yet, and it does have something rattling in the top of the hoop (grommet piece, i assume). Seems very solid otherwise, and I look forward to hitting with it.
     
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    I tried to stay away from the Goodwill, but it just pulled me in yesterday afternoon. I went to the racquet basket and noted the two old Rosie Casals models, a decrepit Pancho Gonzales, and some split throat laminated Spalding in terrible condition (the X-40 or something like that). When I was walking out, I glanced into the houseware section, and sticking out of a big wok, I see two red W buttcaps. Two Kramer Speed Flexes, with covers. Both were pristine, but one had a serious warp. The other is nearly perfect. $4.
     
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  14. Tennis Man

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    JK Autograffs and other woodies are very typical "inventory" of the thrift shops' sports section. I'm yet to find a nice and mint PS85 there. So far a mint original MAX 200G was my biggest find.

    Yesterday passing by a local Goodwill I picked up 3 interesting racquets (all in my grip size, eeh haw!!!)

    Prince Woodie (great shape)
    Pro Kennex Graphite 90 (first time ever saw one, going for a test drive tomorrow)
    Tony Trabert Big Bubba (I had no idea about 29 inch frames)
     
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  15. coachrick

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    The Big Bubba had a bit of a run in Atlanta, along with the MatchMate. Turned out the long, light, strong combo didn't quite come together for big hitters. Catch an overhead high in the face and there was a good chance you were headed to the sidelines to find another stick! The 'Plus 1, 1.5, 2' and others from Dunlop also had a following. Too bad we moved away from Atlanta before I developed an interest in the rackets of the past three decades...with the giant league memberships and plethora of retail tennis shops, the ATL must be a treasure chest of discarded rackets!

    Good find TM! ;) Makes me want to head out to a local GoodWill!
     
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    Great find Michael. I used to admire these Davis bats in Tennis magazine ads in the 70's. I dont think that they were ever released here in Australia
     
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    Just picked up a Pro Kennix Graphite Prophecy II for $1.99. It's not a classic, but still it's a fun find.
     
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  18. Bas

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    I found a Snauwaert Ergonom at the trift store. A tennis partner wants to buy it. Whats worth it? It is allmost a 10/10, only one the grip you can see there's played with it..
     
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    Today I found a Jack Kramer Staff midsize (graphite/fiberglass) in very good condition at the thrift store -- $2.
     
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  20. hrstrat57

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    That is a St. Vincent frame......could be worth up to $200 if in top condition and you find the right customer.

    Fantastic frame! Strung up with Nat Gut mid range those are about as good as it gets in the right hands.
     
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  21. VGP

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    The market's softened on the Jack Kramer Staff....it's more like $40-$80 these days.
     
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    Haha-- too bad the right hands definitely aren't mine! Maybe I can trade it to a good player for a lesson or two..
     
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  23. Tennis Man

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    I can give you a couple of good lessons for it.
     
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    If I may:

    Lesson #1...'Tennis is a game of control and restraint--and hitting the ball where the other fellow ain't.'

    Lesson #2...Always try to win the LAST point of the match.

    :) :)
     
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  26. coachrick

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    In my humble opinion, THAT is a collectible racket...unlike many of the 'classics' you see online every day. Put it on the freak wall, next to the 'Handler'. ;)
     
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  27. slice bh compliment

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    Hhahaha, funny. But it's not as bad as the Handler, LOL!
    At least it feels like a normal racquet.
    It's a fun hit every now and then. Stringing it is even sort of fun. It'd be like driving a DeLorean or something. Emblematic of the non-risk-averse 1980s.
     
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  28. TiberiusGracchus

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    Long time lurker, first time poster...

    I picked up an almost-mint Maxply Mcenroe woodie a few months ago...The buttcap has a crack through it and the head has a slight warp...Other than that, as far as I can tell, it had never hit one tennis ball in its life! Paid 4$ for it at a local Goodwill.

    On the same trip, I also picked up some cheapish-looking Dunlop wood racquet that had the plastic wrap on the handle. It's autographed by Mcenroe (I'm assuming it's his signature lol) on the throat. I have not been able to identify it as of yet. It looks like a woodie that Dunlop produced recently for Mcenroe to autograph at a function or soemthing? I have now idea, lol. Paid 3 bucks for it.

    The last racquet I picked up that day was a Wilson Pro Matrix. WOW...It's my #1 racquet right now...Put a new TW leather grip on it, lead at 3 and 9 o'clock...Just plays so sick.

    Other good deal I got was a Yonex R-22 bought at a Play It Again Sports for 7.50$. The grip was abnormally large (I measured it at 3/8, but it seriously felt like 5/8 ), so I shaved it down to a 1/4 and it plays awesomely.

    You guys got me into the classic racquet purchasing, and I just can't stop looking for and playing with these blasts from the past!...As a broke guy fresh out of college, there isn't a better hobby! :D
     
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  29. Tennis Man

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    Welcome to the club and be careful, it's extemely contagious. A word of advise: leave the Walmart type of racqs to the kids. I've seen too many people wasting their money stringing and customizing them. There are plenty of nice racquets to go around, Wilson Matrix, Sting, Head and Prince Graphites are typical "inventory" of the thrift shops.
     
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  30. VGP

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    The general public really doesn't know what a good racket is. I'm reminded of a time when I was at a local used sporting goods store and I saw a couple looking at tennis rackets.

    The woman picked through the frames only to settle on a basic but new Wilson frame for $15 but they passed on a nice Prince Precision Graphite 640pl that was priced the same.

    I know that the Prince isn't a great classic find, but a very nice frame definitely worth the $15 (and no, I didn't buy it).

    Here's a pic of the frame....

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    IMO, many many decent frames can be found at used sporting goods shops, thrift stores, and garage sales. These days I am absolutely hard-pressed to buy a frame new.

    ......although I'm severely tempted by the Babolat Roland Garros APDC on the cosmetics alone!
     
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  31. TiberiusGracchus

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    That's sage advice and I definitely know what you mean...In the 6 months or so that I've been into older racquets, I've done a ton of research on classic sticks and generally know what to look for. It's easy to spot the old "Wal Mart" style of sticks. I usually have to dig through those to get to the good ones lol.
     
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  32. Hannah19

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    saw your Ergonom on MP.
    Your asking price is a bit high, these rackets pop up once every now and then on the big auction site for peanuts.
    Wait a while until the market has revived the crisis.
     
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    Hi Hannah,

    whats a good price for sale?
     
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    Ha ha I bagged the Prince Precision 640 Graphite for a season, had 5 of them, passed them on to my son who bagged them his 1st 2 seasons of HD tennis (played 1 singles both years with them)

    I still have one or two bouncing around in a closet here somewhere, I gave 3 to a girl on the local HS team that I coached a bit who couldn't afford matched sticks.

    Great frame, very 90's kinda gorgeous with the rad purple and green graphics.....strung up with natty gut mid range it was a beast.

    Frame was a mainstay of NCAA players in the 90's.
     
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    Didn't know that, as you know I am not watching that frame anymore.....I hope you have had a chance to enjoy yours! Mid range with nat gut like I said, that frame is as good as it gets. Pretty odd that it would drop like that, great, great modern frame.

    Your i Prestige MP just got set up with Gamma Live Wire Professional at 57 # and Bablolat leather grip......she is now set to go and should make her virgin trip to the courts Sunday I hope!

    Pretty excited to see how she plays!
     
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  36. VGP

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    hrstrat57 - I do love the Kramer Staff. Actually, like the cosmetics of that frame the most of all.

    I hope the iPrestige MP fits in nicely with your others. I nice firm leather grip should make for a great solid feel.
     
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  37. hrstrat57

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    I am very excited about the prospects for this frame!!!!

    Thanks again!

    Re the Kramer staff she will hit even better than she looks! String her up with good stuff like she deserves and bag her for a bit......
     
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    "Haha-- too bad the right hands definitely aren't mine! Maybe I can trade it to a good player for a lesson or two.."

    The Kramer Staff 85 has a bigger sweetspot IMHO than the PS 85 and actually compliments the PS 85 nicely.

    I had one in my bag with 2 PS 85's for a couple seasons in the 90's. I pulled out the Kramer Staff often when I tired near the end of a match and pace picked right back up.

    Great frame! String it up right and hit with it and I bet you keep it!
     
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    My guess around the 20-25 euro mark.
    I've got several lying around waiting for the market to rise a bit.
     
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    Dunlop 200g - $5

    Head Tour Master - $5
     
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    That great deal on the 200g more than makes up for getting fleeced for $5 on that Tour Master, hahah.
     
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    I got a reel of Sensation 16 Gauge for $5.99
     
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    Head Graphite Edge, Prince Spectrum Comp... $3 per.
     
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    My brother and I came upon this thread, and just for S&G went on the hunt and found a near mint condition T2000 w/ case for $1.98!!!
    The kicker, is that my brother's club is having an 80's tennis social and that T2000 is making an appearance!!
     
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    My wife just brought me home a Slazenger Citation with cover from Goodwill. It looks like it's hardly been used.
     
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    Wow, I just had a flashback! I actually lived in G-boro in '84-'85...ran a little mixed double tournament at Spencer Love TC back then. ;)

    BUT, your post made me think about the T2000 and its siblings. I moved to Atlanta from Columbia, SC in 1980 and remained a tennis bum forever. After stringing HUNDREDS of T-series rackets in Columbia in the '70s, I don't think I had to string a SINGLE T-series racket in Atlanta...not ONE! At the large tennis center where I worked and the very busy retail store where I was stringing, I can't recall a single steel Wilson racket coming through the door for service(get it? 'service'...I KILL me!). Of course, I worked on scores of Prince Pros and various aluminum 'Power' this and 'Tournament' that rackets from Kennex, Head, et al. I just never considered the absolute dearth of 'steelies' in Atlanta by 1980.

    Anyway, just thought I would throw that out there! :)
     
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  47. slice bh compliment

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    That's awesome. Every club ought to have that.
    I'd bring a Maxply McEnroe and my Combat Rock cassette by the Clash....and a Sergio Tacchini Davis Cup jacket with matching headband.
     
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    I live in Boulder CO and after looking at this thread went on patrol of the local thrift stores, NADA. I guess you have to live in a better tennis-playing are for the thrift thing to work out. Of course the prospect of picking up more reasonably-priced/dirt-cheap 200G Pros will keep me making the rounds every now and then...
     
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    I think the best item I've found at a thrift store was a piece of art glass, priced at $3 that was worth maybe $50.

    That, and an old LP of Graham Nash, "Simple Man." Good tunes.
     
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    In the past couple weeks I have found quite a few, but the two nicest are a POG 90 4 stripe for $8 and a Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95 for $2.
     

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