Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. dak95_00

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    I just picked up a Wilson K factor six.one tour, Wilson Pro Staff Classic, Prince Graphite 4 stripe mid, and a Head i.prestige mp all for well under $100 total. The Prince was $8 and is in very good condition other than needing a new grip. It has been my racquet of choice for years. The others are racquets I wanted to try with the exception of the Classic. It is a racquet I've used on occassion and liked very much; just never owned. The Head appears to be very near new. The K tour is well used but it is also a racquet I've wanted to give a hit and never fell into my price range until now. I'm looking forward to playing these. If they don't work out, I'll sell them.

    Oh...I forgot the Head Flexpoint Radical OS and Prince Michael Chang Graphite OS I picked up too. Crap. That puts my score just over the $100 mark. I refuse to spend more than $25 for a racquet that isn't new or next to new. The Prestige was a little over that mark.

    The grip sizes are all very good for me too!

    .....and my wife STILL wants to know what I'm going to do w/ my 30+ racquets. I just say it's a good thing she hasn't seen the 10 or so woodies I have laying around.
     
  2. coachrick

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    dak, That's a pretty nice group...especially to ADD to a collection. On a side note, does Franklin Chemical Company still exist in Columbus? They owned some tennis shops back in the '80s(I managed the racket side of the store in Atlanta for a while). Seems like they had a store in Palm Beach also. Odd side business for a chemical concern.
     
  3. michael_1265

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    Nice finds! We have a small game room in the back of the house, and my wife and I have agreed that I can only have what I can fit on the wall. I've pushed the limit a bit, and I've also had to move the racquets around (on the down low) to make room.
     
  4. dak95_00

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    Coach,

    Here is what I found. http://www.franklininternational.com/home.aspx I've never heard of them but my guess is that their glues/epoxy were used in making wooden racquets...? The local BBB had them as aka Franklin Chemical.
     
  5. DeShaun

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    I found a Coach Embassy Brief for $10.
    The handles had been chewed, probably by a dog.
    So, I went to a luggage repair outfit and picked up two new handles very similar in color and shape to the originals. They were easy to install.
    Then I had an attache worth >$300.
     
  6. michael_1265

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    Yonex R-7 and Wilson force in nice condition, $3.25 each.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. VGP

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    The Wilson Graphite Force Midsize. My favorite. It looks like a 4 1/2 grip size. Also my favorite.

    I like the Yonex R-series frames as well.

    Good scores.
     
  8. slice bh compliment

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    Yes, I once used Titebond to repair a sliiiightly cracked wooden frame. It took a few rounds of effort, but it really worked.
     
  9. michael_1265

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    You might remember that I found a Force last year with a blue matte paint job. I think the Force is probably a 4.5, but it's not printed anywhere. I am happy about the Yonex, because I don't have anything like this in my collection.
     
  10. VGP

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    Have you had a chance to try your Graphite Force and Force frames side-by-side? Just curious for your opinion....

    In the last couple of weeks, I've bought a few frames. Not from Goodwill but from PIAS.

    Wilson Graphite Matrix (black/red), Wilson SC2000 ceramic midsize, Prince CTS Approach 90, Prince CTS Storm Oversize, Prince Graphtech DB 90, and 2 Babolat APD originals.

    People must be spring cleaning....

    At another PAIS, I came across 3 Babolat PD cortex and a PD Roddick (for $40 each). I passed since I never had a thing for Pure Drives.
     
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    I recently snagged a Bancroft court king and a slazenger demon for about 5 bucks. Not nearly a PS, but fun woodies to mess around and hang up
     
  12. michael_1265

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    I haven't tried the Forces next to each other yet, but I might tonight. I'll check the specs also.

    I can't believe that you found APDs at Goodwill. The Babolat name has become so well known that I doubt they would last very long.

    I need to get the equivalent of a Goodwill "backstage pass" so that I can get into the back room before the stuff comes out.......

    I have never seen GW price a racquet at more than $7.25. Where do you live?
     
  13. VGP

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    I didn't get them from Goodwill. Sorry if I misled.

    I mainly go to two thrift shops in my area and the rackets there are $6 or less.

    But, the list that I described in my earlier post is from Play It Again Sports shops in town and from a nearby town.

    I usually pick up frames there in the $10 range (e.g. the Prince frames). The Babolat APD originals were a "splurge" for me at $40 each.
     
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    Picked up an Ultra FPK last weekend for a nice price at PIAS. They had a 4-5 n90 and K90s that someone unloaded, but the prices were no better than I've seen on the boards here (did want, could not has).
     
  15. michael_1265

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    Turning a corner at Goodwill yesterday, I saw them, halfway down the aisle, on the bottom shelf. Unmistakable. Right next to them, a fat guy in a wife-beater shirt, checking out an 8-track player. He doesn't seem to care about them. Good. I speed up, making a beeline for them, but a granny with the dreaded, lane-blocking shopping cart is going to get there first. Crap! She arrives before I do, cutting me off and smiling innocently. Then she picks up a $5 electric blood pressure monitor and rolls (slowly) away. They're mine, all mine. I reach down, smile on my face, and scoop up four (!!!) new Babolat............racquet covers.

    The heartbreak. The cruelty.
     
  16. TCTEN

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    I feel your pain, found 2 empty Zebra Radical covers at my local GW.
     
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    ^^^ Yes and I found a full-length PS85 cover once in my local hospice shop and inside was a brand unheard of, in lousy condition to boot.

    Fortunately, I do now have three versions of the mighty Pro Staff, Chicago, St Vincent and Taiwan. I would love to have the original Belgian (Donnay) version, but I fear the price would be a deterrent.
     
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    ^^^ You've got 19 hours left to obtain a nice Belgium PS 85 :)
     
  19. michael_1265

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    I found a nice Yonex OPS and a "King Sports" oddity at Goodwill today. The King is made in Taiwan and the small print on the edge of the racquet calls it a "TECH-NI-LAST" frame. I can't find anything online about it.
    [​IMG]
     
  20. coachrick

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    Nice looking YY8500. Wood pallets and original strings, I believe. ca 1975 , give or take.

    Can't help you on the Kingsports unit. I'm surprised how many open throat wood models I've come across in the past few years. I didn't see many in the '70s other than the 'brand' names. Too bad a solid mid-size wasn't made...might have kept the wood factories in business a couple more years.
     
  21. michael_1265

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    Thanks for the info. I wanted a Yonex of this type for my collection. I think that it a great looking stick.

    Up until two months ago, I didn't have a Yonex in my collection. Then, I found a Yoneyama aluminium, this one, and an R-7. Odd how hit and miss it can be at Goodwill.
     
  22. VGP

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    Speaking of Yonex frames and thrift stores, I found two that I bought, a RQ-380 and an R-18. For $6 and $4 respectively.

    Talk about hit or miss, I got a matching case for the RQ-380 on a later visit months later. It turned my $6 score into a $10 one, but seeing it was the first widebody model Seles went to.....
     
  23. michael_1265

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    Those are nice finds. Honestly, I hate the cases, and have used them to mail racquets as extra padding on occasion. The only one I keep is for a mint, unstrung PK Dominator that I acquired last year.
     
  24. VGP

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    Companies making nice padded matching cases is pretty much a thing of the past. Especially ones that are true to the exact model frame.

    Now you'll see a Wilson "K-factor" case or a Babolat "Aero" series case....

    ....or moreover, they sell the frames without cases with the expectation that you're going to get a same-branded multi-racket bag and give them even more of your money.

    Back in the day your $120 dollars got you a nice new solidly over-built frame with full-length matching padded cases with strap.
     
  25. SFrazeur

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    Picked up decent quality HEAD XRC for $1.08 today.

    -SF
     
  26. TCTEN

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    Nice find, I've been hoping to run across one myself.
     
  27. lim

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    I saw an n90 and various blades (k and blx versions) at the local PIA today. All were marked down so they must have been sitting, but in the $65-$70 range a piece.

    Any TT'ers have experience getting good deals at PIA when using cash + a trade-in to get something else? I think they call it "trading up." I know from selling other things in the past, if you try to sell out right they'll lowball you to death.
     
  28. slice bh compliment

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    I got a Dunlop Rod Laver 'popular model' at a thrift shop for $5 once. It's not nearly as nice to play with as a Maxply, but it looks cool and everyone comments on it when they see it in my kid's door.
     
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    I always have zero luck at thrift stores - usually finding some cheap old department store type aluminum or wood racquet - but I have a friend that is an expert at finding old treasures and he has given a few of them to me in exchange for re-stringing his racquets or fixing his computers over the last few years. These are the "payments" I have gotten so far:

    Head Radical Trisys 260 (Austrian)
    Yonex SuperRD Tour 95
    Yonex RD-7
    Wilson HyperCarbon Hammer 6.3
    Prince Precision OS
    Head Tournament Director 720 (Austrian)
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    and a Yonex RDS-001 90 that I bought myself at a used sporting goods store - not as cheap as a thrift store but the frame was like 9.8 out of 10.0.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yesterday I picked up an n90 in 6.5-7/10 at our local version of a PIA for $12.50. It was originally $50, but it was unstrung and sat there for months. I waited for the markdowns to happen because realistically it is too demanding a stick for me. I'll probably end up trading it for something a little easier to play. I also grabbed a Prince Graphite Pro OS that in about an 8/10 but needing a new grip for $10.
     
  31. dak95_00

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    I have a friend who does the same. He has given me many racquets. Nothing as good as those except for the Snauwaert Vitas Geralitus that was in near mint condition and really cool. I sold it for him on here.

    I have my luck though. Today I picked up a very usable Wilson Pro Staff Tour 90 w/ Hyper Carbon for $15. I just strung it up and will give it a hit.
     
  32. michael_1265

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    Not a classic, but I got a Wilson Triad 3 in 8.5-9 condition for $4.25 today. I'll probably sell it, but I will try it out tonight. The spec sticker says 8.6 oz. That's just crazy, seeing as I rarely hit anything under 12 oz.
     
  33. michael_1265

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    I found this at Goodwill today. I hadn't seen one like it and I had no Rossis in my collection, so I bought it. I think it's a good looking stick, and it's nearly in unplayed condition.
    [​IMG]
     
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    That's a new one on me. Surprised the all graphite lam hasn't de-lam-ed by now. ;) Great find.
     
  35. michael_1265

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    It looks like Rossi's answer to the Vilas model.
     
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    More their answer to the PK Blue Ace.....
    Many Mfg's started to use the black/blue/silver livery following Pro Kennex.
    In Holland it was Rucanor that made a stunning wood/graphite laminated version called the "PRO" with this paintjob.
     
  37. retrowagen

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    It looks identical (under the paint) to the Slazenger Vilas Pro (not V24), apart from the laminate "collar" just above the grip. Those Vilas Pros were made in Taiwan... most probably by Kunnan... so it seems like we are going full circle with the Pro Kennex reference!
     
  38. Hannah19

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    Well. actually you may be dead on.....Rucanor had all their frames made by Kunnan. They even co-launched several micro system rackets in Holland in 1987.
     
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    Found a beautiful Tad Davis CL500 at Goodwill today and for $3.99 I had to take it home. I know that Davis racquets aren't held in high regard for the most part on this forum but I couldn't resist this one. It is unique in that it has a split throat and a midsize head. If anybody out there can share some info regarding this frame I'd love to hear from you.[​IMG]
     
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    Here is what I found:
    CL 500: 1982/84.
    Davis had previously made open throat models like the Topspin: 1979 and Imperial: 1981 (Yamaha YWG 77 look a like)
     
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    I have pretty much all of the Davis racquets, barring a few that are so rare, they are never seen nowadays. I decided to collect those, in the (forlorn) hope that it would restrict my collecting mania. :)

    Unfortunately, once I'd got all the Davis's, I then started on Yonex's and I'm still collecting those. :)
     
  42. slice bh compliment

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    I used this frame briefly. Great transition from Maxplys/Pro Staffs/Slazenger Chellenge No. 1/Vilas Tour. This frame came up to 4 and 3/4. My dad used that size. I got 4 and a 1/2s playing 14s in 1982. The grip shape, iirc, was very octagonal (like babolats, Princes, Wilsons, and Dunlops are today). Awesome leather. Tiny throat - a ball would not fit. Very stable for a wooden frame. Way more stability than the Prince Woodie. Slightly larger head than the Head Vilas.

    Very similar to the Vilas v-24 by Slaz. I had a pair of these. They 'went soft' after 6 months. I switched to the V-24 in late 1982. The v-24 was way cooler-looking, had a much bigger throat, was quicker, but it was even more stable because I think it had more graphite in it.

    The Kennex Golden Ace is a good one, too. I miss that era. The feel of wood, w/o the tiny head and with open throats and some graphite/fiberglass in there, too.

    For harder hitters (which I was becoming at that time, training a lot 6 days each week), these frames did not last very long.

    In 1983, I remember switching to the Dunlop Max 200g and being really happy for a decade.

    Thrinft Store shopping for some golden oldies...wish I had the time! I'd love to find some cool early 80s open throated mid woods like the afroementioned and the Le Coq Sportif Noah used in 1983 when he won Roland Garros.
     
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    This the first open throated woodie I've acquired but I certainly hope to find a few more.[​IMG]
     
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    Second St Vincent Mid in a year. This one is 5/8, with a bumper. Frame is in really good shape. Original grip that needs some cleaning. Bumper and grommets could use replacing. With case. $8

    [​IMG]
     
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    ^ You lucky dog. :twisted:
     
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    just missed the chance to acquire two Head Prestige Master for $20 - bummer. :(
     
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    That's it...I'm moving to Bend! I always loved the air quality there anyway.
     
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    Head Graphite Master with plastic still on the handle. Original white grommet, the strip is split in one place and a grommet is chipped in another. If I post some pictures would one of you fine gentlemen mind telling me the approximate value?
     
  49. michael_1265

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    That is a very cool find.
     
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    Please do post the pictures. The Graphite Master is a great racquet in terms of playability. Its smaller head size brother (Prestige Pro 600) dominated most of the spot light. Thus, the value of a Graphite Master is not high by any means. I almost got a pair in 8.0 condition for $20. It's quite plausible someone would shell out $50 - $100 for one.
     

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