Penn 8's

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  1. retrograde

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    Has anyone ever seen Penn Extra Duty balls marked with a number as high as 8?

    I usually see 1 through 4 on the courts. Recently, a hitting partner showed up with a can of Penn 8's. When he opened the can, the balls were all duds. And the ink stamping looked a unusual (darker than normal, with ragged edges). I wonder if they were counterfeit?
     
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    A number of ball brands were numbered through 8 back in the old days(maybe into the '80s). Haven't seen any above 4 in a couple of decades(unless I'm forgetting Gamma in the '90s...not sure if they went above 4 ?). If they were in a plastic 'can', they were newer than 1983...plenty of time to die in the can(even though the can may have held pressure). I would imagine my cans from the '96 Atlanta Olympics would be less than bouncy if I were to open them now.
     
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  3. Tamiya

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    yeah I used to buy mostly "8" balls when they were seethru cans
     
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    Thanks for the remembrances. That can of Penn 8's must have been very old.
     
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    you made me dig thru a opened case of 16 cans of Penn champ @ Costco
    Yeah it don't seem like the print them with anything over "4" anymore.

    meh, no "8" I'm not buying :)
     
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    An 8-Ball would be awesome.
     
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    especially if you're asian... ;) we keep them around for good luck

    found an old Penn 8 in the kiddy bucket on the weekend, must be 20+ yo.
    Still bounces, still got felt... = still playable! :twisted:
     
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    ok I just bought a new crate of china Penn champs... I found

    2x #1
    5x #2
    4x #3
    5x #4
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    16
     
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    Penn, or some other ball mfgr, ouught to have a contest ... find the uniquely/unusually-marked ball and win a carton of balls, or a year's supply of balls.
     
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    For some reason back in the HS tennis team days, we had a running joke about "wilson 6?"

    I really can't recall the significance but it seemed kinda
    Fletch-like.

    Yes, this was the mid-80's.
     
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