Spalding GC series

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  1. netman

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    Just picked up a racquet I had never heard of before. Its the Spalding GC-30. Looks like an attempt at a Yonex clone.

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    Already have a GC-20 and now I'm curious about this line of frames. Can anyone shed some light on production dates, specs other models in the line up?

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    Thanks
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  2. retrowagen

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    You have the bifecta there. The GC-20 came out first, IIRC, in 1982. The GC-30 followed in 1983 or 1984. Production lasted until circa 1986 or so. These were the only two models in that particular Spalding line-up.

    Decoding the model names is easy, too: "GC" stands for Graphite Composite; the "20" or "30" connotates the percentage larger than traditional standard size hitting area.

    These are both very flexy rackets (by modern standards; moderately flexy by the standards of their day), and were on the cheaper end of the spectrum to buy when new. In California in the mid-1980's, I recall seeing them on the racks at discount chain stores such as Best, Ardan, and Gemco. However, they are fun to hit with. The GC-30 compares favorably with the Pro Kennex Copper Dominator.
     
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  3. treblings

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    I have a list of Spalding rackets in front of me, and find a GC 55, GC 60, and a GC 100 on it. Was that a different racket line?
    Also if the numbers refer to the head size, than the GC 100 must have been quite some oversize.
     
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  4. retrowagen

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    Hmm, very curious; I'll check into this later tonight.
     
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  5. netman

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    Thanks retrowagen. As always, you are great source of info.

    Look forward to finding out about the others treblings listed.

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