Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. coachrick

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    Thanks, a! I'll message you through the FB page, perhaps!
     
  2. joe sch

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    Ya, before I had my coffee and mixed up my coordinates :)
     
  3. MrRandom247

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    3 old boys at junk pickup - free

    Head TXE
    Separated grommets in a few places, shame, racket is in OK condition otherwise.
    Was stuck in rotten original bag & was tough to remove. Early 80's I'm assuming?
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    Dunlop MicroMax
    A suffering case of jaundice / yellowing. Average condition. Looks tired. 18 mains a surprise.
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    Prince J/R Pro aluminium - not worth a photo...
     
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  4. coachrick

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    Later '80s on the TXE. Good looking frame. I was a TXM(aster) guy.
    The MicroMax bears a resemblance to the SC95 of the ceramic craze. Sold the heck out of them because they were WHITE !(Before they turned yellow...or whatever grip color bled onto the frame :) )
    It's a little scary pulling some of the oldies out of their covers...especially scary to actually touch the grips!!!
     
  5. PBODY99

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    CoachRick
    Would you happen to know which modern Head grommet set would fit the Master line? My TXM is find but the Comp & Graphite Masters have the brittle white grommet strips.
    On grips, leather is better , as all the synthetic grips of that era just rot away.
     
  6. coachrick

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    Sorry, I'm out of the loop for a few years now. The old brittle white strips were NEW brittle white strips when the Comp and Graphite Masters and Pros were CURRENT ! :) The Elektra and Elite series were no better! Best of luck finding something current to replace them.
     
  7. MrRandom247

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    May have chance to pick up Head Director.
    In a clubs lost & found with many broken strings.
    Know the El Presidente so see if donation of $5 to club suits?
     
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  8. retrowagen

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    Head TXE was produced in Colorado in 1984 and 1985 only. Great racquet!
    TXD (Director head shape) was also 1984-1985.
    TXP (Pro) was 1986-1987; production transitioned from Boulder to Kennelbach, Tirol
    TXM (Master) was also in catalogue 1986-1987.
     
  9. coachrick

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    Thanks for that timeline. The TXP and TXM also ushered in the CAP grommet system. I had the honor of stringing the rep's first sample TXP with some 15L gauge textured horrible stuff! Probably took twice as long as a normal Pro model! They hadn't thought to rabbet out the double string portions of the CAP and I wasn't smart enough to wax the opening between the halves. Sounded like the string was breaking on MANY pulls! Not my favorite racket. Naturally, the TXDirector and TXEdge were a breeze by comparison.

    Except for the propensity to go soft in the head, the TXM was one of the best playing rackets of all time...IMO, of course :)
     
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  10. retrowagen

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    And the TXE and TXD were the first Head racquets to have a replacable plastic bumper guard. Earlier Graphite Edge, Graphite Director, and Graphite Vectors had a nylon plastic "skid" inserted just beneath the paint, to wear before the composite structure wore from scrapes. But obviously, the replacable bumper guard was a much better idea.
     
  11. Ultra 2

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    Saw this thread so I went to a nearby Salvation Army and found a Prince Graphite II MP in my grip size.. 4 5/8". It's in really nice shape and I only paid $9 for it. Can't wait
    to string it up and hit a few groundies.[​IMG]
     
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  12. Sanglier

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    Judging by the condition of the grip, I'd say there is a better than 50/50 chance of this being a GW find. But what is it?

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    Note the Western grip for imparting top spin to the service return, and the likely mismatched full length case for inconspicuous transportation to and from the match.

    Instead of choking up on a full size frame to avoid wrist injury like the amateur above, Biff the Preppy Protester below brought with him a more appropriately lengthed (23"?) vintage kiddie special (also a GW find no doubt), which can easily be concealed inside his reusable grocery bag/man purse. He is showing good classic weight transfer and has kept his head-banded, sweater-shielded face on the ball/canister through his swing. Obviously not a neophyte!

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    Hi all,
    First of all, I'd like to apologise for breaking the funny thread about the protesters and their racket selection / swing stiles. I noted that there are no opinions about their string selection and preferred tensions... we maybe leave this for another time.
    Going back to the orginal subject, here you are some nice rackets I found lately:

    A nice Rossignol STRATO in great condition 2 Euros.
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    An F100 and F200 (sadly broken, after it had been left with one broken string for a long time and the tension broke the graphite) both for 3 Euros
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    Wilson ProStaff SIX ONE Tour 90 for 5 Euros (I couldn't beleive this one, came with the original leather grip in mint condition) just had some stratches due to storage
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    This was more expensive, 7 Euros for a Wilson Pro Staff 95

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    A well spent 17 Euros, I think.

    Hope you like it.
     
  14. Sarcastic

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    Those Stratos are amazing wood racquets. Great feel.


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  15. MrRandom247

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    Not the greatest finds, but stringing for some fun keeps me out of trouble.
    'Real shame about damaged Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95
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    2 Wilson world class alum. - 1 with broken strings
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    Wilson Sting OS - 4 main strings repaired
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    Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95 - broken graphite at 3 & 9 oclock, average nasty repair...nasty clear nylon - oh well..
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    Prince Pro 110 - prince overtime lime green strings
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    Prince Thunderstick Extender - broken strings
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    Prince Tour Classic MP gold - broken string
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    Pro Kennex Destiny metallic blue - broken string
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    Yonex Carbonex 8 damaged 12 oclock with grommets failing inward
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    From the swiss-version of the bay: heavy quality and pretty much unused, old school Yonex bag with 4 rackets and their original covers:

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    Left to right:
    • RD-7 (I love the pj and feel of this stick!, SL 3, 348g with syngrip)
    • SuperRD Tour 95 (L4 350g without grip)
    • SuperRQ 500 Long (UXL 2, 308g, without grip)
    • SuperRQ 500 (UL 4, 331g with syngrip)
    2 sticks with heavily disintegrating syn-grips...brrrr...I hate that sh... :mad:, 2 with ugly overgrips, that seemed to at least protect the base-grip from falling apart.
    Bonus in the bag, a babolat string "straightener" (didn't Lendl have one of those to sort out his strings between points?), a set of cards and a NOS triangle Yonex dampener, like the ones in the rackets and some old, Völkl dampeners...not sure I ever saw one of those before.
     
  17. coachrick

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    Well done on the YY find! My arm is STILL tired from playing/teaching with the RD-7 back in the early
    '90s ! I could absolutely CLUB the ball; but paid the price when I tried my Yahoo forehand(or any other 'flik' type shot).

    The SuperRQ500 Long is a bazooka! Scary string tensions when folks tried to harness all that power.

    What do the Volkl string-thingies look like? I'm familiar with the oval and the "worm" that locked up ?4? or ?6? strings...different color/pattern for different string pattern densities .

    Cool find!!!
     
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    Thanks, I was quite happy about it. Here some pics of the dampeners (I hope, first time in a long time that I try to post a pic via Tapatalk)... the smaller one I've seen before, but no clue what brand it is. The 3 same sized ones are Völkl, on the white one you can make out the brand.

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    Hey, what is a yahoo forehand? I haven't seen that stroke listed in any books yet ;-)


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  19. Rock Strongo

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    Shame about that Carbonex being broken. I have two, one I cracked slightly and one in decent condition and it's sickening how hard you can hit the ball with them. You can swing for the edge of the observable universe and the ball will still stay in. Very fun racquets!
     
  20. MrRandom247

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    Have another identical Carbonex 8 good condition bought a few years back.
    I can take more pics of damaged grommets.
    So many shared holes it'd make a stringer crazy.[​IMG]
     
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  21. I.M. Weasel

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    The small white dampener is Dunlop. :)
     
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    Jealousy.
    I feel it.
     
  23. coachrick

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    "Hey, what is a yahoo forehand? I haven't seen that stroke listed in any books yet ;-) "

    Back in the '70s, HEAD had a hotdog snow ski called the Yahoo. They sold a color matching T-shirt with the front emblazoned with YAHOO in blaze red/orange with gold(to match the ski). I played with the Red Head quite a bit and wore the red/orange outfits on the court and the T-shirt gave some folks the idea that my forehand(think self-taught windshield wiper that made Borg's look like slow-motion) should be called the YAHOO as well. Since I grew up in the South(USA), others called it the YEE-HAH forehand!!! It's a wonder my elbow lasted as long as it has. :)

    http://forum.pugski.com/attachments/yahoos-jpg.445/
     
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    Yes! Similar to the early VibraStop that folded over the bottom cross and hooked into itself. Good eye! Early-mid '80s, I reckon.
     
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    Haven't found any goodwill stores that sell sporting equipment here in Berlin yet and it's my last day here, but I did find a pair of Dr. Martens in a vintage clothing store which look brand new and was in exactly my size for 47,99€!
     
  26. Zodd

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    wow that's a steal - congrats!
     
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    nice find! Can't decide if i love or hate the paint job - it's def different ;)
     
  28. MrRandom247

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    Not thrift shop.
    Craiglist type thing:

    Wilson [K] Blade 98 - 18 mains!!
    Babolat Pure Drive Roddick
    Prince CTS Approach 90
    Prince black & yellow bag - near new
    $65 the lot
     
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    Found this a couple weeks ago. Donnay VST Formula Pro. I really like the rounded butt cap. Cool for players who like to choke down on the handle and whip the racquet.

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  30. ItalianStallion

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    Today, I found another Pro Kennex Graphite Micro Mid for 99 cents.
    It was about a 6/10 condition, a broken main string, with 4-5/8 leather grip in fair condition.
    I left it behind....
     
  31. mixtape

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    Found a Prince CTS Approach OS w/full cover for $5 to add to my collection, but I was really happy that it had a keychain hidden inside!

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