Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. Simon_the_furry

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    Thanks. Do you know the specs for the racquet ? It weighs 340 gms with the strings. An arm friendly racquet ? Do you know, what the number on the grip means ? Serial number ? AK233988.
     
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    Both of mine weigh 340g as well. Swing weight measured at 302!
     
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    And yes very arm friendly. I've never had it on the RDC machine but it feels very low 50s at least. Very flexible.
     
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    Dude I've got one of those Donnay Graphite Borgs and it's amazing! Great find! Grommets are falling off on mine too but it's got barely any head rash or scratches.
     
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    $2 - Wilson Pro Staff Tour 90 - 6/10 condition - yellow inside hoop, always wanted one, its a bit tired
     
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    I found a Wilson Pro Staff this afternoon for $1.50, but I was hoping to get some more information on it. I posted in the "Classic Racquet Talk" forum, but am yet to hear back.
     
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    Just ditched a PS 6.1 Classic on an online sale @ 10€.
    That's an absolute bargain here in Portugal, but it's 4 1/2 grip sized, and I already have one 6.1 classic.
    I had to fight my will to just get the damn racquet, but in the end I know I'm not comfortable with thick handles, so I had to leave it
     
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    Got a Czech Sports tennis stringing machine for $50 on craigslist and a Prince NEOS 1000 with a bad tensioner for $100 also :) SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I wouldn't think it would be too hard to rebuild the tension head. Or I wonder how much TM would charge to rebuild it? Great find and should be a moneymaker for you.
     
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    I already have a WISE tensioner so not sure what I am going to do with that NEOS tensioner as of yet ;)
     
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    I have a NEOS 1000 and just haven't crossed that threshold where I must have a WIse.
     
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    Finally came across something worth buying at my local Goodwill. A Wilson Kramer cup woody. Don't know much about it, but it's in pretty good shape.

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    A few pics of my $25 Pro Staff Classic 6.1 Craigslist buy. This frame is soooo clean, for any used stick, let alone one this old. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  18. PT630Wannabe

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    Found a Prestige Tour MP yesterday. $3. Collar was crumbling so I shored it up with silicone and then slapped a leather grip over the collar. Not the most elegant solution but i just want to string it up and give it a hit. It's in my grip size of 4 1/4, so no panic about the pallets on the suspension grip.

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    Nice find at a even nicer price :) Congrats.
    I have an older prestige as well with a crumbled collar... who can recommend a more elegant solution to the problem? Thanks
     
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  20. PT630Wannabe

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    If the rest of the suspension grip seems ok, i may remove the collar altogether and use some marine epoxy to shape a collar and then just re-wrap the grip up over it. It will look more like a modern head grip.
     
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    You done good, I reckon! IMO, one of the best rackets ever made! They DO tend to go a little soft in the head and "breathe" like crazy during stringing. One of my favorites was Head Redline 17 @ 64#(Ektelon H) back in the olden days!!!
     
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    I got a Pro Tour 600 off the other place which is in great condition (including bag signed by a certain Croatian fan of said racket). The collar split apart as soon as I peeled off the grip but that sadly is part and parcel of this racket build. Ended up just taking the same route of winding the grip up over the collar section and wrapping some transparent tape round. Looks ok as an interim solution but thinking about gaffer tape to create a distinction between grip and ersatz "collar".

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    Head Ti Radical Oversize, £8 in Camden. God only knows where the strings came from but they hit a surprisingly meaty ball.

    Wilson PS95 6.1 - buttcode SES with Taiwan sticker (so according to @Sanglier on the superb appreciation thread, this is a 1992 edition). Different paint job than my 1994 (UGP) version. £6 in Belsize Park including bag.

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    With apologies for transgressing against the rules of the thread, this is also from the other place. Part of a lot of 7 rackets, the rest of which were junior and starter bats that went to the next charity shop I went in. £15 for all 7 so just over £2 for each of these.
     
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    @BDAZ it seems you can't receive messages

    @Henry Hub Great find. I love older PSCs. Sent you a message too
     
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    @1010 I think I fixed it. Not sure, though. I also don't actually log in all that often. Mostly just when I post something. Did you have a question?
     
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    Found another woody for $3.

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    Very nice find. I played the FRS and ESC models a bit; but that Competition was a very popular racket along with the Davis models for the 'country club' set :) Looks like Pro-Fected nylon...a little "cheap" for the caliber of frame. I thought the hand-written serial numbers were darned cool(month and year of production, I believe)...but they wore off right zippy. Pretty flexy in the throat, that steel-reinforced fiberglass overlay was prone to delamination...yours looks great!
     
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    Slim pickings recently over this side of the pond. That said, the prices have also fallen so I have picked up some vaguely interesting bits and bobs:

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    Mizuno Pro MV, £3 in Balham. The photo is misleading as the racket doesn't have a mark on it. Google keeps its cards close to its chest on this one but a quick search on this forum suggests that it was a MJ Fernandez stick.

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    Babolat VS Control for £1.50 in East London. No cracks but its got more scarring than the English Patient. Again from a TW forum search, it seems to have come out around 2003 but I know no more than that so any info as ever would be gratefully received.

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    Prince TT Warrior MP, half price so swept up for £1 in Tooting. Perhaps a function of the white paintjob but it had so much grot on it, it might as well have been stored up a chimney for the past 15 years. Took 30 minutes to clean and it turned out ok - only a couple of chips, otherwise in good form. Don't know much about this one but @n8dawg6 seems a fan. Any good?


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    In Tooting? Citizen Smith's old stick?
     
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    Nice rackets and flooring ;-)


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  32. Henry Hub

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    It's actually the super-rare Prince TT Class Warrior, comrade.
     
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    Why are they rare? And how do they play?


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    Sorry to mislead - jaggy and I are harking back to a 1970s UK sitcom, citizen smith. On reflection, there's probably a rather limited appreciative audience on here for our material...!
     
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    Those Prince paints from the TT series and some Volkl frames around the same era are grime collectors. I enjoyed your description of it being hidden in a chimney. That seems about right to me.

    What did you use to clean it up?
     
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    Just the classic workman's tools: cloth, cillit bang spray, a bit of dogged perseverance paired with a glass of red wine and US Open semis on the telly in the background...

    It was pretty grotty but a cakewalk compared to trying to clean up the awful sticky paint on the Hotmelt 300g, which is the kind of job that makes Sisyphus grateful for his lot.
     
  37. PT630Wannabe

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    So I finally redid the collar on the Prestige Tour MP. The marine epoxy works like a charm. Once it's cured you can sand and shape it. Just be sure to use latex gloves when handling the putty. It gets into your fingerprints.
     
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    Um, feeling guilty here, bargain of mostly Wilson accessories:
    New sealed with a little pack warping due to age/humidity.

    Craigslist type deal:
    1x Unique shock eye red, never seen one before
    1x Wilson Contour replacement grip - black
    1x pair Wilson sweatbands - white
    3x Yonex cotton headbands - white
    3x pairs Patrick sweatbands 1x white, 1x blue, 1x black
    4x Wilson Pro Feel shock absorbers - black & red W logo
    6x Wilson Vibra Fun shock absorbers - yellow smiley face
    8x Wilson Shock Traps shock absorbers - white/clear
    12x Pro Feel Plus shock absorbers - black W logo

    39 items for next to nothing
    Giddy up!..
     
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  39. sbaniak

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    Found a Head Graphite Pro (EU black non-Power Wedge) at a local Recycling center... always wanted one.

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    I haven't posted in awhile here about finds. Some recent:
    $1.99 finds
    Prince Thunderstick CTS OS
    Prince Graphite II
    Prince Magnesium Pro

    Under $5 finds
    Bancroft Professional wood
    Head Composite Professional aka Comp Pro
    Prince CTS Blast
    Donnay Blue Ace
    Prince Graphite 90
    Yonex MP-3i

    I'm sure there are others I've missed. My sickness is real but I'm proud of myself for for the many I've left behind.
     
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    Nice find! Super jealous as these are my main sticks now.

    Both mine had crumbled collars. I just wrapped some folded overgrip. Add some electric tape and it looks fine. Plays likes dream for me. I'm using cyclone 16 @ 58lbs. It settles a lot lower.
     
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    I ended up molding a collar out of marine epoxy. Wrapped the leather up over top. Looks great. And yeah. Beautiful playing racquets. If you ever find yourself running low, hit me up. I could be convinced to sell it.
     
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    For a nice profit :) I have 2 that I am using. Im not getting anymore. Every time I think I have found the 'one' I end up reselling all but 1.

    I've decided, my bags going to consist of awesome old school rackets that I can choose from to beat all comers!
     
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    Picked up a Liquidmetal radical mp in camden for £4. Fair to good condition. Also this faded great for a fiver:
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    Here's my top three that I acquired from thrifting or trading thrift finds.
    The POG and the F200 both came in an Offer Up bulk purchase @ $2.00 a racquet. The PS 85 was acquired in trade with a board member for my mystery Zytel racquet.
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    Love the Rossignol F200
     
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    My F200 is a BEAST, 4 3/4M! Which is ok because I like larger grips.


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