Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. retrowagen

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    Recent finds on my travels include a nice, clean Head TXE (with good grommets!) for $4.50, a Dunlop Biomimetic 500 25 for Retro, Jr for $3.00, a good Head Graphite Edge with cover for $1.00, and a Head Radical Tour (Chinese reissue) “bumblebee” oversize, also for a buck.

    Yesterday, I spotted a grubby full-length Yonex R-24 cover in a bin of scuba fins, catcher masks, and racquetball racquets. It had that floppy feeling like there was a smaller racquet inside, not taut as if its intended Yonex was inside. Sure enough... unzipped it, and there’s the dirtiest, messiest Wilson ProStaff mid I’ve ever seen. It was literally covered with greasy dust, and appeared to have scratching all over both sides... but no cracks. Paid $3.20 for it. I get it home, and with a rag and rubbing alcohol, discover a St. Vincent mid (code KHQ) in solid 7.5 or 8/10 condition, in my favorite grip size!
     
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  2. re_ipsa

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    Share the photo then!

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  3. Sarcastic

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    I found this Spalding Power Tech 80 at the thrift store for $5. Used maybe one time. The cover is in fantastic shape. This one goes in the unusual file.
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  4. graycrait

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    There is one on the auction site not as nice for buy it now at 139.00. Great find.
     
  5. dak95_00

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    This definitely looks like a racquet I would dread stringing. Crossing the mains in those tiny places at the top and throat looks like a pain.
     
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  6. Sarcastic

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    I have a knack for finding great deals at thrift stores.


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  7. graycrait

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    Good, find me a cheap Head Specter!
     
  8. Sarcastic

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    I’ll keep an eye out.


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  9. graycrait

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    $1.88 but I felt expansive so had Goodwill round it up to $2.00. Pretty decent shape. Red clay around the grommets, broken strings. I'm going to string it with some black syn gut.
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    Buttcap decal sticker was interesting. Looks like this sporting goods store north of Hamburg went out of business in 1996.
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  10. graycrait

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    Went to another Goodwill around supper time. Had to round up to $2.00 for this Head Tournament Edge (aluminum), nice leather grip and weighs 12.6oz.

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  11. ItalianStallion

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    OMG!!!! That is the same racquet I used when I played high school tennis back in the 80's...12.6 ounces??? How did I manage that as a skinny 16 year old kid?
     
  12. graycrait

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    Come on, man up! I was born in 1955 and from age 13 - 21 played with Spalding, Davis and Wilson Autographs, the lightest of which was my Pancho Gonzales Spalding at 13.0 oz. This is exactly why my current D1 college player acquaintances have told me that my strokes are "weird." These kids use 71 RA Babs that don't weigh 12oz, I like to call them "ladymen" until I see that 95mph crosscourt forehand come whizzing by. Man, those kids can hit a ball with those "skinny" sticks. Heck, even the D1 women make me look like an old timer.

    P.S. If you want my Head Tournament Edge I'll trade you for an interesting 80s graphite, especially a Prince although I am pretty sure I also need a Chris 5-Star:)
     
  13. ItalianStallion

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    I'm afraid my friend that I am now one of those 71 RA Bab-wielding 'ladymen' :D
    Have a Prince 110 Graphite Comp from a thrift store, but sorry - no Chris 5-star...never seen one in person, just in Tennis Mag...oh and on the movie "Total Recall"
     
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    Dang it! I wish you hadn't shared that with me. Auction site cost so much more than Goodwill. I will trade for the Prince Comp if you want the Edge.
     
  15. ItalianStallion

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    Thanks - I think I'd rather keep the Prince Comp over the Tournament Edge - nonetheless, very cool find on your part and thanks for jogging memory lane for me!
     
  16. Ultra 2

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    Most of these with the exception of the mag 90 & comp 90 came from various thrift stores.

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    ^^^ Nice collection - I like your PVC racquet stand too. I was planning on making something similar, my collection is a mess right now.
     
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    Thanks! Yeah I have a few more stored away. Found some really nice ones this week.. so will post pics later.
     
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    Revisiting this thread may be stop by my Salvation Army and was rewarded with these:

    Super clean Secret EX for $3.99 which I strung up with Kevlar/syn Gut which went straight into my bag next to the 04.

    Although unique, I bought the Mono for $2.50 which I particularly don’t care for.

    A pretty cool Head Graphite Vector for $2.99 which I strung up with Gutex Graphite and using it to practice serves with. It came with a “USA Professional Tennis Registry” thermal. Does anyone know what that organization is/was?

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    Nice finds... interesting racket the white red green one...never saw or heard of it. If you do not dig the Mono much, I might happily take it off your hands, if it's in good shape and a reasonable grip size. Let me know, if you are interested in selling or trading it. Cheers, Mischa
     
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    PTR was founded by Dennis Van der Meer in the '70s. They were with Spalding in the early days, switching to HEAD later on(not sure of the year).
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    Thanks coach!
     
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    Thanks coach!
     
  26. dak95_00

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    Nice pickups.

    The Secret was used by Gabriella Sabatini. The Mono is still used by me and was made for Jimmy Connors. He’s still seen using it at times. I’d also trade for it.
     
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    Nice pickups.

    The Secret was used by Gabriella Sabatini. The Mono is still used by me and was made for Jimmy Connors. He’s still seen using it at times.
     
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    Today I picked up a nearly mint Wilson Billie Jean King Autograph light at Goodwill and a really nice Wilson Prostaff Classic 6.1 si at Salvation Army. [​IMG]
    Really looking forward to hitting with the ProStaff.



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  35. Zodd

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    Nice finds! See a bunch of sweet sticks in there - and a profile for good measure! ;) The Graphtech DB90 was one of the first frames i had a real revelation with when trying a friends out waaay back - great feeling rackets
     
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    Nice! The Yamaha frames always intrigued me but were unf very rare in my neck of the woods. What are the specs and how does it play?
     
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    Yeah the dB 90’s were my choice of racquets when I stopped playing almost 30 years ago. I used them when I play singles and have been stock piling them when I can find them. I was pleasantly surprised to find 2 of these along with 2 tricomp 90’s at a Salvation Army (not all at the same time).

    The Secret EX is a unicorn though. A little less stiff than its brother the Secret 04 but very playable. I can only compare the 04 to the Wilson Profile 2.7 while being a little more playable due to the thinner beam. I believe the Profile had widest beam ever made (pretty sure).
     
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    Great find - the PC6.1 is a true beast if one can wield it - so plush and stable. Have a few myself and they feel fantastic even w old strings in them.
     
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    That wilson woodie is a beauty as well!
     

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