Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

AlexR

Rookie
NEW PERSONAL BEST: literally new, plastic on grip, never strung Prince Spectrum Comp 90, 4 3/8ths. $5. Grip's turning slightly brown due to being from 1986. Otherwise looks like it went straight from the rack to the bin.


ALSO: For anyone who can get to the Salvation Army store at 73-26 Metropolitan Ave. in Queens NY, there's probaby another one of these still there in 4 5/8ths in the same brand new condition. I was considering sending someone back there today to pick it up so I could sell it, but I thought I'd share the wealth here instead. It doesn't have a case. It's in another Prince half cover.

EDIT: I'm actually getting someone to go tomorrow first thing to get it. Sorry.
 
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Sarcastic

Rookie
We recently had some devastating fires in our area. My sister in laws boss lost her house and all possessions. I didn’t know they were tennis players. She asked me if I could help her replace their racquets. I offered up some free frames they could choose from ,including a Spectrum Comp not pictured, all thrift store/offer up finds. I also offered a Babolot Pure Drive Gt and a Thunder 970 each for much less than their value. I hope they get a chance to enjoy playing and escape for a short time.



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TCTEN

Rookie
Here's a new one on me, Fischer President S. Found it at Goodwill for all of $2. Nearly new condition with a Fischer vibration dampener and strung with gut. A unique addition to the collection.


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retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Here's a new one on me, Fischer President S. Found it at Goodwill for all of $2. Nearly new condition with a Fischer vibration dampener and strung with gut. A unique addition to the collection.


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Love it! I have always wanted one of those. They were current circa 1984-1986, BTW.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Here's a new one on me, Fischer President S. Found it at Goodwill for all of $2. Nearly new condition with a Fischer vibration dampener and strung with gut. A unique addition to the collection.


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The VibraStop was so elegant compared to foam balls and other damping devices of the day! Great find!!!
 
First post in a couple of months while trying to sort out my life!

Went to my local thrift shop to find a new carpet for my living room, spotted a PS85 case and went "FINALLY!" only to see that the racquet inside was replaced with something I didn't really care for. Moved it aside and found a Becker Winner in rather nice condition for being around 30 years old for only 8€!

Still didn't get a new carpet though...
 

frinton

Professional
Here's a new one on me, Fischer President S. Found it at Goodwill for all of $2. Nearly new condition with a Fischer vibration dampener and strung with gut. A unique addition to the collection.


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I have one of those! Unfortunately it looks well used and not as nice as yours...need to try that thing at some point.


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Sarcastic

Rookie
Not classics, but they are such a deal. Volkl sense8 315 With Volkl Cyclone Tour strings. There were two at $20 each, used probably one time. Feel good in the hand.



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Nice playing frames. Solid, accurate if a little head light. I’m used to older heavier frames.


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frinton

Professional
I have one of those! Unfortunately it looks well used and not as nice as yours...need to try that thing at some point.


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So I broke this red poison out today and tried to play it... strings were super loose, old; I was actually amazed they did not blow up in my face... must have been from way back when! Strings moved like crazy! Maybe with a fresh bed of poly this could be a spin-monster!
Anyway... hard to generate any kind of pace, or control the ball. Lots of vibration, my wrist and elbow started noticing it after the 15 or 20 mins I gave the President S! But a fun experience as always when trying a piece of tennis history


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Ultra 2

Professional
In search of a perfect pallet for the Graphite Pro lead me to acquiring more frames. This is becoming a sickness but for now I am ok with it.

Looking at the posting by @Sarcastic regarding the new POGs, I too started peering into OfferUp postings and led me to these. Thanks Sarcastic! Not thrift stores but certainly at near thrift store prices.

My holy grail, a strung but never played with POG 90 and Kennex Silver Ltd. for $25 (for both):

I really have many oversized racquets that I don’t use already.. but what I supposed to say? “I’ll just take the Prince and not the Kennex?” Seemed wrong, so I bought both.




And an Austrian made Prestige Tour mid for $50 in the same condition.





Also bought a Head Comp pro in same condition for $20 (not pictured) but in a L5. Have some more coming today, hopefully we get a good L4 pallet in on of those..
 
^^^ So many nice finds lately...well done all! It's not been good pickings around here. I did spot a Dunlop Black Max and Wilson Profile 110 today, but left them behind for others to enjoy.
 

Ultra 2

Professional
^^thanks!! Racquet collection is now out of control. I think i need to let go of all of my Prince 110 and Wilson large heads. I’d rather trade with people on here rather than post them on the auction site..
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
In search of a perfect pallet for the Graphite Pro lead me to acquiring more frames. This is becoming a sickness but for now I am ok with it.

Looking at the posting by @Sarcastic regarding the new POGs, I too started peering into OfferUp postings and led me to these. Thanks Sarcastic! Not thrift stores but certainly at near thrift store prices.

My holy grail, a strung but never played with POG 90 and Kennex Silver Ltd. for $25 (for both):

I really have many oversized racquets that I don’t use already.. but what I supposed to say? “I’ll just take the Prince and not the Kennex?” Seemed wrong, so I bought both.




And an Austrian made Prestige Tour mid for $50 in the same condition.





Also bought a Head Comp pro in same condition for $20 (not pictured) but in a L5. Have some more coming today, hopefully we get a good L4 pallet in on of those..
That Prestige Tour 600 looks brand new! Man I can’t find anything when I go to goodwill
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
Had a scramble around Ealing this morning, picking up a Head Radical bag for a tenner and the racket below for £4 to put in it. Yonex Ultimum Ti MP-3i.



Quite the stencilling job, I’m sure you’ll agree... According to the stringer’s sticker, it had seen most of its action over in Canada and must be a 2004 or earlier model. More than that I know not.

The only other purchase along the broadway (there’s nowt by way of rackets in the shops currently) was the second one of these I’ve happened upon in the last few months:



Near-mint, priced at a frankly flabbergasting 49p. The lady behind the counter said they simply could not shift their stock of rackets each year and so ended up pricing them just to get them out the door. I left my number...


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BlueB

Legend
Ok, not from a trift store, but from... a garbage bin!
We are at IW right now, walking through our resort, and my son goes "Hey what's this?" and pulls a Head YT Prestige Mid out of a garbage bin! A bit worn cap, but not a single paint chip and new looking bed of Lux! I changed the overgrip, added a rubber band and the thing plays amazingly well!

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BDAZ

Professional
Found a very good condition Prince Precision 720 (I think that was it), the longbody version of the CTS Synergy DB 26, yesterday for $4.99 with case, but didn't get it. My best score continues to be two TT Warriors, once cleaned up probably 8.5/10, for a total of $12, despite many searches. Also got a brand new, plastic on handle, never strung Puma Onyx Sabre. Still haven't strung it up to see how it plays.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
Nothing extra ordinary but got this Prince Pro 110 for 3.99 at Goodwill the other day. I used to have one and let it get away. Just added it to the Prince wall with 20+ other Princes.
 

Sarcastic

Rookie
To quote a line from the movie Robocop, “I’d buy that for a dollar”
One stripe POGs, unfortunately one was cracked in half a 12 o’clock.



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Henry Hub

Rookie
One for the Sydneysiders on this joint @MAXXply and others... I didn’t pick it up (no room in the luggage) but the Lifeline in Manly has a mint condition PK Golden Ace Boron (with case) on for AUS10.
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
Todays’s haul (St Johns Wood and Highgate)...

I left behind a pile of prince and Wilson wide-bodies in St John’s Wood but did pick up this lightly used Aero Pro Team (the only decent Babolat I’ve come across on my travels save for a VS Control that’s been installed as a regular in my bag):

Also found a pair of Yonexes - an RD Power 6 Long midplus which looks a little tired, particularly around the grommets, and an RD-23 super midsize in excellent condition, resplendent in its weird blocky greeny-black paintjob that has something of the Minecraft or emo Tetris about it:




All in, £25.

Trotted off up to Highgate afterwards and was persuaded to buy this Profile for £3. Wasn’t really convinced I needed to add a second one of these to the collection but willpower has always been a failing so hey-ho.



In retrospect, quite glad I did pick this one up. Like my other Profile, this is a gold/champagne coloured version. I assumed that this would therefore be another early St Vincent (my other one has an ACQ buttcode, denoting a 1990 date of manufacture, according to the @Sanglier basis of classification). However, this one has an SAV buttcode, suggesting (1) that it was part of the 1988 production run and (2) that it was manufactured in Taiwan rather than St Vincent. This is confirmed by a reference in the Kuebler attribution in the throat to the racket being “Made in Taiwan” (where the red line is on the SV). The recommended stringing tension is also 55+/-5, rather than 60+/-5 on the SV. @vsbabolat, your previous posts suggests you know more than most about the history of this racket - have you heard of a golden Taiwan Profile before? Regardless of origin, it’ll probably still play like a dog like all the others!


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dak95_00

Hall of Fame
I was in Cincinnati and hit a couple of thrift stores down the road from the Mid-west Tennis place. I bought a nice T2000 for $0.99 and left a beat up Head Graphite Comp that was $0.29. I’d shop there often if I lived in Cincinnati.
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
In retrospect, quite glad I did pick this one up. Like my other Profile, this is a gold/champagne coloured version. I assumed that this would therefore be another early St Vincent (my other one has an ACQ buttcode, denoting a 1990 date of manufacture, according to the @Sanglier basis of classification). However, this one has an SAV buttcode, suggesting (1) that it was part of the 1988 production run and (2) that it was manufactured in Taiwan rather than St Vincent. This is confirmed by a reference in the Kuebler attribution in the throat to the racket being “Made in Taiwan” (where the red line is on the SV). The recommended stringing tension is also 55+/-5, rather than 60+/-5 on the SV. @vsbabolat, your previous posts suggests you know more than most about the history of this racket - have you heard of a golden Taiwan Profile before? Regardless of origin, it’ll probably still play like a dog like all the others!


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I suspect your SV unit is an AOQ, with an unevenly struck "O", making it a 1988 model as well. "A" and "C" are both year codes, but neither is (normally) used to denote lots. If your SAV Profile is identical to the St Vincent model (without the 2.7 or 3.6 si designations), I think this is pretty convincing evidence that the first batch of Profiles were made by both SanHoSun and St Vincent, though it's a little odd that they would have different string tension recommendations. Alternatively, it could have been made 10 years later, in 1998. I have no idea if the Profiles were still in production by then however.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Profiles were made by both SanHoSun and St Vincent, though it's a little odd that they would have different string tension recommendations. Alternatively, it could have been made 10 years later, in 1998. I have no idea if the Profiles were still in production by then however.
The lower string tensions came just a few months after the initial batch showed the higher tensions and elbows were breaking 'round the world, I believe ;)
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
I suspect your SV unit is an AOQ, with an unevenly struck "O", making it a 1988 model as well. "A" and "C" are both year codes, but neither is (normally) used to denote lots. If your SAV Profile is identical to the St Vincent model (without the 2.7 or 3.6 si designations), I think this is pretty convincing evidence that the first batch of Profiles were made by both SanHoSun and St Vincent, though it's a little odd that they would have different string tension recommendations. Alternatively, it could have been made 10 years later, in 1998. I have no idea if the Profiles were still in production by then however.
Thanks, that makes sense on the C and O of the SV frame - the buttcode is stamped partly under the trapdoor so the middle letter was indistinct. On the other frame, there’s no 2.7/3.6 si. I’m also unsure as to when they ceased production of the profile but 98 seems late in the day and the gold colour would seem to suggest an earlier version, so I lean towards your first theory too.
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
Rossignol FT6.80. No, I’ve never heard of it either. Good nick, tapered bean is an understatement - it’s quite the isosceles. The decal notes that a USP of this racket is that it has a “bumper with abrasion indicator”. Surely that just means that its bumper shows scrapes? £3



Prince Exo3 Graphite 100. From what I can see, @robbo1970 is the man in the know on this one. From a very brief hit, seems like it’s not shy on the spin. £5.



Head Radical Tour 690. Picked one up on the other place a few weeks back for significantly more and in a much poorer state. The shop assistant was apologetic that this was all they had in stock - I was practically on hands and knees. £5.



Found an absolutely filthy Elektra Pro - spot of wire wool cleared out all of the grot. I have seen reports of a 48 RA so am planning to head out onto court with it tomorrow like Indiana Jones’ bullwhip. £5




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RDM

Rookie
Found a bit of a strange one today.
Yamaha White Laser 90 (NOS).
Head size: 90in2 weirdly elongated.
Weight (strung): 350g
Head light: 8-10 points
String pattern: 16x18
Made in Singapore.
Had a brief hit with it and it plays very nicely.
 
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Erlang

Rookie
Found a bit of a strange one today.
Yamaha White Laser 90 (NOS).
Head size: 90cm2 weirdly elongated.
Weight (strung): 350g
Head light: 8-10 points
String pattern: 16x18
Made in Singapore.
Had a brief hit with it and it plays very nicely.
Picked up a couple of Yamahas myself:



The Bronze Ceramics 90 was $2, the YFG 50 (Fiberglass) was $3

I also found out there is a woodie enthusiast/collector in town because the cashier made a remark that someone had just bought 4 wooden racquets just a few minutes before I got the Yamaha. It looks like someone had donated their collection of old racquets, and judging by the ones that were left, the guy got to pick some nice racquets. If only I had cut my hitting session short I could have made it there before he did. Now I'll always wonder what I missed. :(
 
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jaggy

Talk Tennis Guru
Picked up a couple of Yamahas myself:



The Bronze Ceramics 90 was $2, the YFG 50 (Fiberglass) was $3

I also found out there is a woodie enthusiast/collector in town because the cashier made a remark that someone had just bought 4 wooden racquets just a few minutes before I got the Yamaha. It looks like someone had donated their collection of old racquets, and judging by the ones that were left, the guy got to pick some nice racquets. If only I had cut my hitting session short I could have made it there before he did. Now I'll always wonder what I missed. :(
That will mess with you forever
 

Erlang

Rookie
I really splurged today, spending almost $25 on old racquets. Picked up a NOS Chris Evert Autograph for $10 + tax. This is the most I've paid for an old racquet:



I wonder if I can still redeem that special membership offer from the USTA :D

Then in a different store got a Donnay Allwood, Pro Kennex Graphite 90, and a TA Davis Imperial Deluxe for $12 + tax



I even hit with the TAD for a bit, felt pretty good. On the far right is a pretty beat up Dunlop Sprite from yet another store. I'll try and repaint it.
 
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Nice snag on the Ms. Chris Autograph. If the USTA card does not have an expiration date, they should have to honor it. The TAD looks amazing too.
 

goostah

New User


I even hit with the TAD for a bit, felt pretty good. On the far right is a pretty beat up Dunlop Sprite from yet another store. I'll try and repaint it.
Any chance we can get a review of the Pro Kennex and some more pics? Looks like a great stick.
 

Erlang

Rookie
Huge weekend haul:





From top left to bottom right:
  1. Magnan racquet: Wanted an old racquet for my collection. Paint is very faded but I can still make out the brand "Magnan." If anyone knows what model this is, please let me know.
  2. Remington Sovereign
  3. Rossignol F250
  4. Head Edge
  5. Head Composite Professional
  6. Prince Graphite (1 stripe)
  7. Dunlop Max 200G
  8. Wilson Profile: This one looked so bizarrely thick that I had to get it. Restrung it and took out the grip which was in disgusting shape
  9. Wilson Graphite Force
  10. Add-in Court I
  11. Spalding Rosie Casals Signature
  12. TA Davis Hi-Point
Total cost: $30 (200G, Comp Pro, and F250 accounting for $14 of the $30)
 
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