Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

Racket Crazy

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Its wonderfully refreshing (not to mention a huge money saver) to discover that after more than 35 years of high-end graphite players frames sold on the tennis market, only a handful of rackets have brought significant improvement to the game in the last 20 years. As many already know, most of it is simply hype/marketing as well as re-branding of older models as having some significant update to make you wanna buy it.

Considering the fact that I have hit with more than 300 different frames, I can say this out from experience! I still have a couple hundred rackets to test out, but dont think my opinion is gonna change on that anytime soon either. And as you just said yourself, trying out some new strings on old classics is where its truly at! The desire to try something "new" fades away into nothingness...

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Racket Crazy

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Just couldn't help myself today guys & gals
I found this Head tennis bag in good shape as well as these 4 rackets at a thrift store today. Hadn't been there in a few years and decided to give it a shot. I purchased the bag AND all 4 rackets for a whopping total of €7.50

The Prince Mono was in 9/10 condition... not even scratches on the bumper. Only the grip was crumbling a bit and needs o be replaced!


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retrowagen

Hall of Fame
I was in a shop at the top of your old road yesterday! Great place to live now if you like your tennis - the national tennis centre is just off the main drag! Can’t imagine it was the same set up in the 80s though?
Yep, I don’t remember the National Tennis Centre being thereabouts at the time. I practiced at a 4-asphalt court enclosure in the East Sheen park common, sort of on the north end of Richmond Park, and a nice four-block walk from our house. At the time (1985-1988), Sir David Attenborough lived in a house on Fife Street, near the park; we’d spot him watering his garden!
 

Plainsman83

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I made my usual post haircut monthly stop at the Goodwill. Pretty slim pickings today. There was a T-2000 in very nice shape for $5 but that was not something that interested me 40 years ago and it still doesn't. There was also a Mizuno "Pro-Light" oversize with all the heft of a flyswatter. I only mention it because that brand is pretty rare on the ground around here.
 

frinton

Professional
Just couldn't help myself today guys & gals
I found this Head tennis bag in good shape as well as these 4 rackets at a thrift store today. Hadn't been there in a few years and decided to give it a shot. I purchased the bag AND all 4 rackets for a whopping total of €7.50

The Prince Mono was in 9/10 condition... not even scratches on the bumper. Only the grip was crumbling a bit and needs o be replaced!


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Jealous of your Mono! Congrats
 

coachrick

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I made my usual post haircut monthly stop at the Goodwill. Pretty slim pickings today. There was a T-2000 in very nice shape for $5 but that was not something that interested me 40 years ago and it still doesn't. There was also a Mizuno "Pro-Light" oversize with all the heft of a flyswatter. I only mention it because that brand is pretty rare on the ground around here.
I have 9-10 "T" series Wilsons from the '70s. I use two to feed balls for the pup to chase...one stays in the front closet for that, the other is in the car for emergency "tennis" with the pup!!!
 

max_brat

Rookie
Just couldn't help myself today guys & gals
I found this Head tennis bag in good shape as well as these 4 rackets at a thrift store today. Hadn't been there in a few years and decided to give it a shot. I purchased the bag AND all 4 rackets for a whopping total of €7.50

The Prince Mono was in 9/10 condition... not even scratches on the bumper. Only the grip was crumbling a bit and needs o be replaced!


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You're going to like the 10g Kinetic; that's the racquet I started with in college before moving to the original Dunlop Max 200G.
 
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Racket Crazy

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You're going to like the 10g Kinetic; that's the racquet I started with in college before moving to the original Dunlop Max 200G.
Thanks for sharing your experience! I will string it up this weekend and take it for a spin. The upper hoop seems really flexy when I hit a ball with it softly. However it still has old nylon strings from about 20 years ago, so I hope to really get a true sense of what it can do when I put some good strings in it.

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Racket Crazy

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Talk about "one man's trash being another man's treasure"... sometimes I have simply unreal finds. Today bought a 6 racket bag with a bit of tennis history on it for €3.50.

Furthermore an old Estusa Legend 22 graphite frame which has a Wilson 6.1 classic mold. These Estusa frames play AMAZING in general... in fact my Estusa Pro Legend hits even better off the ground than my original Wilson 6.1 tour classic (18×20)... and that is one of the BEST Wilson frames I have ever hit with. This particular model I bought today was made to compete against the 16x18 Wilson 6.1 classic frames. The Pro Legend to compete against the 18x20 version of the 6.1 classic. I am not trying to hype Estusa up, but just giving my 2 cents since I have been fortunate enough to compare many frames ;-)

My REAL treasure today though was this Volkl C10 Pro. It's not that I don't have enough of these, but the condition of this one was immaculate (except for the crumbling black grip which smears all over your hand & tennis frame). I just have to wipe this racket down and it will look like new!

And the price for each of these rackets... a staggering €1.00! Not a bad day out at all


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retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Over this last weekend, I found a 1986 Dunlop Silver Max, the little-known 60 Fiberglass/40 Graphite composite mid made in Germany (Dunlop contracted with Erbacher). Same mold as the concurrent Max Competition (which had the PWS-esque ball bearings), Black Max 2, and the even more fiberglassy White Max.

Has a nifty, almost Kneissl or Fischer-like octagonal tapering shaft, no pallet, and 16x19 drill.
 

Racket Crazy

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Picked up two of these babies, Head Liquidmetal Radical MP plus a Prince Longbody for $6 at local recycling center. This is what it looks like after I cleaned it up and restrung. Was covered with electric tape over the bumperguard. Of course the grip was disgusting b4.
The Liquidmetal Radical MP is a soft, sweet racket with easy power & lots of control for a relatively lightweight racket. Hope you enjoy it!

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Racket Crazy

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Over this last weekend, I found a 1986 Dunlop Silver Max, the little-known 60 Fiberglass/40 Graphite composite mid made in Germany (Dunlop contracted with Erbacher). Same mold as the concurrent Max Competition (which had the PWS-esque ball bearings), Black Max 2, and the even more fiberglassy White Max.

Has a nifty, almost Kneissl or Fischer-like octagonal tapering shaft, no pallet, and 16x19 drill.
These German Dunlops are comfortable, solid rackets. A few were also made for Slazenger as well in Germany at this time. I have a few of the Dunlop "Max" tapered beam rackets and they hit very well, but the small head size and chunky beam plus the 12+ oz weight means your game has to spot on to do real damage.

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Henry Hub

Rookie
Over the past few days I’ve passed up on a Wilson Kramer, a Wilson Stan Smith Stylist, a Slazenger Panther Pro Ceramic (grey, W. German) and a spotless 2017 (? - the lime one) Pure Aero Team.

Instead I picked up this Sergio Tacchini Cygnus for a fiver this afternoon. The shape of the head could almost have inspired the Wilson Sledge Hammer 5.8 Spin but in return Sergio seems to have pinched the PWS off Wilson (though he may have had the blueprints at a 90 degree angle...).



 

Racket Crazy

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You know you've got "issues" when ds76 are willing to đ 75dfout in n xx2/ 38C on your bicycle to see what the thrift stores have to se5ll while on vacation. Anyway... day 1 I picked up two pcpdde0eizppcpdifferent Pro Kenn775ex0vxds5t Destin6lrswlc2y rackets... one and OLD SCHOOL Legend Destiny7777 (fro4d0000rr66m what I gather from the fading paint) and the other a Destiny Ace. The f64ormer is an ultra widebody at the top of the frame (about 32mm) while the shaft is arojnd 18efrr4mm at its thinnest poiyyunt. It was strung with a good set of Pacific poly/multi strings in good condition. t racket is very heavy, and the feel is quite soft & comfortable off the stringbed. T684đđtf0swrxy46l55ty

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coachrick

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You know you've got "issues" when ds76 are willing to đ 75dfout in n xx2/ 38C on your bicycle to see what the thrift stores have to se5ll while on vacation. Anyway... day 1 I picked up two pcpdde0eizppcpdifferent Pro Kenn775ex0vxds5t Destin6lrswlc2y rackets... one and OLD SCHOOL Legend Destiny7777 (fro4d0000rr66m what I gather from the fading paint) and the other a Destiny Ace. The f64ormer is an ultra widebody at the top of the frame (about 32mm) while the shaft is arojnd 18efrr4mm at its thinnest poiyyunt. It was strung with a good set of Pacific poly/multi strings in good condition. t racket is very heavy, and the feel is quite soft & comfortable off the stringbed. T684đđtf0swrxy46l55ty

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Issues you say???
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
You know you've got "issues" when ds76 are willing to đ 75dfout in n xx2/ 38C on your bicycle to see what the thrift stores have to se5ll while on vacation. Anyway... day 1 I picked up two pcpdde0eizppcpdifferent Pro Kenn775ex0vxds5t Destin6lrswlc2y rackets... one and OLD SCHOOL Legend Destiny7777 (fro4d0000rr66m what I gather from the fading paint) and the other a Destiny Ace. The f64ormer is an ultra widebody at the top of the frame (about 32mm) while the shaft is arojnd 18efrr4mm at its thinnest poiyyunt. It was strung with a good set of Pacific poly/multi strings in good condition. t racket is very heavy, and the feel is quite soft & comfortable off the stringbed. T684đđtf0swrxy46l55ty

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Dont drink, text and drive bruh
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Scrounging around this weekend in a home improvement surplus shop—the kind where people donate their old cabinets, lightbulbs, furniture, etc—and lo and behold, there were a couple of 80’s classics there, which I had to bring home with me: a super early (1984) single stripe Prince Graphite Series 90, and a (1983-ish) Snauwaert Graphite Advantage mid. The Prince is pretty mangy, with major hardcourt rash, but the Snauwaert isn’t too ugly. Both set me back $3.00.
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
Went to the local Goodwill and saw a pair of wooden racquets for very cheap. Surprisingly strings still felt like they're holding tension. They were called Wilson Sovereign; I've never heard of them before so I didn't buy. Anyone familiar with these?
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
Local used sports equipment store. $60 for the made in Taiwan PS85 and $15 for the Destiny. Was I ripped off? The PS85 is in need of new grommets and some of the graphite had been worn off on the top. Still felt pretty solid though.
 

mixtape

Rookie
Local used sports equipment store. $60 for the made in Taiwan PS85 and $15 for the Destiny. Was I ripped off? The PS85 is in need of new grommets and some of the graphite had been worn off on the top. Still felt pretty solid though
If you're happy with your purchase and it didn't hurt your wallet, then it's worth it. You can always try to haggle the price down a bit. I went to a used sports equipment store once and found a Prince POG and Dunlop 200G that my friend was looking for and they were $40 a piece. The POG had broken grommets and the 200G had some head rash, I was able to get them for $55.
 

PistolPete23

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If you're happy with your purchase and it didn't hurt your wallet, then it's worth it. You can always try to haggle the price down a bit. I went to a used sports equipment store once and found a Prince POG and Dunlop 200G that my friend was looking for and they were $40 a piece. The POG had broken grommets and the 200G had some head rash, I was able to get them for $55.
I just discovered that new grommet/bumper sets run north of $40 online! o_O
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
I turned one of my Goodwill rackets into these two through a trade, love them both for different reasons:


The Tour 10 is 12.10oz, 18x20, 93", 19mm beam.
The TT Warrior is 11.22oz, 16x20, 97", 23mm.

My first hitting impressions with the TT Warrior 100: I think it plays as good as the Warrior 100s I gave away but with more comfort. I like that white paint job. The double throat bridge buffer makes it a nice comfy, muted hit. The TT Warrior will be my new feed stick it is so comfy. Probably use it to hit with fellow seniors. It is just the right weight for that sort of slower play.

Volkl Tour 10: That Volkl, yowza! I love that scalpel. I probably am going to have to find another. Now I don't have to get a Prince PP93 18x20. This morning I hit with a kid in his mid 20s who can keep up with UTR 11's. I can see spending a lot of time with this one.
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
I came across this very early Taiwanese- or Korean-made graphite frame at a GW last week, and decided to bring it home just because it has the longest and strangest model name I've ever seen. It is very flexy (only 40 RA), and 8 pt head heavy, with extremely tiny individual grommets, making it very different in feel from the sort of racquets we commonly associate with Far-East production since the beginning of the '80s.

I don't expect to ever find out who made this frame (the possibilities are virtually limitless, but I doubt it's one of the major Taiwanese vendors, like Kunnan, SanHoSun, Marshal, Taiwan Strong, etc.), but that doesn't stop me from wondering what "No. 7560" entails, and what would happen to me if I granted a special permission for it. Would it hurt? :)

 

Crocodile

Hall of Fame
Yesterday I picked up an immaculate PK Silver Ace, last strung in 2001 in Iso Speed Professional. Good to test to see how things have evolved over the years.
 

Crocodile

Hall of Fame
I turned one of my Goodwill rackets into these two through a trade, love them both for different reasons:


The Tour 10 is 12.10oz, 18x20, 93", 19mm beam.
The TT Warrior is 11.22oz, 16x20, 97", 23mm.

My first hitting impressions with the TT Warrior 100: I think it plays as good as the Warrior 100s I gave away but with more comfort. I like that white paint job. The double throat bridge buffer makes it a nice comfy, muted hit. The TT Warrior will be my new feed stick it is so comfy. Probably use it to hit with fellow seniors. It is just the right weight for that sort of slower play.

Volkl Tour 10: That Volkl, yowza! I love that scalpel. I probably am going to have to find another. Now I don't have to get a Prince PP93 18x20. This morning I hit with a kid in his mid 20s who can keep up with UTR 11's. I can see spending a lot of time with this one.
Two fantastic sticks.
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
I’ve been waiting a few days to post this but had to wait for Tapatalk and this forum to finally kiss and make up.

I picked up this Atlantis 600 last week for £4. I have all sorts of great memories of playing with the Ventoris (precious few of which, in fairness, involve the ball landing anywhere near the boundaries of the court) so I’m looking forward to heaving the odd ball into another postcode with its big brother.



Not one I’m familiar with, but I found this Babolat Soft Power for another £4. Don’t know what version this is but the design team may have had an off day on this one.



Finally, a kindly Camden shop assistant apologetically dug this number out from the back of the storeroom. Never before has £5 been spent so well or so quickly.

 

Henry Hub

Rookie
How is it that the Elektra Pro has white grommets rather than the dark green? Maybe replaced with grommets from an Elite Pro?
Maybe it’s a later version of the one with the dark green grommets- see below? The green has the German armschonend wording while the white omits this text. Both are still stamped made in Austria. The only other differences my untrained eye could see were the different bags (the white one fittingly has a white bag, while the green one has the brown/olive bag that was carried over into the early 90s) and that the white one is about 5mm longer.

 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Maybe it’s a later version of the one with the dark green grommets- see below? The green has the German armschonend wording while the white omits this text. Both are still stamped made in Austria. The only other differences my untrained eye could see were the different bags (the white one fittingly has a white bag, while the green one has the brown/olive bag that was carried over into the early 90s) and that the white one is about 5mm longer.

The Elektra Pro came with the green grommets as standard. I think someone replaced the original green grommets with the white grommets from the Elite Pro
 

Henry Hub

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The Elektra Pro came with the green grommets as standard. I think someone replaced the original green grommets with the white grommets from the Elite Pro
I will never fail to be impressed at the level of knowledge on this forum - great intel, gents.

That would explain why the white grommet version came in a white racket bag, as that’s the one for the Elite, whereas the Elektra had the olive one.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Maybe it’s a later version of the one with the dark green grommets- see below? The green has the German armschonend wording while the white omits this text. Both are still stamped made in Austria. The only other differences my untrained eye could see were the different bags (the white one fittingly has a white bag, while the green one has the brown/olive bag that was carried over into the early 90s) and that the white one is about 5mm longer.

Is the one with the white grommet set perchance grip size 3? With those tweaks on it, it could be one of my old sticks, donated to charity back in 1993.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Ah—also, roundabout 1988, the olive bag was reserved for the Prestige Pro, the white for the Elite and Elektra, though many pro shops had no idea after frames were hung on display and covers tossed in the storeroom.

Also, Head production staff added or missed the “besonders armschonend” decal throughout 1988. I had multiples of each on my new Elites and Elektras then; the racquets were the same.
 
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retrowagen

Hall of Fame
I’m afraid your doppelgänger used a 4 1/2...
Well, then, my Doppelgänger had excellent taste: I always thought that the Elektra looked better with a white grommet and bumper, and the Elite with a black set. I had my Elektras set up accordingly, when new.

Hopefully, your white grommet is not too brittle—it seems the Head Austria plastic formula included bone china, eggshell, calcium, and milk glass.
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
Well, then, my Doppelgänger had excellent taste: I always thought that the Elektra looked better with a white grommet and bumper, and the Elite with a black set. I had my Elektras set up accordingly, when new.

Hopefully, your white grommet is not too brittle—it seems the Head Austria plastic formula included bone china, eggshell, calcium, and milk glass.
Think in this case they skimped on that high durability set up and went straight for the reinforced rice paper mix instead...
 

dak95_00

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I just discovered that new grommet/bumper sets run north of $40 online! o_O
I’ve got all size POG grommets. If you don’t mind gray instead of black, you can buy for other racquets in the Prince line and they’ll still fit. Personally I’d rather pay $8 for gray instead of $50 for black. Am I alone in this line of thinking?
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
I’ve got all size POG grommets. If you don’t mind gray instead of black, you can buy for other racquets in the Prince line and they’ll still fit. Personally I’d rather pay $8 for gray instead of $50 for black. Am I alone in this line of thinking?
Interesting! I don't mind a different color. But would it fit on a 85 sq. in. racquet?
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
No. The Prince Midsize was 90/93 (actual headsize never changed) depending on the year it was marketed and it is 14x18
Yeah, that's what I thought. Based on current market prices for classic racquet grommets, replacement sets seems like it would be a lucrative business without a high overhead. If you have the correct CAD models for the grommets (this will take some careful dimension measuring etc. but certainly doable), you can probably find a plastics manufacturer in China who can do it for cents per set. The most expensive part of the process would be mold creation, but once you have that, injection molding should be a cinch. On a more practicle note, I'm wondering whether grommets can be 3d printed at home; I might give it a shot sometime. Take it a step further, imagine an app that scans the shape of your racquets via your phone and automatically generates a 3d model for grommets that you can then port into a 3d printer.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Yeah, that's what I thought. Based on current market prices for classic racquet grommets, replacement sets seems like it would be a lucrative business without a high overhead. If you have the correct CAD models for the grommets (this will take some careful dimension measuring etc. but certainly doable), you can probably find a plastics manufacturer in China who can do it for cents per set. The most expensive part of the process would be mold creation, but once you have that, injection molding should be a cinch. On a more practicle note, I'm wondering whether grommets can be 3d printed at home; I might give it a shot sometime. Take it a step further, imagine an app that scans the shape of your racquets via your phone and automatically generates a 3d model for grommets that you can then port into a 3d printer.
Yeah, we need grommets for our US turquoise Graphite Pro’s
 

Plainsman83

New User
And now for something a little different. I made my monthly visit to the Goodwill next to the barbershop and actually bought something. It is a Spalding "World Championship Tennis Impact 500" wood racquet for the usual $3.99. One side of the shaft says "Handcrafted of North American Ash and Hardwoods" and on the other "Made Expressly for World Championship Tennis by Spalding". Obviously this must date from the early to mid 70's. This is a very attractive frame with burgundy and silver paint on the shaft face and natural wood finish elsewhere, and the WCT logo on the shaft where the pallet tapers into the shaft. This frame looks like it has only been hit with once or twice. Just the most minor of scuffs on the head, and what could be original string with a Spalding "S" stencil still visible. The most amazing thing is the leather grip, a soft, supple and tacky burgundy item with two silver "Spalding" graphics still in perfect condition. If this is a replacement grip I have no idea where one could have sourced something like that so I have to assume this is original. The unfortunate thing is that the shaft is full of little nicks and chips which look like storage damage. This is one of the most attractive Spalding frames I have seen. Note that my first ever racquet of any sort was a Spalding John Newcombe (dark blue shaft) that I got in 1975 at the age of 10.

Any words of wisdom on this frame? This will be a great supplement to my two Head Vilas frames for wood events. Sorry but I can't seem to post a photo. Oh, there was another Spalding there that probably came from the same owner, but it seemed to be a lower end frame in worse condition. The painted areas were green and I was so excited by this one I failed to note the model name.
 

Plainsman83

New User
Oops, I misstated something in my previous post. My first ever racquet was a RAWLINGS John Newcombe, not a Spalding. Also, the green Spalding was not something like a Gonzales or Casals, which I would have snapped up.
 
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coachrick

Hall of Fame
Oops, I misstated something in my previous post. My first ever racquet was a RAWLINGS John Newcombe, not a Spalding. Also, the green Spalding was not something like a Gonzales or Casals, which I would have snapped up.
That caught my eye...glad you clarified. I have a couple of aluminum Rawlings John Newcombe TieBreakers...can't imagine they were used much since most of the ones hit by good players broke quickly :( I would imagine Rawlings put his name a slew of rackets.
 

Slingerland61

New User
And now for something a little different. I made my monthly visit to the Goodwill next to the barbershop and actually bought something. It is a Spalding "World Championship Tennis Impact 500" wood racquet for the usual $3.99. One side of the shaft says "Handcrafted of North American Ash and Hardwoods" and on the other "Made Expressly for World Championship Tennis by Spalding". Obviously this must date from the early to mid 70's. This is a very attractive frame with burgundy and silver paint on the shaft face and natural wood finish elsewhere, and the WCT logo on the shaft where the pallet tapers into the shaft. This frame looks like it has only been hit with once or twice. Just the most minor of scuffs on the head, and what could be original string with a Spalding "S" stencil still visible. The most amazing thing is the leather grip, a soft, supple and tacky burgundy item with two silver "Spalding" graphics still in perfect condition. If this is a replacement grip I have no idea where one could have sourced something like that so I have to assume this is original. The unfortunate thing is that the shaft is full of little nicks and chips which look like storage damage. This is one of the most attractive Spalding frames I have seen. Note that my first ever racquet of any sort was a Spalding John Newcombe (dark blue shaft) that I got in 1975 at the age of 10.

Any words of wisdom on this frame? This will be a great supplement to my two Head Vilas frames for wood events. Sorry but I can't seem to post a photo. Oh, there was another Spalding there that probably came from the same owner, but it seemed to be a lower end frame in worse condition. The painted areas were green and I was so excited by this one I failed to note the model name.
I don’t know about that particular frame, but it sounds similar to this Martina Navratilova Signature model I have...especially the cover.
Mine is also in great shape, but it might be a lower quality model because it was handcrafted in Belgium with a French White Ash Frame.





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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I don’t know about that particular frame, but it sounds similar to this Martina Navratilova Signature model I have...especially the cover.
Mine is also in great shape, but it might be a lower quality model because it was handcrafted in Belgium with a French White Ash Frame.





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Made in the Snauwaert factory
 

Plainsman83

New User
Yes, similar but different. The pallet to shaft transition on mine is different, with more of a pronounced taper. Interesting that vsbabolat mentions that it was made in the Snauwaert factory since the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it was "that looks like a Snauwaert". I have a soft spot for Snauwaerts as I played with the Gottfried for a season and my junior doubles partner was a sponsored player and used the Gerulaitis. i always found the Snauwaerts to be very aesthetically pleasing, and their ads in the tennis magazines were just on the edge of being incredibly pretentious (which worked on small town me). How can you not love a racquet with a suede head cover?
 
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