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1965 Spalding Executive Irons / Woods


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#1 therkow

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 03:05 AM

I just came into possession of a set of 1965 Spalding Executive clubs (1, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 woods; 2-PW irons).  They have never seen a ball...not hit once.  Chrome is flawless, the finish on the persimmon is spotless, everything shiny as can be, shaft bands are pristine, original grips in great condition if a little hardened.  All the numbers on the hosels match...honestly a 10/10 (i'll try to get some pictures up, but i don't have a camera).  

So!  

I have a question.  Are these worth anything all-original as they are?  Worth enough that I shouldn't regrip 'em with a set of Green Victory full cord i got lying around and play em?

Thanks!


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Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:27 AM

Why not just stick them in an extra  bag and keep them on display?

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:32 AM

i suppose i could...seems a waste of a good golf club though  :)

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:33 AM

Are those woods possibly laminated and not persimmon?

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:37 AM

possibly...i honesty don't know too much about 'em.  The finish is pretty thick so it's hard to tell.  The faces look persimmonish though.


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Posted 12 July 2009 - 09:04 AM

if there are  lines in the face of the driver and fairway woods, like the edge of a piece of plywood, then they are laminates. laminates were made out of a very thick sheet of plywood, that was some type of hardwood, more than likely it would be maple plywood.

they are a great display piece, as you say they appear to be unhit.  spalding executive were more of a local sporting goods, or hardware store type purchase.  i wont compare them to the current market of clubs that you can purchase at walmart or kmart, as a complete set. but you should get the picture.

they made bottom line clubs even in those days.  

showing my age, but Volkswagon advertised on TV, the only car in America for less than 1000 dollars. 999.00   they had cigarette commercials on tv at that time also.  the marlboro man and the cows were pretty cool.  

oh for the good old days.   lol
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 09:17 AM

I had a set of those back in the day...lol.  They were laminate, not persimmon, one of the reasons the 'finish looks so thick", that was to help improve the cosmetics.

Do they have collector value?  About as much as a set of Snead Blue Ridge irons or pretty much anything made by Northwestern Golf.  To be sure, if a collector could be found, they might have some value, but they're more for display than anything else.  Nice piece of history.

Drop a line to Golf House at the Hall of Fame in Florida, might be able to donate them, given their new status, in return for a tax deduction, just an idea.

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 04:58 PM

thanks all for the info...i knew absolutely nothing about these before i got 'em.  I had a suspicion that Spaldings weren't the greatest clubs; the finish on the woods, the way the irons felt, etc. all seemed kinda cheap.  Good thing they were just given to me.  

Anyhoo, thanks again all!

Edited by therkow, 12 July 2009 - 04:59 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2009 - 05:22 PM

Spalding Top Flite was the professional line at that time......those woods and irons were very good...I still have my set of Top Flite irons I got in '84.

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 06:33 PM

by the way if anyone would be interested in taking these off my hands, just let me know...i'm sure i can get some pictures taken and all that jazz.


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Posted 12 July 2009 - 06:45 PM

Unhitable.  Then.  Now.  But, they sure looked cool in the day!




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