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MInt 1950 Macgregor Nelson Irons & Woods w/original receipt

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#1 teevons

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

Fellow collector club ho from Tacoma sent me these pictures of clubs he just found in a local auction and asked me to share.
They are immaculate, woods and irons with the original sales receipt. They were in a nice Wilson Indestructible bag.

He did not want to share what he paid but said I would be very sad,. He also picked up a nice set of First Flight Custom Forged irons.

What he has found the last couple of years is amazing, he keeps me from saving any money!!

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

Wow. Those are in nice shape.
Be interesting to put them on a flex board or frequency meter and see the resulting shaft flex.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

Confused... Why the check if: "He did not want to share what he paid but said I would be very sad,"

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

Better read the document again. That is not a check.
A check usually says: "Pay to the Order of"... not "received of".
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

Good pickup for $65!


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

Could you post some comparison pics with modern clubs?  Great looking old clubs.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:02 PM

Cool clubs and awesome that you got the original sales receipt from 1950! Great score...

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

Receipt was in the bag from 1950, for some reason the wrxsite did not reduce the pictures, That is a receipt from 1950, not what Jack paid for them

receipt,not check receipt is from 1950, probably made payments for the clubs

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

View Postfarmer, on 25 December 2012 - 09:12 PM, said:

Could you post some comparison pics with modern clubs?  Great looking old clubs.

I don't have the clubs to take pictures

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:54 PM

View Postteevons, on 25 December 2012 - 10:09 PM, said:

Receipt was in the bag from 1950, for some reason the wrxsite did not reduce the pictures, That is a receipt from 1950, not what Jack paid for them

receipt,not check receipt is from 1950, probably made payments for the clubs

View Postteevons, on 25 December 2012 - 10:09 PM, said:

Receipt was in the bag from 1950, for some reason the wrxsite did not reduce the pictures, That is a receipt from 1950, not what Jack paid for them

receipt,not check receipt is from 1950, probably made payments for the clubs

Very interesting.  How many of us can fish out last years score card from our bag much less the original receipt from 62 years ago!  The clubs must have never been played. Probably similar to the mint 1963 Hogan irons I bought. Probably seldom if ever played.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

They are certainly in mint condition. I've never seen clubs that old look so good.  All the best to you and yours in the new year Teevons.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

Including the "10" designation on the putter....

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Too cool...including the receipt.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

View PostMaxwell, on 29 December 2012 - 05:34 PM, said:

They are certainly in mint condition. I've never seen clubs that old look so good.  All the best to you and yours in the new year Teevons.
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same to you,thanks

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

Nice set of display clubs.  If you decide to hit the persimmon woods be careful, they will be dried out
and can easily split.  They look good.


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:10 AM

Another set of beauties Tim! Where do you keep all your clubs?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

God those are beautiful.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:40 AM

Beautiful irons - thanks for posting the pics!
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:55 AM

Tim,

This is the best trip in the time capsule yet; thanks and Happy New Year to y'all up in the Pacific Northwest!
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

I have a set of those, but they are Reg 259Ts, and they have cord grips. I think mine are 1952 vintage, and "No" (for number, presumably) is absent on mine compared to those above. There are also two stars on the back near the toe. The woods are also maghogany brown. I've never played them, but I could. I don't think they were top line, but not far down the food chain. The shaft band is red and I can make out "Step Down". $20 bucks at a yard sale a couple of blocks from home, but maybe 15-20 years ago.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

View Postteevons, on 25 December 2012 - 08:09 PM, said:

Fellow collector club ho from Tacoma sent me these pictures of clubs he just found in a local auction and asked me to share.
They are immaculate, woods and irons with the original sales receipt. They were in a nice Wilson Indestructible bag.

He did not want to share what he paid but said I would be very sad,. He also picked up a nice set of First Flight Custom Forged irons.

What he has found the last couple of years is amazing, he keeps me from saving any money!!


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

I played a reshafted 663/259 driver in high school in the early 80's, a really solid driver with an especially thick and short neck. A few years ago I bought off eBay an unplayed set of 1949 Nelson Tourney 185s that came with the same two line broaching on the back. I have never hit them and wonder if anyone has and could tell me the difference between them and the more famous Tommy Armour Tourney 985?  The raw forgings appear to be the same as the Armour 985s but the 185 grind is a little rounder on the toe. The 985 broaching was used for 10 years in Tourneys, the 185 broaching only 2 years and then was used in budget models like the 259.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

I'm Teevon/Tim's "Tacoma hickory collector club ho". Actually I live in Steilacoom, Wa  (just south of Tacoma). Tim posted pictures of my 1950 Nelson's.
I feel compelled to report they play great. I used  Precept balls (low compression). Hit all three woods (1-2-3)...like butter. The really cool part about this set,
aside from condition & the receipt is that I played this exact model thru high school and into college. My Dad bought a used set of Nelson's in 1952, learned
to play with them, gave them to me in 1958.
There are still a few of those orig. clubs at my folks house, on Benson golf course, in Omaha. Seven siblings and countless grandkids/greatgrandkids
have all learned to play golf with MacGregor Nelson 259BP's.
Needless to say I was more than a little pleased to pick up this set.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

View Postoldsticks, on 06 January 2013 - 05:03 PM, said:

The really cool part about this set, aside from condition & the receipt is that I played this exact model thru high school and into college.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

View Postoldsticks, on 06 January 2013 - 05:03 PM, said:

I'm Teevon/Tim's "Tacoma hickory collector club ho". Actually I live in Steilacoom, Wa  (just south of Tacoma). Tim posted pictures of my 1950 Nelson's.
I feel compelled to report they play great. I used  Precept balls (low compression). Hit all three woods (1-2-3)...like butter. The really cool part about this set,
aside from condition & the receipt is that I played this exact model thru high school and into college. My Dad bought a used set of Nelson's in 1952, learned
to play with them, gave them to me in 1958.
There are still a few of those orig. clubs at my folks house, on Benson golf course, in Omaha. Seven siblings and countless grandkids/greatgrandkids
have all learned to play golf with MacGregor Nelson 259BP's.
Needless to say I was more than a little pleased to pick up this set.
Jack

Awesome story. And from Omaha to boot!  I bought my 663/259 woods at an antique shop in Minneapolis in 1980 because they had beautiful heads and I took them to The Golf Club Hospital in Mpls and had them reshafted with Dynamics and refinished and they were my poor mans version of a 693. I was devoted to those woods.  Sadly I accidentally threw that driver into a pond at Innisbrook in Florida in 1985 and only replaced it a few years ago, see above photo.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

View PostCoralray, on 07 January 2013 - 08:30 AM, said:

Sadly I accidentally threw that driver into a pond at Innisbrook in Florida in 1985


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

Coralray, is the driver on the left a Nelson 693? Could you post a few more pics of that club?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

View Postfreddiec, on 07 January 2013 - 09:37 AM, said:

Coralray, is the driver on the left a Nelson 693? Could you post a few more pics of that club?

No, it is a Tommy Armour. I grabbed it to show the difference in neck thickness netween the two. The byron Nelson 663/259 was a 1949 model, like the 693 and has a similar head shape to the "69" head but is maybe a 1/16th inch shallower and has a noticeably thicker neck. Not as pretty, but stouter. I felt it had more ability to stand up to play as well as practice.  I had broken a few drivers up to that point and was looking for a club that would hold up to driving range use. It looked like a 693 too with the insert and screw pattern but was affordable. In 1980 a 693 driver would cost $750. I felt pretty good about the $100 I spent to purchase, reshaft and refinish the 663s and found them to be very solid. I wouldn't have played the TT Step Down shaft as it was too whippy, reshafting was essential. In trying to replace the original driver I threw in the pond I spent a year or two trying to find a good 663/259 and found the quality was not as consistant as Tourney models. I have three or four others that sit hooked or have too much face progression. I wonder if this was Macgregor's way of unloading the poorer quality persimmon heads, change the stamp, paint them black and stick a cheap shaft in them and sell them for $10 instead of the $16 for a Tourney. I had the 663 in the above photo reshafted and refinished by Louisville Golf, they did a superb job.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:48 PM

Those are both great looking heads. I especially like the head shape of the Nelson.  I think I woulda dove after the club you threw into the pond..

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

View Postfreddiec, on 07 January 2013 - 12:48 PM, said:

Those are both great looking heads. I especially like the head shape of the Nelson.  I think I woulda dove after the club you threw into the pond..

I thought about it, but being a Minnesota kid I wasn't sure about the prospect of gators or water moccasins. A maintenance man was driving by on a three wheel Cushman and saw the whole thing, he gave me quite a look. I had a bad habit at the time of flipping the club toward the target after completing the swing when I knew I had hit a bad one:  Not really throwing it and not really in anger, it had become something of an involuntary response of disgust. I hit a bad drive and it just happened, and we watched it fly 30 feet through the air and into the water. I don't believe I found a driver worthy of equal trust for many years after that incident. It is the pity of Persimmon, you can love them but eventually, one way or another, you need to search for another one. The black Byron photographed here is a beauty, but I don't love it. Latest infatuation?  A prime 1954 TP Special!!!


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