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#1 donmor53

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:57 PM

I was told by a friend this might be the place to get some "real world" input and since I'm brand spanking new here guys...please be patient and bear with me...

While cleaning out my climate controlled storage room...I remembered some clubs I had put away long ago with some of my other collection "overflow". While checking out the Wood Bros shop in Humble, Tx during their "closeout" in the early/mid 90s...I made a package deal on some drivers at what I considered a then bargain price. Now I have to detemine a current value before possible putting them out there and moving them on to a "real" collector/enthusiast. Maybe someone here could help with some ideas. Here's what I found...

Matched set of Texans drivers and fairway woods...

Texas sole plate 10* driver with Dynamic Gold X100 steel shaft with Golf Pride full velvet cord grip. Walnut finished.
3 wood with Dynamic Gold X100 steel shaft with Golf Pride full velevt cord grip. Walnut finish with slight ding/ scratch to finish on top of the club.
5 wood with Dynamic Gold X100 steel shaft with Golf Pride full velvet cord grip. Walnut finish.
All have appropriate black Wood Bros signatured head covers.

Kool Cat driver S/N S5A1923 with G. Loomis Formula S-Flex graphite shafts. Walnut finished
Kool Cat 3 wood S/N  S5A1924 with G Loomis Formula S-Flex graphit shafts. Walnut finished
* Note these woods are sequebtially numbered and both are still covered wiith what looks like a shipping "sock" Both black leatherlike grips are stilled wrapped in the factory plastic with even the original rubber bands. I've never unwrapped them.

Neither of the sets above appear to have been ever used or even hit and since I personally bought them from Woods Bros...I know I've never hit them... Other than for the slight ding on the Texan 3 wood...they are pristine.

Black lacquered Texan (no degree angle marking) driver with Fenwick S flex graphite shaft with Golf Pride full velvet cord grip.

I know technology has relegated these clubs to collector and purist pieces but they are still original works of real and proven craftsmanship. Honestly...I still have to determine if I want to part with. Having been out of the game for 10 yeras with no real hope of ever picking it up for some time due to shoulder injury. What would you guys advise?

Any input and/or realistic price value would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Pictures would help?

Edited by teevons, 25 January 2013 - 07:40 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

I'll have to try to take some that do them justice this weekend and figure out how to post them correctly here.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:41 PM

You might also check Ebay for completed listings for Wood bros, You will see they sell for anywhere from 50 to 300.00

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

Wood Bros Texan drivers and fairway woods generally sell for about $200 if in prestige condition, unless they are a rare or special model---such as used by a tour pro.

The other models generally sell for less, but are frequently more difficult to sell.

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Edited by Texsport, 25 January 2013 - 08:49 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

View Postteevons, on 25 January 2013 - 07:41 PM, said:

You might also check Ebay for completed listings for Wood bros, You will see they sell for anywhere from 50 to 300.00

I have a hard time trusting e-Bay as a reasonable or accurate detrmination of any particular item's worth. I watched two guys get into a bidding war for a CD that went from fantastic to unbelievable to totally absurd. But...one of them "won". I'm sure the seller was ecstatic. eBay is too erratic and subject to wild fluctuations in my opinion...I just want to be reasonable.

I like to research and get my info when posible for my other hobbies from specialty forums like this and from guys that genuinely understand what the value of a piece truly is.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:13 PM

Agree with what Texsport said. Last few Wood Bros drivers (Texas sole plate aka Texan) I saw sell on ebay all went between 200 and 250, each of them. Fairway woods are very hard to come by and a lot of collector and players are constantly looking for them.  You got some valueable stuff on your hands. Lucky you.  :-)

The Cool Kat stuff is not as in demand IMO, but still worth somewhere around 100 apiece I would say, maybe slightly less.

Edited by freddiec, 25 January 2013 - 10:20 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:08 PM

Would they be better listed in their respective "sets" or individually? In both of my listed cases...they are indentical matches with their fairway woods.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:39 AM

If I was selling a set of Macgregor M85s or any other high quality persimmon wood set with matching headcovers and matching numbers there is know way I would break them up

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

View Postteevons, on 26 January 2013 - 01:39 AM, said:

If I was selling a set of Macgregor M85s or any other high quality persimmon wood set with matching headcovers and matching numbers there is know way I would break them up

That was my exact starting thought but...I thought it wise to ask other opinions. I believe it would be a sin to break them up myself and have to this point pretty well decided not to do such. I had already believed they might bring more interest as a set to a discerning collector.

Edited by donmor53, 26 January 2013 - 08:55 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:57 AM

Would love to see them, can you post some pics?

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

Here are some shots of the Texans...

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

Here are the Kool Cats...

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

Nice looking clubs all around. You'll make out well selling those I'm sure. Usually you'd see a screw in the bore thru of the driver when they originally put the shaft in the club, yours might have been reshafted by WB (maybe maybe not).  Dave Wood told me WB always put a scew in the bore thru with original shafts, but I've seen a few w out that people have said its an orig. shaft.  Doesn't really matter, or affect its value IMO. They are in great shape. The head and face on the Texan driver looks really nice. Nice dark walnut stain on the Cool Kats, they look great ! Good luck and thanks for posting these pics.

Edited by freddiec, 26 January 2013 - 02:42 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:47 PM

View Postfreddiec, on 26 January 2013 - 02:41 PM, said:

Nice looking clubs all around. You'll make out well selling those I'm sure. Usually you'd see a screw in the bore thru of the driver when they originally put the shaft in the club, yours might have been reshafted by WB (maybe maybe not).  Dave Wood told me WB always put a scew in the bore thru with original shafts, but I've seen a few w out that people have said its an orig. shaft.  Doesn't really matter, or affect its value IMO. They are in great shape. The head and face on the Texan driver looks really nice. Nice dark walnut stain on the Cool Kats, they look great ! Good luck and thanks for posting these pics.

I just noticed after reading your comment that the black lacquered driver I have doesn't have the screw thru the end of the shaft either. The sole plate really doesn't have much other than the Texan logo either. Being a graphite shaft might indicate a Woods Bros reshaft....who knows. It always looked somewhat used when I got it but...not too much while looking at the face. Reshafts or not...they was no mention of such when I bought them at the Woods Bros store. Oh well...they are what the are.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

Its hard to tell from the pictures - but just to be sure - make sure there is not
a recessed screw under whatever that black "stuff" is covering the bore through.
Hard to tell from the pictures what the "black stuff" is and why it is there.

Edit:

Relating to the Texan driver/shaft

Edited by Bella Woods, 26 January 2013 - 04:47 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

Real pretty clubs
The Texas Golf with no screw in shaft would be ok since it is graphite shaft, I don't think any manufacturers  put  put screw in graphite shafts or necks.
The 10 degree is weird since it looks new, maybe you could get the gunk off like Bella says to see what is under it. Do the shafts and grips and every thing match in every way of the Texans?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:59 AM

View Postteevons, on 26 January 2013 - 10:43 PM, said:

Real pretty clubs
The Texas Golf with no screw in shaft would be ok since it is graphite shaft, I don't think any manufacturers  put  put screw in graphite shafts or necks.
The 10 degree is weird since it looks new, maybe you could get the gunk off like Bella says to see what is under it. Do the shafts and grips and every thing match in every way of the Texans?

Yep...everything matches perfectly. I'm hesitant to go digging around thru whatever that is because it seems to be clearcoated over like the rest of the head on this and the other clubs. Under closer investigatiion with some magnification...it looks as though there is a polished steel ring surrounding the filler like the shaft was ground flush with the head and then filled with whatever the black stuff is and finally clearcoated. Since all is flush and finished...it looks like any screw would have to be recessed more than the others on the head.To my eye...this looks original to the club in every way.

Edited by donmor53, 27 January 2013 - 01:00 AM.


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

One other possibility is that for some reason the head of the bore screw came off
either in assembly, or after the fact in the shop, and somebody just "plugged" the
resulting cavity in the wood plug for cosmetics(it would be a fair amount of effort
to get the remainder of the screw out and replace it).

They do look like a matched totally original set of clubs (Re: no driver re-shaft).

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:19 PM

HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:12 PM

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HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess this is good? LOL

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:19 AM

View Postdonmor53, on 27 January 2013 - 11:12 PM, said:

View Posttembolo1284, on 27 January 2013 - 10:19 PM, said:

HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess this is good? LOL

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:07 AM

very beyond good!

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

View Postdonmor53, on 25 January 2013 - 07:25 PM, said:

I'll have to try to take some that do them justice this weekend and figure out how to post them correctly here.
   I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN WHAT CURRENT VALUE YOU FIND FOR THE WOOD BROS. TEXAS PLATE #10, i recently found a Dynamic Gold S400, NEW condition that belonged to my son.  He had left it with me to sell, but I thought he would change his mind so I put it away for him.  He was in a fatat car accident in 2008.  I live in Spring, Texas...curreyroadrunner@sbcglobal.net

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

View PostWJ Smith, on 28 January 2013 - 07:12 PM, said:

View Postdonmor53, on 25 January 2013 - 07:25 PM, said:

I'll have to try to take some that do them justice this weekend and figure out how to post them correctly here.
   I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN WHAT CURRENT VALUE YOU FIND FOR THE WOOD BROS. TEXAS PLATE #10, i recently found a Dynamic Gold S400, NEW condition that belonged to my son.  He had left it with me to sell, but I thought he would change his mind so I put it away for him.  He was in a fatat car accident in 2008.  I live in Spring, Texas...curreyroadrunner@sbcglobal.net

So sorry for your loss. As a father I can't comprehend losing a child. As of now...if I move them I'm plan to try to move them as a set. I will keep your offer in mind though...


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

Persimmons still go a mile. Here is Freddie C hitting a beautiful 9 deg Texan that has a tad amt of face progression. Launches more like a 10 deg. Its a Hi Def video, which can be seen in 1080i


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:58 PM

Nice move freddiec!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

I think I'm going to sell them fellas. I have a figure in mind but I need to check tomorrow about packaging and shipping before I finalize the price. I've had a couple of inquiries about selling them individually but I can't bring my self to do that. I think I'll try here before I even consider the eBay route. Either way...surely someone will want them as a set.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

You might make more money selling them seperately IMO, especially the Texans.. I'm just saying.  I'm off the market for persimmons for a while, but I know a bunch of guys that would complete their sets with adding a fwy wood, ect.   Just my input.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:57 PM

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You might make more money selling them seperately IMO, especially the Texans.. I'm just saying.  I'm off the market for persimmons for a while, but I know a bunch of guys that would complete their sets with adding a fwy wood, ect.   Just my input.

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