Edited by craniac24, 15 February 2013 - 09:10 PM.
I finally found it...
Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:28 PM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:35 PM
Haha. That's actually a 6 iron, but to be clear...it's part of a whole set.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:57 PM
Edited by Nspiel58, 15 February 2013 - 10:10 PM.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:11 PM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:54 PM
That certainly would be quite an impressive find. That said, for me it was the '88 Redlines. I've seen them in near mint condition and I've also seen them rechromed. I even talked to someone on here that had an unhit set but they were reshafted and therefore didn't have the hosel pins. Being that I'm obsessed with all things new and original, I just had to wait and see if I could find an unhit, original set.
The funny thing is that I ALMOST missed out on these. A couple weeks ago I saw on eBay the listing title, "Rare New Ben Hogan 'Redline' Iron Set". My heart started to pound. My hands became sweaty. I clicked on the listing and....saw a picture of the 1999 Apex. WTF? I was so disappointed that I even fired off a semi-angry note to the seller telling him basically that he might want to edit his ad because what he had were not the Redlines.
10 minutes later I got an apologetic reply from the seller. Apparently he had just sold a set of the 1999s, and he accidentally used those pictures when he put up the listing for the Redlines. He said that the correct pictures were up, and thanked me for pointing out his mistake. As the hands became sweaty again, I rushed back to the listing. Sure enough, there they were in all their glory. He had a Buy It Now price that, in my mind, was incredibly reasonable...especially considering that I've never seen a set in unhit, original condition. I took a moment to review the pics carefully to see if there was anything out of order. There wasn't. They were perfect. I couldn't hit that Buy it Now button any faster, or with more enthusiasm.
Anyway, they came just the other day. Here they are in their new home. They'll be played with but only sparingly. That first ball is going to be awful tough to hit!
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Edited by craniac24, 16 February 2013 - 02:57 PM.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:07 PM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:44 AM
Great find & (well guessed freddiec & buzzkill)! Really love those original grips as well, thanks for the pic.
Of course, as you've pointed out, finding your holy grail NIB does burden you with the "to hit or not to hit" dilemma...
Edited by guisician, 17 February 2013 - 10:14 AM.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:19 PM
Thanks everyone! Last year I did pick up a couple sets of Persimmon woods with the intention of playing a couple rounds with them, but I just couldn't bring myself to go 100% retro. At this point I just like having a few sets of classic irons that I can bag every once in awhile.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:07 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:27 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:17 PM
I picked up 2 sets of Macgregors (945t and MT) and a set of Hogan 1953 commemoratives. The Hogan Driver looked like it had been hit once or twice, but the others were original and unhit.
You have the right idea...and that was my thought as well. I'm a bit of a handicap snob though...spent all last year trying hard to get my index down as low as possible. For some reason I couldn't bring myself to "sacrifice" a round by using persimmon. And interestingly, I don't feel like I'm giving up anything using the classic blades. In fact, I've shot some pretty good scores using them. Maybe if we get a warm day before the official season starts I'll give the persimmons a go.