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  1. These photos could legitimately be framed for exhibition. I wasn't around in the 50's but this club has to be the equal or better than the original factory finish. These look like marketing shots for Macgregor.
  2. For sole plates, if you need a replacement you need to find a donor club. If the sole plate is loose or not fitted properly it maybe loose screws, or a bent sole plate, or someone may have not properly cleaned the sole plate or club head on a prior repair. With clubs that are 70 years old who knows what may have happened over their lifetime! The value of any club is really subjective. Most don't have a ton of value except a handful of 50's Macgregor's, and some of the Wood brothers and maybe a few others. In general an un-restored original condition club in near mint condition would be the most valuable, but a vintage club restored by a master would also carry a premium, its really up to you. I like to game my collection on the course, so for me I don't mind refinished clubs, as persimmon clubs require regular maintenance if you use them. I do have one set of hickories from my grandfather that I keep displayed on the wall, for now they are in the same condition as they were given to me. I do have hopes at some point in the future to get them back on the course and that would require a fair amount of repair work.
  3. 1968/1969 Model 314 Citation. 314L is the deepface model driver, I think 5 represents shaft length of 44" but not 100% on that one. B represents standard shaft flex. Not sure if the star has any meaning.
  4. Never heard of it previously, but here are a few details that may help the search for more information. https://www.thegolfauction.com/limbershaft_big_ball_driver_golf_club___us_pat__no-lot34012.aspx
  5. I would agree the shaft puller may not be enough. Have pulled a few sets of vintage iron shafts and they required more force than my shaft puller could apply. My current technique is similar to the one shown in the video below. Start by placing the club in a well mounted bench vise using a shaft clamp similar to this one: https://www.golfworks.com/lock-tight-shaft-clamp/p/tsl/. I originally fashioned something similar using wood, but eventually upgraded to the golfworks clamp. Apply the heat and then twist off the clubhead. I used a 2x4 to duplicate the tool that is shown in the video below at 3:45. That technique has worked well for me to remove several sets of compression fitted shafts. Sometimes one good strike with a rubber mallet right after heating will help as well.
  6. I do keep a couple laminates to use if I am looking to hit dozens of practice drives either into a net or at the range, but typically I am only hitting a few drives in any given range session. I tried a number of different persimmons at the range this year without any issues. I didn't hit more than 10 balls with any given persimmon in any one range session, but as long as I know the club is well maintained and not something super rare or valuable I wouldn't hesitate to use them for range sessions.
  7. No unfortunately they have some Lamkin replacements that are rotted.
  8. When I first started collecting I picked up a couple vintage sets of store line clubs just because I thought they looked cool. Over time as the collection grew and I got more educated on the history of different brands and was able to acquire some really great pro line sets most of the store line clubs were sold off cheaply on eBay. But I still wouldn’t hesitate to pickup any vintage store line set if I found it appealing. I recently acquired Spalding Legacy blades, which may have been considered a store line set, and I really enjoy them. Also just acquired those Mac Hogan 1512 persimmons, which are not mentioned at all in the published books. Does that mean they are store line clubs? Don’t know and don’t care because they look like great late 40’s or early 50’s Mac persimmons and I cant wait to get them refinished and on the course. Vintage golf is a hobby of passion, as was said above nobody is getting rich selling or collecting these clubs (unless you have a secret stash of LFF’s), so collect what you enjoy. I think there is still a strong market today for “store line”. Pretty sure you can still pickup a new set of Wilson Ultra’s at Walmart, and Callaway and Cobra, and maybe others, both offer complete sets with bag and putter included in the $400-$700 range. One last thought to echo what was said above, these forums are really welcoming and educative, excellent community to discuss golf without all the snarky comments.
  9. Lucky score at goodwill tonite. Unfortunately they have Aluminum Stiff fluted shafts, and of course the 9 iron was missing, but for $1 a club there was no chance I was leaving without them. Been wanting to try a set of X31’s for a while, will give these a spin next spring. I believe these are the 68/69 model, and other than a few dings and spots on the club heads, these are in pretty nice condition.
  10. Two recent additions. First is a Mac Byron Nelson 563 2 wood, courtesy of @Stephen8802. Working on building a set of 563’s and it’s a great match to my driver. Second is a set of Mac Hogan 1512 Parmakers picked up cheap from eBay. Absolutely love these clubs, the driver and 2 wood have a great shape and deeper faces, they will be a priority to refinish in the spring. Don’t know anything about them other than they have to be pre 1954 and they have True Temper dynamic shafts. Anyone have any ideas on specific year?
  11. I have that exact set of Victura irons 2-PW in fantastic condition.
  12. No idea what you found but it sure looks amazing! Congrats!
  13. Ebay, but ignore the asking prices. Search for the clubs then filter on sold auctions. Best way to tell going market value.
  14. Was wanting to play this setup for a while, I called it the “almost forsaken” bag. I didn’t expect to ever game any of these clubs, they were either acquired as part of a large group that I was buying for some other clubs, something I bought to harvest the shafts, or a club that was given unexpectedly. I was planning on selling all of these, but In each case I tried a few practice balls into a net or at the range at decided it was worth trying for at least one round. Driver is a Mizuno Turbo graphite head. Did not get along at all with this club so it’s probably on its way out of the collection. 3 wood is the Stan Thompson Tailored that was an unexpected restoration, and it played really well. AC108 irons were fine, but they helped remind me why I don’t enjoy playing cast clubs, I just really prefer the feel of forged blades. They are the only cast set I own and they are probably on their way to eBay. Threw in a Wilson harmonized sand wedge that was sitting in the back of the closet, don’t remember where it came from but it hit a couple nice flop shots. The putter is a Zebra TW 41 Memorial that was given to me unsolicited, and it was a pleasant surprise. I don’t really like Zebra’s or any mallets, but this one had a great feel on short puts and I was dead straight all day. That one will definitely stay.
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