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My dad was going through his garage the other day and found his first set of irons (Pings) that he bought back in 1968 (used for $50). As I looked at them I noticed they are the Karsten I and have "Patent Pending" stamped in the cavity back.

 

Does anyone know if these are the first version of the Ping Irons? If so do they have any type of collectible value? He has the PW-3I and they all are in decent shape.

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the first sets were actually Ping 69 ( no mention of Ballnamic ) , and the only thing stamped on the sole of the irons was the number of the iron. Ping have confirmed that some of these sets were made in late 1962 and early 1963, more as Karsten prototypes than anything else, and Karsten spent time colouring the lower deeper cavity ( near the sole) in a light green pale colour, and the higher cavity in a bright gold colour !

 

the Ping 69 Ballnamic's that were made in 1963 were stamped on the sole "Ping 69 Ballnamic" and the iron number, as shown by this picture on the Pong Man website

 

http://www.pongman.com/index1.htm

 

The lower cavity was now no longer coloured green, but the gold cavity was

identical to the earlier Ping 69's.

 

Nobody knows for certain, but people have been quoted as saying that only

around 100 of these sets of heads were bought from Golfcraft Inc in 1962, and that the

heads stamped with "Ping 69 Ballnamic" on the sole were definately in the majority.

 

In 1968 Acushnet purchased Golfcraft Inc. and the Titleist brand of forged golf clubs,

the "Continental" was introduced, it was actually just using up the old heads in the Golfcraft

warehouse, the Continental with just the Titleist name stamped on them.

This eventually led to the Titleist Tour models that appeared in several variations

from 1979 to 1994 http://tinyurl.com/2u2d2t

 

It was no coincidence that Solheim introduced the "Karsten I" Model irons the

same year, which were no longer forged, nor had the cavities milled out by hand !

Titleist Woods with FineOne T3 bamboo shafts

Adams DHY Pro Hybrids with KBS Tour V 90g steel shafts D2 

Titliest AP2 irons with Recoil Prototype F5 125g graphite shafts D2

Vokey Wedges with Wedge Flex shafts ( stock shafts ) D3 and D4 

RIFE Antigua (Face Balanced) KBS shaft and Kotahi grip

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Wow. I have a stainless Pat Pend Anser2 with the Phoenix address.

It's been in the bag for the better part of 9 years. I never knew it was worth anything. :russian_roulette:

Taylormade Sim2 10.5° (turned down to 9°) - Tensei White 60 stiff

Ping G400 3 and 5 Woods - Diamana D+ Limited 70 stiff

Ping G400 22° Hybrid - Diamana D+ 90 Stiff

Ping i200 5-UW - Modus Tour 105 stiff

Vokey SM4 54° and 58° - DGS-300

Cameron Special Select Newport 2

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