Treasures & Trends
Question: I love older golf equipment and have been collecting clubs for several years. Even though I haunt thrift shops and flea markets, I rarely find any that I don’t already have. Do you have any idea where I might find a good supply of used clubs in Tucson and which price guides do you recommend? – Don, Tucson
Answer: Since golf is one of the most popular pastimes in the Old Pueblo, used golf clubs can be found at many of the flea markets and shops throughout the area. One of the largest collections is at Copper Country Antique Mall & Collectibles, 5055 E. Speedway Blvd. At booth 0119, there are several hundred clubs with many priced in the $10-$20 range. This is one of the better collections I’ve found in the city. In addition to clubs, there are bags and other related memorabilia.
There are several excellent price guides including “Antique Golf Collectibles” by Chuck Furjanic (Krause Publications, $29.99), “Antique Golf Collectibles” by Pete Georgiady (Collector Books, $21.86) and “Vintage Era of Golf Club Collectibles” by Ronald O. John (Collector Books, $29.95). All three are available at a discount on amazon.com.
Q: I have a hand-pumped Hoover vacuum that I’ve been told is quite rare. Who can I contact to find out its value? – Roger, Tucson
A: Ken Wagman is membership coordinator of the Vacuum Cleaner Collectors Club, and you might be able to suck up some valuable information by contacting him. His addresses are 340 W. Main Street, Capron, IL 61012 and vaccc.com.
In addition to his work for the Tucson Citizen, Larry Cox writes book reviews and a weekly collectibles column that are syndicated by King Features and distributed throughout the United States and Canada. E-mail: email@example.com.
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Q: I recently purchased an Edison model C talking machine. Where can I find cylinders for it? – Steve, Tucson
A: The Music Connection is one of New England’s largest and oldest record shops. In addition to 16, 33, 45 and 77 rpm recordings, the shop maintains an impressive collection of cylinders. Contact the store by writing to 1711 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH 03103 or faxing 603-644-0199.