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Treasures of eBay: Baby’s First Lacrosse Sticks

0 - Published February 27, 2014 by in Throwback

Editor’s note: For years, eBay has been a source for diehard lacrosse fans to scoop up cheap lacrosse heads and extra special gear. But with thousands of lacrosse sticks, tons of gear direct from retailers, and a whole lot of lacrosse balls (AKA massage therapy balls!), finding the best stuff – the things you’d actually pull out your wallet for – can be challenging. That’s why we’ve decided to put the Treasures of eBay on display!

Every once in a while, I login to eBay and see what’s trending in lacrosse lately. Most of the time it’s very hit and miss.

I’ve had an eBay account ever since 1995, the year it launched, and over the years I’ve bought and sold quite a bit. I’ve never strayed too far from the electronics, sports memorabilia, and sporting goods categories, so I’m not sure if my take on eBay is common. However, I’m convinced the platform as a whole is one of the greatest inventions of the internet era.

I say that not because I’ve had only good experiences using the platform (I haven’t), but because in my generation, eBay lowered the barrier to entry for learning entrepreneurship and customer service. Young nerds like myself were able to sign up and suddenly sell products and build an online reputation around buying and selling things they were passionate about. eBay changed a lot of lives.

But today, the lacrosse categories on eBay are kind of a mess. It seems as if more and more people are shucking warped lacrosse heads, and meanwhile, the rise of smartphone use has led to an exponential increase in incomplete sentences. So, whenever I start traipsing around eBay for lacrosse gear, I’m always very cautious, yet determined, to seek out the gems.

Last month, I came across a pair of miniature traditional wooden lacrosse sticks, and I couldn’t hold back.

Item description:

Here is a very unique pair of vintage/antique mini lacrosse sticks that I picked up in the Adirondacks, where they probably originated. They are all wood and strung with brown twine or jute. They were likely salesmen’s’ samples or sold for display and/or Indian souvenirs or possibly for kids to play with. Each has a small nailhole in the shaft, perhaps for display crossed, as rustic decor. They measure 20″ long and the heads are 4″ at the widest point. Excellent condition, beautifully preserved with no damage, warpage, staining, etc. No idea how old they are but they show some age patina and the craftsmanship and materials looks very vintage.

Immediately, I thought to myself,

If I ever have kid, these HAVE TO go above the crib!

Then, an important question popped up in my head…

What would my wife think of this?

Ah, what the heck! I decided she’d probably get a kick out of it and approve (which she did!), and then commenced a quick bidding war.

$100 and $6.50 in shipping later, I had my hands on a pair of awesome mini vintage lacrosse sticks. All thanks to eBay seller 17-sheafe. Who, I might add, still has his 100% positive feedback rating in tact!

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Behold, my new treasures from eBay!

Traditional mini stick comparison

Each stick is about 20 inches tall.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Ready for wall placement.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Whoever drilled these holes knew what they were doing.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

There’s just a little wear from the pressure of one stick on another.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

About the size of a sidewall hole.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Just one little scuff from what looks to be purple paint.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

The original strings are still perfectly attached.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Enormous attention to detail went into stringing these sticks.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Stringin’ ain’t easy!

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

A fish eye view.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

…Would you look at that?

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

The strings show zero sign of wear and tear, not even on the scoop or sidewall holes.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

One scoop has a tiny divot that could have been caused by a rock or stick check once upon a time.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Overall, these sticks have seen very little use.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

A closer look at the intricate weaving.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

That’s knotty.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Even knottier…

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

I’m still trying to figure out what the string is made of.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

It’s stiffness and strength is better than anything we use today.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Solid wood, of course.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

And each has it’s own unique bit of character.

Traditional Mini Lacrosse Sticks

Someday, these are going to look great above a baby Brunelle crib!

Treasures of eBay

Next time on the Treasures of eBay: refurbishing a vintage wooden Cranbarry lacrosse stick. Want to share something you found? Head over to our Contribute section now.

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