The @woodlaxsticks Instagram page was set to a difficult task last week – Pual (spelled correctly), a player from the 1965 Oswego Lacrosse team, sent me his old college stick.
He also asked me a tough question, and one that I hear the most:
“Who made this stick?”
This can be one of the most difficult questions to answer if the stick doesn’t have a brand, sticker, or some clearly identifying marks.
If it is a Patterson then there is little to no confusion. Paul’s Stick however, is unique, and clearly not a Patterson. There was one clue however! A small section of the original sticker still lingered under a well-made fiberglass repair.
@kayarcee came close by matching an old Bacharach sticker, however the stick was purchased from a Manhassett NY sporting goods store that no longer exists. Bacharach is a competitor, and usually branded sticks that they purchased from other artists.
@Dhclaxr had the best argument. His side by side comparison of an old Ply-cross brand stick and Paul’s mystery stick were pretty close. I personally know nothing of the Ply-cross brand. @dhclaxr actually found the image in something called a book (whatever the heck that is), and not online.
This repair was serious business. Because of the crack I had to be incredibly delicate with this piece of history during all the repair stages.
The stick is now happily back with its owner, and he has gone back to using it for wall ball. He wanted me to thank the people who follow @woodlaxsticks on Instagram for all the new info.
“I know more about it right now than when I bought it for $20.00 in 1965”
That certainly says something!
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