Yep, this is a post of something that happens to PSOs’ and ball drillers. It is one of those things you kind of wonder if it will happen. You know like when you ar asked if you can get a ball that has not been in production for 40 years! Or shoes for a size 16 foot!
In both cases the reply is I will look …. and you go through the motions. But you either cannot find the item or it will take six months to get it – I had that happen once!
Well this blog is not about either of those things. This is about a good outcome with a great opportunity. It happened one weekend like this:
A potential customer (now a good customer) wanted to meet me at my storage warehouse in Kirkland. He found out about the pro shop by way of the Google search for bowling pro shops near him. He contacted a few but none of them could help with what he wanted. I met Brian with his partner Tom on the 15th of Oct to see what he had. Tom wanted a new ball which I had in stock and Brian wanted his ball drilled. The ball he has, no one wanted to drill it. Or felt they did not have the skills. He showed it to me and I had no problem with the request. However, this was not any kind of typical ball a customer brings in for a shop to drill.
He placed a box that contained the ball, (see photos below) in a heavy duty kind of plastic bag; you know the kind you get at some stores for heavier items. And to be clear this ball only weights 14 pounds so the bag could handel it. But what a ball it is!!! In that plastic bag was the ball in the origional box with the origional warranty card! This was like looking at a rare automobile barn find – at least for me it was. The ball: a Brunswick https://brunswickbowling.com/ Black Beauty as sold by Sears and Robuck! No kidding – and with the warranty certificate included! And this ball had NEVER EVER BEEN DRILLED!!!!!!! Oh, by the way, when you look at the images of the warranty certificate see if you can find an expriation date!
How could you not want to help someone with a rare gem like this? We discussed what he wanted to do with the ball. What kind of purpose he had for it and what kind of outcome was he expecting. The ball for him is a spare ball – perfect for todays lane conditions. He wanted a finger tip drill with grips(shout out to JoPo Finger Grips https://www.jopogrips.com/) and a custom oval thumb (shout out to Oval Edge https://www.proedgebowling.com/ovaledge).
I delivered the ball to him a week later and the other ball to Tom as well. They both balls came out great and I got to drill a ball that was most likely made either prior to 1960 or just after. (Note: the author got his first bowling ball in 1964 at Montgomery and Wards in Riverside, CA. My dad saw how I enjoyed the sport and took me there to get a ball, bag and shoes. I still have my Hawthorne rubber bowling ball based on the Black Beauty.) I’ve reached out to my Brunswick rep to see if they have any info on the date the ball may have been producted or sold to Sears. The serial numbe seems to put production before 1960, but with no definitive decision on that. If you know please let me know!
Well, there you have it. One of those conditions that comes along every now and then. I have provided photos for you all to see. From the box the ball came in and the ball, of course. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And answer any questions you might have. I can answer one right away – No I do not know what Brian paid for the ball. That is between Brian the folks who sold it to him.
Enjoy. Keep on bowling; keep you hand behind the ball; and most of enjoy yourself! Enjoy the photos …………………….