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LM1689

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Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« on: June 22, 2010, 10:15:20 AM »
There was a thread posted earlier regarding the Teal Rhino Pro.  Several people were wondering what the cover/core combination was.  I was very familiar with the Rhino line of bowling balls having thrown almost all of them in the past. However, I am old and my memory isn't what it used to be.  The Rhino originally was a black urethane ball with a pancake core.  Following the Black Rhino came the Gray Rhino and Blue Rhino.  Both of these were also pancake weight blocks. The Blue Rhino was a sky blue color.  There was also a Cobalt (dark) blue Rhino released as well.
   The first reactive Rhino which was the "Rhino Pro" line was the Purple Rhino Pro.  That ball had a light bulb shaped core and a very skid/snap type reactive coverstock.  The Teal Rhino Pro was next in line and it was not polished like the Purple Rhino Pro.  It also had a light bulb shape for the core.  These cores were very popular with all of the manufacturers at this time.  The next step was the Rhino Pro Gold which inverted the light bulb core from the previous two releases.  After that there were others released.  The Rhino Pro SE I believe was one of them.  At this point the manufacturers started to go insane releasing ball after ball constantly.  

    I hope this helps.  If any of this information isn't 100% accurate, I'm sure the sharks will let me know!

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 06:27:46 PM »
There was also a Rhino Pro Steel, which was grey. Then there was a Rhino Pro LE which had a pearlized coverstock and came in Desert Sky, Emerald, and Indigo. I still actually have a few of these balls hidden away. There were a couple Rhino Pro''s that had the urethane with a light bulb too know for sure there was a blue one.

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DON DRAPER

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 09:03:25 PM »
The Rhino Pro LE was a blue reactive ball with a core design that would find it's way into the Johnny Petraglia LT-48 Gold, which was made in 1997-1999.

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010, 11:33:51 PM »
The first three urethane Rhinos were the Wine, Black, and Grey. The Blue came after that. The Black (urethane) and Purple (reactive) Rhino Pros came out at the same time.

I lost track when they started doing the LE, RE, Pro X, blue urethane Pro, etc.

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010, 08:35:58 AM »
Let's see if my memory is correct.  Since I was getting unlimited Brunswick equipment at the time I had quite a bit of them.  These are in the order I remember after resin was introduced:

Purple Rhino Pro (solid resin)
Teal Rhino Pro (solid resin...earlier and stronger than purple)
Blue Rhino Pro (solid urethane with same core as teal)
Gold Rhino Pro (pearl.  Extremely strong at the break... Much higher diff than Teal)
Slate Rhino Pro (solid grey.  Same core as Gold.)
Pro RE (3 different versions.  Blue solid, light purple solid, green pearl...high RG and huge solid core. )
Pro LE (dark blue solid cover.  lower RG and extremely high differential.  I think about .50 and was later remade into of LT-48 Gold)

That was over 15 years ago so there may be a few errors but that's what I remember.

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2010, 09:09:24 AM »
That's right, I got mixed up on LE and RE RE had indigo, desert sky, and emerald colors

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010, 09:48:53 AM »
Yeah I think it was urathane:

Black, Blue, Grey, Wine, then Colbalt.

Reactive

I believe the Teal was the first pro to come out. The the purples, and golds.

Then They released the T2 which was the first to have the inverted bulb core.

Don't forget the Rhino X  Copper.  Same core as the T2.

It would be nice to have a timelime of all of those with pictures lol.
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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2010, 11:06:19 AM »
I think there were a couple of urethanes overlooked.  There was a pearl that came out shortly after the black and there was a red that came out after the cobalt, I believe.  
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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2010, 11:13:23 AM »
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I think there were a couple of urethanes overlooked.  There was a pearl that came out shortly after the black and there was a red that came out after the cobalt, I believe.  
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How could I forget the black pearl when I had one lol
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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2010, 11:52:49 AM »
Don't worry, I forgot the last chunk of urethanes too. Doh!

Anyway, the urethane pancake Rhinos in order that I remember:

Wine, Black, Grey. Then Blue. Then Cobalt and Black Pearl. Then finally the Red

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2010, 12:45:54 PM »
I thought the wine was a columbia u dot.  I would have bought a wine rhino

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2010, 12:55:06 PM »
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I thought the wine was a columbia u dot.  I would have bought a wine rhino


They both had one


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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2010, 02:27:56 PM »
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I thought the wine was a columbia u dot.  I would have bought a wine rhino


They both had one



I don't think B called theirs a WINE though...

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2010, 11:46:09 AM »
Yup, it was called Wine. Lighter color than the Wine U Dot though. Still have mine stored away as it was my first urethane ball. I will dig up an old magazine to verify but I am 99% sure.

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Re: Late 80's to mid 90's Brunswick equipment
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2010, 03:15:08 PM »
I purchased a couple of the older balls off of ebay recently. One is green. If it is a teal rhino, it is a lots greener than any of the others I have.
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