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WildcatRudy

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Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:34:04 PM »
Of all my luck today, I found a bowling ball in a giveaway pile on someone's front lawn in our neighborhood.  I'm surprised nobody else grabbed it!  
 
It is a teal Rhino made by Brunswick.  I could not find any information about it online.  The color is of course teal, but the lettering appears to be stenciled on, and is like a "safety" orange in color.  (My Track ball has engraved logos and lettering, in comparison.)  It does not say "Rhino Pro" as I've seen listed elsewhere.  But it does have the same sanded finish as opposed to gloss.
 
It looks to be in decent shape, also.  I mainly grabbed the bag for my daughter's ball (and the sling is a nice bonus), but I didn't expect the ball to be this good or in this condition.  It has a few nicks, but I do not see much of any track around the ball.  So it appears it may not have been used in too many games.  I'm tempted to either sell it, or have it plugged and drilled and give it a roll!
 
 
 
 



 

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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 05:58:23 PM »
That is a urethane Rhino from the late 80s. It is a three-piece design. The serial number on the ball denotes it was made in January 1992.

 

The Rhino Pro bowling balls did not appear until a few months later when the reactive revolution swept the bowling nation.
 
Edited by The Celtic Kegler on 3/15/2012 at 4:02 PM
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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 06:02:09 PM »
Thanks!
 
Wow, that is a bit dated.  I don't know if it's worth keeping.  I was trying to find specs on it to see what it was made out of.   



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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 06:04:48 PM »
Any idea how much it weighs?
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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 06:10:19 PM »
I had one of those balls. Even in it's sanded finish condition, it was for dryish lanes back then. Depending on how strong you drill it, it might be a good spare ball......or useful on toast. Give it a whirl and see. If you throw the ball slow, it might become a useful weapon. Good luck.


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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 06:18:46 PM »
Would you mind posting the codes for figuring out the years from the serial number or a link to that?  I think I still have an old Rhino sitting around somewhere.
 
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The Celtic Kegler wrote on 3/15/2012 3:58 PM:
That is a urethane Rhino from the late 80s. It is a three-piece design. The serial number on the ball denotes it was made in January 1992.

 

The Rhino Pro bowling balls did not appear until a few months later when the reactive revolution swept the bowling nation.
 
Edited by The Celtic Kegler on 3/15/2012 at 4:02 PM


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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 06:27:18 PM »
First letter is the month... A would be Jan... L would be Dec.

 

Second letter is the year... The first Rhino came out in 1986... hence that year is A.

 

B would be 1987... C would be 1988... and so on.
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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2012, 06:30:31 PM »
One note... this was the system that was used when the Big B rolled balls off the line in Muskegon. When they moved to Mexico about 6-7 years ago... the serial number system changed.
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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2012, 06:41:00 PM »
Thanks, very helpful.
 


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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2012, 06:44:18 PM »
This feels like a 15 pounder.  It actually feels a bit heavier, but it is not drilled for me and my arms are a bit wiped out from working outdoors the past couple of days.  (So it feels every ounce of 25 pounds right now.  ) 
 
Thanks for the date code on that!  Didn't realize they were made in Muskegon.
 
I haven't been on a league in many years (and wasn't all that great), so my current ball is actually set up for the dry lanes I find during open bowling (it's a Track Dry Heat).  Although, I usually bowl at Super Bowl in Canton (MI), and their lanes are usually about medium when it starts around 6pm or so.  I'll probably be looking for a medium-to-heavy oil ball in the future, once I can get back on track and get in some practice and tutoring.
 



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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2012, 06:50:53 PM »
I believe MOTIV is using the old Brunswick factory to make their equipment...
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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012, 07:54:21 PM »
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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 09:25:35 AM »

 



The Celtic Kegler wrote on 3/15/2012 4:50 PM:
I believe MOTIV is using the old Brunswick factory to make their equipment...


Motiv has there own manufacturing facility.  They are not using the Brunswick factory or it's equipment for making bowling balls.
 

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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2012, 10:25:43 AM »
I have an old chart of this.
First letter is the month.
A - Jan.     B - Feb.   C - Mar.    D - April   E - May    F - June
G - July      H - Aug.   I -  Sept.    J - Oct.    K - Nov.    L -  Dec.
 
Second letter is the year
F - 1992  G - 1993  H - 1994  I - 1995    J - 1996  K - 1997   L - 1998  M - 1999  N - 2000
O - 2001  P - 2002  R - 2003  S - 2004  T - 2005  Y - 2006   Z - 2007   A - 2008 
 
The Celtic Kegler wrote on 3/15/2012 4:27 PM:
First letter is the month... A would be Jan... L would be Dec.

 

Second letter is the year... The first Rhino came out in 1986... hence that year is A.

 

B would be 1987... C would be 1988... and so on.


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Re: Trying to identify a Brunswick ball
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2012, 12:25:03 PM »
If you want more information on this ball, search "Cobalt Rhino." It's not actually teal. As the others have said though, 3 piece ball with a pancake core and urethane cover.