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pick up some old skis but cant find any information about them at all

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The other day I picked two pairs of old skis but I can't find any info about them on the internet so I was hoping someone on here could tell me about them and what they're worth. The one pair is Kneissl Blue Star OP with Salomon 337 bindings. The numbers on the side of them are 180 5627 178. The other pair are Yamaha All-round 1 with Look GT bindings. The numbers on the side of those ones are 180cm 613607. If someone could please tell me about them and what they're worth that would be great. Thanks[IMG][IMG]
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Well based on the 180 these were intermediate level skis.

 

Worth - as skis - $0.00

 

As wall decorations?

 

Kniessl's $0.00.

 

The Yamaha's - maybe $10.00 they kind of have a cool retro look, with a metal binding which can be polished up and hung on a wall.

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Okay thanks. Is there a way to tell what year they were made?

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The Yamaha was from the late 60's, early 70's.
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Could either of these pairs of skis be worth any money to a collector?

post #7 of 14
In general, collectors are looking for wooden skis. I guess if you live long enough, these could be worth something... to your grandson.
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The Blue Star was Kneissl's low end ski.  the mid range was the red star, and the white star was the high end/ race skis.

 

Th 337 was also the low end Solomon binding.  These would be from the late 70s/early 80s.

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Could either of these pairs of skis be worth any money to a collector?

No.  Certain skis are collectable, as mentioned above, usually pure wood skis, other skis might have some value if they were used to win a major ski race by one of the greats (Keilly, Greene, etc) or such...but these at 180 definatley were not that - especially the kneissl with plastic bindings - these were low end skis.  Think of these as a 1983 Ford Tempo. 

 

 

How much did you pay for them?

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Could either of these pairs of skis be worth any money to a collector?

 

 

What do you define as money? The fact that you cannot find any information about them strongly implies their lack of value. I know very, very little about Kneissl. Less about Yamaha.  I suspect Blue Stars are some of the intermediate range skis- what little I know is that White Stars were usually the top model.

 

What I do know is Salomon 337 were late 1970's to mid 1980's low intermediate bindings.

 

Look GT's are from this general time period too. I don't know where these bindings fell out in Look's range.

 

A ski in the 180's range in that time period is most likely:

1. A women's specific ski

2. A kids ski

3. A ski for a beginner

 

The only high-end application for a ski that short would be a Slalom ski for a lighter, smaller person.

 

Old skis aren't really valuable things. Sure, you will find them in antique shops for $150, but you find them there because almost nobody is willing to spend that. The overwhelming majority of straight skis have no value other than the $20 somebody will pay for them to mount on their wall. People looking for straight skis can hit up goodwill.

 

Skis that individuals are willing to pay more for would be:

1. Notable skis, stuff like groundbreaking tech skis (Head Standards), ski models used by Olympic medalists, or stuff like 10th Mountain Division issue skis.

2. Skis the individual willing to buy either had or lusted over at the time they were new- the nostalgia factor.

 

I really hope you didn't pay much for these skis- they aren't worth much.

post #11 of 14
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I picked them up for free so I've got no money invested in them. I was just wondering if there was any value to them
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The beginnings of a park bench.
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The beginnings of a park bench.

 

The fiber/foam core kneissls would probably be ok for that but I somehow suspect the Yamahas of dry rot.

post #14 of 14

Make them useful.  Turn them into shotskis.  

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