Having recently acquired what I consider to be a vintage bat, I thought I'd start a thread, hoping to see others upload their pics and opinions. I thought it also might give the younger members of the forum the opportunity to view some of the weird, wonderful and great bats of previous generations of cricketers!
So, first up we have this: Gunn and Moore Diamond Superstar
, weighing in at just under 2lb 7oz. This is the short handled edition that I have acquired following owning one in the early nineties that long since passed away (or maybe my parents still have it, who knows!)
Very light at 2lb 7oz, it has a very flat profile, cut to look like a Diamond, and was introduced by GM circa 1991, although I'm sure someone can give me a proper date. I remember getting mine in 1994, so I'd expect that this one is at least 15 years old. These bats had many detractors, as a lot of people felt that they were planks, although I don't remember that being the case with mine, in fact I thought it was great and have been scouring ebay for one for ages.
The handle has a single rubber spring and the grain structure is surprisingly good for what I thought was a Grade 2 bat. Given its weight, you can see the magnificent edges should really be judged using the Fpote method, where a 5p piece is used rather than a 50p, but then, if you are going to middle them all, who needs thick edges?
Having had the mallet out on it, I'm not sure it would go like a train, but the rebound is more than passable and it feels as though it has a good few matches left in it. Based on the rebound testing, it definitely has a mid-positioned middle.
Pictures are below for everyone to enjoy, and I will also add the Hunts County Reflex to this thread at a later date.