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head (53344). Interestingly, I've seen other PL 60 models that look like any of these three, but also have different patent numbers.
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head hit the market in the early to mid 1970s, possibly 1974, around the same time as other heads that were branded as part of the Superlight series (such as the PL 66 Superlight attack/midfield head and the PL 12 Superlight goalie head). Our best source for information on Brine history tells us this head might have actually pre dated the PL 66 and was somewhat experimental, with its six inch width (field rules called for about 6.5 inches at the time) possibly even being a flub, but the perfect dimensions for a box head.
The Vintage Vault recently acquired some great sticks we've been chasing for a long time in scoring three yes, three Brine PL 60s. The PL 60 was Brine's first ever box specific head, measuring six inches wide at its widest point (hence the PL 60 name; "PL" referred to "plastic" and/or "plastic lacrosse").
Classic Brine handle. One of the oldest Brine sticks I own has the same text and slogan on the side.
This head is harder to find than some of the other heads of the era, as it never really caught on, likely because such a large portion of the box lacrosse market was and still is up north over the Canadian border, where wooden sticks were so very popular. Some folks, especially on Iroquois reservations, still prefer wooden sticks for box lacrosse. But in the Syracuse area, you will see some older box players and even some younger players get these bad boys out just because they are still a dependable stick, if they've survived this long, which is likely given their thick frame and the hard plastic used for the mold.
Someone threw an old Brine Magic Series ballstop in the maroon head that doesn't have the cursive Superlight printing on the side. This one looks like it got lots of usage, but still has plenty of life left.
Alf Jacques. Will show him to find out some day.) Either way, these are excellent sticks for the Vintage Vault.
As for the two handles on the used PL 60s you see, one is an early Brine handle, likely made of hickory or oak, which reads: Brine "World's Finest Lacrosse Stick." The other handle on the pinkish PL 60 appears to be and feels like hickory. (It could be a stretch, but this actually has some consistencies to a handle I have that was made by Nike Vapormax Plus Obsidian
But Brine gave it a go, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on this trio. What's interesting here is that each of these heads has different markings, with three different patents, with the "Registered Patent Pending" text on each the unused pink colored head (42234), the used pink head (42215) and the used maroon Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Utility Unisex Running Shoe
No plastic tab under the scoop.
These heads and others of the era had rounded throats, so the wood handles had to be shaped that way at the insertion point, like this one.
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Notice the zip ties and the unique cross lace.
Another interesting takeaway here is that the maroon PL 60 was strung at the old GB Lax store in Syracuse no question. It's obvious to me, just based on the type of cross lace (narrow, unique red/black/silver colors), the way the leathers are cut and connected at the top and the zip tie method of attaching the bottom most point of the cross lace to the leather. Additionally, GB Lax used a soft hockey style shooting string I'll never forget. Loved 'em. Miss 'em.
You'll notice, as we showed you in the past, that the PL 60 with the patent number 42234 features an extra tab of plastic on the lower part of the scoop. Only the pink heads feature the "Superlight" branding on the left side of the head. (There's plenty out there to suggest that the Superlight branding really started as a "series" of heads, before the PL 66 head sort of took off in popularity over other models and ended up carrying that name into future versions the Superlight II, Superlight III and Superlight IV.)
No mistaking that GB Lax string job. If you lived in the Syracuse area in the mid to late 90s, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Miss Nike Vapormax Womens Midnight Fog that place.
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