Vintage Board Price Checks Featuring 80s T&C Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have a quick check-in on the market for 1980s boards, many of which feature the bright colors and loud graphics that came to define the decade. Trying to find information on fair prices for boards can be a frustrating experience. By referencing some recent eBay sales, including examples of some 80s T&C surfboards, the hope is this post can help collect useful information on board prices.

Board #1: 1981 Town & Country Twin Fin (eBay Link). Winning Bid: $495.00

This board is pictured above (photo via the eBay listing). The board is in good condition, but it has some obvious flaws, including sun damage on the bottom, and some obvious ding repairs. This next part is pure speculation, but I believe the paint job, while recognizable as an 80s design, is less coveted than some more over the top examples. Nonetheless, the closing price says it all. Vintage T&C 80s surfboards remain incredibly popular among collectors.

Board #2: 1983 Town & Country Thruster (eBay Link). Winning Bid: $285.00

I was a little surprised that the price on Board #2 came in so far below Board #1. Board #2 has a cool spray job on the deck and then a bright pink color on the bottom. Unfortunately, Board #2 features a huge piece of Gorilla Grip traction covering a good chunk of the deck. You can also see a bunch of small dings covering the bottom of the board. I tend to think this is at the lower price range for T&C 80s surfboards.

Board #3: 1980s Town & Country Quad Fin (eBay Link). Winning Bid: $202.50

While Board #3 is the cheapest of the vintage 1980s T&C surfboards covered in the post, I think it’s a pretty fair price. First, the board is pretty faded, and there are multiple spots on the deck. Considering that T&Cs are coveted for their graphics, anything that will compromise the visual aspects of the board are likely to mean a discount in price. Board #3 never had a statement paint job to begin with, either.

Board #4: 1980s Local Motion 2+1 (eBay Link). Winning Bid: $620.00

In general, I would say Local Motion boards are not as coveted as their Town & Country counterparts. I think Board #4 is an example of the fact that graphics and condition can often be the most important variables when considering the end price. The board has a beautiful paint job; the only reason I am not including a picture here is because I have already used many of eBay seller cashjack‘s photos in previous posts. Please click through to the listing! There are two other interesting aspects about this board: first, it originally sold for $511 about a month ago, and when the original buyer didn’t want to pay shipping to Hawaii, the board was re-listed on eBay. I can’t say if the price increase has anything to do with market trends or just randomness. Second, unless it’s a typo on the listing, the board is 5’0″ x 17″ x 2-1/2″, which is quite small. If these measurements are correct, then I suspect most buyers are looking at the board as a wall hanger.

Board #5: 1980s Local Motion Single Fin (eBay Link). Current Bid: $480.00

I saved the best for last. Board #5 is also being sold by cashjack. You must click through to the listing and check out the pink and purple checker spray job on this bad boy. There are still three days left in the auction, but the price is already hovering just below $500. I would expect this board to eclipse the price set by Board #4. Again, I think this is a testament to how important visuals are with these boards, given that Town & Country is a more coveted brand than Local Motion (generally speaking, of course).

I hope this was a helpful snapshot at the state of the market for vintage surfboards from the 1980s. As always, if you have more info or context, please give me a shout!

Town & Country Pottz Model

Greetings, Shredderz! While some surfboard aficionados don’t enjoy talking prices, here at Shred Sledz we’re not only fans of capitalism, but also transparency. One of the most iconic boards from modern pro surfing is Martin Potter’s T&C twin fin emblazoned with the iconic green and yellow airbrush. A Town & Country Pottz airbrush board recently sold on eBay, providing a little insight into the market for the former champ’s boards. I have included some pictures of the board below (pics via the original eBay listing).

The final price for the board ended up being $1,300. As you can see in the pictures above, the board is in pretty good condition (I omitted a picture of a decent ding along one of the board’s rails).

First, if you’re inclined, I think there are some questions around whether or not the example above should be considered a proper Pottz board. Of course, Potter rode for T&C, and the airbrush is unmistakable, but as far as I can tell, T&C never released a mass market Pottz model until recently, the way Channel Islands put Tom Curren’s Black Beauty design in surf shops everywhere.

Then again, that’s not the point: the board above is a genuine Town & Country board from the 1980s in good condition, complete with an iconic design. Is it nitpicking to mention that the airbrush on the board above is a lesser-known variant on the classic Pottz spray job, and not the original one?

I won’t attempt to answer the metaphysical questions around how one defines a Pottz board. Instead, I’ll just state the obvious: cool surfboards from the 1980s often command a pretty penny on the open market.

Ben Aipa for Town & Country

Pictured here is a Ben Aipa T&C thruster for sale on Craigslist in San Diego, California.

I hate to be such a crass capitalist – just kidding, it suits me just fine – but I’m immediately intrigued by the price (seller is asking $650). You’ll see some of the outrageous neon T&C airbrushes command more of a premium, although I’m finding it difficult to really get some great info on various prices. Here’s an example of an 80s era T&C board that apparently sold for $795.

What makes this one special, though, is the fact it’s shaped by Ben Aipa! Aipa, of course, is a legendary Hawaiian shaper who created the sting and the swallowtail…and shit, after those two, there isn’t really much that needs to go on the resume. It’s difficult for me to say how collectible these Aipa T&C boards are – I tend to think that T&C collectors favor the 80s spray jobs, and the Aipa collectors like the 70s stings and single fins more – but to me, this is such a cool and classic combination. I want to say that $650 is quite reasonable, especially considering the good condition of this board, but the market will ultimately decide.

Either way, we can all agree that this is a rad surfboard. Click here for the original listing.

Oh Baby! Christian Fletcher Signature Model

I love surfboards in general, but I hold a special place in my heart for 80s and 90s surf culture. There’s something about the neon and the brash attitude of that era – I mean, we’re talking about a time when it was not just considered acceptable but downright cool to wear webbed gloves – that holds an inexplicable appeal.

And what better tribute to the glorious 80s than a Christian Fletcher signature board via classic 80s surf brand Town & Country? The board was originally posted on the Vintage Surfboard Collectors group on Facebook, which is required viewing for anyone who is at all interested in old surfboards. Fletcher, of course, is one of the all-time counter-culture icons in a sport that prides itself on non-conformity. I love the neon paint job on this thing, and the neon T&C logo, which must have been so cool and edgy back in the day, now feels like a warm time machine back to a more innocent time.

The board looks to be shaped by Peter Benjamin. Looks like Benjamin shaped both under his BeenJammin label (which you can see here beneath the PB icon) as well as Town & Country. According to Benjamin, the board was likely shaped somewhere between 1986 and 1989. What an awesome find!