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Hogan Apex Plus question

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I picked up some sweet Ben Hogan irons today from Play It Again Sports. Apex Plus, 4-E with the apex 4 shafts for $117 including tax - $10 coupon = $107. They look like they may have been played for part of a season. I think it was a decent deal. At first hitting they feel comparable to my ZB's although the apex 4 shaft feels a tad softer than the DG S-300 in my ZB's and it looks like I'm getting a slightly higher ball flight.

Now to my question....I'm fairly certain these are genuine clubs, but checking with any hogan iron afficianados. Where is the serial number on hogan irons? It appears there is a sort of clear shaft band directly below the bottom of the grip which has the following number "H-00093433". Is this the serial number? There is nothing on any of the hosels?? Also, is there any way to find out the year these were forged/sold? I'm trying to wade through the archives of the hogan site, http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.benhogan.com but it's been a slow process. Thanks in advance for any help in this department!

I'm calling these my project irons. As the pics show they need some new paintfill and new grips. I strongly dislike the stock grips, but for $107 I felt I couldn't go wrong. I also plan on doing a little stamping.

Serial number shaft band??










Crappy stock grips
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This is what I found out for you...

Yeah. Tour issue Hogan generally lacks serial numbers.
Serial number on the hosel throughout the 70s and 80s and early 90s.
Mid 90s through early 2000s = serial number on a clear band at the bottom of the grip.

My friend has a set of these - He likes them.
Let us see some pictures when they are finished.
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Thanks, I appreciate the help. I will post some pics as I get them cleaned up.
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Now to my question....I'm fairly certain these are genuine clubs,

I would be very surprised if there was such a thing as fake Hogan irons.

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I would be very surprised if there was such a thing as fake Hogan irons.

Very true. Probably not a mainstream or popular item to the casual golfer.

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I bought mine new in 1997 and they are the only set of irons I have used since and have no plans to change. Might reshaft with some Project X in the spring. Those look authentic. Yes, the serial number will be a small decal...mine are long gone.
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