Real or phony Alva?

collagealva

This cheap looking Alva complete sold for $118 on eBay a while ago. The sticker on the tail says it’s ‘made in Taiwan’. Sean Cliver thinks some company had a short-lived licensing deal with Alva to produce cheap completes, since there are only a few examples of these Taiwanese decks. Anyway, I did some research: details of this deck and more examples of Alva completes after the jump.

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Alva ‘Street Bomb’ wheels:

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I found another ‘Alva’ complete on eBay:

collagesnake dagger

This one seems to be from the same ‘series’ as the one above: it has the same Tony Alva signature and Street Bomb wheels:

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And finally I found 2 variatons of the ‘Dagger’ board. The 2 pictures on the left I found on silverfishlongboarding, where they also questioned the legitimy of this deck, this one has a different shape but also has Street Bomb wheels. The deck on the right I found on eBay watch March 2011 and it looks more like the ones above, Neil describes it as a budget complete.

collagedagger'

Detail of the Street Bomb wheels on the (left) Dagger deck:

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The big difference with the first 2 boards in this post is that the graphic of the white Daggers is clearly copied from an original 1985 Alva team deck: the ‘Dagger Tail’ deck, which has the word ‘tail’ written on the main graphic. The shape of the tail is very unusual though:

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(as seen in eBay watch February 2013)

2 Comments

  1. Good stuff.

  2. Giofet on June 7, 2016 - Reply

    It is real. Excellent shape man. I have the exact same Alva dagger with street bomb wheels. Still skates like a dream. There are 2 versions of this old white one. One with a smooth tail and one with the pac-man ghost botton Tail.

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