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rorschack
05-07-2007, 07:48 AM
I asked VSBabolat but he does not recognize which version this is. Anyone else knows whose signature is it? Any info on this beautiful brown Prestige Pro? I know the history and all that.

These photos do not do justice to the subtle paint job. When the light hits it at a certain angle, you can see through the top layer and then appears the burgundy-wine colored wood finish below. Very distracting when you are trying to beat your opponent. :grin:

Now I know what it's like to hit with the brown Prestige Pro.

http://xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_01.jpg

http://xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_02.jpg

http://xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_03.jpg

galain
05-07-2007, 02:07 PM
Yes - the Brown 'Made in Austria" Prestige Pro. I agree with you - I think it has one of the most beautiful paintjobs I've ever seen. It looks like its a rich chocolaty brown until you turn it just so and the light catches it - and then this amazing deep red glow just rises up out of nowhere. My friend has one that he rates head and shoulders above any of the other Prestige models. I played with it once - nice, but I spent more time looking at it.

Can't say I paid much attention to the signature when I had it in my hand.

rorschack
05-08-2007, 08:48 AM
I think it has one of the most beautiful paintjobs I've ever seen. It looks like its a rich chocolaty brown until you turn it just so and the light catches it - and then this amazing deep red glow just rises up out of nowhere.
This is what you mean? Talk about a transformer! :mrgreen: And yes, it looks as good as it plays.

http://www.xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_04.jpg

http://www.xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_05.jpg

vsbabolat
05-08-2007, 09:02 AM
Awesome Photos rorschack!:-D You really show how the red jumps out of the brown paint.

rorschack
05-08-2007, 09:04 AM
If one didn't know, one would think that these recent photographs and the OP's are from totally different rackets. :)

Thanks but the two above photos are not mine. I will try to take even better photographs. Stay tuned.

the Town Sherif
05-08-2007, 09:15 AM
it's a racquet!

armand
05-08-2007, 09:35 AM
It's called the Prestige Mahogany. It was used by Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon. Ok, I made all that up.

galain
05-08-2007, 01:51 PM
This is what you mean? Talk about a transformer! :mrgreen: And yes, it looks as good as it plays.

http://www.xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_04.jpg

http://www.xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_05.jpg

Yes indeed. Find me another frame of recent vintage that has had such care or detail taken with its paintjob.

retrowagen
05-12-2007, 01:07 PM
I asked VSBabolat but he does not recognize which version this is. Anyone else knows whose signature is it?

I love how the "velvet" look comes out from under the clearcoat on that beautiful frame!

I have been trying to remember for the better part of the last week whose signature is on that racket - it's usually pretty rare for Head to put a player's signature on a model of racket (on the sales card in the middle of the empty string bed is another matter, of course).

Let's see: pros who used this frame circa 1988 were Henri Leconte, Emilio Sanchez, Eric Jelen (I think...), and Judith Wiesner. Those are the only ones I can remember right now. Anyone else? The autograph doesn't really look like it could possibly be any of the names I just listed...

vsbabolat
05-12-2007, 01:29 PM
To me the first letter of the last name looks a "J". That is the only letter I can make out.

rorschack
05-12-2007, 02:25 PM
I don't know what the first letter looks like, but the second one seems like "Jimmy".

Could the etching be done by a third party company that personalizes stuff like troffies? Maybe it's just a special gift to someone who's not a pro.

Dennis Anyone?
05-12-2007, 03:25 PM
Signature looks like it says "of Germany". Does Head have roots there as well as Austria?

chiru
05-12-2007, 11:23 PM
wow...that is pretty nice looking pt. job. why can't rackets do soemthing more like this? classic, simple, and totally kickass.

keithchircop
05-17-2007, 11:37 AM
It's called the Prestige Mahogany. It was used by Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon. Ok, I made all that up.

lollllllllll

Virginia
07-22-2007, 09:38 PM
These photos do not do justice to the subtle paint job. When the light hits it at a certain angle, you can see through the top layer and then appears the burgundy-wine colored wood finish below. Very distracting when you are trying to beat your opponent. :grin:

Now I know what it's like to hit with the brown Prestige Pro.

http://xposur3.com/tennis/prestigePro1_01.jpg
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I have one of these - and it plays like a dream!

It has the number 167 etched into the handle. Do you suppose that means that it's one of the first batch ever made?