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rafa1234
03-07-2012, 08:55 AM
Hi guys, I recently acquired nadals competition racket (setpember 2011 version),aeropro drive - with paint job of the retail aeropro gt version, brand new, strung with rpm blast strung at his tension, grip size 2. This was a charity event. I want to know how rare a racket like this is and also how much they retail for?

Power Player
03-07-2012, 09:04 AM
post pics please

rafa1234
03-07-2012, 09:18 AM
not sure how you post pics yet, but it has the same rafa logo as fabfeds racket on the throat: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=340181

Also has the cortex insert, grip is new and sealed and says competition on the plastic grip cover. It is definitely heavier than the stock racket, and the charity did say it is the actual racket that nadal uses (also nadal was at the charity).

BobFL
03-07-2012, 09:25 AM
http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq355/bobfl/picsor.jpg

BobFL
03-07-2012, 09:27 AM
not sure how you post pics yet, but it has the same rafa logo as fabfeds racket on the throat: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=340181

Also has the cortex insert, grip is new and sealed and says competition on the plastic grip cover. It is definitely heavier than the stock racket, and the charity did say it is the actual racket that nadal uses (also nadal was at the charity).

sent pics to zloba_2001 at yahoo.com and i'll do it

rafa1234
03-07-2012, 09:41 AM
http://http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/694/kgrhqfhjbme7536kpgbpcuu.jpg/

Power Player
03-07-2012, 09:42 AM
not sure how you post pics yet, but it has the same rafa logo as fabfeds racket on the throat: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=340181

Also has the cortex insert, grip is new and sealed and says competition on the plastic grip cover. It is definitely heavier than the stock racket, and the charity did say it is the actual racket that nadal uses (also nadal was at the charity).

Rafa does not use cortex, so that should be a painted insert if it is his stick.

rafa1234
03-07-2012, 09:45 AM
Rafa does not use cortex, so that should be a painted insert if it is his stick.

I said it has the cortex INSERT, I know he doesnt play with cortex. And obviously babolat have added the cortex INSERT now so that it looks like he plays with the retail version.

rafa1234
03-07-2012, 09:46 AM
oh and the pics are EXACTLY the same as the fabfeds racket but with the cortex INSERT instead of the paintjob, but its appearance as we all know.

Power Player
03-07-2012, 09:54 AM
oh and the pics are EXACTLY the same as the fabfeds racket but with the cortex INSERT instead of the paintjob, but its appearance as we all know.

Well this is interesting, since I have never seen rafa use a bab with anything but the cortex painted on.

Yourtenniscoach
03-07-2012, 11:55 AM
My local shop has a frame an APD GT that was signed by Rafa and was all done up with RPM Blast and a Babolat VS overgrip on it and even Rafa written on the side but its got real cortex on it. They must have a bunch of these so they can be given away.

Power Player
03-07-2012, 11:58 AM
I see...so it is a regular APDC with Rafa's signature, name engraved and string setup then

SFrazeur
03-07-2012, 12:06 PM
To my knowledge there are no pictures of Rafa in competition with a racquet that actually has cortex built in. Sounds like a Babolat marketing gimmick / display version.

Power Player
03-07-2012, 12:14 PM
To my knowledge there are no pictures of Rafa in competition with a racquet that actually has cortex built in. Sounds like a Babolat marketing gimmick / display version.

Yes, I agree with this.

Fed Kennedy
03-07-2012, 12:26 PM
He fell prey to the cortex demons after losing 7 finals in a row.

Power Player
03-07-2012, 12:29 PM
He fell prey to the cortex demons after losing 7 finals in a row.

This could be it...he finally realized he needs that cortex and crumbled. Good call.

So this IS Rafa's stick then.

rafa1234
03-07-2012, 02:35 PM
Well if it is a display racket im not to worried as i got it free, it does look like babolat give these away at charities and events such as this one: http://www.skysports.com/competitions/entry/0,20504,12655_2434,00.html

Power Player
03-07-2012, 06:56 PM
It was given to you for free, so how much do you think it is worth?

rafa1234
03-08-2012, 06:37 AM
Meeting nadal in person - priceless :)

Dave M
03-08-2012, 08:28 AM
IIRC it's named competition as they are signed and given away to (usually) good causes to raffle off to raise money. Which is a nice touch, OP did you bid on it or was it just given to you then?

rafa1234
03-11-2012, 10:53 AM
IIRC it's named competition as they are signed and given away to (usually) good causes to raffle off to raise money. Which is a nice touch, OP did you bid on it or was it just given to you then?

Hi Dave, it was given to me. So the racket is the stock apd gt but with a paintjob and strung with rpm blast to look like rafas right?

lbjames23
03-13-2012, 09:07 AM
http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq355/bobfl/picsor.jpg

agreed, you ve gotta prove it

rafa1234
03-14-2012, 04:50 PM
is it worth anything to a collector?

Chyeaah
03-14-2012, 10:45 PM
Is it actually Rafa's Signature? Forge?