Any info on Pete Sampras Autograph PS85 ?

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  1. onehandbh

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    Anyone have more info on this racquet?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34097936@N06/sets/72157631593281070/

    It appears to be very similar to the regular PS85, but the area just
    above the grip is slightly more narrower. The other parts look similar.
    Might be slightly thicker than 17mm. 17.5?

    Did Sampras actually use this racquet? Were they available for sale in
    retail stores?
     
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  2. gavna

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    Did he ever use it.....No. It's just another of the "branded" autograph sticks Wilson puts out - low to mid end pricing sold in the large box stores to take advantage of the Sampras name.
     
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  3. schap02

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    That make/case was for a thicker beam Wilson that was released around 1992 - but the racquet in the picture appears to be a thinner beam - I don't recall ever seeing it before?
     
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  4. Bhagi Katbamna

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    That racket is a paintjob. I think it might be a PS 85 or 95 painted to look like another racket.
     
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  5. vsbabolat

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    He did use that Paint Job at the 1991 French Open.
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    They were available for sale in Japan. I knew some Japanese guys back in the day that used that frame.

    In the USA it was glossy cosmetic and it was a widebody with the dual taper beam in 95 and 110 head size.
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=244589
     
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    it looks the same as the stars and stripes 6.6 but w a different paintjob. both are same composition as the original85 but these are not braided material.
     
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  8. gavna

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    didn't remeber that - I was at the Sampras - Muster 5 setter that year at RG and i just don't remember the green tint......Wilson just pumped out stuff.
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    Yup, I have that match on tape. He also used that paint job at Queens that year and then he was done with it.
     
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  10. Nostradamus

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    LOL, that racket looks like a Knockoff from Taiwan. Actually it is a knockoff from Taiwan.
     
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  11. roundiesee

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    VS, is there a picture of Pete using that paint job?
     
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  12. love15

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    Todd Martin had the same model that year at RG.
     
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  13. onehandbh

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    I'm not crazy about the pinkish colors on it. I like the Black fading into
    a dark green, though. I've hit with it once and it seemed to have quite
    a bit of power. Could be due to the loose strings, though.
     
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  14. vsbabolat

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    I had remembered Todd Martin using the Pro Staff 4.5 95 dual taper beam back then.
     
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  15. jorel

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    how boout a screen shot vs
     
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  16. Sinner

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    Oh hey, I have one of those... bought it in Japan back in '92, i think.

    Been sitting in my bag forever.
     
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