famous player woods rackets

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  1. joe sch

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    Sharing some pictures of 6 famous player woods rackets including rosewall, gonzales, vines, and budge. I personally really like the photo decal wood rackets. Take a look at a few:


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  2. jimbo333

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    Joe, I think you would get more interest in your thread if you show the image as a photo, rather than a link. I've noticed you almost always just post the web link, why do you do that?

    Many people cannot be bothered to click on a link, and showing the photo just looks better, and you can compare photos in the thread more easily. Even I have managed to work out how to show photos on here, so if I can do it anybody can!
     
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    Ok, will plan to save viewers clicks and embed pix in the future
     
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    Sorry Joe, thinking about it I shouldn't have really said anything, you've been showing photos the same way on here longer than me, and know what you're doing. I personally prefer to see the photos rather than links, but that might just be me, others might prefer what you've always done, anyway I apologise.
     
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    No problem Jimbo ... you are very correct that most viewers do not like to click links and as a result, many such posts get little attention. I will try to embed single pictures using the img tabs rather than provide url links for folders of pictures.
     
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    Interesting because I have the opposite reaction to pictures on racket. I am tempted to assume that it's just a con scheme; slap a picture of a famous person on an otherwise irrelevant object and the unaware may be tricked into buying. Maybe things were different back then, but I would assume the knowledgeable players wouldn't need the picture/name of a celebrity to figure out which racket is which. Thus I am led to believe the rackets were not meant for the cognoscenti but rather for the impressionable.
     
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    Many of the later photo decal rackets were not player models but the earlier woods like the Wilson Famous Players Series were quality rackets.
     
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    Players like Tom Okker, Lew Hoad, Rod Laver and a German player who's name just does'nt come to mind, used to have there photo's/signatures on one of the best rackets from the era: the Maxply Fort.
     
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    Cool Joe, ironically though your photo isn't showing for me!
     
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    Was it Hans Pohmann who had a signature bi-hander Maxply Fort? I think that was his name!
     
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    There are many different versions of the Dunlop Maxply Fort made over the 50 odd years they were made, but yes they are all similar.

    I have quite a collection of about 80 different ones (some variations quite small), but then I reckon about 300-500 variations were made worldwide:shock:

    Actually there are Vinnie Richards, Rod Laver and 2 Lew Hoad photo signature versions, as well as Okker, Pohmann and Gunthardt signature versions amazingly!
     
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    Yes, I think that version looks great, the Bi-handers also look very cool, but my favourites are the Maxply Fort Wood/Graphites from around the same time. That was the first tennis racket I ever had back in the late 70's, so that is probably why i like it so much:)
     
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    Yeah I was surprised to find that one, it is the last of the players autograph Maxply's as far as I'm aware. The Okker is the one I havn't got in my collection unfortunately. I will stick some photos on here of the others at some point, although it will take a while as rackets are currently mostly in storage.
     
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    Think the last maxply fort head shot racket was Mac's ?
     
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    Must have been wonderful to hit on the lawns of Wimbledon, especially with woods.
     
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    I've never seen that, do you have a photo please Joe?
     
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    Yep, that's the one but it was on a regular sized Maxply Fort.
     
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    The Heinz Gunthardt was actually a Maxply Tournament model.
    Chocolate brown with gold striping and red Maxply logo...one of the best looking Maxply's ever.
     
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    I dont have a good picture but its the dunlop woody that looks just like the fort with Mac head shot photo where he is wearing a white headband. See this *link*:

    http://woodtennis.com/dunlop/dunlop_mac_photo_wood.tiff
     
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    It is interesting that the latest photo decal models were for juniors. The maxply tournament had graphite lamination for a little extra stiffness/power
     
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    Cool old racquets.
     
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    Thanks Joe, I can see it is a junior version which makes sense.
     
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    Regular sized racket but with the bi-hander(longer) grip!

    There were 3 retail versions of the Maxply Fort Bi-hander. The Pohmann and 2 others. I will start a thread with some photos of them next month.
     
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