first Prince Graphite racket ?

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    I would call this racket the POG prototype just like the wilson ultra pws original was the UltraII predecessor and likely a ps60 prototype.
     
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    The Prince Precision Graphite was not the first Graphite racquet by Prince. The first Graphite racquet by Prince was, you guessed it the Prince Graphite. The Precision Graphite and Graphite Comp came out later.
     
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    Makes much sense. I will try to find out more of the details ... this period when the racket materials and designs were changing rapidly was very exciting in the evolution of the modern racket.
     
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    Agreed, this particular Precision is a 90 series, introduced much later(early-ish '80s) than the 'Graphite'(1977-78 ). The first Prince Graphite also had no grommets or string strips. Pretty sure I strung the first one sold in my hometown(not the first one ANYWHERE, just the first one we saw). :)
     
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    That's a Precision Graphite; those came out in 1984, IIRC, at the same time as the Magnesium models.
     
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    You guys are PhDs and researchers in tennis racket history. :)
     
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    Or, in my case, old... and have been in the business for almost 40 years!
     
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    Same here. I would have posted the same thing–with the addition that while the 90 came out in (late, I think) 1984 with the rest of the 90's and 125's, the 110 had already been out since 1983–but not due to my scholarship and research technique. I just remember when my college roommate played with the thing!
     
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    Very correct and good recall !
    Here are a few pics of the Prince Mag Pro that is from the same year:

    http://woodtennis.com/prince/prince_mag_pro90a.jpg
    http://woodtennis.com/prince/prince_mag_pro90b.jpg
    http://woodtennis.com/prince/prince_mag_pro90c.jpg
    http://woodtennis.com/prince/prince_mag_pro90d.jpg
    http://woodtennis.com/prince/prince_mag_pro90e.jpg
    http://woodtennis.com/prince/prince_mag_pro90f.jpg
     
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    That racquet did me a big favor

    I found one last summer, the 110 version in beautiful condition with a matching cover in a Salvation Army store for $5. It played pretty nice once I changed the grip, so I thought I would google it and see what I could find about its history.

    As I was looking over the links page, I noticed a thread title in the Tennis Warehouse TT forums about the Original Prince Graphite, and thought they were talking about my racket. Once I got there I discovered it was the POG that had everyone's interest, not my PG. The PG had a mention or two, but the POG had almost a cult like following which intrigued me.

    After a lot of reading, and seeing so many favorable opinions, I decided I had to see for myself just how good this racquet is. Within about 6 weeks, I was able to find an old beat up 4 stripe POG 90 on Craigslist. It was a heavier frame than the PG, but once I got used to it, there was no turning back. In the next several months, I found four others, one right here in the TT Classifieds. I now have two 4 stripe 90s, two 4 stripe Oversizes, and a 1 stripe Series 110.

    All because I found that Precision Graphite… which I ended up selling soon after for exactly half what I paid for my first POG.
     
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    Most all of those old school graphites are soo nice for hitting and endurance. They all holdup to lots of court rash and years of hitting unlike the modern air shells. I love the feel, touch, and flex also.
     
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