is this racquet the actual racquet of FED on ****!

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  1. Young Pete

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    here is what the seller writes:

    This is a Wilson Prostaff 6.0 85 tennis racket that was painted by the factory at Wilson to mimic the newer model, the Wilson Tour 90. It was a model made for the pros, leaked to only a select number of tennis specialty shops a few months ago, and is made exactly to the specifications of the 6.0 85. Even the finish on the racket is a black matte, however, the paint is different. It still has the 85 sq in, leather grip, and is available in 4 3/8th grip. It is still in the plastic wrapper with plastic on the handle, unstrung.

    Some say this racket was made for use by Roger Federer during the spring of 2003. It was at that time that he was still using the Wilson Pro Staff 85, but that Wilson was pushing the new Tour 90. Since Pete Sampras, for whom the tour 90 was developed, was not on tour, Wilson needed a top player to exhibit the tour 90. It is thought that these are the rackets made for Federer at that time. By Wimbledon 2003, however, Wilson had already customized a racket for Federer that did not represent the Tour 90 or the Original 6.0 85, so Federer did not need these rackets.


    http://cgi.****.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...p;item=7114427027&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT
     
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  3. mrwise

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    $450??? Are you kidding me? Does anybody else think this is ridiculous??
     
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  4. Brian Purdie

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  5. @wright

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    HAHA, at least you admit to it...
     
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  6. david aames

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    It's a $250 profit, what's wrong with that? Do you know anyone willing to sell you one for retail?

    The buyer bought it a few hours after it was listed but my guess is that Brian could have done a little better letting the auction roll. All it takes is two interested buyers afterall.

     
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  7. @wright

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    Wow, Brian, that is a tidy profit...Guess I need to watch out for these special racquets that TW tosses to us every once in a while.
     
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  8. david aames

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    We have the answer now. Sell it on ****! : )

     
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  9. Brian Purdie

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    I still have another one. I bought 2 at the time. I really didn't think it would sell. I posted it as a Buy it Now for $450, with a minimum bid of $250. I didn't think I would get a bid at all. I even posted one in the TW "For Sale or Trade" section, asking >150. I was surprised to find the money in my account after less than one day up for auction. He wants to buy the second one for $375, but I resisted, for now.

    On the bright side, I went to the bank and paid off my credit card after the auction. Feels good to be debt free!!
     
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  10. BreakPoint

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    What's that old saying?.......Oh, yeah......"A sucker is born every minute!" :lol:

    Nice job tripling your investment in just 2 months, Brian! :D

    BTW, did TW really allow you to list it in the Classifieds even though it's brand new, and it was originally sold only through TW?
     
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  11. @wright

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    P.T. Barnum said that. I'm guessing his customers at the time didn't know...
     
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    How many of those paintjobs were sold by TW ?
    I wanted one or two but they were gone too fast :cry:
     
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  13. BreakPoint

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    It still amazes me that anyone would pay extra for a paintjob racquet. :? I mean, it's still the SAME d*mn racquet underneath! It still plays exactly the same as a regular PS 6.0 85, doesn't it? I don't think you're going to play any better just because you're using a paintjob rather than your regular PS 6.0 85. I mean, if you couldn't play like Federer with your standard black PS 6.0 85, I don't think you're going to play any closer to him by using a PS 6.0 85 with a Tour 90 paintjob. :lol:

    I mean, would you pay extra for a Nike shirt painted to look like an Adidas shirt? Or a Toyota Camry painted to look like a Honda Accord? :roll:
     
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  14. Kirko

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    "what one man spills another man gathers". your aborn businessman Brian ! good job !!!!!!!!!!
     
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  15. mrwise

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    I was not degrading the seller. I was talking about the stupid buyer. I think anybody that buys a racket like this has either more money than they know what to do with or is just an extreme collector of rackets. I can appreciate the racket for what it is, but at the same time don't we see tons of complaints about the whole paintjob issue every day on here? Is this just adding fuel to the fire when TW makes these available? I think it is hilarious that pretty soon we will be hitting at the local courts and see Joe tennis player playing with an NCode Tour racket that is really a painted up version of the Wilson Profile 2.7 type racket. Then he can have everybody think he is good enough to play with the same racket that Federer is supposedly playing with right now.
     
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  16. Lambsscroll

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    I'm guessing the buyer thought the racquet was tweaked to Feds liking.

    What would something like this cost ten years from now when Fed has more Majors under his belt?
     
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  17. Bhagi Katbamna

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    I suspect that the buyer will be rewarded for his investment later.
     
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  18. mrwise

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    What could be the "investment" of a painted racket? If this was an actual racket from Federer I could see that, but this was purchased right here on TW. Do you think there is somebody else out there who would pay more than $450? If so I am going to start my own business.
     
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  19. Lambsscroll

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    mrwise, mind as well start on your new business. Its unique racquets like this that will be worth more as time goes on. I believe these racquets were painted at a time when Fed was experimenting with a bigger headed racquet. He eventually went with a 90 and now has 19 crosses on his racquet.

    If someone paid 450.00 I have no doubt 451.00 isn't inconceivable. :)
     
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  20. BreakPoint

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    I agree. Like I said before, there's a sucker born every minute. Just take a look at this article to confirm that theory: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/10212324.htm?1c

    People will literally buy ANYTHING if they are disillusioned enough to think it has value or if they think they'll be able to find an even bigger sucker to buy it off of them for even more money. People here in Calif. will even pay $1 million for a 1,500 sq. ft. house wih almost no land. How else do you explain the tulip bulb craze and stock and housing bubbles? :shock:
     
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  22. Lambsscroll

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    You CAN NOT be serious!!!
     
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