JK Autograph, Professional Select model?

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  1. davesep01

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    JK Autograph, Professional Select model?

    Interesting version of the great wood racquet

    anyone know anything about it?
     
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  2. Virginia

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    I don't know in what way it differed from the standard model, other than the graphics.

    I have both models - would you like me to post a photo of them side by side? To tell you the truth, I didn't even realise my two models were different, until I read this thread and went to have a look. They were bought at different times and whereas one is displayed on the wall, the other is in a press, along with my other wooden playing racquets.
     
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    I had the camera out anyway, so I took a pic of the two models.

    The Professional model also has the following on the side of the handle:

    Professional Select Specifications
    4 1/2 grip-L-M (Range 12.91-13.24oz.)
    Balanced Light-in-Head--Consistent Flexibility

    The other difference is that the W on the butt cap is black, rather than red.

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  4. vsbabolat

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    In 1978/1979 Wilson made the JK Autograph in black/gold graphics. That is not the difference between a regular JK Auto and a Professional Select Model because there are Professional Select in the traditional red/gold graphics of the JF Auto. I have a Professional Select Model that was made in England. There was also a Professional Select model for the Jack Kramer Pro Staff.
     
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    That's interesting vsbabolat - my Professional Select doesn 't say where it was made.

    I've noticed there are quite a number of racquets where the graphics vary, according to the place of manufacture. I wonder why Wilson (and others) didn't stipulate identical graphics for their different factories to adhere to.
     
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    The black/gold graphics JK Auto was also sold in the U.S. In NON Professional Select.

    My Professional Select has a little white sticker that has "Made in U.K.". I think yours fell off. I understand that other Professional Select Models were aslo made in Belgium.
     
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    I have 2 of them, one with traditional graphics and the
    other with the black graphics. I used to play the JK Auto in
    the wood days, and never knew these existed until recently.

    Thanks for all the feedback guys.
     
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  8. Kirko

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    they made a "firm flex" verison also looked like a stan smith // you know the short "flake". black & white graphics though.
     
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