Just bought a nice lot of rare rackets!!!

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  1. tennis005

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    I just bought a lot of rackets. They are really nice. Total of 14 rackets. 3 Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85's. One has a black PS case and the other two grayish cases. Not sure where they were manufactured. I know one is a SV. The other twos codes are GUI and GTI although one might have a hairline crack. Will post a pic. They also look like they've had some water damage. A few decals are worn and the grips look terrible. Would this affect the rackets in any way? They are all around 8.5 -9/10 on actual wear. There are 3 Macgregor Berglin Longstring rackets. Very interesting with diagonal string pattern and tension ball thing. In 8.5/10, 9/10, and 9.5/10. There is one weird Prince racket. All black with no decals anywhere, just the gold Prince buttcap and some kind of engraving that says Tc-37c-38. There are 2 Yamaha YFG-20's and 3 Wilson T-2000's and one T-3000. Wilsons need some TLC. Then there is a Tony Trabert Middy, not in the best shape but still pretty nice. Also a load of magazines from the 80's and some string. Will post pics soon. Any info would be gladly accepted.


    So the total is 3 PS 85's, 3 Longstrings, 1 Prince, 2 YFG-20's, 4 Wilson Metals, and 1 Tony Trabert Middy.
     
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    Dang dude...nice find! I'm not so much the Pro Staff admirer but you done good! I've restrung many PS and other rackets with that sort of crack in the throat and you may get many miles out of it. I'm guessing the crack is a result of impact with the court--sort of racking the frame side-to-side.

    The Longstrings are fine as defensive weapons or anchors :) ...you might want to hit with one but I'm not sure why. Good conversation pieces, I suppose. They really are clubs.

    The YFG was the entry level Yamaha fiberglass model. Not a bad stick if you like that YFG series...man, that's a SMALL face on those rackets! You could string the Leoina 66 in one of them to get an idea of what we put up with in the days before open string patterns and non-shared hole patterns.

    Don't have a clue about the 'Prince' proto...wonder if the butt cap was just a convenience and not an indication of the manufacturer.

    I'd like to get a look at the Middy...not familiar with that one.

    It's amazing how many T-series Wilsons have survived all these years. Gives some insight as to the hitting characteristics of rackets from forty years ago! I enjoy hitting with mine from time to time.

    I'd love to know how you scored this collection :) . Well done!
     
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  4. tennis005

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    I got them through the bay. Paid 400 big ones. Been saving up and decided to spend a little. All the money I made trying to downsize my collection was used:) I thought it was a descent price for the lot. Will post some pics of the Middy later and thanks for the info. BTW, would the water haveaffected the frames?
     
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  5. tennis005

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    Forgot to mention, the proto also has a Prince grip and some sort of vibration dampening system called Vibro Damp that I can take on and off aswell as Prince strings. So the "cracked" PS should still be playable right?
     
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    dude those Berglin Longstring's are a SERIOUS PITA to string...I know from experience... :'(
     
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    I could tell just by looking at them that they would be really annoying to string. I feel like going to my stringer with all three and tell him I need them strung.
     
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    Tell him you need them for a match at 3 o'clock today! :)

    The Prince proto reminds me of a Head model that just appeared many years ago in a shipment of frames. Very rounded cross-section, unlike any of their frames(similar to the Kennex rounded shaft models in the '80s/'90s). Never saw or heard any more about it. Sort of a 'black ops' racket, I suppose.

    The cracked PS should be fine for a while...maybe a long while. As I mentioned, I've strung many of those, many times, with cracks like that. You'll be able to tell if the crack opens up any more--you may see a bit of paint flaking off right around the crack if it is worsening.

    How much water are we speaking of? By itself, the water wouldn't really affect the frames...might make the leather grips a bit yucky. The Wilson T-series WILL rust over time, especially at the welds or where the wire wrap might have compromised the chrome finish.

    Quite an interesting collection. I wonder if the original owner actually used multiple Longstrings. I had one student in the early '90s who played with two of them--then she added TWO MORE from a garage sale find! That was one stout tennis bag to take to the courts! :)
     
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    I feel like taking the longstrings to a match today just to see what my opponent think... Regarding the water, looks like maybe a little floodwater crept in to where they were being stored. They look fine, apart from a few decals and the grips.
     
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    For the Longstring, you do not need to use a stringer to string the racquet. You thread all the loops through the ratchet in the handle and use an adjuster in the butt end of the handle to tighten it. It's not hard, just a lot of string to loop. I used to want one of those in my younger days.
     
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    Oh, ok but how do I know the tension? So, did I get a good deal? Are they worth at least what I paid?
     
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    The pro staffs alone are worth what you paid for. Great fine. I wish I had my eye on that too.
     
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    So, anyone know what GUI and GTI mean?
     
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    GUI = Graphical User Interface
    GTI = Graphical Technical Information

    Most likely China codes.
     
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    Reminds me of a couple of Pro Kennex racquets from the 80's/early 90's. Hard to be sure from just a couple of limited pictures but looks most like one of their very cheap models, can't remember an actual name but stil recall the way it looked.
     
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  16. tennis005

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    Sort of looks like the Prokennex Destiny series racket.
     
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    BTW, is there anything I can do to stop the crack from spreading? Super glue?
     
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    ^^Clear epoxy may work also. Restring it below 50 lbs may help.
     
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    cool find.
     
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  20. nabbydian

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    great buy...i'm particularly interested in the Tennis Magazine 1993 - would like to see what are the racquets reviewed in that issue.

    i can imagine there are many brands i probably have not heard off.
     
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  21. tennis005

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    I'll make a list of the rackets in the magazine. I saw alot of Head Trysis rackets.
     
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  22. jimbo333

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    Are you talking about buttcap codes, then these are later Chicago versions of the PS85, assuming everything else is correct e.g bumperless, red primer etc
     
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    I'm glad they went to a good home. I only wanted one the Long Strings, so I did not bid on that lot.
     
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    Yes, both bumperless and red primer.
     
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    Here's the promised list.

    Donnay: Pro Cynetic 1,2,3,and 4/ Pro One Ltd Ed Oversize


    Dunlop: Revelation (95, DP Super 95, Pro 90, MP 8.5 115, MP 10.0 95) / Super Revelation 115


    Estusa: Pi-Rotech FX


    Fischer: Vacuum Elliptic Pro


    Fox: Explosion


    Gamma: Accura 25 Midplus


    Head: Trysis ( 150 SG 660, 170 SAS 660, 170 SAS 720, 190 SAS 660, 210 SAS 660, 230 IDS 660, 250 IDS 660, 270 SAS 660, 300 SG 660)


    Mad Raq: London


    Mizuno: Reactor, Reactor Lite


    Prince: CTS Synergy ( 26 oversize, 28 oversize, DB 26 Midplus, DB 26 Oversize) Graphite II Oversize, Graphite Pro LX Oversize, Lite I Oversize, Synergy ( Extender, Lite Midplus, Lite Oversize), Vortex ( Lite Oversize, SB Oversize, SB Midplus)


    Pro Kennex: Asymmetric ( original, 265 and Formula II), Black Ace, Infinity 265, Innovator 265


    Rossignol: Epoca 110, Equipe 110


    Slazenger: Mystique MP 95 and XTC


    Spalding: Arista, Paradox 110, Pro Forma 110


    Volkl: Grand Slam


    Weed: 3/4 Weed


    Wilson: Hammer ( 2.7 110, 4.0 si 95, 4.0 si 110, 5.0 si 95, 5.0 si 110) Pro Staff ( 4.5 Aireshell 95 and 110, 5.5 Aireshell 95 and 110, 6.0 95, 6.1 Classic 110, 7.5 Classic 95) Ultra 6.8 si SPS


    Wimbledon: Eclipse Galaxy, Performance HM 98


    Yonex: Cyborg ( 2200 and 2700), RQ ( 310 and 380), Titanium 400
     
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    Wow, not a bad year for racquets in 93 then, a few nice ones there!

    And never heard of the Slazenger XTC!

    My senses are working overtime thinking about that one:)
     
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  27. tennis005

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    It was the Mystique XTC.
     
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    Right OK, still interested in it though, and Sgt Rock is going to help me find it:)
     
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    Nice one:) Jimbo

    and a great song too!
     
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  30. tennis005

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    Here are the specs.
    Hitting Area: 95 sq in.
    Strung weight: 11.4 oz.
    Balance: .3 in HH
    Pattern: 17/19
     
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  31. Virginia

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    Codes indicating the original bumperless Chicago version. They all had "I" as the last letter.
     
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    ^^^ Thanks for the info. So the Chicago PS's were made before the SV? Are they harder to find?
     
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  33. Virginia

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    Yes, the Chicago was the first (and slightly heavier version) and then production was moved to St Vincent.

    Possibly the Chicago could be rarer, but since Sampras always insisted on the St Vincent version, that's become the holy grail and has pushed up the price. Just recently I've been lucky enough to get a Chicago and a Taiwan version, each for around US$56, to go with my St. Vincent.
     
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    Wow $56 each?! Good deal :)
     
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    Anybody want to take the cracked but playable chicago off my hands? email me.
     
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    If you have or find Black Wimbledon Total Eclipse 88/98 specifically....

    Looking for Black Wimbledon Total Eclipse 88/98 specifically. Thanks
     
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