Prestige Pro experts, know which rare one is this?

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  1. rorschack

    rorschack Semi-Pro

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    I asked VSBabolat but he does not recognize which version this is. Anyone else knows whose signature is it? Any info on this beautiful brown Prestige Pro? I know the history and all that.

    These photos do not do justice to the subtle paint job. When the light hits it at a certain angle, you can see through the top layer and then appears the burgundy-wine colored wood finish below. Very distracting when you are trying to beat your opponent. :grin:

    Now I know what it's like to hit with the brown Prestige Pro.

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  2. galain

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    Yes - the Brown 'Made in Austria" Prestige Pro. I agree with you - I think it has one of the most beautiful paintjobs I've ever seen. It looks like its a rich chocolaty brown until you turn it just so and the light catches it - and then this amazing deep red glow just rises up out of nowhere. My friend has one that he rates head and shoulders above any of the other Prestige models. I played with it once - nice, but I spent more time looking at it.

    Can't say I paid much attention to the signature when I had it in my hand.
     
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  3. rorschack

    rorschack Semi-Pro

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    This is what you mean? Talk about a transformer! :mrgreen: And yes, it looks as good as it plays.

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  4. vsbabolat

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    Awesome Photos rorschack!:-D You really show how the red jumps out of the brown paint.
     
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  5. rorschack

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    If one didn't know, one would think that these recent photographs and the OP's are from totally different rackets. :)

    Thanks but the two above photos are not mine. I will try to take even better photographs. Stay tuned.
     
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  6. the Town Sherif

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    it's a racquet!
     
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  7. armand

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    It's called the Prestige Mahogany. It was used by Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon. Ok, I made all that up.
     
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  8. galain

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    Yes indeed. Find me another frame of recent vintage that has had such care or detail taken with its paintjob.
     
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  9. retrowagen

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    I love how the "velvet" look comes out from under the clearcoat on that beautiful frame!

    I have been trying to remember for the better part of the last week whose signature is on that racket - it's usually pretty rare for Head to put a player's signature on a model of racket (on the sales card in the middle of the empty string bed is another matter, of course).

    Let's see: pros who used this frame circa 1988 were Henri Leconte, Emilio Sanchez, Eric Jelen (I think...), and Judith Wiesner. Those are the only ones I can remember right now. Anyone else? The autograph doesn't really look like it could possibly be any of the names I just listed...
     
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  10. vsbabolat

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    To me the first letter of the last name looks a "J". That is the only letter I can make out.
     
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  11. rorschack

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    I don't know what the first letter looks like, but the second one seems like "Jimmy".

    Could the etching be done by a third party company that personalizes stuff like troffies? Maybe it's just a special gift to someone who's not a pro.
     
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  12. Dennis Anyone?

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    Signature looks like it says "of Germany". Does Head have roots there as well as Austria?
     
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  13. chiru

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    wow...that is pretty nice looking pt. job. why can't rackets do soemthing more like this? classic, simple, and totally kickass.
     
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  14. keithchircop

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    lollllllllll
     
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  15. Virginia

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    Sorry to bump an old thread, but I have one of these - and it plays like a dream!

    It has the number 167 etched into the handle. Do you suppose that means that it's one of the first batch ever made?
     
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