Prince Spectrum Comp 90

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  1. *breaksracquet

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    I don't know if this is considered a classic or not, but I have the opportunity to buy a Spectrum Comp 90 for $15 dollars. It's roughly 6/10 condition and 4 3/8ths grip. No cracks just really a few heavy nicks here and there and no rash. I think it has a leather grip as well. Is this a good price for this type of racquet? I would like to put it in my tennis room/office on the wall but do not know the value of the racquet.
     
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  2. coachrick

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    I'd say it's a 'fair' price, depending on what it's worth to you. I doubt you could make a killing re-selling it nor lose your shirt IF you got rid of it.

    If it has a squared off bumper guard, it's an earlier model and I'm surprised the bumper hasn't self-destructed by now. If it's a rounded taper on the ends of the bumper, A)it's a slightly later edition--very slightly or 2)somewhere along the line, the bumper was changed out.

    The original grips were pretty slick(and not in a good way :) ) and not particularly comfy.

    The frame has a bit of a following...I always felt they were a bit harsh and clunky compared to the competition. If you had a yellow one, I'd say you were making out better.
     
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  3. MarrratSafin

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    IMHO this is the best racquet Prince ever made, and it is a true classic frame to me! But I suggest you don't buy this first and browse craigslist or the bay for a bit, it is not that rare and you can get much better conditions for $15 sometimes.:)
     
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  4. coachrick

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    And the heavy nicks were pretty common with many of the white frames of that time...Head Comp, Wilson Ceramic, Wimbledon HM et al...the white finish was just more brittle, I reckon.
     
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  5. kennydredrum

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    I agree. I had a white one and made an ugly paint chip recently, :(

    The other issue is the grommets. I broke one grommet under the bumper guard but couldn't find a replacement. But I guess for hanging on the wall it doesn't matter.
     
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    Thanks you guys. I have no intention hitting it, and if I do it will only be for an hour probably. I really would like to see it on my wall. But only if it was a little more expensive.
     
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  7. VGP

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    The POG mid grommets should fit. Although they'd be black and not grey.....
     
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  8. PBODY99

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    The original price was around 150, so it was not a cheap frame. A lot of players in my area used it. as the man said in deep cover "Buy It!'
     
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  9. racquetfreak

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    nice racket but the yellow ltd version is one of my favs appearance-wise
     
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  10. VGP

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    $15 for a nice hitter in a Spectrum Comp isn't bad. PBODY99 is right, the frame sold for premium price in the late 80s/early 90s. It's comparable to the POG mid.

    Again, I like that this sort of thing is lost on this generation. It's all looked upon as old, outdated crap. Makes for good deals on good frames.

    Although, a chipped up Spectrum Comp looks pretty bad with its white cosmetics. You could sand it down, respray a top coat of paint in the color of you choosing and get some POG mid replacement parts and be good to go.

    I disagree with racquetfreak. I think the yellow limited edition was a bit too bright on the eye.
     
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    I have one of these in a 90 along with a 110 model. Admittedly they are relatively easy to find and inexpensive but I feel they definitely qualify as classic racquets. BTW mine are both white models which I prefer over the yellow, maybe its just me but I identify them as the classic "white" racquets of the 80s along with the Kneissl's. That said if I ever run across a yellow one in a thrift store it will be coming home with me :razz:.
     
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  13. pshulam

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    Spectrum Comp in white color is definitely my preference. The yellow one looks like a toy.
     
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  14. drgchen

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    Paid 40 dollars for one this week. 12.4 ounces strung.
    Brings back good memories of killing the ball as a ranked junior.
     
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  15. Hannah19

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    I've got a mint 90 and very good 110.
    Love the 90...!!
     
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    Fun stick, like a lot of the Prince "90's" it has the same 93" head of the POG and the Diablo mids. Spin monster with a 14x18 pattern, good whippy swing weight for an older stick.

    They can be had cheap..so not a collectors item quite yet, but a good addition to any collection. Problem is grommets...if they go pretty hard to find the 14X18 pattern.
     
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  17. stapletonj

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    best tennis of my life was played with a white 110 spectrum comp....snatch that bad boy up, string it up and play!
     
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  18. dak95_00

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    I'd bet the POG mid grommets still sold by TW fit but are black instead of grey.
     
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  19. David Valencia

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    I have the following gromments for the Prince Spectrum Comp. 90.

    - 7 complete grommet sets
    - 12 extra bumper guards
    - 6 extra throat pieces
     
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    Spectrum comp 90 grommets

    Hello all,
    I am a new member. Returning to tennis after 22 years out. Currently playing with Prestige Pro, but I am changing to Spectrum comp 90 the racquet that i used with great success as a youngster. Sadly mine were stolen and need to find new. The new frames are not a patch on some of the 80's greats they seem to design one frame for all abilities. Looking forward to playing with the spectrum again. I would be interested in purchasing some grommets and bumper gaurs if you would be kind enough to sell some.
     
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  21. Hannah19

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    Post it in the "Wanted" section if you want any real response.
    No for sale or wanted adds in this section allowed..!!
     
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  22. Rorsach

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    I still have fond memories of the 110. A dutch player rocked that back in the 80's.
     
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