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    Puma / estusa clones ?

    The egg-shaped Dunlops you’re probably thinking of were the German-made (by Erbacher) Maxpower models, which predated the first Puma frames. There was also the Taiwanese XLT frames from Dunlop, the design of which also predated the Pumas’ arrival in market. So no, these were not derivative but...
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    Legalize Weed.

    GREAT OOGLY GOOGLY! What is that blue behemoth there? Paul Bunyan's tennis racquet?
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    Legalize Weed.

    Ah, thank you, @Sanglier, for checking in. To be honest, I didn’t do too much research on this wacky Brobdignagian racquet, nor do I have any plans to use it for hitting tennis balls... ...unless I can find a Pro Staff 125, a Prince Graphite 125, and the elusive Prince Magnesium 125, and talk...
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    Legalize Weed.

    How oversized is a super oversized racquet, you ask? The Dayton is a standard (approximately 65 square inches), the Weed grew like a - well, you know - to an ellipse that’s approximately double the hitting area.
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    Legalize Weed.

    Unfortunately , my Dayton has seen a ton of days, and could use some welding. The steel stringing should be ideal for slicing forehands, backhands, and vegetables. Oddly, the tubing cross-section on the Weed is virtually millimeter-match to that of Grandpa Dayton, almost as if the Weed was made...
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    Legalize Weed.

    In my travels recently, I obtained an early Weed super-oversized racquet, dating from somewhere around 1975-1978. It looks to have some similar details to early Prince and Trabert frames, made in the same years by Fansteel in Southern California. Perhaps our esteemed colleague, @Sanglier, can...
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    Becker world champion racket

    A tenner?!??!! Wow! Nice catch!!
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    Volkl TR-25

    Wow! Very nice! Now where did you find that?
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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    Well, some of the players during the wood era used Dunlop Maxplys or other pro-level frames, painted up to resemble their endorsements. Ilie Nastase was one (his Adidas “Haillet” was really a Maxply Fort) some of Borg’s racquets used were another example. And the first batches of Adidas Lendl...
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    Pirelli Technort Stratos

    That asking price is Stratos-pheric!
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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    They are both excellent racquets, with many professionals using each: Hana Mandlikova, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Kathy Jordan, Manuela Maleeva, and David Pate with the Wilson I recall... Mikael Pernfors, Joakim Nystrom, Ken Flach, Rodney Harmon, and (I suppose) Kathy Jordan with the Wimbledon.
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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    Someone took care to surface grind off the red Wilson “W”. Butt cap code is JMQ... St. Vincent, right?
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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    The Ultra 2 stripes are peeking through the “Wimbledon” paint, and note the PWS bumps...
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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    Here’s the Ultra 2 PJ next to a “real” Wimbledon Graphite (which is an unused pro stock that had been held for Rodney Harmon)
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