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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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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    Thank you Griegor! This week, I bought a racquet that is obviously a Wilson Ultra 2 mid (85), but has a very meticulously applied paint job to make it look like a Wimbledon 100% Graphite, including the stripes and labels! No amateur would do something like that, I think. Also, the grip is a...
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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    I don’t know... I am asking not because I know the answer, but because I am hoping that one of you out there might know the answer! Hahahaha
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    Spalding Taxi II

    You can’t chip the ball with it, though. That version is designed to drive the ball.
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    Wilson Ultra 2 —> Wimbledon Graphite?

    Hello all, here’s one for those who obssess over which pro played with what, back when. Or, specifically: Which sponsored ATP or WTA pro switched from playing with the Wilson Ultra 2 mid, to the Wimbledon Graphite (aka 100% Graphite), circa 1985 or 1986? I will explain more later...!
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    That’s what I was thinking. Good value, that, when a racquet costs as much as two cans of balls!
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Not a bad way to spend a fiver.
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    Co-Classics

    Those Bonny frames are almost comical... sort of look like what Wavex was thinking, but taken beyond the waypoint of “reasonably odd” to the station of “too weird.” I can’t help but see the original Wilson Javelin 95 , mashed up with the aluminum Wilson Sting—edited with a hacksaw—in the...
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    Spalding Taxi II

    No, everyone has switched to the Spalding Über! Hahahaha
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    A quick pass by a local thrift store on my way home from the office netted a very early specimen of the original 95 square inch Wilson Profile, not by any means a favorite racquet of mine, but certainly a significant model in the evolution of tennis equipment, and, I think, an essential in one’s...
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    30+ yrs of wood or why my game is sort of lame:)

    That’s some quality lumber there!
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Today, the theme was grommetless graphites: I picked up a Trabert C-6, a very, very early Prince Graphite (grommetless, with a different grip pallet solution than I have ever seen on a POG), and an early Fox Bosworth WB-210 graphite . Also added a pristine T-2000 in my grip size, and a Wilson...
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    Dayton steel cable string tennis rackets

    I have one; black steel tube frame, wooden grip, strung with piano wire. Never played with it. Evidently, these were made over a span of many years. Interestingly, the first version of Weed super-oversized racquet (c. 1975) looks like a Dayton that had a little obesity problem!
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    Fischet vacuum m.c.t ?

    My friend Racquet Crazy hit the nail on the head. This was a transitional model for Fischer, circa 1993, as they were broadening their model line and trying some (trendy) new design ideas. The basic frame architecture is that of the Vacuum Pro Midplus/VT98/Pro No. 1, but incorporated the...
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    What model of Adidas racquet is this?

    Looks like a prototype development based on the Delta Plus mid. Late 80’s, for sure... right around the time adidas was curtailing its racquet making.
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    Fischer Vacuum Pro - Timeline?

    Fischer nomenclature of the 1990’s could be very confusing, but what you appear to have there is a Vacuum Pro Oversize, circa 1993-1996 or so. Not from the design family of the Vacuum Pro Classic line (the constant-beam racquets used by Michael Stich and others, which were available in either...
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    Wilson Javelin 95 “W” throat

    the open-throated one was a redesign, simpler and cheaper to build, and less susceptible to crack, a problem with the earlier iteration. Edberg also famously told a story about mistakenly leaving his Javelins overnight against a heater, melting them! Collectors love the weird “W” model...
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