1987 french tennis racket, shoe and bag prices

georgeyew

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Awsome pic. The Adidas GTX Pro T was only 560, one of the cheapest on the page.

What year was this from? Any idea what the French currency was worth back then?
 
Thanks to the eday seller, who made pics from different pages.

USD/FRF rates recorded by the Bank of England 1987 September 01: 6.059
 
Handily GBP:FFr was about 1:10 in 1987, so some of the interesting racket prices are:

Prince Boron - £390 in 1987! That's about £800 today!

Top rackets like PS, POG & Black Ace are in the £110-£160 range, which is more than I would have guessed for 1987. I wonder if there are some import taxes being applied here, as the French and Belgium marques are much cheaper.

Some early 80s top rackets are now at the bottom of those companies' ranges, like Rossignol F200 and PK Copper Ace, at around £60.

Spectrum Comp 90 & 110 are similar priced to PS, which surprised me. I thought Spectrum was mid-range.
 
These Roussev ads were eye candy for the readers of the French Tennis Magazine in the 80s. I spent many hours daydreaming about these frames as a teenager. The physical store itself (in the Maine-Montparnasse tower) was equally impressive.
Grafil –– yes, the US-made frames like the Ultra 2 or the Prince Graphite were prohibitively expensive (over $300, with an exchange rate of 5 francs to the dollar). Most smaller tennis stores would not even carry Prince or Wilson because they were too expensive for the average consumer. That's what made Roussev so exotic.
 
These Roussev ads were eye candy for the readers of the French Tennis Magazine in the 80s. I spent many hours daydreaming about these frames as a teenager. The physical store itself (in the Maine-Montparnasse tower) was equally impressive.
Grafil –– yes, the US-made frames like the Ultra 2 or the Prince Graphite were prohibitively expensive (over $300, with an exchange rate of 5 francs to the dollar). Most smaller tennis stores would not even carry Prince or Wilson because they were too expensive for the average consumer. That's what made Roussev so exotic.
At a similar time there were real sports shops left in the UK too. Lillywhites in Picadilly Circus used to carry every racket known, until it got taken over by SD and became a dump.
 
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