Fans of the Pro Kennex Silver Ace - Help me!

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Never saw one in Atlanta(where Kennex was a huge seller) nor was I aware of a green Silver Ace when I repped the line in '84.
Interesting that the Black Ace was mostly black, the Copper Ace was trimmed in copper; but the Silver Ace apparently was either blue or green!! ;)
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
What does the butt cap decal look like? Before 1982, they used a "K" logo with built-in stars and stripes, a carry-over from their pre-'78 "Kennedy" days, when Kunnan wanted his brand to look as faux-American as possible. The sail shaped logo came into existence in late 1982, two years after the launch of the Silver Ace. The absence of the sail logo on the cover here suggests this is a pre-82 unit, presumably a very early one, unless the butt decal indicates otherwise. Also, the earliest sail logo butt decals didn't have "Made in Taiwan" wording but said "Pro Kennex Sports Corp U.S.A."; which might also help you narrow down the time frame of this rare variant.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I just picked up two unused silver aces with original grips that have a really cool green colourway, yet I haven’t been able to find ANY information online about anything other than the blue.
Anybody have any ideas?
Are you sure it’s not just your RGB balance that’s off? :-D ;)

wow. That looks exactly like the blue one. Maybe the blue paint turned green with time. I should pull mine out of storage and see if it’s still blue. :)
 

Bhagi Katbamna

Hall of Fame
Never seen a green silver ace. Mine was blue. It was interesting to me that at that time, Pro Kennex advertised that they made rackets for other companies too and I always wondered which companies those were.
 

Black Knight

New User
Are you sure it’s not just your RGB balance that’s off? :-D ;)

wow. That looks exactly like the blue one. Maybe the blue paint turned green with time. I should pull mine out of storage and see if it’s still blue. :)
Haha! Do that and let me know. It's been almost 40 years so you might be right Mad Dog. (I'm colour blind with greens too, so I did check that it really was green before I bought them!)
 

Black Knight

New User
The mystery continues...
What does the butt cap decal look like? Before 1982, they used a "K" logo with built-in stars and stripes, a carry-over from their pre-'78 "Kennedy" days, when Kunnan wanted his brand to look as faux-American as possible. The sail shaped logo came into existence in late 1982, two years after the launch of the Silver Ace. The absence of the sail logo on the cover here suggests this is a pre-82 unit, presumably a very early one, unless the butt decal indicates otherwise. Also, the earliest sail logo butt decals didn't have "Made in Taiwan" wording but said "Pro Kennex Sports Corp U.S.A."; which might also help you narrow down the time frame of this rare variant.
Thanks Sanglier for your reply.
I've had a look and the butt cap decal is the same as all of the ace series designs - the sail logo minus the stars and stripes. I didn't realise the silver ace came out so early. 1980! Surprising that so few pros used it, especially at a time when wood was still the dominant frame. I have a feeling though that this is from 1982 or a bit after. I found a tournament leaflet in the cover from the same year!
Also, there's no made in Taiwan sticker on this one like you could find on later models. As you see below, it says it was designed by ProKennex USA. Wondering if this also came out of the Kunnan Lo factory in Taiwan..
https://imageshack.com/i/pogy8Hscj
 
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Black Knight

New User
Thanks all for the replies. The blue silver ace is the one I remember as well and it'll pop up at times. Still a beautiful looking frame I think, even after all these years. This green one though, I'm keeping fingers crossed that someone on here might have some background on it because it's been baffling the best.



One more pic for those on here who remember...

The original Pro Kennex genuine cowhide grip! I haven't seen one of these for years. Still wrapped up in the original plastic covering.
 

Black Knight

New User
Never seen a green silver ace. Mine was blue. It was interesting to me that at that time, Pro Kennex advertised that they made rackets for other companies too and I always wondered which companies those were.
I know Kunnan Lo, who produced many of the Pro Kennex frames out of Taiwan, also had the licences to make racquets for Prince and, I think, Wimbledon for a time. Just read that at one stage, his factory was producing 90% of the world's frames! So I'm sure he was making others too.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I know Kunnan Lo, who produced many of the Pro Kennex frames out of Taiwan, also had the licences to make racquets for Prince and, I think, Wimbledon for a time. Just read that at one stage, his factory was producing 90% of the world's frames! So I'm sure he was making others too.
Not so sure about the 90% figure; but it was reported that Kunnan Lo was the largest producer to tennis frames in the world for a few years(middle-ish '80s???)
They made frames for Dunlop and Bancroft, IIRC as well as the ones you mentioned.

By the bye, it was at my suggestion that some of the mid-'80s Kennex frames had the two-handed grip/handle that tapered into the throat, instead of the stubby shorter handle of the Black Ace and others.(At least, I was given credit at the time).
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
That green would have been interesting as Leoina UFO pink was a VERY popular string in the blue Silver Ace. I can't even guess how many of those I strung!!!
The other was anything black...would look sharp with the green(and maybe a GREENIE grip from the day!!! Can you say "pine tar"???)
 
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