Prince Graphtech DB 90

chollyred

Rookie
Found one at a thrift store Saturday. Not a scratch on it. Doesn't look like it was ever used. The grip is pretty much dry rotted. Came with a full length heavily padded case.

Any idea of the value? Anyone ever use one? Can't find much via search.
 

VGP

Legend
I've got a few of these rackets. I really dig the "technology" from back then. Personally, I really like graphite/fiberglass composite frames.

As for value, I've seen them from $15-$45 on the internet. If yours is in good shape (the cushion grip from back then never survives) it would fetch the higher end depending on grip size. The earliest frames came with nice matching Prince calfskin leather grips.

Share some pics of you can....
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
If you could find the exact right person that was looking for it you may be able to get a bit more for it, but it may take a long long time to find that buyer. I don't think it is one of the more collectible racquets, but I bet it plays really nicely. I have been hitting with some of the older Prince 90 models and have really been enjoying them. I think you should put a new grip on it and hit with it. You may find you really like it. If you don't, then sell it but don't expect a ton for it.
 

pshulam

Hall of Fame
I have been hitting with some of the older Prince 90 models and have really been enjoying them.
+1 most of the Prince 90 models are solid with plenty of spin potentials. I have played with Spectrum comp 90, Response 90, Graphite Pro 90, Graphite Comp 90. They are not in demand, unlike super-hyped racquets such as PS85, PC600, PP600, PT280, PT630.
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
Pshulam - how did you like the Graphite Pro 90 and Comp 90? I am considering getting one or the other. I am leaning towards the Pro 90 as I have the Pro 110 and like the flex. I haven't tried the Comp in either size.
 

VGP

Legend
+1 most of the Prince 90 models are solid with plenty of spin potentials. I have played with Spectrum comp 90, Response 90, Graphite Pro 90, Graphite Comp 90. They are not in demand, unlike super-hyped racquets such as PS85, PC600, PP600, PT280, PT630.
The Prince Graphtech DB was one of Prince's first forays into the "widebody" thing back in the late 80s....along with the Tricomp and the Graphite Comp, right before the CTS line. Just a deviation from the conventional width frames pshulam listed.

chollyred, if you have no intention to use the frame, keep it as is and post it on e-bay. If it's unused despite the condition of the grip you might get top dollar. If you want to use it, give it a whirl and tell us what you think.
 

pshulam

Hall of Fame
Pshulam - how did you like the Graphite Pro 90 and Comp 90?
Both racquets provide stability, plow through, maneuverability, precision and comfort. The graphite comp (80% graphite/20% fiberglass) is slightly stiffer than the Graphite Pro 90, which is very flexible compared to the rest of the series 90 racquets.
 

galain

Hall of Fame
The Graphtec was/is one of the best feeling Prince sticks in my mind. My brother had one once and I remember being wowed by the feeling of it when I hit with it. I bought mine off the auction site a few years back for around $30. I don't have it with me at present, but I do enjoy hitting with it when I get the chance. Really nice feeling, control oriented stick.

As others have said, I don't think there is much resale value but you should give it a try.
 

chollyred

Rookie
Thanks for the replies. I'll probably cover the grip with an overgrip just to try it out. My gut tells me this will really feel nice. If I decide to sell it, I won't be looking for a lot of money. I just hate to see nice racquets going to waste in a thrift store.

My last thrift store purchase was an old Dunlop Black Max Oversize. I liked it so well, I sold a Head FXP Radical Tour and kept the Dunlop.
 
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