Prince Original Graphite ( POG ) Mid and OS versions

Actually I agree, the Comp and Tri-Comp feel better then POG 90. However, they were both heavier and more SW then my 4-stripe POG, and that's the part I didnt like.
I've never had them in OS version.

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Interesting...to me, the Spectrum Comp felt like hitting with plaster...lifeless. The Tri-Comp felt like a pie-tin filled with broken glass.
 

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Interesting...to me, the Spectrum Comp felt like hitting with plaster...lifeless. The Tri-Comp felt like a pie-tin filled with broken glass.
I kind of agree with description of the Spectrum - muted and calm.
I'm surprised at your description of the Tri-Comp. Felt silky for me... Maybe difference in strings? I don't have it any more to refresh my memory.

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Interesting...to me, the Spectrum Comp felt like hitting with plaster...lifeless. The Tri-Comp felt like a pie-tin filled with broken glass.
Lol on the pie tin comment. I actually like the Tri-Comp and use it as a softer option from my Graptech DB. The Tri Comp was the high beam reincarnation of the Spectrum but imho felt entirely different.

Both of these shared the brittle paint that were like shrapnel.. finding one of these without any paint chips would be considered pristine. The finish would also crack under the throat giving the illusion that the frame was cracking when in reality it was only the finish.
 
So where does the NXG Tour 90 fit in all of this? A later reincarnation of the POG 90?

Interesting enough, on a side note I just acquired a Korean copy of a POG which is approximately 95 sq in head size. Called, Hanil "Silk Road".
 
A fleabay seller from SoCal listed some Mini-POGs recently (along with several interesting oldies that they found in an abandoned storage unit), and I just couldn't resist getting one. I was aware that these things existed but have never seen one in person until now. Just imagine drilling tiny holes into these skinny beams and stringing them by hand! Or did they use crochet needles? As these have raised-P buttcaps, I would date them to 1983, when Grafalloy and Kunnan produced slightly different versions of the POG in parallel. And since Grafalloy was based in San Diego, and Kunnan's main US office was also located in San Diego, it's not too surprising that these long-forgotten Mini-POGs would turn up decades later in that general area, assuming that one of them (most likely Grafalloy) was actually responsible for making these, and not some random toy-maker contracted by Prince.

Just for (nerdy) fun, I spec'd the little guy to see how it would measure relative to a full-sized Grafalloy POG. Its flex value is a conservative estimate. :)

 
So I just picked these up.. brand spanking new. are these the very first POGs ever made? Doesn’t have the usual sticker i’m used to seeing. Just says made in USA.

Too bad they’re not 90.



WOW! Indeed it's too bad they're not 90's. I have my POG 3 from 1982 that I'm taking to get restrung today. Been having arm issue with my Wilson Ultra Tour. Have a buddy who hits with POG 3 w/ Wilson Revolve Spin @ 49 lbs and the stick is still amazing. I'd love to get my hands on some new old stock. Where'd you find these?
 
Yeah, found them deep in the San Fernando valley just outside Los Angeles. Not a bad investment for $20 a piece. They have been sold now to fund my collection sickness. I am holding on to a nice POG 90 NOS that was strung but never played with. :cool:
 
It looks like they sold out already. I wonder what kind of people bought these. POG collectors? Boast fans? People who enjoy making others guess what kind of leaf is on their shirt and racquet?

They even tried to reproduce the winged corner reinforcements on the head cover like on the earlier models. Pretty interesting touch.

But why did they spell it "Graphit" instead of "Graphite"? Is there some sort of hidden meaning here, too?
 
I saw that a couple of days ago and shrugged my shoulders. I have what some consider more Prince rackets than I need but had no tugs at the heartstrings for this one. I am curious about the alleged 2019 releases coming in the Phantom series.
I was a rep for Boast in '79 and '84. If I cared more for Prince, I would have considered one of these. In fact, since Prince and Paddletek have joined forces, I said I would buy a BOAST Pickleball paddle if they made one ;)
 
It looks like they sold out already. I wonder what kind of people bought these. POG collectors? Boast fans? People who enjoy making others guess what kind of leaf is on their shirt and racquet?

They even tried to reproduce the winged corner reinforcements on the head cover like on the earlier models. Pretty interesting touch.

But why did they spell it "Graphit" instead of "Graphite"? Is there some sort of hidden meaning here, too?
The Japanese Maple is a beautiful tree and the leaf is quite distinctive out here in the land of Live Oaks ;)
I'd be wearing more of their current clothing line IF A) Shirts weren't $95 per and 2) They knew what size XXL was(pretty skimpy but it's a company of skinny jeans now...I'm a dinosaur )
Maybe Graphit is a portmanteau of Grap(like the overgrip) and hit(like hit) !
 
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