What are the rarest but greatest rackets ever?

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Semi-Pro
Aka fun to hit with but are hard to come by? I.e PT57A, Pro Staff K Factor 88/90, Babolat Pure Storm GT LTD, 1st gen Pure Control, etc.

Im a bit of a rare racket connoisseur so I’m wondering what I’m potentially missing from my collection (assuming it Isn’t completely impossible to find/ outrageously expensive).
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
Rex Professional Megapower boron. Impossibly rare now because they were exceedingly ugly and nobody bought them. I think i have the only one in existence. But trust me there were the best racquets ever made and I can give you good price!
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
The OVERSIZE (106) version of the Wilson Hyper Carbon Prostaff 6.1 was a seldom seen gem and one of the best racquets I've ever owned. 12.4 ounces but so headlight that even my wife remarked that it felt light.

(I beat a guy badly with it and when we came off the court he oddly said "Where can I get that racquet, is that a Babolat?")
 

Anton

Legend
Aka fun to hit with but are hard to come by? I.e PT57A, Pro Staff K Factor 88/90, Babolat Pure Storm GT LTD, 1st gen Pure Control, etc.

Im a bit of a rare racket connoisseur so I’m wondering what I’m potentially missing from my collection (assuming it Isn’t completely impossible to find/ outrageously expensive).
Blade Pro (H22) seems to fit.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Non-pro stock.
Yamaha 04 - has a cool matt grey paint job. Hits solid, very stiff though.

Pro - stock
Djokovic's thing seems hard to come by, probably good thing too, can't see it being user friendly.

Some of those over priced lecost racquets seem non-existent, meant to play ok .
 

slipgrip93

Semi-Pro
I guess I was lucky I got a pair of new preserved kps 88's over a year ago when someone was still offering them preserved brand new, still in the original packaging and air sealed. (I've played and practiced with one of them all year, and strung the other, but didn't use it yet; maybe I should have left it unstrung..) Then the guy was still selling more of them in pairs for some more months. But then it seemed to have ran out. Now there's only used and worn kps 88's seen on the sites, and going for higher than the ones I bought.

I wonder if the chinese factories that actually made those k-factor 90's i.e. the kps 88, ktour 90, ps 90 etc. all 17-18mm classic box beam back then, are still there with the same production machinery, and could easily be set to make those old same makes with the same materials again, if only Wilson (under this new ownership/management since 2016?) ever decided to make more as reissues.. hmm.
 
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basil J

Hall of Fame
Dunlop 200G 90"Muscle weave. I hit with it once at Saddlebrook in Florida and it was a fantastic frame. Could never find any over the last 15 years. probably couldn't use it in match play at this point but a great hit none the less.
 

Dakota60

Rookie
The Prestige Pro/Classic 600 line has always been one of the greatest, for good reason, but among those the Prestige 600 silver/green edition stands out from the conventional deep red colourway. While these are still quite easily sourced with the stock green non-CAP grommets, the green CAPs will take some good hunting to find.

 

Dakota60

Rookie
Dunlop 200G 90"Muscle weave. I hit with it once at Saddlebrook in Florida and it was a fantastic frame. Could never find any over the last 15 years. probably couldn't use it in match play at this point but a great hit none the less.
These are on my hunt list! A couple of them have sprouted out this year alone but in questionable condition, depending on your preference I guess. If anyone's selling, hit me up! but another similar rare 90" Dunlop gem to me is the Hotmelt 100G. Came with the exact same cosmetics as the Hotmelt 200G and to my knowledge only sold in certain regions. Great hit!

Here's mine with the sticky rubber top coat stripped and refinished with a gloss clear coat.

 

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Semi-Pro
The Prestige Pro/Classic 600 line has always been one of the greatest, for good reason, but among those the Prestige 600 silver/green edition stands out from the conventional deep red colourway. While these are still quite easily sourced with the stock green non-CAP grommets, the green CAPs will take some good hunting to find.

ah yes, believe it or not I just got one of these a couple weeks ago, but without the green CAP grommet... do you know where to find one? Still, what an amazing frame!
 

Dakota60

Rookie
ah yes, believe it or not I just got one of these a couple weeks ago, but without the green CAP grommet... do you know where to find one? Still, what an amazing frame!
I know a few collectors who have spare ones but are unwilling to part with them, understandably. (I've tried). I wouldn't too, if I had spares. haha.... They're impossible to find on its own. I acquired mine already with the full green CAPs included.
 

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Semi-Pro
I know a few collectors who have spare ones but are unwilling to part with them, understandably. (I've tried). I wouldn't too, if I had spares. haha.... They're impossible to find on its own. I acquired mine already with the full green CAPs included.
damn, lucky! I guess I'll keep searching a certain auction site... if you ever find some let me know LOL
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
The Prestige Pro/Classic 600 line has always been one of the greatest, for good reason, but among those the Prestige 600 silver/green edition stands out from the conventional deep red colourway. While these are still quite easily sourced with the stock green non-CAP grommets, the green CAPs will take some good hunting to find.

i had one of those, played some great tennis with it. only thing that bugged me was the rectangular grip, was always just a bit off on groundies. such great feel though, awesome racket.
 

Dakota60

Rookie
i had one of those, played some great tennis with it. only thing that bugged me was the rectangular grip, was always just a bit off on groundies. such great feel though, awesome racket.
Same here, I prefer the more oval/squarish TK82S pallets. Fits better in my hand especially for my OHBH. I swap out all the TK57/76 rectangular pallets in all my Head frames with the 82S'. Plays much better for me. I find these to hit a heavier ball than the prestige classic 600 and love it at the net like the other 90" Head frames.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
Same here, I prefer the more oval/squarish TK82S pallets. Fits better in my hand especially for my OHBH. I swap out all the TK57/76 rectangular pallets in all my Head frames with the 82S'. Plays much better for me. I find these to hit a heavier ball than the prestige classic 600 and love it at the net like the other 90" Head frames.
this racket with that pallet...i'd pick that up on eb@y or whatever just to have around.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
You guys will be able to help me I am sure. My aunt who got me into the game when I was little played with a beautiful racquet that I am guessing she bought in about 1975.

It was a head racquet that looked like a Head Ashe racquet but was made with beautiful multi-colored laminated wood with black (or maybe green or both) lamination for the final outside layer.

It was a beautiful racquet. I haven't seen one since then.
 
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Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
You guys will be able to help me I am sure. My aunt who got me into the game when I was little played with a beautiful racquet that I am guessing she bought in about 1975.

It was a head racquet that looked like a Head Ashe racquet but was made with beautiful multi-colored laminated wood with black (or maybe green or both) lamination for the final outside layer.

It was a beautiful racquet. I haven't seen one since then.
Head Vilas?
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Head Vilas?
I was thinking that but not quite. It is of the same era but with both light ash and mahogany inlay wood and I seem to recall some green in it. I have been digging around too and don't mean to bother you with this. If I recall it had a tad bigger head than the old Vilas and a bit more open throat. I also looked at the Edgewood and it is not that.
 
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