Hello everyone, Looking to sell my Pete Sampras Pro Staff. It has never been hit with, but It was strung once by Holabird Sports (Maryland) when I first purchased it. I am the original owner. Has original full length cover. I am looking to get $300 for it. If I dont get it, I will just put it back in my safe. Dont miss out on this opportunity to own a piece of tennis history!!!!!!
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Well, the St. Vincents are worth that much mint. There are ways to tell where it came from. There are the early Chicago ones, some bumperless. Then there are the St. Vincents. They had red primer paint underneath and a softer feel, due to the braided graphite. The grommet well edge has a smooth, squared edge and is not rounded. The print on the inside of the throat is smaller in font size than the later models.
When they went to Taiwan, and then China, they went to a unidirectional graphite design. The Taiwan and China ones are worth around $150-200 mint. I bought a Taiwan one that was 7.5/10 condition for $100 and I absolutely hated it once I started rallying with it. It was far too stiff and lacking the feel I remembered of the St. Vincents.
I would make sure to know if it is a St. Vincent or Chicago before selling it for that much. Otherwise, you might get a guy who is hoping for that and is going to be hopping mad it isn't. I don't know what Holabird's had for stock during the time you bought yours, but don't rely on the three letter buttcap code either. Having a Q in it does not necessarily mean it's a St. Vincent.
Here is a thread from the Tennis Warehouse forum explaining everything:
Hey, have you sold the prostaff?
$300 are you serious??? Yeah, dude, im totally serious. If you a brand new Pro staff from 1995 thats never been hit with, thats the going rate. This racquet isnt for cheap people.
I'm very fimiliar with the racquet. I would have to agree with the Mayor. Ebay has a few new racquets. I also used the same racquet while I was playing on my college team. I also just won a bid for the exact same racquet on ebay, but it was slighty used. I got it for $66. Actually it's still in the mail. I just got done paying the guy on paypal two days ago.
I hope you can get what you want for that racquet.
Happy New Year.