EXTREMELY RARE, BRAND NEW in FACTORY PLASTIC - Custom PROTOTYPE Black Wilson RF 97 Auto Paint Job Pro Staff FEDERER 4 3/8. This is a FEDERER RACQUET COLLECTOR'S DREAM - Federer's Prototype RF97 Auto Paintjob, BRAND NEW in PLASTIC. Federer's Actual and Only Grip Size of Choice!!! Custom Prototype, Blacked Out RF97 Autograph Prostaff Paintjob.Vincent Prostaffs, uncirculated Wilson Pro Room pro player frames, certified Roger Federer autographed rackets, custom Roger Federer frames, and other high-end and rare tennis collectibles. I have for sale, yet another, rare, custom pro stock frame: Roger Federer, custom 97 square-inch paintjob frame with rare, black, matte finish, brand new in factory plastic. This racket is brand new, unstrung, never-used, and never-circulated for retail sale. This is part of an exclusive inventory to be used in the year 2014. Only individuals with exclusive access to Wilson Racquet Sports and/or Federer's immediate management team was able to acquire this frame. The grip size is 4 3/8 No. 3, Federer's actual and only grip size of choice.
As you can see, this is NOT RETAIL. This is a pro stock, custom-made, black, matte finish as used by Federer in 2014. More importantly, this is a BRAND NEW in FACTORY PLASTIC version, which is the toughest-to-find version. Most examples in existence are new but without factory plastic.
Even the samples that retailers were providing for contests in 2014 were not wrapped in plastic! I was fortunate enough to source several of the earliest samples of this frame. Most racquet collectors and Federer fans alike have already swept these frames up and will most likely not relinquish them.The reason - these frames are very hard to obtain because these were not made widely available to the retail public. Only individuals with the right connection and opportunity were able to obtain these frames.
For most Federer fans and racquet collectors trying to complete their "Federer Frames" collection, this version is the "holy grail" that is usually missing from their collection. This is probably the only chance you'll have to get your hands on this frame. As such, don't let this opportunity slip away to complete the missing link in your Federer frame collection!!! Note, for sale is only one blacked out prototype tennis racket.
The Priority 1 (P1) / RF plastic/poly tennis bags pictured are for display/illustrative purposes only and are not included in the sale of the racquet. Only one racquet depicted is for sale. Generation, Wilson RF97A is not for sale and is solely for display/comparison purposes.
Almost immediately, upon look and touch of this custom frame, you will notice this is NOT a RETAIL VERSION of the RF97. This racket is a custom, matte black, pro stock that was used by Federer in early 2014. Federers Custom, Blacked-Out, 97 Square-Inch Prototype Frame.
Starting in January of 2014, Federer began publicly using the matte black, i. Blacked-out, "stealth" prototype 97 square-inch frame. Almost immediately, the tennis world developed great interest and curiosity as to what frame Federer was actually using. More importantly, everyone wondered if Wilson would actually sell this frame to the general public. To promote Federers new frame, Wilson put out an advertising campaign called "#betterer".
As part of the campaign, Wilson released with an initial print advertisement of the racket which listed the specs of the frame. More interestingly, the ad showed a very clear photo of the frame - a blacked-out, prototype version of the frame that Federer used. Federer's solid results with the frame already generated a lot interest in the frame. Combined with Wilson's aggressive and very successful marketing campaign, the buzz for the upcoming frame was incredible. Many speculated that Wilson was actually going to sell the infamous blacked out prototypes of Federer's 97 square-inch frame.Wilson actually produced an extremely limited quantity of the stealth blacked-out 97 square-inch frames and even made available to a select few in media and retail (as well as others with special connections). In fact, tennis online retailing giants, Tennis Warehouse, Midwest Sports, and Tennis Express each received prototype versions of the frame to give away in contests. In addition, select retailers in Asia also landed some of these rare prototype frames that were also used to create more buzz for the actual unveiling of the racket. Lastly, Wilson even made a few of these stealth prototypes available for up-close view at certain tennis tournaments. See photo below of the prototype at Wilson's booth at the Cincinnati Masters event.
By mid-summer, leading up to the official debut of the retail version of the RF97, fans were besides themselves with the thought of Wilson actually making the stealth, blacked-out version widely available to the public. Rumors Quashed Wilson Debuts Retail Version of RF97.Intense speculation and conjecture pointed to signs that Wilson would actually sell the blacked-out version of the frame. Unfortunately, however, as you know, it was not meant to be. At the Rogers Cup, Wilson and Federer officially debuted the actual painted version made for the general public. In other words, Federer stopped playing with the blacked-out version and began wielding the official, retail version, which would be known as the Prostaff RF97 Autograph. Federer eventually played the 2014 US Open with the official, retail RF97 Auto and the rest is history.
One of the Most Desired Federer Frames. To much chagrin and disappointment, the blacked-out, prototype frame was never mass produced and was never made available to general public on a mass scale. But clamor and desire for the stealth, blacked-out matte finish, prototype frame has not waned. Perhaps it is due to the unique look and simplistic beauty of a matte black finish. Or perhaps it is a desire to obtain what Federer used before using the retail graphics.Regardless of the reason, the blacked-out prototype version of the RF97 will go down as one of the most sought after and desired Federer frames in history. It will also probably be one of the most rare and valuable versions of Federer's frames available. Offered one of Federer's blacked-out, prototype frames. As you probably know, this custom pro stock racket is extremely hard to find.
This racket is rare because of its unique and custom paintjob. In other words, this frame was never offered to the public i. Furthermore, Federer only used this unique custom paintjob frame for such a short time. As such, there are very few known examples of this frame in existence. More importantly, this racket is valuable as an incredible piece of history due to its association with the greatest player of all time.
Once In A Lifetime Opportunity. Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to have the access and ability to obtain rare tennis rackets. My special connections allow me to acquire special players' frames, custom pro room frames, and vintage, discontinued, new old stock racket collectibles.Once this frame is gone, it is gone forever. This special frame might go down as the rarest paintjob Federer frame. This frame is a must-have for any die hard tennis collector and Roger Federer fan.
This is a ONE-OF-KIND racquet. This is an as-is sale. The item "RARE Custom PROTOTYPE Black Wilson RF 97 Auto Paint Job Pro Staff FEDERER 4 3/8" is in sale since Friday, March 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Tennis & Racquet Sports\Tennis\Racquets".
The seller is "888company" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.