Both are factory rods with socks and matching rod tubes from that era. Sage RPL 9' 5 wt 4-piece, Rod shows wear, surface scratches on the graphite, cork isn't the prettiest, but of course covered by the lifetime warranty. Dark brown Graphite 3 blanks with brown wraps. I would rate it a 7 out of 10. Sage VPS 9' 5 wt 4-piece, blanks are shiney, minimal use, cork is smooth with light discoloration, dark brown graphite 3 blanks with green wraps, would rate it a 9 out of 10. Paypal is good, and includes shipping to any CONUS address. Price is $185 each.