Calling it a day...

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Virginia, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Virginia

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    Hello all

    It's been a while since I last posted here, but I do pop in from time to time to see what's cooking.

    I've decided to cull my collection. . I just thought I'd mention it in this forum, as the collection consists of classical racquets and so might be of interest to some budding collectors here.


    Best wishes to all and grateful thanks to all who've helped and advised me in the past. :)
     
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  2. coachrick

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    Ginnie,my collection pales in comparison to yours; but I'll be undergoing a downsizing as I've mentioned in another thread. Best of luck with the sale. Cheers
     
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    Sorry to see you go, Virginia. Hope all is well. Seems like most of us 'regulars' here are going through various changes in living quarters, relationships, career, or philosophical alignment where it isn't as important to maintain a personal tennis equipment museum anymore.

    Wishing you the best. Please pop in on us from time to time to say hello. :)

    Best,
    David
     
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  4. Virginia

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    I've had a few emails from people asking for specific racquets. The thing is I want to offload the entire collection (except for valued ones that I'm keeping) - I don't want to sell piecemeal, I just don't have the resources, time or energy to take on such a task. I need to find someone who can arrange transportation via container (or whatever) for the whole lot. I'm hoping someone wants to start or substantially increase their own collection.
     
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  5. Overdrive

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    Virginia,

    Are you stating that you want people to 'blindly' purchase multiple racquets without knowing the specific brand and model?

    For example, what if I wanted every Puma or Estua Boris Becker racquet but not interested in any other racquet?

    This is a limitation I find in your ad. However, I respect that you take the time in collecting these racquets and store them in an adequate space.

    Kind regards,

    Overdrive
     
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    Wishing you the best unloading and moving forward.

    BTW, I receive many requests from long time collectors with big lots like yours, hundreds of rackets, and most have the same plan, to sell whole lot at big discount, like your $10 a racket offer. Just do not think there are any new or existing collectors out there looking to spend thousands on big lots of rackets. Unfortunately it looks like we must all unload painfully slowly or give them away. The requests for pictures and continual emails gets really annoying ...
     
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  7. coachrick

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    Not a bad way to handle a 'wholesale' or 'lot' distribution of items. The shipping logistics will be challenging; but someone who purchases a lot of significant size will expect less well-known frames to be included, along with quite a few 'gems'. I would imagine I'll offer an early opportunity to 'cherry pick' my collection; but will try to move as many rackets as possible at one time.
     
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  8. hrstrat57

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    Did you check with the HOF in Newport, longshot but maybe you have a few frames they are desperately searching for?

    I'll be over there next week if I have a chance I will nose around a bit for any obvious omissions....
     
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  9. Hannah19

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    Such a shame......but you've got to do what's best for you at this moment.
    Good luck selling them, have you contacted Michel Guilluy from Belgium? He is an avid collector of Donnay's and other Belgium brands. I have his email adress and will se him this weekend.
    Send me, if you are willing, a list to the email address that is known to you.
    regards, Hans Eggink
     
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  10. zapvor

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    wow.......i am so sad. may i ask why you are doing so???
     
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    Wow.. I'd love to buy them..

    (but)

    ...I know my wife WILL kill me :-|. I could probably get away with it if I was to slowly build up a collection of that size (which is what I'm doing :twisted: :lol:).

    Also, the fact that you're in Auckland would make the whole shipping process straightforward.

    It's a steal at that price, no doubt.
     
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  12. zapvor

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    yea i am interested but not all at once!
     
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  13. SFrazeur

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    Selling like this is a long shot. It's like trying to sell the contents of your garage when you take the car out of the sale. It would be easier to sell off the highly collectible ones and donate the rest to a charity shop. There is no return or breaking even on a racquet collection.
     
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  14. Overdrive

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    Shhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:
     
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  15. SFrazeur

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    :neutral: Didn't realize that I had strayed over and went in your cheerios this morning.
     
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    That's an interesting view. As mentioned, I'm facing the same sort of 'project' on a much smaller scale...33 rackets from the '30s and before...and 5-6 dozen sticks from the '60s thru '90s. Virginia's collection is broader among various marques(her extensive Davis and, I believe, complete Chris Star collections, for example). These would appeal to a serious collector, IMO...and might make worthwhile the somewhat less interesting sticks in the rest of the family.

    If I were actually 'in the business' still, I'd be interested in her collection. As it is, my five year long retirement doesn't seem to be ending any time soon and the 40% downsizing of our residence precludes the continuation of a meaningful collecting effort.
     
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  17. zapvor

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    i think its depends. i would agree that startign such a collection one should not keep returns in mind, but merely the joy and pleasure of having such a collection. but as with any substantial collection if one were to carefulyl curate it over time there is always opportunity to profit. it largely depends on the take and method
     
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  18. SFrazeur

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    Another thing is that the best part of collecting is the hunt. Be it the thrill of finding something great "in the wild" or the thrill of winning an auction for a racquet far below value. Buying a huge collection negates these the average collector.
     
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  19. Overdrive

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    Won't these racquets be sought out after in about 10-20 years?
     
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  20. Hannah19

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    I fully agree.
    Allthough buying a whole or part of a collection can be rewarding, it does not come close to the thrill of the chase. The shear adrenalin when I recognize a beauty from a big pile of rackets at a thrift store only by a glimps of color such as the time when I scored not just one, but three (3) PC 600's for les than U$8.00 for all.
     
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  21. SFrazeur

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    There can be a thrill from a large collection when it comes as a surprise. Last Christmas eve I go into one of my frequented racquet haunts (thrift stores) where there are only a couple of racquets a month and low-and-behold there are 80+ wood racquets sitting there for only $2 each :)
     
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  22. zapvor

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    wow thats crazy. how many did you pick up?
     
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  23. SFrazeur

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    Not that many actually, but I got the best pick of the bunch. It was mostly mid to low tier woods but there were some early composites. Picked up a couple Kramer Autos, a Kramer Prostaff, Head Vilas wood, Yamaha YFG50 and a later edition Dayton Cadet with original piano wire strings and grip. There were a few Head Comp 1s but I already have 3-4 of those :~D
     
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  24. Hannah19

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    A couple of years ago I won a large lot of n.o.s. rackets on the German bay. 130 in total containing woodies such as Adidas Nastase Master, Yamaha YWG 77 and Dunlop Maxply Tournaments but also GTX PRO's, Adidas Delta 1 through 4 and Puma Davis Cup models. Many Cloud models, Fischer Vacuum's and Dunlop IMF models. All for an average price of U$5.00 a piece. As a bonus it came with 120 cans of Penn tennis balls. Darn....those were the days...

    But we are moving away from the subject of this thread....A highly respected member of the racket collecting community has made the decision to part with most of her beloved posessions.
    Who can help her out..??
    I'm forced to downsize too because of the lack of space, so in a way I can kind of feel what it must be like...:(
     
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  25. zapvor

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    wow you guys have nice collections. post in the racket thread!

    but yes i think virginia should keep it all. no sale!
     
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  26. pshulam

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    I think it might be better to group the racquets by brand, models, or type and sell them in batches.
     
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  27. Fearsome Forehand

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    If New Zealand has a tennis museum or equivalent, that might be your best bet.
    Or, donate the collection to charity and take the tax deduction if there is one.

    Big collections often become a burden after a point.
     
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    Best to sell them in small lots (4-5) of similar frames. When I unloaded my collection of about 250 frames, it took a couple of years.
     
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  29. Virginia

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    I don't really have the time or energy to do this, it would just take too long.

    New Zealand doesn't have a tennis museum and donating to a charity not practical - who could take them and where would they put them???

    Too labour intensive by far. In New Zealand we don't have those nice USPS boxes for racquet transportation and it's a real pain to package a racquet or batch of racquets so they don't get damaged.

    Fingers crossed, but it looks like I may have a sale to someone in the USA. I'm just in the process of preparing a comprehensive list - or rather editing my original list and removing the racquets I intend to keep - probably about a hundred or so. High shipping costs (NZ$2,000) means I have to let them go for next to nothing, but at least they'll be off my hands. The shipping company will ship door to door and take care of all packaging, I won't have to do a thing.
     
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    Good on ya, 'Gin. Hope it goes according to plan :) .
     
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  31. TW Staff

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    @Virginia,

    Hello to a fellow kiwi! I won't move the thread just yet because there's a lot of friendly chatting but just a heads up, if you're looking to sell please make sure to post in the sale thread of the forum and keep discussion in here. Thanks!

    Siobhan, TW
     
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    please! why are you selling? are you running out of storage space? if its strictly a space issue email me i can try to hold some of it at least and you can have it back whenever things change

    for someone like you i feel its just not right. you truly have a passion for the collection, and to sell it to someone random for NOTHING is just wrong. think about it. the person wont even care that much. when you pay very little for something, you tend not to care for it. $5 plastic toy you lost? oh well. $50000 new BMW? i bet you take care of it. AND because the person had to do no work at all, merely sign a check, he wont have the same type of attachment to the rackets. he didnt have to do any research, any digging around, and bargain hunting or anything that comes with creating such a wonderful collection. to him its probably just for brags or something. the love wont be there. i plead for you to reconsider.

    come on TT lets help her out! there has to be some of us that can buy/store/hold/something to save her collection!

    (unless you have very good reason to do this that you arent telling us)
     
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  33. zapvor

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    i mean the shipping cost and hassle to you alone is making it counter productive to you!
     
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  34. zapvor

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    i hereby humbly request that TW take her collection and curate it to start a TW Tennis History Museum in beautiful sunny California.

    you know, open to the public, $5 general admission.
     
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  35. Dear Djordje

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    Perhaps TW could buy the lot and sell in the Vintage racquet section. These racquets are probably as good or better than the Bos stuff.
     
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  36. Overdrive

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    You can't do that. All items for sale are advertised in the FS:T thread.

    Sounds like a good idea... LeeD.

    Lee, because Virginia did not state the reasons why she is selling her items, it is best to assume that it is a personal issue. If I was in her situation, I would not feel comfortable in explaining why am I selling vintage racquets I have been collecting for decades...

    Siobhan,

    Virginia did make an advertisement.

    Here you go.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=468659
     
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  37. MichaelChang

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    Is there any tennis academy / training camp that you could sell to? Anyway good luck with the selling and hope life is still good for whatever reason you are giving up the collections.
     
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  38. SFrazeur

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    Does NZ not have charity thrift stores where people donate items/clothing/ etc where they are then sold to the public?
     
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  39. Fearsome Forehand

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    ^ That what I suggested. Here is the USA, there are several organizations that would come pick up the entire collection are then sell it at one of their stores; Goodwill, Salvation Army, et al.

    I have been selling my collection off by bit and pieces. The real key is not to buy any more rackets even if they are "good deals." The ones I can't sell, I will donate to the Salvation Army. They will come to my house, load it on their truck and take it all away.
     
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    I don't donate stuff to Salvation Army anymore. If I have stuff to donate, I just give to my landscapers first. I've heard so many times, the workers of Salvation Army get first dibs on your donation. They drive home the nice leather couch, TV or good blue jeans before they head back to the shop.
     
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  41. SFrazeur

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    There is more than the salvation army if you do not feel they are trust worthy. Goodwill, savers, value village others and independents. Different ones have their own charities they donate to.
     
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