Current "Classic" Racquets Lineup

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Chuonfood, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Chuonfood

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    Can you provide your list of current racquets being sold right now that in 20+ years will be considered "classic?" For example, I believe the 2012 Pro Staff 6.1 90 BLX (Fed's) will be considered classic, if not already. Will the APD 2013 be a classic?
     
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  2. MAXXply

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    Didn't you ask this question last week? Still, it is very prudent of you to ask the experts around here as I'm sure they can assist.

    I'm just glad I sold my stash of NOS APD Originals (non-Cortex) to a Taiwanese collector last year (I was told by Sotheby's London, who handled my sale, that the buyer was the son of Taipei's largest tofu maker). The amount he paid me totally wiped my college debts and I even had enough for a down payment on a condo.

    Good luck with your investments.
     
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  3. PhrygianDominant

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    Seriously? that's amazing
     
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  4. Chuonfood

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    Why didn't you chime in with your story in my other post where I was being eaten alive by people who told me racquets are not a wise investment!!?:mad:
     
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  5. MAXXply

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    Sorry to let your tyres down, but I was being cheeky. I tend to be a bit floral with the truth at 2am (my time), especially after returning from munchie city.
     
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  6. frinton

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    Funny guy... There should be more fun on these boards ;-)
    But anyway, which current rackets will people be after in 20 years? I think it is an interesting question.... Not for the money, but just in general. Or maybe technology will evolve dramatically and nobody will want to play with classics no more? Or is the overall low quality of today's rackets a show-stopper for future to-be classics? Will people still bd after today's classics in 20 years from now?
    The current PS90, though not played by Fed might be a future classic, if it is the last PJ to be produced...
     
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  7. Chuonfood

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    I think that people will want to have these racquets more as a collector's item put on display rather than hit with them. I know I would love an original st Vincent un-used...and they go for ~$500.

    Since no one else can name any other racquets that will be wanted by tennis enthusiasts in 20 years, how does the Pure Drive Roland Garros sound down the line? Un used of course grip size L3
     
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  8. PhrygianDominant

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    AHhhhhhh

    you got me.
     
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  9. dak95_00

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    Look! No ones knows! Next, you'll want stock tips from Internet strangers too. We don't know!

    If you are looking to invest, purchase silver and/or gold.

    If you just want a racquet collection, start with your favorite player(s) and buy their racquet. You can surely take it from there.

    Only slightly sorry if I sound irritated but you know just as much as the rest of us about the future.
     
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  10. retrowagen

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    I doubt any of today's racquets will be collectibles, in the same way that those of the 80's and early 90's, and before, were.

    It seems that there are two fundamental reasons that a racquet becomes collectible:
    1.) Technical or technological merits
    2.) Professional provenance or pedigree - i.e., use by a successful professional.

    And why won't today's frames be collectible?
    1.) Their technical or technological merits are simply marketing bluster, a new annual paintjob or piece of "technilogy" on a model made to the cheapest unit cost possible on otherwise unremarkable design or layup that beneath is the same as last year's item;
    2.) The pros are not using the same "consumer" models that can be bought in the pro shop or sporting goods store, rather, usually old models underneath paintjobs made to make them look like the new models (the cheaped-out ones with questionable tech) sold in the store.

    :?
     
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  11. Chuonfood

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    I want those old models.
     
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  12. Sparky

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    Look at the "over rated" thread in the racquets forum. I'd say the racquet to keep is a PD or a APD. Perhaps the lower volume French Open or Wimbledon runs.

    Back in the 80s, the three most liked players were Edberg, Lendl or Johnny Mac. Lendl vs either Mac or Edberg in a final was the most desired. Baseliner vs the serve & volleyer. No-talent verses talent.

    Lendl had a freak racquet. But face it, Lendl was a robot-freak plucking his eyelashes like a madman during every night match. Lendl was a player of no-talent but worked harder than any to achieve (a deserved) #1 ranking in contrast to the diametrically opposed John McEnroe who had the best hands in tennis and never-never-never trained.

    Mac's and Edberg's racquets still have a following today. The parallel will be the Nadal vs Federer match up. Using history as a guide, it would have to be the APD and PS90 or PS95. I personally hate the ugliness of the APD throat and prefer the PD. The uniquely ugly throat will be the signature trademark of the APD popularity in 20 years.

    I know this because I travelled to the future in my time machine. It's now time for my medication and my time is up in the computer room. The white coats are coming to take me back to my padded cell errr room. Lol.
     
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