Head Graphite Edges

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  1. ranked17th

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    I have two of these racquets, both used but decent condition for their age. Though one has a slight crack but not broken and still has original strings. Are they worth anything? I also have the old tournagrips on them. These were 80s racquets and fun to play with.
     
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  2. Hannah19

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    These are not really very valuable, especially if there is a visible crack.
    Rather keep them to enjoy rather than be disappointed trying to sell them.
     
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    Hmm well i'll wait to see what most others say, no offense.

    Yeah one has a slight crack on the upper frame from scraping but it doesn't affect anything and technically isn't really a break or anything. The other one has no cracks at all.
     
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  4. coachrick

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    Asking 'Is it worth anything?' is akin to offering the rackets for sale(in the eyes of some, possibly the mods). Not supposed to happen except in the FS/FT forum.
    Just so you'll know, I paid $12 for a first edition GE in excellent condition. Someone who wants to actually play with them might pay a touch more.
     
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  5. KFwinds

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    Hannah is right; not really worth anything. I picked up a Graphite Edge in almost prestine condition off e bay for around $25.

    Someone might give you $5 for the cracked one; The other, depending on how worn it is might be worth $12-20.
     
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  6. ranked17th

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    That's weird. My friend just sold one for $70 on eb@y. Nevermind.

    cheers
     
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  7. ctromano

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    it all depends, I've seen graphite edges on the bay going for insane prices and most 80's head racs going anywhere from .99 to $1000+ crazy if you ask me but it all depends on what you want to play with, there are guys on these forms for example that love the old prestige, pre-prestige racs and even the of-shoots of the head prestige, they either pay huge amounts of money for those racs or look for value deals... I like the head graphite pro racquet from the 80's i've picked up 6 green ones & 3 black ones in the past year, all around the $20-$25 range and I'm content unless one cracks and I have to buy another, which has happened once thus far... but in all fairness, you basically get what someone is willing to pay for it end of story.
     
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  8. Fed Kennedy

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    I have a billion of these i will give away for like 5 bucks each
     
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  9. Stein

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    can i have a picture. I like the edge special edition very much ;-)
     
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  10. coachrick

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    I'd pay five bucks JUST for the picture! That's gonna take a wide-angle lens. :)
     
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    Not all billion frames in one shot please :)
     
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  12. leroy_sunset

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    I still play the HGE. I have 5 of them. Lovely sticks. If anyone had a line on a good deal, PM me.
     
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  13. michael_1265

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    I love the Graphite Edge. I agree with the other posters about value, though. As far as classic graphites go, the vast majority of them will sell from $10-$50, with the average skewed toward the low end. The market is just soft, with most players buying the manufacturers' line that new racquets are better. If you have one of the few sticks that have been part of a feeding frenzy (Max 200g, Pro Staff St. Vincent), the sky can be the limit.

    $70 for an Edge? Maybe for a New Old Stock example, on a really good day.

    Doing a search for completed listings on the big auction site, I see the maximum for a sold Graphite Edge is $16.99.
     
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  14. mrw

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    The Edge series racquets are some of the best playing racquets ever made. I actually like the Composite Edge a bit more than the Graphite Edge but both are superb. Not worth much though. Keep them and enjoy them
     
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    Doing a completed item search will give you a good idea of the state of the market.
     
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  16. leroy_sunset

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    my collection

    I just got another to add to the collection. Here's how it now stands:

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    Playability of sticks from left to right.

    1. The left-most stick is older (rough texture, brand name "Head" in proper case text). Strung (incorrect pattern) with Gamma TNT2 mid-tension. Excellent condition, slight frame and paint damage. My favorite - I play with it once a week.

    2. Just bought this one. Newer frame (smooth texture, HEAD graphics). Chips and gouges everywhere, paint so-so. Large grip (4 5/8 pretty sure). Will have to do something about the grip size. This will be my next best player once I get the grip and strings sorted.

    3. Newer frame (smooth texture, HEAD graphics). Immaculate condition. Grommets are amazing. Paint perfect, hardly a scrape. 9.99/10. This will sit in the bag until my kids are out of college.

    4. Older frame (rough texture, "Head") with amazing paint and excellent frame condition. Crispy but usable grommets. This is my favorite stick. This will also sit in the bag.

    5. Older frame (rough texture, "Head"). So-so condition on paint and frame. No grommets. Awaits a proper Frankengrommet job (I broke a string on the last cross because of my poor grommet replacement). I will use this when forced.

    6. This is the first HGE I ever had. Older frame (rough texture, but weirdly HEAD is caps like the newer ones). Grommets are toast. Frame is cracked at 12 o'clock. But I still keep it because it was my first :D
     
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  17. Player#1

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    These things need to be reissued!



    ...The old ones are cheap right now, but it would be great to be able to get new frames that could be matched up easily.
     
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  18. Roadway

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    i've collected 9 graphite edges and 6 graphite edge txes. i bought them in low price. i like the feel of these oldies and still want to buy more. the edges' string pattern is more open than that of the ps85s and that brings more top spin. so i prefer the edges than the ps85s.
     
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  19. pshulam

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    It would be nice since I am in need of replacement grommets.
     
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  20. Tacco

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    Is there a connection between the paintjob (matte or glossy) and the "age" of the racket, or they are only different versions of the same racket, available at the same time? I mean... is the matte Graphite Edge the first version (the oldest), replaced by the glossy one after some year/month or not?
    Second question about this great frame: did they have (both: matte and glossy...) standard strip grommets, or only the glossy one (I remember the matte with only "individual" grommets for every hole)?
    Thanks to all!
    Ettore
     
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  21. max

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    Wow! That's outstanding! Good for him! :)
     
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  22. vsbabolat

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    The Matte with the font "Head" written on the bridge with individual grommets are oldest. They then changed Production to Glossy with grommets strips and the Font "HEAD".
     
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  23. max

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    Right. The big problem with this model is that the grommets crack really easily; the one I used to use has just about no real grommets in it.

    It was fun to play with back then; my first graphite. But I'd imagine the sweet spot would feel pretty small in 2013.
     
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  24. vsbabolat

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    I have a Glossy Graphite Edge with the Grommet strip and the Grommets are in great shape. It is a great playing racquet.
     
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  25. retrowagen

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    I'd suggest the white grommets favored by Head circa 1986-on were far more succeptible to brittleness than the black ones used before and after.

    They are, however, still prone to cracking from heat, misuse, or overuse, just like everyone else's plastics.
     
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  26. Tacco

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    Thank you very much, vs!
    And I think the matte with individual grommets and the font "HEAD" stands in the middle between the two...
    Ettore
     
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