I cannot stop buying tennis rackets!!!

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  1. Ronaldo

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    ty! !!!!!!!
     
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  2. coachrick

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    May be. No other name or logo on the frame. Had the wide, non-burnished leather grip,glued down...I'd say from the '50s-early '60s.

    I hit GoodWill and Salvation Army today...picked up a Junior 6.1 Classic for $2.50(half-price sale). I'll regrip it and donate it or save it for my nephew's visits. I keep bumping into '60s and '70s rackets called 'signature' or 'autograph' that have neither a signature nor an autograph. What's up with that? :)
     
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    I thought it was mistyped "I need therapy". :)
     
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    i'll have to admit i could use some therapy too. but if i had to pay for it, i wouldn't be able to afford as many rackets as i would like. there in lies the dilemma.
     
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  5. pshulam

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    It depends if your health insurance covers the therapy.
     
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  6. Bom

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    AGREE!! Mee too. I was in this group too. I think I bought more than 20 racquets in my life. Somes for hanging in the wall, somes for playing. There are many racquets that I hit only few minutes and have been kept since. Now I stop buying because I am almost quit this hobby. I also have many new sets of Babolat gut that I bought last year. When think back, I saw myself like what you said and I felt it's waste money (for me).
     
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  7. eidolonshinobi

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    Gotta find that line between want and need.

    For me..I Need to want racquets 0.o
     
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  8. jimanuel12

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    i sold 3 racquets so far and bought 6, so i am +3. i now have 11 that i switch back and forth playing with.
    i just love to buy racquets, i can pick them so cheap, some i have only paid $8.00 for but they play very well.
    most of the ones i have bought recently are the old classics, but they are in really good shape.
    i bought a prince recently - looks like it has never hit a ball.
    i am looking at 2 more - i need help!!!!!!
     
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  9. chrischris

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    me too.....
     
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    now i have bought 4 on fleabay.
    2 prince pro 110
    2 prince spectrum comp 110
    got all 4 really cheap but they are in great shape

    looking at 2 more.
     
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    that means i need to buy about 25 more!!!!
    that sounds good to me.
     
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  12. morten

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    i love rackets... i am lucky to like mids more, since there are so few of them. Otherwise i would have 200 rackets... and no girlfriend.
     
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  13. Ronaldo

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    TT Hoarders! M, its me or the rackets!
     
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    LOL Jim ! You say you need help, but all you do is goad "innocent" people on these boards to buy even more rackets ! :)
     
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  15. jimanuel12

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    what can i say? the truth is the truth!!
    i just love tennis racquets - the more the merrier!!!!
     
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  16. Ronaldo

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    You can't have everything. Where would you put them?
     
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    Trust me you find ways to keep it all
     
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    belive me i know, my closet is full and i am looking at buying another one on fleabay. it is a great price.
    most of the older racquets you can pick up for a song. all the younger players want the newest racquets, us old folks go for the classics and they are usally very cheap.
     
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    Amen to that. I'd love to get some "new" frames, but I just can't justify purchasing a new racket while I can get a perfectly playable classic frame for 5-10% the price of a new one.
     
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    Just when I thought I might not go check the thrift stores again, I decided to go again this evening after work and find a couple more.

    Yonex RQ-380 for $4 and a Prince CTS Precision 90 for $2.......
     
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  21. mctennis

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    What type of thrift store? Goodwill? Or another just local one? I've been to our Goodwill store a few times and they didn't even have a racquet to look at.
     
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  22. VGP

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    I normally check out two particular thrift stores. One is a Goodwill, the other is just a local one but it is good sized. I'd say that there's usually some sort of tennis racket. Most are the budget aluminum rackets or some warped wooden ones. But sometimes there are decent finds.

    Both are kind of "hub" stores where they get a lot of donations of a variety of stuff.

    Typically, the Goodwill store prices their rackets at $4-$6, the other one at $2-$4 for things that look "old."

    Sometimes, I also check out the local Play it Again Sports used shops. There are several in town, but I only check a couple near me if I happen to be in those areas. Plus another one in a nearby city if I'm traveling north.

    Pricing at those stores depends on the management. Favorite ones price their frames anywhere between $8-$60 depending. The higher priced ones are frames that they consider "high end" and are more recent models if they take the time to check the market value or if they look like fancy new frames.
     
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    i just bought another one on fleabay, could not pass it up, $9.99 what a steal!!!!
     
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  24. VGP

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    waddidjuget?
     
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    I can't stop buying either. Just love fleabay, I just bought like 4 racquets from there: Wilson Kobra, Dunlop 200g MW, my old Wilson Graphite Pro 8.5si, and a Volkl Tour 6.
     
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  26. jimanuel12

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    i know, i sold 3 and bought 6 - now i am up to 12 racquets. but i don't have more than $75.00 in all 6 that i bought.
    good deals - just can't pass them up.
     
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  27. pshulam

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    You have a long way to go. Some of the collectors in this forum have racquets passed the 3-digits mark. I am waiting for late spring to sell some of mine to bring the count to a single digit.
     
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  28. Hannah19

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    I've got around 250 different old school rackets and around 350 in total.
    Including wood, alu, graphites that are either used or deadstock.

    Timespan: 1960-1995

    Many are posted on my site: www.vintagetennisgems.nl
    Many more are still waiting to be photographed.
     
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  29. jimanuel12

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    the weather here finally has gotten warm enough to get out and hit some balls. took my older classic rackets i bought this winter out and man, do they hit good. i loved all of them, 5 prince os and one older wilson os - all 12 oz or better and i got them all for a steal.
    loved them.
    can't wait until the weather is better - back in the 40's this weekend.
     
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  30. anirut

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    Please excuse me, gentlemen.

    Am I too late to join this thread?

    I just can't stop buying rackets too. Right now it's around 80 and counting.
     
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  31. treblings

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    i´m well into three digits myself, but i don´t have time counting:)
    old wooden rackets and old-school graphite frames that i still play with
    today. i have circa two dozen dunlop maxplys in different versions, 5 head vilas and 8 wimbledon graphite (rackets i competed with) ,.....,

    sorry hannah, no pinguins:)

    oh yes, and i´m currently bidding on 5 iprestige mid on fleabay
     
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  32. Virginia

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    I gave up at 500 and gradually found myself with 520. Sold a couple, gave 26 to the local college and have bought around a half dozen this year.

    I'm just in the process of re-arranging the whole lot in my new house. It looks like I'll be able to accommodate them all after all (I thought I'd have to shed a couple of hundred, but somehow I'm finding new ways of displaying them).
     
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    virgina,
    you have a beautiful collection. i love the older classic racquets. have bought 5 prince racquets over the winter and took them out this past week, man they play great!!
     
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    i do. i can't stop collecting old-school feel raxquets.
     
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  35. Virginia

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    Thanks jimanuel12. :)

    Lately I've been collecting the early Yonex "R" series - R-1, R-2, R-3 etc. Some of these are great looking racquets!
     
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  36. Ronaldo

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    Great racquets but the heads used to crack easily. R-7 was sweet.
     
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    i need to get in touch with virginia crawford...contact info ?
     
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    I gave you that info in the other thread. It's vcrawford [at] bridgetalk.com. :)
     
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    ...I started 4, 5 years ago, having in mind the five, ten main racquets of the players I had loved (Borg, Mac, Connors,...Edberg, Becker, etc.) and that I knew well...
    now, I have passed 200 frames, around 95% of them, new (most of them, at collectors' prices,...sigh...)
    And, already one year ago, I started saying to myself "this will be the last one..!".. :)
    (but the feelings and memories I get from these beauties have no price..)
     
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    here i go again: i just bought some more racquets on fleabay.
    now i have the following:

    3 prince pro 110
    2 prince spectrum 110
    1 prince OG
    3 fischer 105
    3 fischer 98
    1 wilson avenger 110 - old style - heavy
    1 fox OS - 110
    got most of these on fleabay at unbelievable prices

    still looking at 4 more
     
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  41. Virginia

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    Haha, I've just bought a few more too - mostly Rex King Yonexes. I've fallen in love with the R-50 (Pat Cash used this frame, I believe) - it's heavy at almost 14 ounces, but is so well balanced, you don't notice the weight.

    One of the most beautiful paint jobs ever, in my opinion.
     
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    We are hooked - ain't we??????
    I cannot pass up a great deal. I have bought some great classic racquets this winter on fleabay at unbelievable prices!!!!
    These young kids - they all want the newest and latest racquets. Some of the classic racquets i have bought recently - they were almost giving them away.
    i had one of my prince pro 110 restrung - man that baby is sweet.
     
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    I can't blame you for collecting. I definitely have more than I need but have convinced myself that as long as I only have 7 or 8 that I'm not using and hang them on the wall then it's all good. I've tried to keep it to what I used growing up. Jack Kramer Woodie, T2000, several other Wilson's as I went through H.S. and college and then the one odd ball stick from my main playing era that I couldn't resist picking up. A pristine prince mono. I still think that stick is pure art.

    The one that has made me the most jealous out of any collection is seeing a local club that had the Prince 'God' Racket. Yep, unusable but it vividly brings back that time for me. I would love to find one at a decent price.
     
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    Good...Im not alone!!! I just got my 4th prince cts db 26.
     
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  45. Ronaldo

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    Do you really use all these racquets in one year?
     
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    I never kept any of my old classic racquets. got rid of them many years ago, now i am thinking of collecting the ones i used to have, just have to figure out a place to put them all.
     
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    I was responding to someone else thread.

    Originally Posted by jimanuel12 here i go again: i just bought some more racquets on fleabay.
    now i have the following:

    3 prince pro 110
    2 prince spectrum 110
    1 prince OG
    3 fischer 105
    3 fischer 98
    1 wilson avenger 110 - old style - heavy
    1 fox OS - 110
    got most of these on fleabay at unbelievable prices

    still looking at 4 more
     
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    Garage, storage room, basement, spare bed rooms, balcony, or under your bed. :) BTW, mine are all in the basement. They only take up a space of 20" x 12" x 28" (W x D x H).
     
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    that's nothing compared to some of the fine folks here who have over 100+ racquets! ;)
     

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