I cannot stop buying tennis rackets!!!

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  1. Rorsach

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    My 2 latest thrift store buys (for a total of 2.50):

    An as good as new Fin Hunter (didn't even know they sold this brand over here):
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    And a brand new Wimbledon racquet bag in beautiful Wimbledon purple:
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  2. VGP

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    Rorsach - your thrift store scores are the best I've seen around here!
     
  3. Fearsome Forehand

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    Search the auction site for 180660328129.

    Not suggesting anyone here buy these. 2100 rackets is way too much unless you are opening The Museum of Tennis Rackets. :)

    Looks like he had no takers at his $16,000 :shock: asking price.

    I have around 100 rackets and think that is probably about 70 too many.
     
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    I have that same bag in green (unfortunately not "new" anymore) that i used in high school when i also played Wimbledon brand rackets.
    Man those were some nice hitting frames (i played the All-Pro/GK-NinetyEight),
    essentially a POG copy.

    jealous...
     
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  5. Roadway

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    Tried very hard to refrain from this addiction, but failed evry time.
     
  6. jimanuel12

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    i just keep going - bought 5 more this weekend on fleabay.
    i guess my small collection is nothing compared to many on here who have - as you stated - 100+.
    man - i just love getting a good deal. i have bought all these wonderful classic racquets from the 1980's for almost nothing.
    i love it!!!!!!!!

    :)
     
  7. VGP

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    ....just curious which 5 more did you acquire?
     
  8. jimanuel12

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    1 prince os pro 110
    1 wilson profile 110
    1 wilson ceramic 110
    1 fox 110
    1 prince OG
     
  9. martinross

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    If I get to 20+ frames I try to reduce, it's kind of like watching your weight
     
  10. coachrick

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    HEY! I resemble that remark! :)
    No wonder I have 80 on display and a similar number in boxes. I could certainly lose 30 pounds(of either!) and not suffer! ;)
     
  11. jimanuel12

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    have 20 all together - cannot pass up a great deal.
     
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    I'm just trying to get my hands on a Prince Boron in players condition, only racquet left that I want to own.
    Currently around 8 in the bag, probably 8 more in the old bag that are from parents/siblings.
     
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    I keep sayin "I only want this one last one",.......and then I get it,...and not long after that, another catches my eye,....:shock:
     
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    Haha, tell me about it! :)
     
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    i am so happy there are so many people have the same interesting.
     
  16. zepphead33

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    10 is not awful. disc golf players are the worst hoarders in the world. i am talking like 500+ discs
     
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    I'm at 7 in about two months back to playing. The justification that I have is that I use older, cheap rackets and if I find them it almost doesn't make sense not to by them. Really, the only thing that I compete with other people for is the Dunlop Max 200g, the rest of the sticks that I like no one else seems to want so I keep getting them for about $30... Now if I give in to my fixation with wooden rackets and start grabbing those (beyond the specific one that I play with) it could be a slippery slope to being in the 100+ club quickly... Of course when you consider that I have a small collection of custom bicycles as well, the cost of one of those could buy me hundreds of old woodies, so maybe it wouldn't be too bad...
     
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    If you don't mind me asking, which ones are those?

    My favorite frame is like what you describe. The Wilson Graphite Force Midsize.
     
  19. 6-2/6-4/6-0

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    I go back and forth between the 200g and 300i - fortunately because Stefi and Mac played with the 200g, no one cares about the 300i. Even have a 400i, which has more access to spin and is a bit stiffer still, but I just don't really feel like I need it most of the time and miss the feel of the 200/300 when I play with it. Nice to have in the bag anyway. Not bad for a bit of doubles...
     
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    i have a
    Ksurge
    Ksix one
    puredrive
    aero pro drive french open
    pure drive 135 anneversery
    in my bag but have a lot of others that i never use and i never use the ksurge
     
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    just added two more. this may actually get out of control one day. for now, I think that as long as I keep it to an average of less than one a week I'll be ok...
     
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    i was thinking like this and now i probably have over 50 racquets! :shock: i'm afraid to count.
     
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    Yeah, this still totals 52 frames a year. Imagine where you'll be in a few years.
     
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    i dont understand. what are you going to do with all these racquets. i was buying a few racquets here and there to test and see if i liked. once i finally found the racquet i liked the most i sold everything else. i know only own 3 bab pstgt's. whats the need for racquets you dont use. i dont wanna just look at them. it makes me wanna play
     
  25. 6-2/6-4/6-0

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    The rackets that I buy are all fairly similar - flexible, heavy player's sticks. I use different ones based on my mood, and what I'm doing. I'll take the woodies to the courts and hit with my son. I'll use the Dunlop IMFs when I want to play with people who are more competitive but I want to keep the wooden-racket skills sharp. I just picked up a couple of Volkl mids that should be reasonably similar to using the heavy IMFs.

    If I was going back and forth between a bunch of different performing rackets that would be one thing, but because I keep them all in the same ballpark of performance I don't notice a problem switching.
     
  26. jimanuel12

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    man, we got it bad haven't we?
    i started out 2 years ago - i had 3 racquets - now i have 21.
    bought almost all of them on fleabay back in the winter for almost nothing.
    just cannot stop - i love the old classic ones and they still are out there - most of the time at really good prices.
    i could not afford them when they first came out - but now they are so cheap i can't resist buying them for a song.
    i love hitting with them. i take about 6 of them to the court at a time and just change back and forth.
    my tennis buddy looks at me like i am crazy - because he only has 4.
    but so far - i can still beat him with my old old racquets!!!
    even with all my racquets and gear - it is still so much cheaper than golf!!!
     
  27. tom_asdelonge182

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    21??!! how did you convince ur partner to allow you to keep them all?
     
  28. Dgpsx7

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    I went from 3 to 14 back down to 5 and now I think 7. Of course my 7 now are all awesome.
     
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    she collects antiques - so she is very understanding when it comes to my racquet collection.
    all my racquets i have bought recently are much cheaper than her purchases, so she is cool with it.

    i just bought one the other day for $14.50 and she said "oh, that was a good deal".
    Most of the racquets i have bought are the old classics - got them for little of nothing. I would say on average i paid about $12.00 each - not a bad deal.
    i have only had to string 2 of them, all the others are good. in fact 2 of them had just been restrung.
    i keep saying - that is it - no more - then i find another great deal.
    we will see where it goes from here.:)
     
  30. Tarrantennis

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    Buy as many as you like.
    Whilst knowing that good players don't usually do this.
     
  31. Fearsome Forehand

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    Best players I knew personally had all of two rackets. :)
     
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    21 is nothing. 2100, now we are talkin.' :)
     
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    Who's talking about playing good tennis here? You know this forum is a small community of tennis racket collectors. We all range in skill level but our collection hobby does not have anything to do with actually playing tennis. We like to try what other rackets feel like and how how they differ from others. We love collecting racket and its something we enjoy doing.

    These people on the forum are awesome people nonetheless and they know so much about tennis equipment that most people can't even imagine. Our collection doesn't make us any better than other players but it also doesn't make us any worst.
     
  34. jimanuel12

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    Amen to that brother. we just love the game and love to collect racquets, has nothing to do with playing ability.
     
  35. coachrick

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    Reminds me of a fellow at USC(the original in South Carolina) back in the early '70s. He'd stand around the courts holding ONE Maxply Fort and one can of balls, usually while wearing cutoff jeans and Skidgrips. Usually, someone would ask if he wanted to hit and he would join in. Didn't take long to find out he was on the USC team as he would routinely smoke his new hitting partners. ;)

    Ah, the good old days! :)
     
  36. jimanuel12

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    i remember when i was young - i played the top tennis college player in Virgina at the time. he beat my *** all the time but i got better just by playing him.
    i also remember having to wait at least an hour just to get on the court.
    yes - those were the days!!!!
     
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    Well Said !!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  38. bosworthbatter

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    my tennis club see me with a new stick every few weeks (trying out a relic) they dont get it....
     
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    If there was a "like" button I would press it
     
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    Its nice to come here, and not feel like crazy, because in my tennis club and work, no one undestand that I need to buy and try so many diferents rackets :)

    I feel in home here..
     
  41. jimanuel12

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    you are home here. most of us love tennis, love to collect racquets even though we may only use one or two.
    as for me, i try a different one about every time i play. my playing partner just looks at me like i have two heads.
    but that is ok - i love a great deal.
    i just wish i had kept my old wood racquets - gave them to goodwill years ago, now i miss them.:)
     
  42. Ronaldo

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    Seeking Asylum......................found insanity
     
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    most probably true.. but I'm enjoying the dream until I wake up :)

    I had knee surgery 3 weeks ago, so I'm deviating all of my tennis energy, into looking at technique improvements and new rackets..I will have quite a few new ones to try when I recover.

    I couldnt resist if not :(
     
  44. Ronaldo

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    Do not let knee surgery stop you from hitting!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uNB4tMl8P8
     
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    Alright, I'm averaging about 1 a week so far. Lots of inexpensive ones. Just picked up a Rossi Johan Kriek - crazy racket constructed of graphite sandwiched between aluminum sheets. Fun to hit with for grins and giggles though...
     
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    A thousand pardons, 6(May I call you 6 ?)...that 'stuff' between the aluminum overlays is FRP and foam. They may have 'sprinkled' some graphite dust in there somewhere :) , but it's essentially fiberglass, plastic and foam.

    Still a fun hit as long as you don't catch anything too high on the face.
     
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    Good luck with the recovery - hope you are back the court and hitting like crazy in no time.
    keep us informed of your progress.
     
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    Tennis injuries = getting better at collecting rackets.
     
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    Last night, I stopped by the thrift store and picked up a couple Prince Precision 730 longbody rackets (97 sq. in. heads last available around '98 ) for $0.99 each.

    I looked hard to see if they were cracked, but I suppose they were marked so cheap because the strings were broken (normally at that store a "functional" racket is priced at $2-$4).

    I decided to get the two. Both are #4 grips. Apart from the strings, the grommets one one are more broken up than the others and the previous owner built up the grips with two replacement grips and two overgrips (yucky old Tournagrip). The bumperguard on one is worn pretty thin but the frames themselves are perfectly fine.

    I stripped the rackets to the bare handles and cut out the strings.

    I'm deciding on whether or not to pursue this as a project. I wonder if I'll be able to track down replacement plastic parts. If not I'll have to figure out grommet/tubing options. I can cheaply protect the top with black athletic tape. It's funny when you can get frame for cheaper than the strings you're gonna put in.....

    I don't normally use extended length rackets but I'm curious.

    What to do, what to do......
     
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    Today I just had a guy drop off a beautiful Garcia Continental 3000. Blue Star strings and everything. It's gorgeous. Two small blemishes that I'll try to get cleaned up, but otherwise a cherry stick...
     

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