Value of a St. Vincent.

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  1. Brent8

    Brent8 New User

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    I've been looking around the internet to try to find the value of the Original St. Vincent 6.0s. I've checked about the red primer and the 17.5-18 mm beam width, and that's mine. Can anyone give me a link or any advice? Much appreciated!
     
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  2. sureshs

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    Could go for up to $500
     
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  3. dr325i

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    Depends on condition.
    New, can fetch 4 digits. New is a collectible item. As soon as used the value drops significantly, just like with any collectible (PT630, PC600, etc)
    7/10 can fetch maybe $160-200
    Most of them are 6 and below and will be $120 or below

    Also grip size may affect the value. I'd say L3 and L4 are more desired than the L5
     
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  4. jonestim

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    Not as much as you would think. I see the asking prices that high, but have sold three and have yet to get that much for one. I have an L3 in the classifieds now that is in really good shape (7.5-8 depending how picky you are) and an ask price of $150 shipped with no bites for three months. I think the most I have sold for was $125 plus shipping for a 7 to 7.5 one. Cheapest was a 6 that sold for $66 plus shipping.
     
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  5. dak95_00

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    The value definitely came down with the reissued pro staffs. Most people could careless about st vincent or just 6.0 as long as it is 85 Wilson.

    Before the reissue, $300 and after is more like $120. New is a different story.
     
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  6. retrowagen

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    It's a bubble thing, just like real estate, Beanie Babies, or many other things.

    It's a good racquet with a great history, but it seems as though people don't realize how popular this model was, when new, and correspondingly, how many Wilson made. They're not rare, at all. :?
     
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  7. Sanglier

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    At the risk of overstating the obvious, this is how I see it:

    Vsv = Vi + Fps/(N+T+S)

    Vsv: Commercial value of a PS85 St Vincent of a given condition
    Vi: Inherent value of the racquet to an average player
    Fps: The Pete Sampras Factor
    N: Available number of SVs in similar condition
    T: Time since Pete left the tour
    S: Number of popular new stars on the scene who rose (and will continue to rise) after Pete's exit

    From the above, one can deduce that unless a significant number of SVs succumb to misuse or natural disasters in the years to come, Vsv will eventually equal to Vi. And since Vi itself is dependent on the popularity and availability of alternative racquets, which are in turn a function of how design technology and the game evolve in the future, the probability of Vi increasing substantially from where it is now is slim at best.

    The only way that today's SV "investors" can turn a guaranteed profit on their inventory is if some young prodigy comes along and adopts the SV, then miraculously dominates the tour the way Pete did all those years ago, thereby breathing new life into the SV myth and reigniting the feeding frenzy for a new generation of hoarders.

    Of course, Pete wasn't the only reason the SV became sought after, but without his contribution, Vsv would be a lot closer to Vi than it is now.


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  8. mhkeuns

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    I had three Ultra 2 midsize and three Pro Staff 85's.

    Two Ultra 2's made in Chicago (7.5/10) sold for $80 each. One St. Vincent Ultra 2 in mint condition was sold for $150.

    I cracked one of the St. Vincent (w/ bumpers) and decided to sell the other two. One was the bumperless version and the other was with the bumper. The bumperless version (7.5/10) sold for $75. The St. Vincent version (9/10) sold for $150.

    I don't know why, but the made in Chicago sticks didn't sell very high. The St. Vincent model on the other hand... Let's just say I wished I had more... If it's in a good condition, it's really easy to sell.
     
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  9. mhkeuns

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    There are so many players from the 80's who want the original Pro Staff that I think the demand will always be there. I just got tired of the Pro Staff/Ultra 2 feel and am using the IG Prestige Mid and MP.

    Love how you explained it, though. Awesome.
     
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  10. mhkeuns

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    Are you serious? St. Vincent Pro Staff went for $300???:shock::shock:

    Dang it! I thought I did well selling the 25 year old racquet for that price. :oops:
     
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  11. garytan68

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    I think the value of the St Vincent also coincided with which version that Pete Sampras is perceived to have used. Most people tend to agree that Pete preferred or used the later version St Vincent with the butt cap code BSQ. Rumored to have a "thicker" 18mm beam width.
     
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  12. courtking

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    it's true.. I have pete sampras BSQ racket and it's thicker and heavier at throat.. about 10g heavier than a standard St. Vincent.
     
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