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coachrick 04-11-2013 01:43 PM

Serious downsizing might mean no more collecting...
 
Ladies and gentlemen...DW and I are embarking on a serious downsizing and simplification in our house size and likely our personal lives(We'll see how this pans out ;) ). As such, I will likely be liquidating my modest collection of vintage rackets over the next few months. This isn't a sales pitch as much as a request that anyone who has done something similar please let me know how it went...do you miss the 'hunt' or the proudly displayed pieces of history? Did your collection find a new 'home' with a collector or did you just 'set them free' and put them out of your mind?

My 30 or so 'bare-handled' vintage rackets have no personal connection to me; but they are darned cool because of the way rackets were built 'back then'.

The 60-70 rackets from the 1960s through the '80s have some personal meaning, either as models I used during that time or just because they are 'different' along the lines of the Durbin or Seamco Rosewall. I would imagine it would be hard to cull the herd and keep only a very few meaningful frames...perhaps best to simply 'let go'...(like I did with a really nice table saw that was used 'maybe' once a year :) ).

The stringing machine will stay with me as I use it fairly frequently. The vintage rackets, unfortunately, just hang on the wall(with such an empty wall not likely being 'available' in the new house of half the size ;) ).

This will be an interesting journey. I can't claim any sort of investment of time and effort compared to some of our 'Classic' members, but the collection is meaningful in a small way, I reckon. Thanks for letting me share a bit.

retrowagen 04-11-2013 02:10 PM

Whilst many hereabouts have racquet collections that, like the universe, continue to expand (and may never stop!), mine too was sharply curtailed when we moved house a couple years ago, from a comfortably larger, big city house near the tennis club, to a cozy little house on some property up in the mountains.

Some may claim that tennis is a metaphor for life, but really, life is so much more than a hobby or exercise pursuit... It's relationships, experiences, triumphs, tragedies, and all the details in between. And it's quite common for one's possessions to get in the way, as seasons change. I've kept enough of my favorite racquets around to allow me (and 20 or so friends!) to have a hit. I have a few that are up for grabs on a big auction site. And I still look around for intriguing ones to purchase and ready for the next user to cherish.

Don't worry - oddly enough, you'll find ways to spend your time, with or without this hobby as a priority!

And best of luck as you turn this page in the book of your life, downsize, re-organize, re-prioritize, and move forward! It's a wild ride, but a good one! :)

v-verb 04-11-2013 02:44 PM

well if you have any K88's or Pro Staff 85's available I would be interested.

coachrick 04-11-2013 03:56 PM

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Originally Posted by v-verb (Post 7338491)
well if you have any K88's or Pro Staff 85's available I would be interested.

Sorry, I know details belong in the FS/FT forum; but none of those in the collection. I'll post details in the proper forum as I get time and pictures. Thx

v-verb 04-11-2013 04:21 PM

Cool - thanks!

gavna 04-11-2013 04:35 PM

Looking forward to see what you post - sorry for you......

joe sch 04-11-2013 07:09 PM

Its difficult to let them go but satisfying if you can take the time to do it on individual or pairs of rackets basis so you get a fair deal and so they go to users and collectors who will really appreciate them.

You will even meet some nice buyers and maybe develop a relationship with the adaptors. I dont need any but would of course surely like to own one of yours.

Have fun unloading :)

Fearsome Forehand 04-11-2013 07:28 PM

All things must end. :)

Perhaps, build a small man cave at your new abode? A small shack in the back yard equiped with a mini-fridge of adult beverages in which you can hold meetings of the local chapter of the He-Man Woman Haters Club and adorn your walls with much revered rackets.

I would keep your absolute favorites and sell the remainder. Once gone, they will not not mean that much. Like lost loves from long ago. Take pictures for memories sake.

I am in the process myself. Had hundreds, sold quite a few, still selling in hopes of getting down to the essential, playable core. :)

magnut 04-11-2013 07:38 PM

Good. There have not been many vintage frames for sale in the classifieds lately. Its been kind of boring.

I went through a bunch of mine last week as well and donated the junk. Probably will get rid of some more this week.

I only keep the frames that I play with though. I am building a tennis lounge room and might start looking for some weird stuff to hang on the wall.

The Winchester racquet is staying though! "Winchester...as good as the gun!" LOL. Possible the greatest tennis slogan of all time. The frame is mint and I paid $7 for it. It will go to the kids with a signed contract to keep it in the family. I have no idea how much its worth anymore but it was not cheap the last time I looked.

Anyways we all look forward to seeing what you dump on us.

jimbo333 04-12-2013 03:13 AM

To be honest Coach I think it is a bit sad that you are selling these, as tennis has clearly been a big part of your life. I know some people keep their rackets in a garden shed or garage, where they are out the way from the house.

Having said that, as long as you keep a few of your absolute favourites, then I can see it as life moving forward. I've only been collecting for about 5 years. I will definitely sell my collection at some point maybe soon in the future. Life goes on, it's all good:)

coachrick 04-12-2013 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by jimbo333 (Post 7339238)
To be honest Coach I think it is a bit sad that you are selling these, as tennis has clearly been a big part of your life. I know some people keep their rackets in a garden shed or garage, where they are out the way from the house.

Having said that, as long as you keep a few of your absolute favourites, then I can see it as life moving forward. I've only been collecting for about 5 years. I will definitely sell my collection at some point maybe soon in the future. Life goes on, it's all good:

Not that I need a reason to procrastinate(I am an expert, I reckon ;) ); but I just got word that the new neighborhood where we are most interested in buying won't even start construction until June. :(

Here in the States, the housing market is most active during spring for home searches and summer for actual closing and moving. That complicates matters a bit. Still behooves us to start whittling away at our stuff sooner rather than later. If, by chance, we sell our current home MONTHS before the new place becomes available, it'll certainly be easier not having a ton of stuff to store in the interim. Hmmm.... I still need to catalog the rackets and get some pictures. (Un)fortunately, the weather will be in the low 80sF for the next few days; so staying inside to de-clutter and re-arrange may have to wait! ;) The convertible and the bicycle are calling! :)

dak95_00 04-12-2013 08:01 PM

I tell myself I'm not a collector but still hunt and buy when I see something I know will be sought after by others. I like reselling. If I make a few dollars, I like it more but I like putting racquets in the hands of people who will appreciate them.

I'll get rid of all of mine except the ones I play and the ones I think I'll play. I've been buying wood so I can host a woodie tourney and want to have enough racquets for my friends to be able to play too.

As far as collecting, I just want to have a representative of the racquets I played and had meaning in my life. There were only three racquets and I have two of them now. I just have to find the third and it is a cheapie I could get now for under $20.

rodracquet 04-13-2013 01:55 AM

Racquet Collecting
 
Well I see racquet collecting within the mix expressed above. You can aim to collect as many as you possibly or you can zero in on specific sub groups like metal racquets, like tournament winning racquets, like player racquets etc. Everyone has their own take on what and how much to collect.

To start with when I see a wall you can make a decision to hang three pictures or put up 40 racquets. If you look at racquets as artwork, I do, then you should keep at least 40 favourites.

The rest sell them to people who want them. Finding racquets is great fun and so is selling them to make a few bucks along the way. I sell to hopefully end up owning a collection for free. (At least this keeps my wife at bay). Regularly a $10 racquet sells for $30-150 if you know what you are buying.

Obviously, a time will come for someone to takeover or sell the rest. Either do it yourself or check out the local sporting auctioneers.

Pick a good one. A mate rang having just spent $60 only to buy 26 racquets just for the one he was chasing. I think the 25 are coming my way to sort out what do next and I bet I can turn that $60 into $350-$400.

Good luck on your sale and the other thing is if you aren't to short of cash for living then at least you can turn the collection into a trip to Wimbledon or Roland Garros and enjoy the views on the way.

By the way I probably only have 160 racquets. That is about my limit.

jimbo333 04-13-2013 03:06 AM

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Originally Posted by coachrick (Post 7340292)
Not that I need a reason to procrastinate(I am an expert, I reckon ;) ); but I just got word that the new neighborhood where we are most interested in buying won't even start construction until June. :(

Here in the States, the housing market is most active during spring for home searches and summer for actual closing and moving. That complicates matters a bit. Still behooves us to start whittling away at our stuff sooner rather than later. If, by chance, we sell our current home MONTHS before the new place becomes available, it'll certainly be easier not having a ton of stuff to store in the interim. Hmmm.... I still need to catalog the rackets and get some pictures. (Un)fortunately, the weather will be in the low 80sF for the next few days; so staying inside to de-clutter and re-arrange may have to wait! The convertible and the bicycle are calling! :)

Well I used to procrastinate all the time, but not any more, I just end up doing as many easy, less important, things as I can instead:?

vwfye 04-15-2013 10:02 AM

Rick, perhaps you could do what I did... the usable part of my collection is now being used by many of my HS players that can't afford new stuff. Most of them got a racquet for $25 and that inclueded new strings. I get to see them being used and know that the students appreciate not having to buy a W*&m@#t piece of poo.

coachrick 04-15-2013 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by vwfye (Post 7344851)
Rick, perhaps you could do what I did... the usable part of my collection is now being used by many of my HS players that can't afford new stuff. Most of them got a racquet for $25 and that inclueded new strings. I get to see them being used and know that the students appreciate not having to buy a W*&m@#t piece of poo.

That's a thought. I've refurbished a number of sticks over the years, donating them to local parks primarily. Selling some of them for a few bucks is a nice compromise, especially if they go to kids who need them at a fraction of the cost of something off the rack.

gavna 04-15-2013 02:25 PM

How about a list of what you have in ur collection?????
Simple view of what's hanging on your walls?

coachrick 04-15-2013 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by gavna (Post 7345324)
How about a list of what you have in ur collection?????
Simple view of what's hanging on your walls?

I'm hoping to work on that later in the week. Been heading in other directions since first posting...house-hunting mainly but the 'clearance' sale has started(hoping gold holds on for one more day...already 'lost' a few bucks on the old jewelry and scrap silver).

gavna 04-15-2013 11:22 PM

What part of town are you looking at?

Buddy of mine (loooooong time teaching pro here in Htown and ex UH player in its heyday) just bought a hacienda style in Mason, Tx and going to install a grass court and retire there next yr. I'm partial to New Braunfels and the wife prefers Wimberly - still deciding which way to go.

Apparently Mason is this tennis Mecca for retired players and ex pros???? Who knew?

coachrick 04-16-2013 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by gavna (Post 7346114)
What part of town are you looking at?

Buddy of mine (loooooong time teaching pro here in Htown and ex UH player in its heyday) just bought a hacienda style in Mason, Tx and going to install a grass court and retire there next yr. I'm partial to New Braunfels and the wife prefers Wimberly - still deciding which way to go.

Apparently Mason is this tennis Mecca for retired players and ex pros???? Who knew?

DW wants to stay closer to town on the north side. We're in Avery Ranch, the northernmost part of the city limits of Austin. Family is north Austin and up to Lampasas(a truly sleepy retirement possibility in another decade or so). Oddly, DW used to visit Newk's yearly from Atlanta...I never made the trip from the hot Atlanta courts to the hotter Texas courts! I've still not visited the place. :(

Cowboy brother-in-law almost bought a hunk of land in Wimberley just as the bottom fell out of the market...glad we didn't get involved in that. It's a little too far from civilization for me...again, maybe in another decade or so.;)

I've never been west of Marble Falls! Didn't know about Mason's tennis attraction. Looks like it's been going on for a while...this article is from 1976!
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...ne/MAG1091814/


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