Originally Posted by Racquet Man
Equijet, most posters on these (and similar boards) don't have close access to the players actual sticks, unless they are the tour stringers, pro racquet tuners like Ron Yu or Tom Martinez or have special privileges or relationships with players that give you ready access to touring pro's racquets like you or Ericsson seem to have. A number of people who post on this board have access to pro stock racquets (ex: many have acquired Head PT57A's and TGK238.1's, and also racquets from the Wilson Pro shop,etc) But not many of us posters have access to the actual racquets of our favorite ATP players (past and present). So please keep posting your collection and any other info you can give on specs. The reality is that for most of us, the information is for interest purposes only because we are fans. Most of us cannot handle the set-ups that these pros play with and do it any justice.
You have an enviable collection. The racquets themselves are nothing more than sticks. That doesn't make them valuable. We can buy a similar stick and get P1 or RPNY or any other top tuner to recreate the same set-up that they do for Federer or sampras or whoever. Your racquets in someone elses hands is just that, a racquet once owned by a player. In your hands, its a gift from your friend or acquaintance who plays on the tour. This collection was built from your special relationship with the players. That's what makes it valuable to you!
I don't really understand what you mean by suggesting that you'd consider selling some duplications? Perhaps you can clarify.
For me, the answer to your question on how you should share the racquets with us is that you should post your collection and all relevant info on the racquets either on a dedicated page here or on a seperate blog (but post the blog address here of course), with all or as much technical info as you can give. That is all the sharing we can realistically ask of you. If you want to sell them, go to Southby's or sites like that if the stuff is authentic, otherwise go to the big auction site( Starts with an E.....and ends with a Bay!)
That said, can you tell us all what other players racquets you have in your collection?
I'd mean that I may consider to share my surplus collections to someone who are really deserved to acquire those authentic rackets but don't prefer to sell them away for commercial purpose, since I aware that they are something beyond money and my friendships with the original owners are far more valuable than any prices. So, I welcome for any proposals to execute my idea.
More pros rackets will be posted on this forum later sequentially but wouldn't reveal the list in advance unless the photos are available. It should be very time consuming to process the photographing and uploading, etc...Therefore, please await my posts in sooner future. But I can tell you that Sampras' Wimbledon winning racket is on my list. Cheers