Help! My wife thinks 180 racquets are too many?

RNEast

New User
Keep about 12 for yourself, then load up the rest and go to some public tennis courts and start giving them away to needy kids.
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
Out of curiosity, what do you have? Just racquets you play with, or some sort of collection? Obviously, you could sell them in the classified's section or some other site.
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
Let's us know when you appear on Hoarders. :)

I have about 100 rackets give or take. Way too many. After a certain number, it is sort of pointless. I am selling them off in dribs and drabs. Hopefully, this summer, a lot of them will find new owners.

It is hard to say no when you see a good deal on an interesting racket. That is how one ends up with so many.

How many pairs of shoes does your wife own? Might be a good way to deflect her argument. :)
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
How many pairs of shoes does your wife own? Might be a good way to deflect her argument. :)
Let us know how that works out for you! :)

Fortunately, DW 'gave' me the large 'wreck' room and I have ~85 rackets displayed on the wall(depending on the day). I have another 50 or so in boxes and THOSE are the ones I need to find a use for. Each displayed racket has a bit of a personal story(or some memory for me from when the model was current) and I'm not adding just to add, if you know what I mean. Do I need SIX Wilson T-series sticks? Nah. 10 OPS various model Yonex rackets? Nope. I could certainly cull and create some more space or just 'lighten the load' a bit. No need at this time. We'll see what spring holds! :)
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
By the bye, DW developed something of a basket fetish a few years back. She was president of a non-profit that used 'silent' auctions as part of their fund raising efforts. Her committee would put together 'gift' baskets of various sizes to be auctioned off(most baskets were doggie related since the organization was a Therapy Dog group). I made the mistake of finding some great deals on wicker, rattan, straw baskets and we loaded up our basement(the darned things are mostly AIR, after all). It took over a year to get rid of all the extra baskets and convince My Darling that she needed fewer and fewer baskets over time. We still have a couple dozen that are just taking up space. Every now and then we find a use for one--usually when giving away something ELSE we don't really need.

Different strokes, as they say. ;)
 

Virginia

Hall of Fame
My husband used to think 500+ was too many, so I gave a few away (about 40 I think) to the local hospice shop. Most were aluminium, so no great loss, but they were gone within a week.

I think I have around 480 right now, but we have a large double garage, so I can display quite a few (the best ones of course) on the walls. I also have two clothing racks, that take 70 frames each. One is for woods, the other for graphites. The rest are tidied away in a large bin (around 120 there I think).

Plus I have all my new frames (new, old, if you know what I mean) on the shelves of a bookcase and a few more hidden away in a large chest of drawers. Oh yes, and some in a cupboard....
 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
I say 500+ are too few for a couple who share then same interest. Think about it, if both play a different frame each day, that won't last them a year. Get more.
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
My husband used to think 500+ was too many, so I gave a few away (about 40 I think) to the local hospice shop. Most were aluminium, so no great loss, but they were gone within a week.

I think I have around 480 right now, but we have a large double garage, so I can display quite a few (the best ones of course) on the walls. I also have two clothing racks, that take 70 frames each. One is for woods, the other for graphites. The rest are tidied away in a large bin (around 120 there I think).

Plus I have all my new frames (new, old, if you know what I mean) on the shelves of a bookcase and a few more hidden away in a large chest of drawers. Oh yes, and some in a cupboard....
Good on you, kiwi. :)

You are the ideal woman in the eyes of the Classic Racket Talk Section. :)
 

NLBwell

Legend
My husband used to think 500+ was too many, so I gave a few away (about 40 I think) to the local hospice shop. Most were aluminium, so no great loss, but they were gone within a week.

I think I have around 480 right now, but we have a large double garage, so I can display quite a few (the best ones of course) on the walls. I also have two clothing racks, that take 70 frames each. One is for woods, the other for graphites. The rest are tidied away in a large bin (around 120 there I think).

Plus I have all my new frames (new, old, if you know what I mean) on the shelves of a bookcase and a few more hidden away in a large chest of drawers. Oh yes, and some in a cupboard....
Virgina, if you or someone else on the boards wants a Basti racket (which no one seems to know about), the one in the second hand store might be still there. I don't have a use for it since I don't really collect them, but since it seems unknown someone might want it since it might be rare. I'll buy it for whoever want to pay the price ($15? maybe, can't remember for sure) and the shipping.
 

NLBwell

Legend
If something is given away, it is perceived as having no worth to kids.
Makes tennis seem worthless.
Hmmm, how to make them earn it? How to make it seem like a valuable prize?
Not sure myself, but things to think about to make your gift worthwhile.
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
Man, you cant tell your wife everything... those 180 "lovers" is something you have to hide from her. Keep them away from her, dont let them meet.. It will only cause conflicts.

;)
 

6-2/6-4/6-0

Semi-Pro
While I would never advocate lying to your wife, I have adopted the simple answer when a racket shows up at the house and she asks how many I have, "too many." Keeps things much more simple and saves me from needing to count.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
While I would never advocate lying to your wife, I have adopted the simple answer when a racket shows up at the house and she asks how many I have, "too many." Keeps things much more simple and saves me from needing to count.
Believe me, when 'trial' rackets became popular, many a new racket was passed off with: "Oh, that? It's just a demo I'm trying" . ;)
 

neverstopplaying

Professional
My wife actually listens with interest (or pretends to anyway) as I describe how great the latest racquet addition performs, and how its different from the others in my posession. I've cut down the collection to about 30, but have probably owned 70+ over the last few years.

Personally I would have a problem with my wife telling me how many racquets I should own. I don't comment on her purchases and she doesn't comment on mine - works for us. And no, you can't have her.
 
I have close to a 100. My wife has stopped believing the "it's a demo that I will soon sell" line a while back and of course she sees the credit card statements as well.
After every big splurge, I take a break for a few weeks to get things back to normal. There is no long time solution to this issue though. Recently I succumbed to pressure and sold about 10 and after a week, spent that money to buy another 12.
 

anirut

Legend
... where's Hall of Fame ... ?

Looking back, I'm still in awe of his collection when I visited him last May.

I have something around 120+ and my wife has gotten use to the growing numbers. It's like she prefers that I spend on rackets than on booze.
 

OldFedIsOld

Professional
Sell them if they are rare racquets, give them away if they aren't really worth anything, or practice your racquet smashing skills because thats a skill more overlooked than the return of serve.
 

Hannah19

Professional
I've got over 600 now....
OK, most of them are to be sold but still.....
Check out my site, go to Collectors Talk and click the "Opening VTG" album to get an idea how I managed to squeeze them all in a 3 x 6 meter garage box.
 

OldFedIsOld

Professional
I've got over 600 now....
OK, most of them are to be sold but still.....
Check out my site, go to Collectors Talk and click the "Opening VTG" album to get an idea how I managed to squeeze them all in a 3 x 6 meter garage box.
I...I......Im really speechless, I have to ask how long have you been collecting and how much would you value this wonderland?
 

Hannah19

Professional
^^^ I've been at it for about 4 1/2 years now.
Most of these frames are for trade but many find their way into my racket bag and will never be sold. I'm not really a collector but it does feel that way when you see the number I have today.
It will take me forever to auction these of and I'm constantly on the look out for more classics that are of any value.
The total value of all rackets is estimated at 35,000 euro and insured for 50,000 euro.
 

zapvor

G.O.A.T.
^^^ I've been at it for about 4 1/2 years now.
Most of these frames are for trade but many find their way into my racket bag and will never be sold. I'm not really a collector but it does feel that way when you see the number I have today.
It will take me forever to auction these of and I'm constantly on the look out for more classics that are of any value.
The total value of all rackets is estimated at 35,000 euro and insured for 50,000 euro.
spoken like a true collector:)
 

VGP

Legend
Would a 'collector' that says they're not, but possesses that much stuff be considered a not a collector but a hoarder?

I'm on the hoarding side of things.....
 

jimanuel12

Semi-Pro
I have close to a 100. My wife has stopped believing the "it's a demo that I will soon sell" line a while back and of course she sees the credit card statements as well.
After every big splurge, I take a break for a few weeks to get things back to normal. There is no long time solution to this issue though. Recently I succumbed to pressure and sold about 10 and after a week, spent that money to buy another 12.
sounds like me, i sold 2 and bought 4 the last couple of weeks. i'm hooked.:confused:
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
Is David Wheaton the OP?

I have to think the wife told him to get rid of all those damn old tennis rackets in the garage !!! :)
 
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Fearsome Forehand

Professional
I have close to a 100. My wife has stopped believing the "it's a demo that I will soon sell" line a while back and of course she sees the credit card statements as well.

After every big splurge, I take a break for a few weeks to get things back to normal. There is no long time solution to this issue though. Recently I succumbed to pressure and sold about 10 and after a week, spent that money to buy another 12.

I hear ya, bra. :)

Tell her it is your own personal stimulus program. That you are doing your part to get the economy moving again. The multiplier effect and such.

I like the demo line but I suppose you can only use that one so often before it loses all credibility.

The solution: A secret storage unit that is billed to your office. She'll never know. :)

I still like the how many shoes do you own gambit. No woman can really make a case about your racket total when she is harboring
as many or more pairs of shoes. I have my rackets, you have your shoes. It is all good, babe.
 
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pshulam

Hall of Fame
Is David Wheaton the OP?

I have to think the wife told him to get rid of all those damn old tennis rackets in the garage !!! :)
Located in one of the most exquisite neighborhood in the Twin Cities, MN, the house of DW probably has multiple car garages. Thus, storage space should not be an issue (unless he also collects classic cars), not to mention that bulk of his collection has recently been auctioned off with decent prices. The new Prestige 600s went for $400+ per racquet. Most of the racquets (PP600, PC600, PT630) were sold to only about 4 or 5 high bidders (rollers). They are either loaded or planning to resell them at a healthy profit margin.
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
I was joking, of course, but I never underestimate the power of nagging. :)

Yes, the brown/green Prestiges went for 400 each and the same guy bought both lots (6 for about 2400.) Doubt it is a re-seller because they would not be able mark them up much, if at all. (Edit, Wrong! It was a re-seller and I shudder to think what he will ask for them, 1500+/each?) Seems true of most of the rackets as the prices were pretty high. (Edit, I spotted a couple of flippers, one is a minor flipper.) Paying full blown retail prices doesn't leave any room for flippers to profit. Hopefully, the rackets went to people who will actually play with them. (Edit: For the most part, that seems to be the case.) Seems like there were quite a few different buyers of the 22 lots.(Edit, Maybe 10 buyers) I think the flippers got priced out. (Edit, most of them did.)
 
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joe sch

Legend
I was joking, of course, but I never underestimate the power of nagging. :)

Yes, the brown/green Prestiges went for 400 each and the same guy bought both lots (6 for about 2400.) Doubt it is a re-seller because they would not be able mark them up much, if at all. (Edit, Wrong! It was a re-seller and I shudder to think what he will ask for them, 1500+/each?) Seems true of most of the rackets as the prices were pretty high. (Edit, I spotted a couple of flippers, one is a minor flipper.) Paying full blown retail prices doesn't leave any room for flippers to profit. Hopefully, the rackets went to people who will actually play with them. (Edit: For the most part, that seems to be the case.) Seems like there were quite a few different buyers of the 22 lots.(Edit, Maybe 10 buyers) I think the flippers got priced out. (Edit, most of them did.)
Agree, most of these rackets went to player(s) that have $$$ and can afford to pay for the rackets that they really love and still play. I believe this is also proof that for some players, these rackets are still better weapons than any more modern racket ever made to replace them. I believe this buyer (brown/green Prestiges) was buying them for some player clients.

I would have loved to get another prestige pro as I play the pc600s and have one mint pro that I love hitting. Oh well, I will not pay that much for a hitter.
 
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