How to manage a racket collection

frinton

Professional
Hi guys,
as my collection is growing, I was wondering if anybody knew of a good too/sw that allows managing a racket collection.
I would like to be able to define my own information fields and store pics as well. My preference would be an online tool, that allows sharing as well. Freeware would be preferred, but I am happy to pay a reasonable fee for something that works well.

Any input will be more than welcome. Thanks.
 

Tamiya

Semi-Pro
I just chucked it all onto an excel spreadsheet

Yeah would be sweet to have some kind of database,
maybe even something on a smartphone would be better.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
I have a (well, rather long) Excel spreadsheet that has fields for the details I care about, covering every racquet I've owned since my first in 1982. 307 racquets, as of today. Eeek.
 
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Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
In my experience, hiding the true number of racquets from my wife is the real key to effective racquet management.
 

NickJ

Professional
In my experience, hiding the true number of racquets from my wife is the real key to effective racquet management.
This.

Her - "Is that a new racquet?"
Me - "No dear, Dave borrowed it/it was being restrung/I found it in an old bag/it's a demo
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
Most men give female names to their toys, be they cars, boats, guns, or sports equipment. The adjectives they use to describe their favorite inanimate objects are exactly the same as the ones they lavish on their human love interest. In extreme cases, they have been known to literally sleep with (or in) these things.

It is quite obvious that collecting 'useless junk' pacifies the male brain; which reduces the natural male urge to do certain things that invariably get them into trouble (e.g., Weiner & Spitzer).

Smart spouses recognize the above. They not only ENCOURAGE their husbands to indulge in these relatively harmless activities (to a degree), but may actively take part in them a well. After all, couples who play together stay together.

Mine has no time or interest to be a 'hoarder' herself, but as long as I don't allow my toys to invade unspoiled parts of the house, I don't need to sneak anything by her. She even pretends to be interested when I tell her the fascinating stories behind every new 'find'. :)

Regarding OP's question, I also use Excel. On one worksheet, I keep records on brand, model, grip size, serial number, cover, vintage, condition, value (based on the average realized price on the auction site), photo reference, online reference (e.g., links to threads on this forum), date acquired, price paid, seller, date sold, sale price, sold to, and misc notes (such as playability impression, anecdotal stories, etc.). On a separate worksheet, I record the measured specs for all the frames as they come to me. For swing weight, I used to rely on the online calculator from 'TW University', but after finding the formula in "The Physics and Technology of Tennis", I just plugged the formula into the spreadsheet and used the 'fill down' function to complete the column (the book formula uses 10.16 cm [i.e., 4"] from the bottom of the grip as the measurement point for SW. After comparing the results, I came to the conclusion that TW University rounded that off to a simple '10' for their online calculator; which is quite sensible).

A spreadsheet is not as neat and handy for analysis as a proper database, but I can get all the information I need from it with some manual work. For instance, I was able to look at my overall "thrifting" success over the past (almost) two years by sorting my acquisitions based on sellers and dates:



The results are not all that surprising. People tend to drop off their junk on weekends, so early in the week is the best time to fish for these things. There are also surges in donations right after the New Year and in early Fall, when people try to make room in their closet for new stuff. I myself have now run out of room in my spousal-designated hoarding zone, so this thriftological research is likely coming to an end in the very near future. :?

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Stein

New User
How i manage my collection?
Just keep on buying and don't tell your wife what you bought only what you've sold on occasion :)

I'm over 300 frames now and just bought 6 more today...
 

NickJ

Professional
How i manage my collection?
Just keep on buying and don't tell your wife what you bought only what you've sold on occasion :)

I'm over 300 frames now and just bought 6 more today...
Just tell her you sold 10 - 15 to pay for the 6 new ones. As long as you can justify and account for the spend she'll be none the wiser! Does she know each & every one of the 300 frames? No. Buy her some flowers, tell her she's pretty and enjoy the new sticks!
 

Stein

New User
Just tell her you sold 10 - 15 to pay for the 6 new ones. As long as you can justify and account for the spend she'll be none the wiser! Does she know each & every one of the 300 frames? No. Buy her some flowers, tell her she's pretty and enjoy the new sticks!
Best advice ever. Thanks mate :) only the flowers will make her suspicious :? so i will leave that part out.
 
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