Now is the best opportunity to buy classic racquets

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
We've had threads like "why sing praises to classic racquets" affect their value and whether the "market for classic racquets is dead" and I have to finally admit that the market for classic racquets (mostly circa 1980s) really hit the bottom.

I have never seen so many great deals in the last 5-7 years like there are now. This is probably the best time to get great racquets. I have been cherry picking here and there and probably doubled my "collection" of rare classics in just 3 months of this year. Wish I had more money to buy more. :)
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
Well the upper end stuff is still pretty high. Most people are not going to spend uppwards $300 on a racquet to sit on the shelf especially in out economic situation (which, lets be honest, is a modern day depression).

Also, the future of the dollar is pretty bleak and it seems like people are conserving a bit more on consumer/ collecting purchases. Almost every area of collecting has bottomed out right now. Comics are dead. Stamps are dead. etc. etc. Even the gun collectors have slowed way down and that market boomed an all time high three years ago after the Obama election.

Collecting gold seems to be the focus now. When gold prices are where they currently sit scary times are ahead.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Well the upper end stuff is still pretty high. Most people are not going to spend uppwards $300 on a racquet to sit on the shelf especially in out economic situation (which, lets be honest, is a modern day depression).

Also, the future of the dollar is pretty bleak and it seems like people are conserving a bit more on consumer/ collecting purchases. Almost every area of collecting has bottomed out right now. Comics are dead. Stamps are dead. etc. etc. Even the gun collectors have slowed way down and that market boomed an all time high three years ago after the Obama election.

Collecting gold seems to be the focus now. When gold prices are where they currently sit scary times are ahead.
I agree that the upper end stuff will always sell. The problem is nobody wants to sell it now (the supply has dried up a lot).

And this is not only about collecting. Many people buy their childhood, "college" racquets again to play with, the sentimental buying so to speak and it's been way too low. This end of the market is actually oversupplied at this point. That's where the opportunity is in my point.

Racquets like PS 85, PC 600, Dunlop Max 200G and other popular models in between are all over and on average at 25-30% discount from even a year ago based on my recent purchases. It's just hard to believe.
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
yes I agree. The racquets you mention are primo and are geared towards serious collectors. Who honestly....have pretty large sources of expendable income. They are also racquets people tend to play with so that helps a quite a bit. The fact that these models have come down a bit does lead one to believe that the market has bottomed out somewhat.

Personally I wouldnt sell any of those models in primo condition as they are key models in racquet collecting. Similar to comic book collectors with First appearances and #1 issues. Or even gun collectors with primo condition Lugers, Broomhandles, Automags etc.

I am not an astute collector of racquets as you are though. My purchases are all for playing with. Now I do have a lot of racquets but the enjoyment for me comes from the nastalga of useing these old frames. Plus they play a lot better in most cases.

I grew up collecting coins and stamps which then led to comic books. Once I hit the age of thirteen I was a full blown gun collector. Of all these firearms tend to be the most stable in terms of holding value. I still take a gander at the different markets for other collectables from time to time even though I am not into comics or coins anymore.

Collectables in general has been hurting the last ten years or so. The younger generations just dont seem to be into it. Video games and gadgetry has largly taken its toll on future generations of collectors. Someday I fear there will be very few of us left.

Oh well. Hopefully my kids will learn to appreciate fine examples of previous eras and have the same appreciation for history. I am fairly heavyhanded on not letting my children get sucked into the computer zombie era though. I have a very large tennis library (over 1000 dvds) of sorts and we spend many nights watching classic matches from the 70s, 80s, and even 90s tennis. My little boy is a trip. He has to have an old classic frame in his hand whenever we watch tennis. We watched McEnroe vs Sanchez (US Open 1990) the other night and he had a 200g in his hands the whole time. Once he gets a little older I am sure he will be begging me to go practice after the matches are over.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
yes I agree. The racquets you mention are primo and are geared towards serious collectors. Who honestly....have pretty large sources of expendable income. They are also racquets people tend to play with so that helps a quite a bit. The fact that these models have come down a bit does lead one to believe that the market has bottomed out somewhat.

Personally I wouldnt sell any of those models in primo condition as they are key models in racquet collecting. Similar to comic book collectors with First appearances and #1 issues. Or even gun collectors with primo condition Lugers, Broomhandles, Automags etc.

I am not an astute collector of racquets as you are though. My purchases are all for playing with. Now I do have a lot of racquets but the enjoyment for me comes from the nastalga of useing these old frames. Plus they play a lot better in most cases.

I grew up collecting coins and stamps which then led to comic books. Once I hit the age of thirteen I was a full blown gun collector. Of all these firearms tend to be the most stable in terms of holding value. I still take a gander at the different markets for other collectables from time to time even though I am not into comics or coins anymore.

Collectables in general has been hurting the last ten years or so. The younger generations just dont seem to be into it. Video games and gadgetry has largly taken its toll on future generations of collectors. Someday I fear there will be very few of us left.

Oh well. Hopefully my kids will learn to appreciate fine examples of previous eras and have the same appreciation for history. I am fairly heavyhanded on not letting my children get sucked into the computer zombie era though. I have a very large tennis library (over 1000 dvds) of sorts and we spend many nights watching classic matches from the 70s, 80s, and even 90s tennis. My little boy is a trip. He has to have an old classic frame in his hand whenever we watch tennis. We watched McEnroe vs Sanchez (US Open 1990) the other night and he had a 200g in his hands the whole time. Once he gets a little older I am sure he will be begging me to go practice after the matches are over.
This is a very good analysis. Before PC and internet people spend more time reading, collection comics, stamps and coins. All these were replaced my newer technologies (i.e. video games, online labels and plastic money, etc). However many things, tennis racquets included, can not be replaced, just like in case of guns, guitars and such. People will always hoard something. :)
 

jimanuel12

Semi-Pro
We've had threads like "why sing praises to classic racquets" affect their value and whether the "market for classic racquets is dead" and I have to finally admit that the market for classic racquets (mostly circa 1980s) really hit the bottom.

I have never seen so many great deals in the last 5-7 years like there are now. This is probably the best time to get great racquets. I have been cherry picking here and there and probably doubled my "collection" of rare classics in just 3 months of this year. Wish I had more money to buy more. :)
could not agree with you more - over the winter i have bought up a small collection of the classic racquets. got them so cheap - they were almost giving them away. got most of them for under $10.00 each. i just bought two prince classic OS for $14.50 for both just the other day.
i love the prices though.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
could not agree with you more - over the winter i have bought up a small collection of the classic racquets. got them so cheap - they were almost giving them away. got most of them for under $10.00 each. i just bought two prince classic OS for $14.50 for both just the other day.
i love the prices though.
Luckily, we are buying different racquets. :) Otherwise, I'd pay more for shipping than for a racquet itself. Just saw some beautiful Donnay graphite going on the auction for $4.95 with $15 shipping. $20 is still a good deal for someone who appreciates old graphites.
 

Virginia

Hall of Fame
Because I live in New Zealand, the shipping cost is sometimes three times the cost of the racquet. That's why I try and buy two or three at a time, to help spread the cost.

Recently bought a Yonex R-50 (my second) together with a Kneissl Blue Star Big from one seller and a Yonex R-24 together with a Head Graphite Tour from another seller.
 

pshulam

Hall of Fame
Well the upper end stuff is still pretty high.
Yes, a brand new Wilson Ncode 6.1 Tour 90 is listed for over $1,800 at the bay. The seller also have other new classics in the $1K range, e.g., Prestige Pro, brown-red, for $888, a new PS85 @1,200
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Yes, a brand new Wilson Ncode 6.1 Tour 90 is listed for over $1,800 at the bay. The seller also have other new classics in the $1K range, e.g., Prestige Pro, brown-red, for $888, a new PS85 @1,200

Tee-hee....snicker..."A fool and his money..."
 

Hannah19

Professional
Because I live in New Zealand, the shipping cost is sometimes three times the cost of the racquet. That's why I try and buy two or three at a time, to help spread the cost.


Recently bought a Yonex R-50 (my second) together with a Kneissl Blue Star Big from one seller and a Yonex R-24 together with a Head Graphite Tour from another seller.
Hi Virginia,
If you are interested in any rackets, let me know.
I have recently acquired a bunch of n.o.s. from the 1970's/80's and 90's from Germany.
Let me know if you are looking for something in particular.

Hans
 
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