The last place you'd expect to find a PC600...

#1
Yesterday I visited one of my favourite local restaurants, a real greasy spoon kind of place that serves comfort food, all day breakfast, and many things good from the land of high calories and high fat. :) I know the owner a bit, real nice and simple kind of guy who runs his business and loves what he does. The decorum of the place is very very retro - old hifi systems, sports memorabilia, and records cover the walls.

Halfway through the meal I head downstairs to the restroom, and realize that in the corner by the sink is a huge bucket of old tennis racquets from ages past. Sitting in the back, nestled amongst cracked and warped woodies, is this little gem:









Also not pictured were a Jack Kramer Prostaff and Chris Evert Autograph (looked like this), in varying degrees of disrepair:



Thinking about offering him $40 for the PC600 and trying to clean it up. Gave it a very short "once over" and it looked like it would be playable if cleaned and gripped. Just goes to show, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
 

HRB

Hall of Fame
#2
Sounds like the owner is a really chill dude, who is just using those sticks as decorations...I bet if you just said something like "hey, one of those racquets is sentimental to me, my favorite from HS, could I have it?"..he'd probably give it to you...hell you could offer to bring in 3 more junk racquets in it's place!

Also, yes...if it is not cracked or warped it is absolutely playable..DESPITE what the marketing departments of tennis manufacturers want us to think...THEY DON'T WEAR OUT!
 

McLovin

Hall of Fame
#3
I realize its a long shot, but are you near Hilton Head? A buddy of mine moved there 15 years ago & started his own restaurant.

Then, by pure chance, another friend of mine (who was my doubles partner for 3 years) moved to Hilton Head also. Walked into the restaurant, saw the racquets on the wall, started talking, and realized they had both lived in the same area, played at the same club (at different years), and both knew me. Funny how small the world can be.
 
#6
OH geez....I can't imagine the fecal matter on that thing from thousands of people!

In any case, 40$ is more than fair....don't try to take advantage of the man's generosity with a BS "sentimental" story lol - and my mom's last words were: "never let go of this racquet son" ;-) But...as HRB mentioned, he may well just give it to you - you never know.
 
#7
I realize its a long shot, but are you near Hilton Head? A buddy of mine moved there 15 years ago & started his own restaurant.

Then, by pure chance, another friend of mine (who was my doubles partner for 3 years) moved to Hilton Head also. Walked into the restaurant, saw the racquets on the wall, started talking, and realized they had both lived in the same area, played at the same club (at different years), and both knew me. Funny how small the world can be.
No, I'm from Toronto, Canada. It is true though, I've had some amazing "small world" stories even living here for a small ~6y time.

What is that sticky looking stuff on the racquet? Power pads and CAP system not a good combination.
I'm not sure. My guess is that it's basically dust and grime that's been caked on, made sticky by the summer 90% humidity here. I definitely smiled when I saw that the original owner/stringer had used power pads on a CAP grommet. :p That wouldn't damage the integrity of it at all though, correct?

OH geez....I can't imagine the fecal matter on that thing from thousands of people!

In any case, 40$ is more than fair....don't try to take advantage of the man's generosity with a BS "sentimental" story lol - and my mom's last words were: "never let go of this racquet son" ;-) But...as HRB mentioned, he may well just give it to you - you never know.
I definitely won't be providing him a fake story. Just that I'm a tennis fan and that I'd be interested in taking that "old red racquet" off his hands. Will probably be going in there today or tomorrow, will let you know how it goes!
 
Top