Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Paul Murphy, Mar 14, 2009.
Lovely story and a beautiful collection.
How nice of you to say so, Paul Murphy - thanks a lot!
I actually need to take some more photos and Jens has some others I sent him a while back, that he hasn't put up yet.
ditteaux... from VA, USA to Virginia in NZ.
Thank you too, dataseviltwin!
Do you only collect racquets or do you have some interest in New Zealand tennis history ?
I think that your collection is profound Virginia. It helps me to see things honestly with new and fresh, non judgmental eyes. Originality and a love and interest in the aesthetic as well as historic aspects of racquets; is the powerful and unique thing about your collection...it brings together thought and interest, experience and history on so many harmonic planes....truly yogic!
AndrewD, yes I am interested in NZ tennis history. Actually I've contributed (a little) to the Australian history website, with a photo of Anthony Wilding and Norman Brookes together. As you know, they represented Australasia in Davis Cup singles and doubles before the first World War. Wilding was a great player (and Wimbledon champion), who came to an untimely death during that war.
I have a biography of Wilding, together with two separate editions of the book he wrote, entitled "On the Court and Off". One is a photocopy edition of the original 1912 edition and the other is a new edition, published by an American company, specialising in rare books.
plasma, yes I'm attracted to racquets for their beauty of design and finish, as well as their other attributes. I really hate today's offerings with their mostly garish and tasteless graphics.
let me chime in and say that I appreciate your presence on these boards.
As a fellow collector (I have some 250 racquets myself) I'd like to ask you (and plasma and everybody else who has been bitten by the collection bug) a few questions:
1) How did you get started?
2) Do you have an agenda on what to collect?
3) How do you store your racquets?
4) Do you have any favorites? (Looks, history behind, playing with etc)
I'm not rally a collector, but i store most of my frames on the wall on self-made racquet pegs.
Hi Dino - thanks for the kind words. In answer to your questions:
1) How I got started, along with photos of some of my racquets can be found at 80s-tennis.com
2) I try to concentrate on 80's racquets, as that whole decade was so interesting in terms of racquet development, plus I believe the frames made then were the best ever - many of them are still being used today, more than 20 years later. I do have quite a large number of wooden and aluminium frames too, as well as some more modern ones from the 90's.
3) I have around 120 displayed on the walls of my garage and most of the remainder I have hanging on two commercial clothing racks (each with two rails). Those racks take 70-80 racquets each, which is great. I have close to 350 in total. The remainder I have in assorted racquet bags.
4) My racquets are, for the most part, in 9/10 condition or better and have either good credentials as player racquets or rare racquets, or be very attractive (or interesting) to look at, in terms of design and finish.
I asked as, last year, I bought a large number of old tennis magazines on the auction site (about 150 for $5) and along with the usual suspects there were several programmes from Australia vs New Zealand Davis Cup ties played out here. Was just curious to know if you'd be interested in them. Condition is good to poor but they're unwanted here.
AndrewD, let me check with the national tennis association here - they could very well be interested. For myself, 150 sounds like more than I could handle - I'm struggling to find room for all my current tennis stuff (books, mags, memorabilia) as it is!
Are you offering all 150, or just the Davis Cup programmes? If you are, what timespan do they cover (roughly)?
LOL, no! 150 is the total I won in the auction, not the number I was offering (I could never part with 70's and early-mid 80's Tennis magazines and World Tennis magazines).
On closer inspection there are only two programmes.
The first is for the 1976 Davis Cup Eastern Zone Final played at the Milton courts in Brisbane. Participants: Onny Parun and Brian Fairlie for New Zealand. John Newcombe, Tony Roche and Ross Case for Australia. Australia won 3-1 .
The second is for the 1980 Davis Cup Eastern Zone Final, also played at the Milton Courts in Brisbane. Participants: Chris Lewis, Russell Simpson and Onny Parun for New Zealand. John Alexander and Phil Dent for Australia. Australia won 3-1.
does anyone have the tennis magazine from the 80's inwhich lendl demonstrates his forehand? I am seriously hunting for one or more copies, thanks.
'Hitting Hot', Lendl's instructional book, might be a worthwhile alternative.
Otherwise, I think I might have a copy that shows a frame-by-frame of Lendl's forehand.
Ah OK, wasn't sure what was on offer, except that it sure was a large number!
Thanks all the same, AndrewD, but I think I'll pass on those programmes. I thought it was a larger collection that our national body might have been interested in.
I expect they have a certain intrinsic value for Australians too. I mean they beat us at tennis, but can't beat us often at rugby! (I'll keep a low profile on the cricket though, although we sometimes have our moments even in that sport!) :twisted:
Unfortunately the person I bought them from only attended Davis Cup matches in Brisbane.
They have no real interest to me so I was just looking to give them (not sell them) to someone who might have a use.
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