I’m a collector of old Yonex racquets for almost 20 years now and in my time I’ve met other collectors but there seems to be two distinct types of collectors. One that is obsessed with acquiring old classic racquets for one’s own pleasure (to play with or as an ornament) and another type that just holds on to them in the hope they increase in value one day. I’m the former. Now here’s the dilemma... The racquets that racquet collectors tend to collect are normally those from a specific period or era or simply those used by their idols and pros such as in the 70s, 80s and 90s... for me the racquets I’m mainly interested in are those used by my idols Zhao Jian Hua, Park Joo Bong, Kim Moon Soo and Heryanto Arbi. But I’m not as interested in racquets before their time... say pre-70s. As time goes by, our idols become less and less known by the newer generation of badminton fanatics who would naturally idolise more current players to whom they can relate to. Just as there are very few young players using oval shaped racquets. By the same token, racquets that are currently considered valuable classics, because they were once used by our idols or alike may not have much meaning or value to the newer generations of badminton fans and understandably so. So surely, there will come a time when current classic racquet values will no longer command the prices they once did even if they are in immaculate condition. As with all collectables, items are only worth what people are prepared to pay for them. If racquet collectors of a certain period become ever scarcer, there will be fewer and fewer people looking to collect them. However at the same time, good condition current classics will become rarer and rarer. Fortunately for me, I won't be looking to sell my collectables so their market values don't really affect me. But I personally have two “collections” one I keep for sentimental reasons and never play with, the other is a collection of more modern racquets that I still play with and can contemplate selling one day. It would be interesting to see what other collectors think of this.