Badminton enthusiast Lim Guan Seng not only enjoys the game but also enjoys collecting used badminton racquets.
Currently, he has 80 racquets in his possession and this include wooden frame badminton racquets from brands like Yonex, Grays and Carlton.
A prized Grays wooden frame badminton racquet used by former Malaysian shuttler Wong Peng Soon is also part of the collection. Most of the racquets are from as far back as the 1950’ s and 1960’s.
Lim, 37, said he has Yonex models that incl-ude B-6500, B-6000, B-5000, B-4000, B-3000, B-2000, B-1000 as well as Carlton wooden fra-me racquets.
To ensure that the racquets are not damaged or eaten by termites, he keeps them in a room temperature area with almost all placed in a sealed plastic cover.
The racquets seem as good as new, right down to the grip.
Lim, who was also restringing badminton racquets for Sidek brothers Razif and Jalani and other national players, said he began collecting these racquets 15 years ago.
“I have seen many badminton racquets in my time but to find a wooden badminton racquet is quite difficult. I used to represent SMK Jalan Termerloh in badminton tournaments from 1984 to 1986.
“Restringing badminton racquets spurred me to collect these racquets. At that time, I felt so proud to do so as I paid for them with my hard earned money from restringing racquets,’’ said Lim.
He said wooden badminton racquets were unique, tough and designed to last.
He buys his racquets from old shops or from customers for whom he restrings racquets.
“Each wooden badminton racquet has a story behind it. Sometimes I like to hold these used racquets just to get a feel of them.
“I feel satisfied that these racquets are in my possession. Very few people have such a collection. I like showing close friends or other badminton enthusiasts my racquets as they too share my passion and appreciate them,'' he said.
“They are amazed that my collection hardly have any scratches on them and look so new,’’ said Lim, who is the sole proprietor of GTM Jaya Marketing, in Jalan Ipoh.
Besides racquets, he also collects official badminton tags for international competitions, stamps and Malaysian currency.