I recently received an e-mail from a
visitor to the site asking what should he collect and where should he
As I have previously stated, "I am not
compiling this site to make money but rather to share the hobby of collecting
billiards and snooker memorabilia with a wider audience".
I have created a link to Craftsman
cues and another local company Classic cues which, I hope will increase their
business and my contacts in the future.
I have a page where our readers can
sell their items, if they wish and in fact I am attempting to sell some items
for my friends and indeed have done so already.
One of my greatest pleasures in
selling anything is not making a profit but matching the item to the right
I remember being approached by someone
that I did not know at the time and this person asked me to get hold of an old
maple cue for him so that he could improve his game and hopefully enter the
local Pool tournament. I managed to get a hold of an old Askrod Harlequin cue,
hand spliced, With a lovely old maple shaft.
My friend paid me what the cue had
cost and went on to win the tournament a few weeks later, much to my
I also managed to get hold of a second
hand Glover cue, this cue was jointed just above the splices. I sold the cue to
a friend of mine who used to make regular forty breaks with his old cue. I was
delighted again less than a month later to see him knock in a good 57
My other reason for selling a cue is
that I have often come across cues like ones that I already own but in better
condition. Should this arise, I put the cue that I wish to replace on the
market. That is not to say that for a player or for someone, who wishes to
start a collection, these cues are often good for either possible
Some cues are in themselves excellent
for playing the game but their badge may be a little faded, to a player who can
use these cues; this is of little or no consequence. Steve Davis and Stephen
Hendry both had their cues seriously modified. A serious cue collector would
try to keep the cue as pristine as when they bought it. If a player feels that
they can make lots of money, with a three-quarter jointed cue. I would
recommend that they buy a new one, rather than destroy an old one but the cue
is theirs and so is the choice.
Tinkering with cues yourself, is not
in my opinion a good idea as it often results in the cue becoming unplayable. I
have heard many stories of people extending cues or shortening them, adding new
joints and increasing the weight. I feel that it is better if your finances
will allow, to trade in the old cue as it is for a new cue, rather than render
it useless with tinkering.
Some people manage to get hold of old
cues for just a few pounds or even in some cases a pint of beer, if on these
occasions the new owner wishes to take his tools to the cue, I suppose there is
little to discourage him. However please think about the many years that this
cue has remained undamaged and ask yourself, whether keeping the cue in as near
original condition is better for future generations to enjoy it rather than
turning it into a useless pile of sawdust.
Repairing an old cue and restoring it
to nearly its former condition is a skilled job, I recently spoke to Tony Ions
from Newcastle who spoke of how a customer brought him a Burwat Champion cue in
two carrier bags having accidentally driven over it in his van. Tony spent two
full days virtually non-stop putting the butt together again, fortunately there
was little wrong with the actual shaft. When the job was finished, you could
apparently see your face in the butt and distinguishing the damage was
The level of craftsmanship required to
accomplish the above is I feel quite rare, so Im keeping my tools well
away from any of my cues for the next hundred years or so.
Returning to the question of what to
collect, my advice is collect what you like and of course what you can afford.
Shop around if you can, but if you see something that you like, get stuck in.
Over the years I started with the hope of getting a cue that represented every
manufacturer that had existed, after a while I discovered that I preferred to
collect cues that commemorated past players and their achievements. I am now
considering returning to collecting cues by specific manufacturers such as
Riley or Cannon.
I enjoy my collecting for the most
part but have learned some lessons along the way.
I hope that you continue to enjoy your
collecting and remember, if you want any help or information myself and the
team are only an e-mail away.