To start a worthwhile cue collection is not as
difficult as you might think.
Some of the more modern cues are quite
attractive and will no doubt appreciate in value over the coming years.
If you set a budget per cue of under a hundred
pounds you may be lucky enough to get a hold of almost any machine-spliced cue
that has ever been produced along with many hand-spliced cues as well.
Many people have started by getting a hold of
cues such as the Joe Davis 147 cue. A machine-spliced version exists with a
maple front splice and a badge that recreates his signature along with the
break in question, this break was made in 1955 so these cues will soon be fifty
Other cues that will bring greater prices in the
future include the two Horace Lindrum machine-spliced cues with a picture
badge. These cues were made in the forties and fifties and carry two distinct
images on their badges of Horace Lindrum himself along with a representation of
his signature above the picture.
Hand-spliced versions of these cues are already
growing in desirability and beginning to be purchased by serious
Many companies that produced cues in the past
have ceased trading. Such firms as Smith and Nelson, Burroughes and Watts, Chas
Parker, Hixon, and Murton will not of course be producing any more cues and so
their previous catalogue of cues may soon begin to increase in value.
Sadly many newer firms no longer exist: such as
Hunt and OByrne and Aeon, it is not beyond possibility that such cues as
the PBS147S made famous by James Wattana and the so called Black plate cue may
become sought after in the coming years.
There was even a coronation cue brought out in
1953 that carried a royal purple flash in honour of the present Queens
coronation. This cue too may start to soar in price as we approach the Golden
Each year John Parris makes a one off special
edition cue to be raffled for charity, at the World Snooker Championship. As
these cues are made in such short supply and due to them having a dated badge I
feel sure that they will become extremely desirable in the very near
You may be using a future collectors item
without realising it? Do you use a Sheradon or a Riley "Burwat Champion"? If so
treat it well, when your playing days are at an end it may well pay for a
holiday in the sun for you?
Autographs are becoming big business in the
United States of America so if you have a copy of a top players book you might
consider approaching him to sign the tome, perhaps when your favourite
professional is a middle aged armchair pundit you could sell the book and make
quite a deal?
This piece is meant to be in lighter vein to
quote Riso Levi but check out your loft, who knows what future treasures are up
there gathering dust? Happy Hunting.