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I have an original Palmer Model J 1970 right down to the French leather tips. The Blue Book of pool cue values 2ND ed. places the value of this cue in 98% condition at $7100.00 and says it's worth more because no one is selling them.
The BB edition is from 1999 I can't wait to see what it's worth today. I have pictures I can send to your e-mail if interested.
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Rick Shoop PA
 

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Rick,

Check the web site I inserted. May give you a better idea of value.

I collect cues, and, while I'm no expert on Palmer's, they are fairly common and he made quite a few.

I've got both editions of the Blue Book, and have met the author. Great pictures and a great guy, but the market for collectible cues is so small that it's not possible for him to determine a true market value. Most of the values in his book were estimates from the cue makers.

That being said, the value of collectible cues is definitely going up if you have the right ones. I've seen cues go for over $20,000 that could have been bought two or three years ago for $5,000. On the other hand, I've owned one for seven years that I paid $2,000 that is barely worth that today.

If I can help you learn more about the Palmer or any others, let me know.

Ken
 

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I have a couple of original Ray Schuler cues, Anyone know there worth ? , with the price of shot I might go back on the road. Jeff
 

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Schuler cues are worth about $300 to over $1,000 depending on model and condition. While they are a great cue, one of the best playing cues available, they are currently not considered collectible, unless you have something extremely rare. Top end, highly sought after cue makers usually make less than 50 cues a year, sometimes as few as ten and the wait list can be years. Schuler cues are a low volume production cue, maybe 1,000 to 2,000 per year. Viking, McDermott, etc. will make that many a week.

For those that like nice wood and inlay, check out the website I included above. Tony makes some of the most beautiful cues in the world, and I'm lucky to own a few of them. He's become a personal friend and I've been to his shop many times. He also likes to shoot, and has some cool antique guns.

Ken
 

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Wow!

Interesting website, Ken...to think his entire current production goes to only 2 men. What a rare treat just to be able to sink one last ball in a run with one of Tony's cues!

Jim
 

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If you can find a Balabushka, it would probably go for at least $10,000, maybe a lot more if it was well documented or proven to be owned by someone famous. There are a lot of fakes that even fool the experts. Serious collectors will have the cue x-rayed to check the pin configuration, and even then it's a crap shoot. I met a Japanese collector at a cue show who had a collection of fakes that he thought were real that cost him well over $100,000. He is the Japanese buyer of Black Boar cues and the son of a rich industrialist. His collection is valued at well over $1 million.

Here's a picture of my Black Boars.

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I don't know a lot about Tascarella cues. He supposedly bought Balabushka's equipment and supplies from George's widow. He's been making cues since the 70's in the style of Balabushka and appear to have strong value. From what I've seen, prices range from $2,000 to well over $5,000.

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Thanks for the info Ken. I bought one of his cues many years ago for $400. Seems like it was a good investment. HMB
 

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For that price you'd think it would have a rib, hand checkering and a recoil reducer built in.
 
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