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Help Identifying Vintage Cues, Possibly Adam?

Help Identifying Vintage Cues, Possibly Adam?

I recently came into these three vintage pool cues. I bought them from friend who found all three at a garage sale.

I am trying to identify the cue on the right.

It looks similar to some old Adam cues I saw online, but this one is different with the unusual "chain links" style treatment just below and above joint. These are inlaid into the wood as are each of the four veneer points. It has MOP dots and snowflakes which are very "pearly" and remind me of those seen on old Palmer cues. They are also pretty much perfectly placed and points are sharp and even. It has a stainless steel metal-to-metal joint with a brass pilot and brass pin. The shaft is made from one VERY nice piece of beautifully grained maple and has a nice pro taper.

I have sold and owned many cheaper import cues and I suspect the 1st and 2nd cues in the pictures fall into that category, but if anyone has any info on the cue with eight spliced points (four reverse, four standard) in addition to the cue at far right, that would be helpful too.

I did my due diligence and looked at hundred of images online, but came up dry. I can provide some specs if needed, but figured the distinctive designs of all three of these cues should make them recognizable to someone out there. I really appreciate any help and if anyone knows the model name or numbers for these cues, that would be great.

Thanks to all and have a happy and safe 4th of July!





















Help Identifying Vintage Cues, Possibly Adam?

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  1. jnkmeisterbilliardsforum on 1/13/2024 1:53:16 PM

    I am afraid that all three cues are low-end, inexpensive "Championship" pool cues (imported).

    The brand is owned by D&R Industries, Inc. of Lincolnwood, IL (at the time), and your cues are from the mid-1970s.

    I only have the catalog showing one of them, but I can see from the photos that the joints are nearly identical. I would be comfortable assuming that they're all the same brand.

    Here's the middle cue, from the 1976 Championship "Custom Cues" line "selected by Joe Balsis" (that's the slogan).

    It's the "Johnson City" model cue.

    Specs from the catalog:

    • Black Linette wrap (basically fake Irish Linen)
    • Made from Rosewood
    • Intricate eight-prong design with multi-color inlay
    • Inlaid diamond butt design
    • Maple shaft, pro taper
    • Brass-to-brass joint


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Help Identifying Vintage Cues, Possibly Adam?

  • Title: Help Identifying Vintage Cues, Possibly Adam?
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  • Published: 7/3/2021 7:17:44 PM
  • Last Updated: 7/14/2021 4:32:50 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)