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Identify a Viking USA Pool Cue

Identify a Viking USA Pool Cue

Need some help to identify a Viking USA pool cue.




Identify a Viking USA Pool Cue

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  1. user1499721156billiardsforum on 7/10/2017 10:05:59 PM

    You have a Viking VM-17 pool cue from their Millenium series (VM Series) which came out in 1999.

    MSRP was $420 which is in the low "mid-range" for the series, and extra shafts could be purchased for $90. However, actual retail from dealers was much lower. $336 was the lowest and most common price at retail.

    Viking Cues - Timeless Classics for the new Millennium

    Viking VM17 - Pearl butt sleeve, butt cap, inlays, and joint rings.

    Actual wood grain, stain colors, wrap colors, and other material colors may vary from that which is shown in this catalog.




    Even though the colors don't match, you could always customize them. Here were the options from that catalog, and yours appears to be either white or smoke. I can't tell for sure from the pics. The wood and wraps were also fully customizable.


  2. user1499721156user1499721156 on 7/10/2017 10:26:59 PM

    Thanks so much for the help. I was looking around today and came across the Q18 which looks identical to this one so I thought I had a Q18. Can you tell me what distinguishes the two? Thanks.

  3. user1499721156billiardsforum on 7/11/2017 4:40:28 AM

    Good eye. They are essentially the same pool cue. The Q came first, and Viking carried that design through to the VM series which came next. The Q Series were made just before the VM Series. They were out between 1996 and 1999, and went for about half the price.

    I distinguish these primarily by the viking logo, which is the most obvious and easy way to differentiate.

    • The Viking Q Series cues have the Viking logo within an oval with the "USA" underneath. viking-q18-pool-cue-butt.jpg

    • The Viking VM Series (Millennium Series) cues have the Viking logo with no oval. viking-v17-pool-cue-butt-logo.jpg

    There are a few other very subtle differences:

    • A very slightly skinnier bumper on the VM17
    • Very slightly longer/wider rings on the VM17 (the 2 bigger rings separated by the smaller three)

    But would be almost undetectable in most photos I believe.

  4. user1499721156user1499721156 on 7/11/2017 9:55:22 AM

    Wow, that's a major help, you really know your stuff. Thanks a lot for the breakdown, learn something new every day. What do you think would be a fair price to list it at, considering it's in excellent shape, no cracks or chips, very clean, and very rarely used. Been sitting in its case for about a decade.

  5. user1499721156billiardsforum on 7/11/2017 10:02:36 AM

    Thanks for the kind words.

    As for price, I think that is outside of my expertise. Good news is that you can probably research it the same way I would - which is by getting on the classified sites, create an alert on eBay, etc.

    It isn't really "collector's grade" so there would be no premium for that... so just look at any existing sales for this cue, and also look at what is out there (within the Viking brand) that someone could get for a similar price to what you are seeing.

  6. user1499721156user1499721156 on 7/11/2017 10:11:28 AM

    I see. Thanks again for all the help, really gives me a great starting point.

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Identify a Viking USA Pool Cue

  • Title: Identify a Viking USA Pool Cue
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  • Published: 7/10/2017 5:12:37 PM
  • Last Updated: 7/10/2017 9:23:50 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)