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Identify Helmstetter Pool Cue

Identify Helmstetter Pool Cue

I am trying to identify this 1980s or 1990s Helmstetter pool cue.

I recently acquired an older Helmstetter cue and wondered if any of the very knowledgeable people on this site would be kind enough to ID it for me. I am looking for the usual—the series, model name, years built, and whether or not it's worth a million dollars.

The Helmstetter cue has six ebony points (three long and three short), with one red and one black veneer on all points. It has a 5/16 X 14 piloted joint with a stainless steel joint collar. The butt is 28 3/4" and the shaft is 29 1/4" in length.

Thank You for your assistance.







Identify Helmstetter Pool Cue

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  1. TCummingsbilliardsforum on 3/12/2023 11:52:06 AM

    Hey Tim,

    It appears to be an Adam Helmstetter 98-9 cue model from the Helmstetter 98 series. It was made between 1998 and 2002.

    At the time, the MSRP was $360, but common retail price was $250 through retailers like Billiard Warehouse, etc.

    I'd put it's value at between $200 and $300 today, depending on it's condition and and the market at any given time.

    There was a "new old stock" Helmstetter 98-9 cue listed on eBay (with a "buy it now" price of $599).


    It recently sold for an undisclosed amount (e.g. sold as "best offer accepted") so we won't know the actual sale price there. Regardless, your's isn't "new old stock" so this wouldn't have helped anyway.

    At least now that you know what you have, you can create some alerts and monitor future sales on classified sites, etc.

    Helmstetter 98-9 Cue

    The Helmstetter 98-9 cue has a smoke-stained maple forearm, three long ebony points with two colored veneers and a pearlized plastic dot in each alternating with three short ebony points with two colored veneers and a a pearlized plastic dot in each, ebony butt sleeve with six white diamond-shaped inlays set between rows of six pearlized plastic dots within maple veneers above and below.


  2. TCummingsTCummings on 3/13/2023 8:30:54 PM

    Thank you for the identification on the Helmstetter 98-9 pool cue.

    I purchased it from an elderly gentleman that was liquidating his cue collection.

    The cue is in like-new condition, and has no scratches, no chalk blueing and is as straight as an arrow.

    I paid $400 for it which I feel was fair, as this is a very well made cue.

    Thanks again,
    Tim Cummings

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Identify Helmstetter Pool Cue

  • Title: Identify Helmstetter Pool Cue
  • Author: (Tim Cummings)
  • Published: 3/6/2023 8:56:47 AM
  • Last Updated: 3/12/2023 11:27:48 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)