5/23/2018 12:04:50 AM
I believe this Mali is from the 1970's and was made by or distributed by Palmer.
It may be a Mali bicentennial edition cue. It looks like it has an ivory ferrule. You can see grains in it and it is cold to the touch. The cue looks looks to have never been used. The shaft is straight but the butt, I can't tell. The eagles in the bottom protrude out past the surface. It was made this way.
Does anyone know the exact model, year, and maker of this pool cue? Is the butt made by Spain or Szamboti?
Also, what is the cue worth? I may sell it for the right price.
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- Chopdoc on 5/23/2018 10:06:00 AM
The cue has nothing to do with Palmer, Spain or Szamboti, 100% for sure. You probably found that misinformation by researching "bicentennial cue" and there are some very collectible spliced cues that were made with red/white/blue veneers.
Your cue was made by Mali and was in their catalogs.
It's a Model 95 if I remember correctly, available from around 1976 through the early eighties.
The most recent one listed on eBay sold for $41.55. It was mis-identified as a Rich cue.
Winning bid:US $41.55
Rich pool cue with black and white ring around the caller of the shaft to .Butt is a dark rose color the butt of the cue has plastic black and white ring on the top and bottom. Total of white ring are 18 teen and black ring there are 14 in all there 32 . Plus there are 9 plastic white dots . There are birds Plus the is 5/16/18 The but roll straight and together the shaft has A LITTLE WOBBLE NOT BAD .THE RAP IS BLACK IT JUST FIND IT LOOK NEW TIP 12 MM.
- billiardsforum on 5/23/2018 9:38:30 PM
I would also say it's a Mali cue model #95. I think he's referencing Palmer as they were (sold through/distributed by?) them. I don't know the full details of whatever that relationship was, but the catalog price list with the Mali model #95 cue is found on a Palmer letterhead. It's commonly shared around the net, so that's probably what the OP saw.
The cue is listed in that price list with a retail of $97.
- Chopdoc on 5/24/2018 11:37:03 AM
Yes, Palmer was a retailer for them. But that was not an exclusive relationship. They were sold both directly and through numerous other retailers.
- Shane B on 5/26/2018 3:29:57 PM
I appreciate all the information given.
My cue appears to be never played with and is in about 95% condition. It appears to never even had rubber on the bottom of the butt. It doesn't look as if one can be attached.
There are differences in my cue as compared to the one sold on eBay. Such as the brass insert on the bottom of the shaft and also the black butt cap. The black butt cap doesn't look original and the brass on the shaft is rounded off on the edges as mine are squared off with a sharp edge.
My reference to Szamboti and Burton Spain was if the cue was made by Palmer was it possible the butt blank was made by either one of them.
I think I will keep it and chalk it up. It may be the best cue I have ever played with.
- Chopdoc on 5/26/2018 4:57:53 PM
Mali made the cue. Spain and Szamboti sold point blanks. Your cue has no points.
Your cue is simply an older version of the one on eBay, hence the differences you see.
- Title: Mali/Palmer Cue
- Author: Shane B (Shane Bledsoe)
- Published: 5/23/2018 12:04:50 AM
- Last Updated: 5/23/2018 9:52:04 PM
- Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)