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Older Viking Cue

Older Viking Cue

Hoping for some help identifying an older Viking cue. Butt sleeve is black lacquer w/ Viking Logo (no oval), ~3” grey MOP inlay. Linen wrap and dark grey wood grain (smoked) forearm with thin matching MOP inlay circle near joint. I tried to upload pics several times but they wouldn’t process. Thanks much!

Older Viking Cue

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  1. sidepocketbankersidepocketbanker on 11/4/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Okay - finally got the pics to upload.


  2. sidepocketbankerChopdoc on 11/4/2019 11:50:04 AM

    That is a modern Viking. Not an old one (of course, that depends on what one might think is "old"). There is no lacquer on that cue. There is no MOP in that cue. There are no inlays of any type at all that I can see.

    Pealized plastic butt sleeve, pearlized plastic joint ring. Black plastic butt cap.

    I believe it is a VIKING A285 in the current catalog.

  3. sidepocketbankersidepocketbanker on 11/4/2019 2:07:20 PM

    Thank you for your reply. I was guessing 5-10 yrs old, so perhaps “older” wasn’t the best descriptor. I agree that there are several similarities to the current A285. But I have not seen any images of an A285 without an oval around the Viking logo. Did Viking release the A285 earlier without the oval logo?

    To be clear, I’m not suggesting this cue is unique or special. I’m more concerned with verifying that it is not counterfeit.

    The Viking catalog also lists the “Premium Pearl” sleeves/rings throughout the A2XX series. Does that mean that Viking “Premium Pearl” is merely their proprietary term for plastic?

  4. sidepocketbankerChopdoc on 11/4/2019 2:18:18 PM

    Yes, it's just the term they use for their plastic. It might be acrylic or some other, I don't know.

    The logo changes. The same model will be sold over the years with different logos.

    I am pretty confident it is the same model. Sometimes the model number does change though. You can look at their older catalogs. They are online.

  5. sidepocketbankersidepocketbanker on 11/4/2019 2:57:14 PM

    The closest model I’ve found in the Viking archives is the ‘12 V105-SM. But it’s not an exact match either. I did a lot of digging on my own before reaching out for forum help, but not finding exact model info isn’t the end of the world. I’m just curious.

  6. sidepocketbankerbilliardsforum on 11/4/2019 5:46:36 PM

    I agree with the assessment by @Chopdoc from earlier.

    I don't think it's counterfeit. I wouldn't worry about that.

    Viking, probably more than any other cue company, "carries over" designs into subsequent lines.

    Also, logos change as years roll on, and if a "line" / "series" crosses a logo change, you could have cues from the same "line" / "series" with differing logos.

  7. sidepocketbankersidepocketbanker on 11/5/2019 9:31:42 AM

    May I ask what specific aspects of this cue make you lean toward an A282 identification over the V105?

    I’m not trying to be argumentative, just want to learn.

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Older Viking Cue