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Older Viking Cue

Older Viking Cue

I am hoping for some help identifying an older Viking cue.

The butt sleeve is black lacquer with the Viking logo (no oval) and 3" grey MOP inlay.

It has a linen wrap and dark grey wood grain (smoked) forearm with a thin matching MOP inlay circle near joint.

Thanks much!


Older Viking Cue

Replies & Comments

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

    That is a modern Viking cue, not an old one (of course, that depends on what one might think is "old").

    There is no lacquer on that Viking cue. There is no MOP in that cue. There are no inlays of any type at all that I can see.

    It has a pearlized plastic butt sleeve, a pearlized plastic joint ring, and a black plastic butt cap.

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

  2. 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 Viking A285 cue, but I have not seen any images of a Viking 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?

  3. 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 all available online.

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

    The closest model I’ve found in the Viking archives is the 2012 Viking V105-SM, but it’s not an exact match either.

    I did a lot of digging on my own before reaching out for Q&A help, but not finding exact model info isn't the end of the world. I'm just curious.

    May I ask what specific aspects of this cue make you lean toward a Viking A282 identification over the Viking V105? I'm not trying to be argumentative, just want to learn.

  5. 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.

    UPDATE: Now that I've had a chance to look more closely at the Viking cue brochures...

    I am quite certain it's a Viking VM34 cue from the Viking Millennium series circa 1999-2004, MSRP, $210

    Viking VM34 Cue

    All the flash is in the butt sleeve and joint rings. This cue features an eye-catching smoky-pearl buttsleeve and joint rings with a black-stained bird's-eye maple forearm. Subdued elegance is what this cue is all about.


    We have a logo match, the rings, stain color, and wrap match, butt cap matches, joint collars match.

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Older Viking Cue

  • Title: Older Viking Cue
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  • Published: 11/2/2019 4:12:54 PM
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