What a great looking limited edition Helmstetter Cue. It's in great shape and has two matching shafts which also look to be in very good shape.
I second @Chopdoc's opinion in that it's condition and the extra matching shaft are big value-adds.
In the quick search I just did, I came across a comment at AZB on Helmstetter in general which may refer to this cue (albeit, indirectly) (emphasis mine):
Richard still did consulting for Adam Cues during the 1980's and also during this time a number of [limited edition] (1/1, 1/25, 1/50) cues were made that are hand signed and dated by Richard Helmstetter.
I am unsure if he actually made these cues himself or if they were a limited product of cues that Richard designed, but they are really nice cues, and they come with two matching shafts. However, like all cues associated with Richard or Adam Custom Cues they have never become ultra collectible which is truly a shame because in my opinion they are great cues.
Also, the Blue Book's Helmstetter blurb notes that these command a premium over production Helmstetter cues and are "highly collectible".
In the Helmstetter Cues section:
Original signed Helmstetter billiard cues are highly collectible.
In the Adam Cues section:
- Add 50% for limited edition and signature cues made by Helmstetter
- Add 500% for custom cues made by R.C. Helmstetter that are signed and dated.
I am pretty sure you have one of the cues they are referring to in the first bullet.
The "signature" on yours is actually a stamp, so those blue book references leave some doubt as to which cues they are referring to. I am not a Helmstetter cues expert by any means.
Nonetheless, great looking cue. Thanks a lot for sharing it here.