billiardsforum on 4/19/2017 5:55:03 AM
You ready for more than you could ever want to know about the Meucci SE-3? LOL.
Normally the special edition series cues were stamped on the outside, near the bumper, but apparently the Meucci Special Edition #3 has a metal plate under the bumper (so you have to remove the bumper).
Here is some more about the numbers you should find stamped under the bumper:
1991 as a special offer for the month of September 1991, This cue is also known as the Meucci "inverted golf tees" pool cue.
It is stamped on the inside with a metal plate with the information of the cue. This one says "9/91 041/ 750" which means September 1991, cue #41 out of 750 made. This cue is very collect able and highly sought-after.
HOWEVER... I am pretty sure there were at least 2 "production runs" of this cue. The original in 1991, of which 750 were made, and those have the numbers under the bumper and have the silver "golf ball". Then possibly another run of 250, with the red "golf ball" outlined in black. This is just my guess at this point. Then of each of those runs, I see slight variations (see pic below).
Welcome to the nightmare that is identifying Meucci cues.
I am also seeing Meucci SE-3 versions with the "Meucci" logo in black (seemingly the newer Meucci SE-III versions), and other versions with it in red (seemingly the older SE-III version). And some have "SE-III" stamped just below the Meucci logo (newer versions?).
Also, if you look at the "golf ball" on yours, it is silver. There was also a version with a red "golf ball" outlined in black.
Then you have a few "prototypes" floating around out there which vary again from the above, ahh, variations. Very hard to authenticate though.
If all of the Meucci SE3 variations above, I am still trying to work out which is which. See below of a picture of all of the Meucci SE-3/Special Edition #3 variations we know about thus far.
There is a Meucci SE-III exactly like yours (if it has the stamp) selling on eBay right now for $825 USD in "pristine condition"... and condition is everything.
With all that said, there was also "Summer Series" version of this cue (not a "Special Edition #3"). That would fetch far less.