Did you get your Meucci cue from Cornhusker Billiard Supply by any chance?
Do you know if the joint has been replaced at some point? Doesn't look like a standard Meucci joint - they didn't commonly use those stainless-steel joints.
Scratch that second question - they did offer a "flat face metal joint" option in their first catalog and continued that option for some time.
Your cue has the older-style rubber bumper (and it's rare to see them still in-tact and in such good shape, if it's the original).
They did a MO-5 - and I believe that is what you have. BUT - not from the first series. That MO-5 looks completely different. There are also other lines with an MO-5 cue which is different still. Here are a few brochure photos showing what I think is your cue:
Yours looks to be in amazing shape, and I don't see a lot of this particular cue around. They are generally regarded as very well playing, solid hitting cues. Sought after, in general. Now that you know the model number (with a certain degree of confidence), you can watch for other classifieds and auctions for Meucci MO-5 cues. Just make sure you are looking at this version of the MO-5 pool cue, and not one of the others.
I don't actually know the real source of the cue.
I worked in Recreation Center at Southeast Missouri State University in the mid 70's.
Some guy who was an obvious hustler came in and practiced for hours and actually really taught me the game even though I played as far back as I can remember.
He would come in with 10 to 15 cues for sale every once in a while.
That's all I know.
He was a good shooter, taught me many many things, and sold me the stick.
I don't recall the joint of this stick being different from others that I could have selected.
And I can't remember if he was only selling Meucci or if he had others.
Thanks for digging into this.
Still have not found pricing data, but I am convinced you'd get between $500 and $800 for it, at least, depending on condition. From what I can see they are quite rare at this point based on the fact that I see very few of them out in the wild (relatively speaking, compared with others from this era). Really all I found were a few posts of folks looking for one, but none available for sale at all.
I believe the first prototypes and earliest versions of the MO5 cue might have been made with "Wico" blanks (but I have been unable to confirm this) e.g. from Wico, a maker and wholesaler of pool cue parts and raw materials. Bob Meucci used to work at Wico before starting Meucci Originals and he made a lot of the "blanks" there which were used by a lot of big-name cue makers of the day.
I did find 1 more just like yours, but with different colored veneers in the points. After extensive searching online at all of my usual sources, it's the first one besides yours that I've come across.
Also, I forgot to mention that if you find out anything more about your cue through other sources, please keep me in the loop. As you can see I'm a bit of a cue fanatic :)
You've provided great information and in amazing time-frame. I will certainly keep you in the loop.
Now I'm scared to play with it. :)
It's the only quality cue I've ever owned and has been sitting silently in case for decades. Now that I'm enjoying the game again I'm actually not sure I should be playing with it on a regular basis.
Any suggestions on a "no frills" but quality case for protection would be appreciated.
Also, in the image below, the chalk points to a slight ding that I can feel when shooting. Do you think I can use something like the "Dr. Cue Dent Buffer" or should I take it to someone that really knows what they are doing?
Thank you so much for your info, this has been a great exchange!
I wouldn't sell it for less than $800 if I were you. I have one just like it, although your joint is different. I believe it was probably one of the last MO-5 cues Bob made. They may have offered that joint as an option from the factory, but I believe it was replaced at some point.
I would ONLY send it to Scott Erwin, or Proficient Billiards for a refinish. I highly recommend Scott Erwin.
Here is what your cue looked like in the original brochure.
I probably got a great deal because my friend sent it along with 4 or 5 of his originals, and he sends Scott at least 10+ a year....It cost me 160 for a new butt cap, ferrule, tip, replacement of the entire collar (cracks), shaft turned, and 3 layers of clear coat.
Black rings on the shaft and but were both cracked as well.
Off topic but do you know of anyone who owns the entire mo series? The same friend recently acquired an mo-7, and the only mo-9 that we're aware of that exists to complete the entire set (not quite all the different "stages" though).
I took this about 6 months ago...His collection has almost doubled since then...Original mo-5 is top row 7th from the left.
Pretty sure bottom row 2nd from right is his mo-5 like mine and the op. The butt cap was "fixed" by someone who didn't know what they were doing 20 years ago. It was cracked at the top, but original owner didn't want to lose the "Meucci Original" logo. Scott has it now.
Is your friend Mr. Walker? I actually met him recently on a Facebook group and have chatted with him in some detail about his incredible collection. Good guy.
Regarding the MO-9, I think there were a couple made (but can't verify that for sure). There was one on eBay in July 2017, and the asking price was about $6000. The listing was taken down before it closed, so I would guess he sold it privately. Wonder if this was the one he acquired? This one was apparently bought directly from Meucci in 1976. Owner was a professional engraver, as you can see below. He did the engraving: