The Blue Book of Cues is an opinion. They're all opinions and that's the problem. Cue collectors want prime pieces for pennies on the dollar and what makes it even a sadder fact is that a lot of them are cue makers and would utterly be disgusted if you wanted their services or cues for pennies on the dollar.
The cue market is flooded and you can't even list anything anymore. Make one mistake and you're owned and at the mercy of a buyer.
Cue makers and collectors set the prices and sadly because of so many cues are being sold on eBay as "Vintage" or "Unknown" it hurts the resale market.
Would you sell me yours for 50 bucks? Just like the Brunswick Hoppe cue I am selling that is unopened, which is a rarity. I had a person offer me $350, and I told them no thank you. Their response was even more priceless as they claimed to have a 100 of them. Well if that's the case why would you want mine? He may have 100 of them but does he have a new-in-box cue? I'm thinking no.
The Blue Book of Pool Cues is great for information as the extended history of cues can't be matched elsewhere, but the valuation part of it has given unrealistic expectations. I think that's why they're now offline. Price as to what some would value a cue should be low, are high in the Blue Book, and some that are low, I believe should be higher.
Like I had said I don't have to sell my things but I keep what I like and sell cues I think will go to a better home, as I don't consider myself a "serious cue collector".
I did talk to the cousin that is selling off Abe's cues and he has verified it is a Rich-Q original and said he'd kindly provide proof if needed. He agreed that the secondary market (and eBay in general) has become a terrible market.
Thank you for your input on the value, and have a great afternoon. I appreciate that value in an of itself is in the eye of any given person. I restore classic autos for a living (for over 26 years now). One guy will spend $40,000 on a classic, whereas another guy wouldn't spend $5000. It is all in the interest and in what you want personally as a collector.