Can I get some suggestions on how to determine the value and opportunity to sell a 1966 8f Brunswick Celebrity Model HY? It's a home billiard table that's in great shape. We're only the second owner in 42 years, and the first owner lives a few doors down, so I know it's been well cared for. We're just empty nesters now and are re-doing our family room.
Any idea what's a good price? It's a one-piece slate top with automatic ball return, all the balls and cues, owner's manual, etc. It also has something of a "retro" look. It's a sleek white metal table with stainless steel trim and a gold colored cloth and rails. Very '60's!
- cbuettner on 4/6/2008 12:48:53 PM
Did you find the value?
- millsrd on 4/6/2008 1:01:14 PM
Not really. I sold it on Craigslist for $250 and had lots of calls. Could probably gotten $500 more.
- billiardsforum on 4/6/2008 1:15:35 PM
Can you post up a few images of the pool table for us? It should help us in determining the value.
- millsrd on 4/6/2008 4:23:36 PM
I'll try. I don't use message boards often. If it works, I apologize in advance for the messy room where the pool table sat. We're renovating our play room. That's why it had to go. Also, I learned after I'd written this original post that this model table did not have a slate top as a thought, but a composite top that was meant to approximate the quality of slate yet be cheaper to produce and more durable for the moving/shipping of home tables. I told that to the guy who bought it, but he didn't care. He wanted it for a new playroom and kids from his church youth group were to be the primary users.
- megs723 on 8/5/2008 5:07:37 PM
I have the same table except it has green cloth. To my surprise, it came in the house that I bought several years ago. The cloth is very worn and I found that one of the legs was broken when we tried to move it out away from the wall. Is it worth repairing?
- millsrd on 8/5/2008 9:24:07 PM
I'm not a good one to say whether it's worth repairing. While in the process of selling mine I was informed by a potential buyer that this model of table did not have a slate top -- which would have made it much more valuable -- but a top made of something like pressed fiberboard that was meant to have many of the properties of a slate top.
- Ginger on 8/5/2008 9:36:31 PM
@millsrd ...thats interesting. Where did you read/hear that?
I'd love to get more details on that. It seems that it'd be hard to beat the "solid" or "weighty" feeling that slate has.
- millsrd on 8/5/2008 9:58:23 PM
One of the people who called me about it (as a potential buyer) pointed out to me that the top was "imitation slate." He gave me the trade name for it, and when I looked in the owner's manual I had for the table, I found that it said clearly that it was made of that product and was made to have many of the properties of slate. Also, because it was a processed wood rather than slate, it was better for the home market because the table could be sold for a lower cost and the top would break as easily as a slate one would (making it easier to transport).
- megs723 on 8/7/2008 12:35:15 PM
@Ginger - It's certainly heavy. It took my husband (who's 6"10", 350) and 3 friends to comfortably move it. I was surprised to hear that it's not slate! (Unfortunately, we don't have an owner's manual.) The problem is that it's in our basement, and we can't get it up the stairs or through the door without breaking it. Who knows how they got it down there. So there's no way that we can sell it whole. Hence, the question of whether or not it's worth repairing to keep.
- guest on 4/20/2009 9:48:39 AM
@millsrd - Do you still have the trade name for that imitation slate?
- guest on 7/28/2009 8:44:28 AM
Brunswick called their imitation slate "slatite".
- tinneric on 9/12/2009 7:06:23 AM
I have the owners manual for my Brunswick Celebrity. My dad was the original owner. I am having my recovered by a retired pool table tech. He told me that the top is not pressboard, it is encaspulated asbestos. He said it is no threat. He also said it is very hard and a good top. With new felt he said he could sell the table for $750
- Ticky on 12/31/2010 7:25:52 PM
I also have a Brunswick pool table model HY, serial number 23274.
Does anyone know how I can find the value of the Brunswick HY or what it is worth today?
- dunger44 on 6/5/2013 12:17:02 PM
Hi There, I saw your post when I was doing some research of my own on a Celebrity Brunswick Billiard Table. I was wondering if you still have it and if so, if the original instruction manual indicates whether or not the one piece top is slat or what type of material. I have someone who is debating the fact that it is slat. Really need to know and hope that you can help me out. Thank you for your time, Donna My email address is: email@example.com.
- dankco on 10/4/2013 5:32:58 PM
A Brunswick Celebrity pool table is a mid-level Brunswick pool table featuring a nice art-deco appearance. At time of this post there is a listing for a Brunswick Celebrity pool table on the metro Detroit Craigslist for $300, which I would consider to be a good value.
- TJW on 9/25/2014 11:27:36 AM
I also have a 1964 Brunswick Celebrity model HY billiard table. It's in excellent condition. My family was the original owner. I replaced the gold felt with the green about 6 years ago. I even have the Brunswick pool cues that came with it, along with the original owners manual. I'm moving and would like to sell it. From what I've seen on this forum, I should be able to get any where from $300 to $750. Does anyone have any thoughts on that pricing? It really is like new for 50 years old. There is only 1 scratch on the stainless steel rail frame and 1 mark on the plastic frame body below the rails.
Thanks for any input.
- serloren on 8/5/2016 4:53:09 PM
I've added a bunch of photos and information on the other thread about the Brunswick Celebrity pool table, and would appreciate the opinions of folks on here who know what's what, if the pool table is worth spending up to $700 total on, or...? Any additional help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Also, can anyone provide a PDF or JPG scans of the manual for a Brunswick Celebrity pool table?
I'm hoping it would have detailed breakdowns for assembly, disassembly, and installation.