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Thumbs up *** FS: Original 50s Hoppe Pro *** - 07-07-2007, 01:02 AM

I have an original Brunswick Willie Hoppe Titlist Pro cue for sale. Original shaft,
original leather grip, black ferrule, and an incredible original 98%
Brunswick Balk Collender Willie Hoppe Pro label on the butt sleeve. This late 50s cue
is in amazing original and unrestored condition.
LAST PRICE REDUCTION: First $475 - shipped, insured, and sold as is.
Today is the last day. This cue will not be available for sale tomorrow.
Nothing hits like a full-spliced Titlist!!!



Unrestored:
The shaft is warped, and as you would expect after 50+ years, is not really
playable, but is original. If you plan on converting this cue, you're not going to
use the original shaft anyway... The butt has a slight warp to it, and the original
brass joint collar is tarnished, but will polish to a gleaming finish if you wanted to
polish it up. I don't have calipers myself to give you any measurements, but this
is MUCH beefier than today's cues. I can probably find some if it's absolutely necessary.

Keep as original, or a conversion dream:
The points are sharp and the veneers on this beauty are boldly colored now, even with
50+ years of patina, and will get even brighter if turned for a conversion. The butt wood,
probably rosewood, is a rich brown in color with beautiful grain in the butt
sleeve. The butt sleeve also has the original owners initials very lightly
stamped opposite the label side. Many Hoppe Pros have been found with different
initials stamped in the butt sleve, and it is thought that Brunswick did this
for customers who custom ordered these cues. Collectors have taken note that
custom ordered models with initials like this one, tend to be higher quality
examples of these cues. There is also a very strong original "Willie Hoppe"
signature burnished in the forearm, as well as the cue's weight, '21.'

So there you have it. I have tried to describe my unrestored treasure accurately.
This is a beautiful example of an original, custom ordered late 50s Willie Hoppe Titlist Pro
with a 98% label to keep as a collector's piece, or convert to a stunning new cue.
Good conversions from known makers easily go for $1,000 and up. I paid $1,350 for mine...
and I really enjoy playing with a piece of billiards history like this one. I am now asking
only $475 for this original piece
, shipped, insured, and sold as is. PM me to buy, to
ask questions, or to make a cash offer.

BTW, I am new to AZB, but have already completed transactions with Bamacues, Tikkitavi,
and I also deal with Koinnkid on eBay.

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hoppe pro difference - 07-07-2007, 02:28 AM

Isn't the Hoppe Pro a short splice blank. someone recently told me that under the wrap is an attached handle

It was also said that sometime in the late 50's brunswick ran out of blanks and had them made in japan to keep up with production Maybe by helmstetter
I apoligize if I'm incorrect, but spoke about these with a gentleman just a day or so ago.

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Full splice - 07-07-2007, 09:08 AM

No, the Hoppe Pro is the exact same full spliced Titlist blank made by Brunswick. The one piece Titlist was made as a house cue for pool halls, and the Willie Hoppe Pro Titlist two piece model was more portable for players to take from room to room. I have never heard of them being produced outside of the USA, and in the 50s I seriously doubt that we were doing any business with Japan. You know, the bomb and all...

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Nice photos of this one!
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Nice photos of this one! - 07-07-2007, 09:10 AM

Bump for a sweet looking hoppe.......
  
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Thanks - 07-07-2007, 02:09 PM

Thanks Buggs, this cue is the reason that our cues have points and veneers even today. Rambow, Balabushka, and other master cue making legends used these blanks as the foundation for their work. They are beautiful, and nothing hits like a full spliced Titlist!!!

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Billiards history - 07-07-2007, 05:57 PM

Own a piece of billiards history!
  
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Price Reduced to Sell!!!
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Price Reduced to Sell!!! - 07-08-2007, 12:14 AM

A couple of offers just short, so I reduced the price to make it easy.
Get it QUICK! This cue will sell today!
  
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Bump - 07-08-2007, 08:41 AM

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CrAsH - 07-08-2007, 09:29 PM

The server must have needed a Sunday afternoon nap . . .
  
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07-09-2007, 05:09 AM

Mr. Hoppe, Do you believe the reason so many people say "nothing hits like a Titlist" is because the majority of cue makers do not use full splice construction?
  
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Pure potential - 07-09-2007, 08:58 AM

The full spliced design has a lot to do with the superb hit and feel of these cues. Also, the wood used back then was old, slow growth, and hard. Most don't make 'em like this any more. This is like a vintage Corvette! Classic beauty and performance to match. Add your favorite shaft, even a Predator, and you've got something that draws attention AND flat runs racks! You could also give this to any cue maker worth his salt, and they can make a beautiful conversion, instantly raising the value to well over $1,000. This cue is pure potential.

I have a sale pending, as one guy asked me to invoice him, but he has not yet paid. Regardless of that outcome, this cue will not be available for sale after today. Act now if you're a buyer.
  
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07-09-2007, 03:02 PM

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Going once, going twice, going . . . - 07-09-2007, 05:43 PM

Ok, guys very last bump on this one, then it's gone.
  
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07-10-2007, 10:36 AM

I've been checking this thread since it's been added and I always am sad to see that this cue (and great opportunity) is just not getting a new, loving home.
If only I had the money (or at least I lived in the States... and not in the Middle of Europe :-S) I'd go for it - and would hand it over to a cuemaker to make it my historical - though killer - playing cue...
  
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07-10-2007, 10:41 AM

Very nice wood in that cue, but it's 1960's...the label tells all.




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