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Pawn Shop Cues - 12-29-2008, 06:52 AM

What's the best cue you ever saw/bought at a pawn store? Any custom cues?
  
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12-29-2008, 07:18 AM

The best deals I ever got was a 4 point iivory inlad Schon for $29.95 and a Huebler Custom Shop (1981) for $24.95 all at the same time. I sold the Schon 30 minutes later for $400. And the Huebler went on eBay for $600.

The most valuable I have seen in a pawn shop was a very fairly fancy Richard Black in a Houston pawn shop. They wanted $3000 for it. They also had diamonds in the 2+ carat range as well. Kind of a high end pawn shop.

I spent one summer doing weekly checks of almost every pawnshop in Denver for things I could turn for a quick profit and what I found was don't waste your time looking for cues unless you wanted a Moocheesy or McDermatitus. Diamonds were a different story though because I would find decent grade stones in mountings, buy them and then resell them to custom jewellers I knew usually doubling my investment the same day. Most minimum wage pawn shop employees don't know squat about grading stones.


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$35 rich/doc fry cue
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$35 rich/doc fry cue - 12-29-2008, 07:20 AM

i gave $35 for an ebony ABE RICH or DOC FRY cue with the old cuttyhunk linen wrap. finish is still good on the cue and it has the original shaft. i put a schon/joss/espiritu shaft on it and fire away. it hits so very solid- wonder if the aging has done that? butt is straight as can be. shaft is warped enough that i don't shoot with it. it is my very favorite cue looks like this cue on dick abbotts billiardcue website:

http://www.billiardcue.com/uploads/c...kwidow1450.jpg

i believe mr. abbots cue sold for way more than $35 so i did pretty good.
  
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12-29-2008, 07:51 AM

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i gave $35 for an ebony ABE RICH or DOC FRY cue with the old cuttyhunk linen wrap. finish is still good on the cue and it has the original shaft. i put a schon/joss/espiritu shaft on it and fire away. it hits so very solid- wonder if the aging has done that? butt is straight as can be. shaft is warped enough that i don't shoot with it. it is my very favorite cue looks like this cue on dick abbotts billiardcue website:

http://www.billiardcue.com/uploads/c...kwidow1450.jpg

i believe mr. abbots cue sold for way more than $35 so i did pretty good.
I bought one very similar in the late '70s or early '80s for, I think, $25. Sold it later for $50 to a local gal.


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12-29-2008, 08:34 AM

I bought a Phillippi Ebony Titleist Conversion with Ivory Joint and Ivory Butt Cap for $65.00 at a pawn shop in Albuquerque.


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12-29-2008, 08:43 AM

I found a pretty nice Schon in a pawn shop once. I paid $60 for it with no tip on it. Replaced the tip and sold it for $200.


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12-29-2008, 08:58 AM

There was a Richard Black 25th anniv. cue on eBay a few weeks back that was listed by a pawn shop in Austin Texas. It went for more than $1700.
  
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12-29-2008, 10:39 AM

Finding a great deal on a cue in a pawnshop started my flipping obsession. Eight years ago, I walked into a pawnshop and picked up a Model#6 Palmer window cue from the first catalog for $80 out the door. Bryan Mordt told me I could do well on Ebay and I let him list it for me. We made a nice profit which went into my next cue buy. That was lots of cues ago. I haven't made a nickel, but I've sure had the chance to play with lots of different cues !


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Pawn Shop Cues - 12-29-2008, 12:54 PM

As posted in the thread I sold the ivory handle Gina Cue. "Rubyron" refers to the Ed Kelly "Boxed" Gina cue (it went for more than the ivory handle Gina cue I sold):

"I remember that cue. IIRC, Greg sold it for a guy named Al Olson who found that gem in a local pawn shop and sent it back to Gina to be restored."

I wished I was the lucky guy for found that cue in a pawn shop.


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Pawn Shop Cues - 12-29-2008, 12:57 PM

I saw a cue that Greg Sowder was refinishing and it was a Schick with ivory and silver. He bought it in a Pawn Shop for less than 100.00. The pawn shop thought it was a decal cue. As I recall he sold the cue for 4,500.00 after it was refinished.


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12-29-2008, 01:06 PM

I bought a Schon at a local pawn shop (cash covertors) for $50.00 and sold the cue (shaft had few minor dings in it) for $500.00 the next night at league ..found out later the next week the guy sold it for $1200.00 LOL ah well still a profit right


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12-29-2008, 01:10 PM

Omega DPK six point cocobolo with triple veneers and ivory inlays. 2 shafts for $150

This guy also had a Meucci gambler for $500


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12-29-2008, 01:14 PM

I knew a guy in Denver who found a Scruggs in a pawn shop for dirt cheap.


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I knew a guy in Denver who found a Scruggs in a pawn shop for dirt cheap.
A guy in my local league found a floating point Scruggs from '96 for $150 in a pawn shop.

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12-29-2008, 03:32 PM

All these stories make me a bit sick. Best I could do in a pawn shop recently was a beat up old meucci and a piece of crap of Mcdermott, and a very old Eddie Wheat break cue.


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