Pool Ball Collector
What a great deal, Mr G! They appear to be in fine condition, sir. Many thanks for sharing the picture.
Sorry to Kerry, as it's been too long since we've talked. Here is the 1950's-ish clay ball set I grabbed. 2" or 2 1/8", good condition. The final price was an entire jug of beer.
Those are clay balls of the Brunswick "Dart" design. As close as I can figure from old Brunswick catalogs, they were made from about 1940 until about 1960. You can see the same design elements in the Centennial design. I think Hyatt was making balls for Brunswick at that time. I recently sold a good looking set of those on Ebay -- few bids.These came up in another thread....old Hyatts?
Over here in Germany not even One Pocket as a game is really known widely. In my pool club, I often get bewildered looks mentioning such a "strange game". Much less poker pool. I once mentioned a ball set being totally different from what they know over here - the Poker Set. They had yet to see one to believe me.
Another fun thing is to open my box 16-21 balls for baseball in a club and rack them. You are sure to create some kind of strange comments. People here only know the popular rotation games, 8-ball and 14.1. Anything beyond that would either be considered to be "kid's pool" or totally strange and irrelevant for the serious player. At least that's the way it is down here in Munich.
What games are popular in Germany today, both pocket and carom? Did you know that Germans once played with 21 object balls?
Hello, Mr B.
Yes, sir, Aramith did indeed make a complete set of the 21-strong Baseballs. They were based on their Premier range. Alas, they are no longer in production. However, Mr K and I know the gentleman who purchased Aramith’s entire stock some time ago and, at the last count of which I’m aware, eight sets remained. K2K was considering buying them all, dear chap, but I’m not sure of his latest plans on that score. Perhaps send him a private message?
Hope that is of some help and encouragement in your quest, sir.