Frank Paradise “The Willie Mosconi Mickey Mantle” Cue
Harvey Martin “Ivory Handle”
Harvey Martin is the father of custom cue making in America. He produced excellent billiard instruments from the 1920s until his death in 1983. His specialty was cues for carom billiards players. Martin was an innovator, both in the materials he used and in the implementation of the mechanics in his cues. Most of Harvey’s cues included ivory for the joint, butt plate and ferrules. Of the many cues he produced in the 60 year span only eight had ivory handles – this is one of those extremely rare cues. Adding to the rarity this cue the butt section disassembles into three separate parts, an innovation by Harvey Martin so the weight, weight distribution and balance could be altered. The cue was made for Jim McFarlane a prominent west coast 3-cushion billiards player. Mr. McFarlane finished second in the 1976 Nation 3-Cushion Championship held in San Jose, CA. The cue is pristine 100% original condition.
In 1960 Frank Paradise was commissioned by Willie Mosconi to create a unique cue as a gift for his friend #7 Mickey Mantle of the NY Yankees. Frank Paradise was inducted into the ACA Hall of Fame. Willie Mosconi is considered to be the greatest pool player of all time and also an inductee into the BCA Hall of Fame. This was Mickey Mantle's personal playing cue. You can own one of Mickey's game used bats, gloves or jerseys and admire it, but to own his cue and play with it, is just priceless. This is a unique piece of sport's history. The cue was purchased through Sotheby's annual sportsmemorabilia auction and now after many years available for purchase.
Cal Hedden “Titlist”
I must admit I have an addiction – the Brunswick ‘Titlist’ cue. Having owned approximately 200 of them in one form or another, 1 & 2 piece models from Brunswick, Adam, Schmelke, Joss and conversions from most major and many minor cuemakers. Of all of these fine Titlist pool sticks, one stands above the rest and it was produced by an obscure cuemaker – Cal Hedden from Pekin, IL in 1971.Titlist conversion with more work into it than any other Titlist conversion I've ever seen.Cue was made for his daughter Linda aka "Punky Punk", she was aspiring to become a pro player.Shaft has 9" curly maple bottom end with 40 inlays attached to straight grain maple front. Rosewood handle is checkered like a gun stock with veneers and interesting marquetry work spiraling 180* around the cue.The forearm is gun drilled 3", there is a 3" tenon on the handle with a 5/16" screw to attach it to the forearm.This has to be one of the first examples of coring a cue.Quality and ingenuity and execution with attention to detail is over the top.The checkering is perfect, a good gunsmith would be proud of this work.He was also influenced by cuemakers of the 19th century, the veneer work and marquetry is certainly 'old school'. Many world class cuemakers have examined this cue, all were impressed and amazed by the perfection of machining and attention to detail.
Jerry Olivier “Functional Work of Art”
The Corvette by Chevrolet certainly fits the title. This Ebony, ivory and silver billiard cue handcrafted by world renowned cuemaker Jerry Olivier in collaboration with scrimshaw artist Sandra Brady also fits the title. These excellent representations of ‘functional work of art’, when combined together, create a unique masterpiece to adorn the collection of any connoisseur of fine pool cues, Corvette aficionado, art lover or pool player.Jerry Olivier of Pearland, Texas has been handcrafting exceptional cues since 1995. He personally creates a limited number of fine instruments each year. Jerry uses state of the art equipment capable of exacting tolerances of fit and finish that result in a billiard cue that will be playable for many generations. Mr. Olivier drives a 1978 25thanniversary Vette that was previously on display in the Corvette Museum and also owned a 1997 Corvette. Sandra Brady of Monclova, Ohio has been a scrimshaw artist for more than 30 years. She began winning art awards and honors in 1991. Sandra’s work is in private collections all over the world and on display in museums.Thanks to Corvette artist Scott Teeters for his input and assistance Here are the six generations of Corvettes:C1 - 1957 - fuelie - venetian red & arctic white 283 cubic inches creating 283 fuel-injected horse power C2 - 1967 - tri-carb 427 - greenwood green the last Sting Ray C3 - 1969 - ZL1 - can-am white Zora Arkus Duntov’s toy C4 - 1996 - Gran Sport - admiral blue & arctic white tribute to the ’63 Gran Sport C5 - 2004 - Z51 convertible - magnetic red II 409 c.i.d. - 650 hp - bad to the bone street machine C6 - 2007 - Z06 - velocity yellow 427 c.i.d - 505 hp - need I say more
Model 16 from the third Palmer catalog Circa late 1970sGus Szamboti forearm4 prongs maple into Macassar ebony with white, green, orange & black veneers72 mother of pearl inlaysBlack Dacron wrapNOS (new old stock) – cue has never been chalked – 100% originalOriginal model and weight stickers on the butt platePalmer's identification marks on the butt and shaft - handwritten 7 and green ink stripe on bothCue made by two hall of fame cuemakersThis cue is featured in June 2016 issue of ‘Billiards Digest’ magazineOne shaft 12.9mm58” 20.9 ounces