View Full Version : Need help with appraising some Memorabilia

09-28-2011, 08:59 AM
Hey everyone, Nice forum you have here =]

I'm more of a casual billiards player, but that's not really why I'm here. My friend's grandfather was a collector of anything billiards (as well as tobacco cards) including minifigures, miniature billiards tables, post cards, magazine articles, billiards balls, stamps, tokens, posters, cues, and a ton of other stuff. I was commissioned to help sell off his collection, but I have really no idea where to take some of the items to get them appraised. As far as I'm aware, most coin shops are probably unfamiliar with billiards tokens. I want to get as much for the family (and myself) as is reasonable, and definitely don't want to get ripped off.

I have taken some pictures of some of the stuff, and uploaded them to photobucket (http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/bb197/mugglle/Billiard%20Memorabilia/) but haven't started on the tokens or cards. I would like to be pointed in the right direction. I'll start taking pictures of the tokens today which will be uploaded in a sub-album subsequently.

Thank you all for any help you can give!

Fran Crimi
09-28-2011, 09:33 AM
Let me see if I've got this right. You are going on a public forum to ask people what your friend's items for sale might be worth?

That would be like if two instructors were posting here to each other: "So are you ready for our course in Hell, Michigan next weekend?" "Yes, I am, and it's filling up fast. I hope people who are interested will sign up before it's too late."

Advertising at it's finest.

09-28-2011, 10:47 AM
they arent currently for sale; Im trying to find people who have experience in this area so that I can get an idea what stuff's worth. Once I know, I'll list on forums and classified's and ebay.

Brian in VA
09-28-2011, 02:00 PM
Full disclosure - I'm no expert so my advice, being free, is worth what you pay for it.

First, it's difficult to assign value as the pictures are of poor quality to determine the state of the material involved. The value of printed materials, most of this collection, is often driven by the condition. This is difficult to determine with these pics. That said, I didn't see anything in the collection that made me go, "Is that a.....?" For example, the Brunswick ads in there I've seen sell for $5 - $15 dollars on eBay if the condition is good. Your mileage may vary.

The rest of the "collectible stuff" that I saw has whatever value someone is willing to pay. Again, I don't know how collectible it is; some of the signs were nice and could bring decent money from the right buyer. That's one of the things I like about eBay, items bring what ever the market will bear.

The cues didn't look like anything special to me but you can go to AZ Billiards and post the pictures of them on the for sale section and get more ideas.

If I was taking a SWAG (scientific wild ass guess) as to the total value, I'd put it at less than $200 for everything. I'm not a collector, at least not in a big way.

Brian in VA

09-28-2011, 03:06 PM

09-28-2011, 05:40 PM
Ya, I was taking the pictures more for documentation of what was there than "for sale" pictures... I'll have a better camera when the time comes for that. Thanks for your SWAG. Can you point me in the direction of any experts/specialists?

09-28-2011, 07:54 PM
Post what you have on the For Sale section of Azbilliards. I am sure you will get good feedback.

Rich R.
09-29-2011, 06:53 AM
When it comes to collectables, stuff is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. I may tell you something is worth $200, but if no one is willing to pay more than $25, it is worth $25.

I have a friend who collects a lot of billiards related items. I'll point him to this thread. If he is interested in anything, I'm sure he will contact you.

Jimmy B
09-29-2011, 11:38 AM
Send me an E-mail

Jim <---Thanks

09-29-2011, 02:35 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jimmy B</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Send me an E-mail

Jim &lt;---Thanks </div></div>


Look who popped out of the woods! I guess you do check in here often, lol.

Cleaned up link- http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/bb197/mugglle/Billiard%20Memorabilia


09-29-2011, 02:47 PM

And I suggested for him to go to AZ Billiards

Rich R.
09-30-2011, 04:21 AM
I know where to find the real collectors. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Rich R.
09-30-2011, 07:06 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jimmy B</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Send me an E-mail

Jim &lt;---Thanks </div></div>
Jimmy B. is the person I was referring to in my previous post. If I were you, I would contact him. If he is interested in anything, he will make you, or your friend, a fair offer.