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Pokermonster
17 Jan 20 22:53
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Good evening, everyone.

I would dearly love to add the beautiful pool ball set pictured below to my extensive collection. They were made by a firm called The Hyatt Albany Billiard Ball Company of New York in mid 1970s. My search thus far has, alas, proved unsuccessful. I am therefore offering a £100 reward to any heroic treasure hunter who can put me in touch with a seller of a mint, unused example if it leads to a sale.

Although undoubtedly rare this is not a lost cause, ladies and gentlemen. A few sets do still exist out there. My advice to anybody prepared to try for my £100 prize, however, is to steer clear of American pool and billiard forums. I've already spoken to all the existing owners who frequent those boards and none are ready to sell just yet.

Most private billiard ball trades between collectors are conducted on social media giants like Facebook or Twitter these days. Not being a member on any of these sites, there's surely a great opportunity for somebody who knows their way around such platforms.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read about my quest. And good luck!

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By:
Pokermonster
When: 17 Jan 20 22:55
Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to pay out the £100. :)
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 18 Jan 20 18:32
I saw your thread on chit chat was bumped, cant believe you're still trying to get hold of these! I wish you the best of luck, hopefully a set appears for you Happy
By:
wisewords
When: 18 Jan 20 18:37
Good luck. You need a specialist dealer
By:
Pokermonster
When: 18 Jan 20 21:00
Thank you, gentlemen.

I still remain hopeful of finding a set. The more folks made aware of my quest (and reward) the better my chances of success. :)
By:
Pokermonster
When: 18 Jan 20 21:03
Here’s an extremely rare and desirable set that rolled my way recently.

By:
wisewords
When: 18 Jan 20 21:08
that's a lovely set. how much did they set you back?
By:
Pokermonster
When: 18 Jan 20 21:12
$330.

A high price for a set of pool balls, perhaps, but still a great buy in my eyes. They are super rare. I’ve since politely declined an offer of $1,000 from a fellow collector.
By:
wisewords
When: 18 Jan 20 21:20
Happy good luck on your quest
By:
Pokermonster
When: 18 Jan 20 21:21
Thank you, sir.
By:
alun2005
When: 19 Jan 20 16:20
Belated Happy New Year Pokermonster, hope all's well and best of luck as always with your adventures in collecting.

Could you do a few more photos of your personal faves or greatest collections? They always look great.
By:
Pokermonster
When: 19 Jan 20 19:15
Good evening, Alun. :)

I’m in fine health and spirits thank you. I hope you are, too, dear fellow?

I’ve tried several times to upload new photographs of my pool ball collection, sir. Alas, the moderators have rejected ninety plus percent of the images for some unknown reason and I got fed up. Here are a few that made it through:





By:
alun2005
When: 20 Jan 20 00:07
Cheers.

Works of art. All of them.
By:
Pokermonster
When: 21 Jan 20 22:15
Thank you, sir.

I've just uploaded a dozen more images. Hopefully the moderators might pass them this time.
By:
bobweenit
When: 22 Jan 20 14:40
I can see why the moderator doesn't want loads of balls appearing on the forum. People like tof get very excited
By:
Pokermonster
When: 22 Jan 20 16:57
Still not approved. :(
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Pokermonster
When: 23 Jan 20 14:19
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:20
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:22
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:23
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:25
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:26
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:27
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:29
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:31
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When: 23 Jan 20 14:32
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alun2005
When: 23 Jan 20 15:32
Very nice
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 24 Jan 20 16:27
I like those raschig 4 player balls! very nice!
By:
Pokermonster
When: 24 Jan 20 16:39
Thank you, sir. Those rare Raschigs were one of my greatest finds to date.
By:
wisewords
When: 24 Jan 20 18:59
Any luck with your latest quest Pokermonster?
By:
Pokermonster
When: 24 Jan 20 19:23
Not yet, alas, dear chap.
By:
Pokermonster
When: 24 Jan 20 19:26
I was extremely fortunate, however, to find another pristine set of the Raschig Turniersatz (shown in the last image) this week.
By:
Pokermonster
When: 27 Apr 23 16:12
Found them!
By:
DIFERENT GRAVY 12
When: 27 Apr 23 20:43
God loves a trier!

WD
By:
Pokermonster
When: 27 Apr 23 21:15
Thank you, sir.

I paid £667… which I consider a bargain. I would have gone much higher if required.
By:
Gin
When: 27 Apr 23 21:28
Good to hear that your persistence has paid off Pokermonster! Happy
By:
Pokermonster
When: 27 Apr 23 21:31
Thank you, Mr G.
By:
Pokermonster
When: 27 Apr 23 21:34
I just happened to be browsing eBay when they were listed… hit the BUY IT NOW within seconds.

Serendipitous stroke of good fortune. There are about a dozen collectors who would pretty much pay any price for this set. I was the lucky one who saw it first.
By:
Gin
When: 27 Apr 23 21:46
It's good to be lucky Cool
By:
alun2005
When: 28 Apr 23 00:03
WEll done PM - good to hear of a success story.
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