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According to billiard experts, professionals and renowned manufacturers, in George Balabushka lifetime, he has only produce 1000 to 1200 cues. Currently, an original, unscathed cue produce by George Balabushka will sell at US$15,000 and above. And during 1960, there are already fake Balabushka cues are already circulating in market. Nowadays, It is never easy to authenticate original Balabushka cue by American Cuemaker’s Association, but can be done by experts: Pete Tascarella、Bill Schick、Barry Szamboti、Richard Black、Bill Stroud (Joss West)、Ernie Gutierrez (Gina)、Paul Rubino. Billiard enthusiast can never be too naïve to believe that a cue with an imprint of Balabushka have to be real deal, you have to know that original Balabushka has been sold by his family to other billiard companies like ADAM.
There was once a report in Florida, writing about a billiard player saw an old man using a worn cue to chase away a dog. Intuition tells him to stop car, and he bought worn cue from old man for $50. Before going home, he stop by a cue-repair shop to repair cue he just bought. When shop owner unwrap package, he stood shocked with his mouth slightly ajar, knowing that cue was signed by George Balabushka with a number “70”. Since then, it was used as one of areas to identify a genuine Balabushka cue.
Although it is no difficult matter to manufacture a Balabushka cue by today's scientific standard, George Balabushka's intense knowledge of basic foundation of cue material and his profound knowledge in joint technology has led to his fame and a must-have collection for all Billiard Cues Collectors.
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