Bucket List Expo. ~ Dustin Crowe

As you are reading this, the 2015 Super Billiards Expo — held in Oaks, Pennsylvania — has come and gone. If you were there, you are going to relate to this article in a big way. For those who did not attend, you will be reading this with anticipation for next year.

What is the Super Billiards Expo? In a nutshell, if it is related to the sport of billiards, it will be under the roof. It ran in conjunction with the TAP League’s “Rally in the Valley” tournament, with multiple divisions of open entry events, including juniors and pro level pool tournaments. The expo can be summed up into two words: BILLIARDS HEAVEN.

From my personal experience, the expo is what I would call a bucket list event for some, myself included. This one was my first. Cue makers, collectors, distributors, suppliers, pros, amateurs, clothing, teachers. You name it, it was there… all for you to look at, talk to, pick up (maybe), buy, sell, trade, or get signed.

Growing up, most aspiring pool players have heard about George Balabushka, right? His cues are infamous, sought after by many, attained by few, and admired by all. I heard the name growing up, saw pictures, etc. I never would have thought I would be standing in front of one, let alone hold one. I had just that chance a few times during the trip. The Golden Balabushka was on display. A simple yet elegant cue that is George’s masterpiece work, and considered priceless.

Coster, Paradise, Rambow, Spain, Martin, Szamboti, were just a few other famous cues that were for sale or on display, along with current makers: Nitti, Black Boar, Lomax, Prather, Tonkin, AE, McDermott, Jacoby, and Blackcreek.

The list is way longer but you get the idea.

Now go back and read that again and let this sink in for a second.

They were all in one place, at the same time.

Can you imagine having the chance to see all these cues at the same time? The same time! The historical signifi