It's not just the cups....it's the wand ;) Joe Porper's skill wasn't just in the fine machined cups he produced; it is in his woodworking skill as well. Since 1985, Joe Porper's company (Creative Inventions) has made some of the finest pool cues in the world. Porper custom cues can easily cost in excess of $3,000. :eek: Think of the two-piece wand as a Porper mini custom cue and you can see why it might be highly desired. Jim, you might want to take a look at his cuemaking lathe and complete workstation, which you can see on his website: www.porper.com.
As for the cups, I believe that we've covered some of this ground in another thread. Joe Porper copied the design of the cups Harry Stanley had spun for Dai Vernon's UK visit..but rather than spinning them, he machined them in copper and in brass. The result was a well-crafted, heavy cup that can hold a rather substantial load.
As for the plastic wrap, I believe that it could be orginal Reynolds :D though Saran is a definite possibility ;)