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Circa 1950s "Play Ball" Coin-Op Arcade Game
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $705.00
Titled "Play Ball," this ideal example of a classic old-fashioned baseball coin-op machine would be a worthy addition to any collection featuring display items. This particular model is one of the very few coin-op machines which features a cardboard insert with images of actual ballplayers. The colorful interior graphics behind the front glass panel feature photos of Eddie Collins and an unidentified pitcher (who we believe is Bobby Veach of the Tigers, circa 1910, but it is very difficult to be certain), while the "playing field" depicts small, generic illustrations of ballplayers. These graphics were intended to give the machine an old-time nostalgic look, which is exactly what it does. The machine dispenses a gum ball with the insertion of a penny. The gum ball drops into a slot and is then propelled by a plunger onto the "playing field," where it drops into one of seven chutes, labeled, respectively, "Base on Balls," "1 Base Hit," "Fly Out," "Home Run," "Strike Out," "2 Base Hit," and "3 Base Hit." Depending upon where the gum ball lands, players may "bet" against each other or be paid off in trade by the house. Manufactured by the Ekholm Mfg Co., of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Glass and metal construction. The game (12L x 13D x 14.25H inches) is in working order and comes complete with its original top key. Wear commensurate with its age and former use is evident throughout. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $705.00
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