I have looked all over the internet and can find nothing about an antique wooden pinball/whiffleball/bagatelle type machine. It is made by the Royal Ball Co of Youngstown. Ohio. Not Royal Maufacturing of Balt. Maryland. It is a nicle machine. I have seen there are a lot of companies in the 30's from Youngstown but no reference to this company. Help
Was this machine made for commercial use? I’m wondering if it was manufactured for novelty play or home use, which is why you’re having difficulty finding out some information on it. Is there or was there ever a coin chute or coin mechanism on the machine? Fell free to email me a picture firstname.lastname@example.org
hi i have 2 elton john pinball machines looking to have them restored paul donahue
Hi Paul, would love to help you out. Where are you located?
I have a Gottlieb Lancers pinball game with 90% back glass art gone. I emailed pbresource, as I understand they have patent rights and asked about getting one printed they reply they have none and referred me to your site to have one printed. I am looking for a translite print of this. I have restored the art on my pc to scale with photoshop and want to know if you can print it and how much.
Please email me directly at email@example.com, and we can talk about some options for production, thanks!
I have a chance to buy a bally 1937 fairgrounds pinball please give me some idea what i should pay for it. thanks your always help full GB
Hi GB, that’s a nice machine, and being a payout game, which is essentially a gambling machine, based on horse racing, it’s certainly worth acquiring if you can do so at a fair price. If the game is complete and in working order, cosmetically nice, decent backglass, I would say that about $500 would be a fair price to pay. You may get it a little cheaper though ($400), because the demand for games from the 1930s (pre-war) is limited, as the collector base for these is small. If the game is restored, it can bring a much higher amount. Last year I had a 1936 Bally Bonus, in excellent original shape, and it sold for $700. Hope this helps.
This is the former Gottlieb factory, located on North Kostner Avenue in Chicago.
Gottlieb Happy Clown backglass, films printed and backglass assembled!
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Gottlieb Gaucho backglass. Factory glass, used, on plexi. In very good shape overall with minor flaking in some spots. The largest are of loss is about 1 inch long in the solid yellow to the left of player 1. Easy fix. Economical replacement factory backglass for your Gaucho! Can also be used as decorative wall art. $50 plus shipping, please contact me with your zip code for a price.
Williams Post Time or Paddock plastics. I think these are complete minus one plastic, duplicate #4, a couple are NOS, show some minor wear from long term storage, but overall very nice shape. $25 plus $10 shipping anywhere in North America.
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We have just finished the backglass art for the restoration of our Happy Clown. Slightly modified from the original….we customized the score windows to suit our taste by leaving out the clown faces. I wanted the player/viewer to focus on the beautiful illustration of the girl, and tone down the clowns a bit, as they are everywhere on this machine. There is a bouncing graphic of a clown in the marquee window below the girl…which is why the are is blacked out. Every time 1 point is scored, the clown bounces up and down (see sample pic).
Looking for a bumper cap. We are looking the bumper cap shown, or something similar, to fit a 1948 pinball machine. If anyone has a spare to sell please let us know! The numbering and writing is not important but it needs to be this style. Thank you.
1958 Williams Turf Champ
New restoration project just arrived. This horse racing game was recently acquired from a friend, who found it as a barn find. Apparently it has been stored in a barn since 1977. It requires a full restoration. We will be partnering with Ted Pepper, who will be handling the mechanical aspects of the game and is very adept at doing so. We will also be installing a new reproduction backglass, repainting/re-stenciling the cabinet (which has been stripped to bare wood), and restoring the wear spots on the playfield. This will be an involved project, and will take a fair amount of time. Stay tuned!