Collecting pinballs is fast becoming the next hot coin-op collectibles. We all thought pinballs would disappear when video games were introduced, but the lure of the pinball came back strong.
Over the years, there have been several good pinball books but now most of them are out of print and unavailable. A number of years ago, coin op historian Dick Bueschel published his first pinball identification and price guide, Pinball 1. While Pinball 1 emphasizes the early history of pinballs, from the turn of the century to the 1960s,
Pinball Art by Kieth Temple emphasizes pinballs from the 1960s to 1980s. Pinball Art is a hardback book with many eye-catching close up photos. There is a good early history section, but I found the pinball trivia the most interesting. Here is a trivia quiz for you from Pinball Art:
Time's up! Here are the answers:
- Do you know what was the most frequently used pinball name?
- What was the best selling pinball?
- Do you know when pinablls were legalized in New York and Los Angles.
- The most frequently used name was "Circus."
- The 1932 Ballyhoo sold 75,000 units. In contrast, one of the most popular recent pinballs, Captain Fantastic, sold only $15,000.
- Pinball was declared illegal in New York in 1942 and legalized again in 1976. Los Angeles legalized pinballs in 1972.
Pinball Art is a 127 page hardback book.
Copyright: 1996, Ken Durham
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