Mastro August 2008
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 8/27/2008

This 14"-tall by 8-1/2"-wide by 8-3/8"-deep 1¢ gumball vending machine is unique in the fact that its distributed product is used as the ball in a baseball-themed bagatelle game before it reaches the consumer. Put a penny in, turn the crank, and a brand new gumball falls into the playing slot. Then the buyer has to pull back and release the snap lever, putting his desired confectionery "into play," rocketing to fall into one of four holes. These target holes are respectively captioned "HOME RUN," "TRIPLE," "SINGLE," or "FOUL OUT" and entry into any of them leads the gumball projectile to the same exit door. This offered example of the machine grades VG overall, with pronounced rubs or scratches on most of its green painted wooden sides and some general wear on its gold-painted metal components. (A simple cleaning would bring it up a bit in grade.) There is no evidence of wear on the playing board, and the simple mechanism appears to work fine. The vendor comes with a key for the lid to its gumball reservoir but is missing the second key for the coin retrieval door on the front.

1940s Baseball Coin-Op Gumball Vending Game
1940s Baseball Coin-Op Gumball Vending Game
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $200
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $450
Number of Bids: 0
Auction closed on: 8/27/2008