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Lot # 859 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1930s "Play Ball" Trade Stimulator

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,508.00

Produced by the Exhibit Supply Co. of Chicago, this early trade stimulator was in fact a gambling device. Patrons deposited a penny in the slot along the upper right and the coin then dropped down along the game board. If the coin fell in one of "out" openings, the patron lost his penny. If, by chance, the coin made it all the way down to the bottom he was rewarded either with the return of his penny, or in the case of five selected slots, a prize to be determined by the owner. The game is notable for its attractive metal exterior construction which features images of ball players (in raised relief) on the front and each side. The game remains functional and is in Very Good condition overall, displaying wear commensurate with both its age and former use. The colors along the interior game face remain bright and bold. Metal, glass and wood construction. The original key is included. 12.5 x 8 x 18.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,508.00

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