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Circa 1930 Atlas Indicator Works Countertop Baseball Game
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,508.00
This attractive countertop baseball arcade game features a colorful rendition of a ball game in progress, which also serves as the backdrop to the "playing field." The game begins with the insertion of a penny in the upper right corner. A "bat" lever is then pulled which hits the penny onto the "field" where it will land in one of seven chutes: strike, single, double, triple, home run, sacrifice, and out. A strike or any base hit, other than a home run, keeps the penny in play. An out or sacrifice loses the penny. Three metal bars with sliding beads, situated below the "playing field," record the position of the base runners, innings, and runs, respectively. These machines are commonly referred to as "trade stimulators" and were actually a form of gambling, similar to gaffed carnival midway games. The machines were usually set up in bars where the owner would post a special payoff to anyone recording a home run. A special lever can be turned up in the home run chute to keep the penny from dropping into the machine. This would allow the lucky patron the opportunity to verify the home run and collect his winnings (under the table of course). As one might suspect, recording a home run is nearly impossible and for further insurance against a payoff, a mechanism in the rear can be adjusted which will insert a pin in front of the home run chute, ending any chance the patron may have had at collecting any money. Wood, metal and glass construction. The game displays general wear throughout including a number of minor creases and abrasions to the illustrated "playing field." Excellent condition overall. The key to the back panel lock is not included. Dimensions: 13.25 x 12 x 8 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,508.00
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