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1937 Rock-Ola World Series Arcade Game

Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $31,900.00

This impressive wood paneled electronic game is universally regarded as the finest baseball arcade game ever produced. The beautiful design of the piece features a sloping glass top which encases a painted reproduction of a baseball field, with small cast-iron representations of the top players of the day at each position. The players are identified by name, including Dizzy Dean, Bill Terry, Charlie Gehringer, Luke Appling, Ducky Medwick, Earl Averill, and Gabby Hartnett. The insertion of a nickel brings the players "to life": the pitcher tosses the ball, the umpire calls balls and strikes, the players shift positions in reaction to a hit ball, and the batters continuously change. The batting mechanism is controlled by a lever located directly below the coin slot. All of the action is instantly recorded on the scoreboard to the right of home plate, and the roster and rules of the game are posted to the left. The beautiful wood exterior of the game is more reminiscent of a piece of fine antique furniture than an arcade game. The game appears to be in perfect working order but as a policy we do not guarantee the condition of the interior mechanics of coin-op machines because so often they require some maintenance upon arrival. This is a high-grade example, with only the most minor flaws, which is expected with a piece this large, that do not detract from the exquisite appearance of this classic arcade piece. The small glass marque original to the piece at the top is missing (this is almost always the case with Rock-Ola World Series Arcade games) and one of the key lock mechanisms is missing and is easily replaced. One of the all-time premier items in the baseball collecting world. Dimensions: 53 x 41 x 29 inches. Auction records on 1937 Rock-Ola machines of this top quality exceed $40,000. Please note: Due to the size and weight of this piece, and depending on where it is sent, shipping fees for this item could be substantial. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$30,000. SOLD FOR $31,900.00

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