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1937 Rock-Ola World Series Arcade Game
Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $26,437.50
This impressive wood-paneled electronic game is universally regarded as the finest baseball arcade game ever produced. It is also one of the most highly prized of all coin-op machines. 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 insertion of a coin 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. The exterior shape and design of this game is more reminiscent of a piece of fine antique furniture than an arcade game. This example displays a number of moderate flaws and though it displays beautifully exactly as is, it can easily be restored it to all its former glory. This is an ideal example for moderate restoration. We have had an expert in the field of arcade games, who is particularly experienced with 1937 Rock-Ola World Series Arcade games, carefully examine the machine and, by his estimation, the investment of approximately $5,000 would be required to restore this machine to its original state. This machine displays beautifully and no restoration is necessary, but with a little work could be a world-class example, far superior even to examples which have sold at auction for in excess of $40,000. Robert Edward Auctions would be happy to put interested bidders in contact with this expert and also to cooperate with any related arrangements with the winning bidder. Please note again that this game displays beautifully as is, is in perfect working order, with exceptional interior mechanisms. Restoration is not necessary. This machine has been enjoyed for years by its previous owner exactly as is. The coin mechanism has been converted to accept a quarter instead of a nickel. This is more than a "diamond in the rough" with "good bones"; it is an extraordinary example as is, which with a reasonable investment could be restored to a museum-quality example worthy of a connoisseur of arcade machines. Please note that as a policy we do not guarantee the condition of the mechanics of coin-op machines because so often they require some maintenance upon arrival. 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 as little as $1,000 or much as $2,000+. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $26,437.50
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