Circa 1930s Junior League Bat-A-Ball Arcade Game

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1925

Item Year: 1935

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Coin-operated baseball bagatelle game, featuring a wooden frame and glass front, dating from the 1930s. The background display pictures a large image of a pitcher, with fielders and stadium crowd behind him. The insertion of a penny releases five "balls" which are then "batted" onto the playing field by means of a lever along the base. A second lever allows the "batter" to try and catch the ball, and then release it, into one of the twelve vertical grooves along the bottom which determine the number of "runs" scored. This is an extremely difficult game which challenges both the manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination of the user. The machine appears to be completely original with the exception of a new locking device on the rear metal panel (the key is NOT included). The top marquee also appears to be original, but displays paint loss along the base, and as a result, the last line of text has been recreated. Both of the front handles are operational, but the coin slot is jammed. No manufacturer is listed. The exterior displays wear commensurate with its age and former use, including small nicks, minor paint loss, and oxidation to the exposed areas on the rear metal panel. In Very Good condition overall. 15.5 x 7.5 x 29 inches (with the marquee). The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $300. Estimate $500$1,000+.


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