Circa 1950s Victor Baseball-Card Vending Machine

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1723

Item Year: 1950

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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One of the classic 1950s dual baseball card and bubble-gum dispensers is this "Baby Grand" model produced by the Victor Vending Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. The unit features a separate vertical wooden tower attached to the right side of the unit to dispense the cards, while the main unit, constructed of metal with a central glass pane, both displays and dispense the gum balls. These machines, which were produced in the late 1950s, were designed to accept and penny and the offered unit still does despite the modern application of two price panels on the interior of the glass that read 10¢. A 1979 Topps Mike Schmidt card has also been affixed on the interior of the glass. The machine (11 x 7 x 18.25 inches) displays wear commensurate with its age and former use, including a few minor abrasions. The machine is in working order and comes with keys for both the gum ball and card dispensers, however, the key for the gum ball dispenser does not turn and, at present, the lid cannot be opened. In Excellent condition overall. 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 $200. Estimate $500+.

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