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1937 Genco Batter Up Pinball Game

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540

This attractive baseball bumper game is actually a rare surviving component from a 1937 Genco Batter Up pinball arcade game. The game was originally a standup machine, featuring an electronic backbox that kept track of the innings and score (an image of the complete machine can be found at the Internet Pinball Machine Database: The offered component represents the main playing field where all of the action took place. The colorful graphics feature an illustration of a baseball field along with numerous generic ballplayers pictured in various acts of fielding, hitting, sliding, and catching. Colored bumpers dot the board, as do metal springs to help ricochet the fired balls along the playing field. A single slot in the middle of the board registers a home run. The title of the game, "No 2 Batter Up," is lettered along the top portion of the field. The game board displays moderate-to-heavy wear commensurate with its age and former use, and is missing one of the bottom springs along the right side. No balls are included with the piece. This was originally a bumper game, with no flappers, so it appears that the one wooden flapper attached at the base was a later addition (there is no exterior mechanism to control the flapper). The original glass covering has been replaced by Plexiglas, and all of the electronic wiring components on the reverse have been clipped. Despite the fact that is no longer functional as originally manufactured, it remains an exceptionally attractive piece and includes a wire hanger on the reverse so that it can be displayed on a wall. It should be noted that the Genco Batter Up game is exceedingly rare. According to the International Arcade Museum, there are no known examples of this game in the collections of any of the 6,246 members of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society who participate in the museum's census of games owned (99,263 machines; 4,964 unique titles). 20.75 x 43 x 2.75 inches.


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