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Lot # 432 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa Late 1950s Baseball Card & Gum-Ball Vending Machine

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,920

This coin-operated machine (13 x 5.5 x 13 inches), of quality metal construction, is designed to dispense a gum ball and a baseball card for two pennies. Four 1956 Topps baseball cards (Don Mueller, Robin Roberts, Carl Furillo, and Hank Bauer) are displayed on either side of the center compartment which holds the gum balls. A label on the center glass reads "Premier Ball Gum and Card/Insert 2 Pennies Turn Handle." In the 1950s, these machines were very popular at convenience and grocery stores. In perfect working order and ideal for display, but missing the key (the lid is not locked and therefore does not require a key to be opened). The exterior appears to have been repainted and there are a few cracks in the lower right corner of the glass in the left compartment (glass can most likely be easily replaced). A few edge chips (not visible) are also evident to the glass in the center compartment. Excellent in its overall appearance.   Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,920

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